Ham Radio "Field Day" demonstration June 23-24, 2018 in Libertyville, IL
Libertyville, IL June 23-24, 2018 -- Members of the Lake County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services / Amateur Radio Emergency Services group will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23-24 at the Lake County Emergency Operations Center grounds. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
"It's easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other," said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the nation association for Amateur Radio. "But if there's an interruption of service or you're out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That's the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage." Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.
In today's electronic do-it-yourself environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communications infrastructure goes down.
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with organizations like the Lake County RACES/ARES® group, it's easy for anyone to get involved right here in Lake County.
Lake County RACES/ARES® recruits, trains, equips, and deploys VOLUNTEER Amateur Radio Operators to set up emergency communications whenever and wherever needed in Lake County when "normal" communication methods are down.
For more information:
Chris Brown NY9X
Lake County RACES/ARES
Public Information Officer