Watch ham radio operators in action this weekend

TEMPERANCE — The public is welcome to witness amateur radio work in action this weekend. The Monroe County Radio Communications Association will hold its annual Field Day activities June 22-23 at Vienna Park, 320 W. Vienna Rd. Field Day will begin around 9:30 a.m. June 22 with park set up. Operating will take place from 2 p.m. June 22 to 2 p.m. June 23.

Field Day is a nationwide event sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. It’s held on the fourth weekend in June each year. Field Day tests amateur/ham operators, to see if they would be prepared for a communications emergency.

Local amateur radio operators are shown at last year's Field Day. This year's Field Day is June 22-23.
Local amateur radio operators are shown at last year's Field Day. This year's Field Day is June 22-23.

“The manner in which the test is conducted has made Field Day the operating event of the ham radio calendar each year,” Fred VanDaele, official with MCRCA, said. “FD is a challenge, a contest if you will, where teams of hams across the country and Canada set up temporary sites and portable stations just to see who can make the most contacts.”

“Visit us to learn what we can do in emergencies and with the county EMD,” said the organization’s Terrence Kolton.

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The Monroe organization was founded in 1941.

"One of our goals is to enable interested people to get their Federal Communications Commission amateur radio license and grow their knowledge and enjoyment of the hobby. The club holds a close association with the sponsor of area ham repeaters, the River Raisin Repeater Assn (RRRA) as well as the Monroe County Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (MCARPSC)," said the organization's website.

For more information, visit mcrca.org, email ka8ebi@yahoo.com or call 734-755-4904.

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Monroe amateur radio operators taking part in Field Day

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