415 Amateur Radio Club hosts Summer Field Day June 25-26

The 415 Amateur Radio Club of Crystal Lake will celebrate its fifth anniversary by participating in the American Radio Relay League 2022 Summer Field Day.

It is a local group of licensed amateur radio operators whose goal is to further the hobby of amateur radio, while having fun.

The public is invited to attend this demonstration of amateur "ham" radio where multiple radio stations will be operating between 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25 and noon Sunday, June 26 at 3208 Bay Road in Crystal Lake.

Visitors will observe a variety of communications using voice, Morse code, and digital techniques.

An amateur radio station capable of communicating with orbiting satellites and the International Space Station will also be in operation. There will be opportunities for visitors to Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) and contact other amateur radio stations.

The Summer Field Day activities serve to test the ability to operate under emergency conditions using temporary facilities and off-grid power in order to provide emergency communications within our local communities as well as disaster relief throughout the United States. These abilities are critical when there is a loss of internet access or cellphone communications.

Amateur radio operators provide public service communications for weather spotting, rallies, and other community events, as well as educational activities for young people and others interested in amateur radio.

If you would like more information about amateur radio or Summer Field Day, contact Gary Dembski at

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