Members of the Ham Association of Mesquite, a local Amateur Radio group, will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23 – 24 at 215 Holley Park Dr. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations open to the public to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. The event is open to the public.
Amateur Radio operators provide a critical public service for our community; during times of disaster, we are able to provide reliable communications when normal infrastructure is offline. Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and trained in the art and science of radio communications and basic electronics theory, operators own and maintain their own communication equipment and are prohibited by federal law from receiving payment for their services. ARRL, the national organization, has built relationships with several served agencies including FEMA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and many others. In Mesquite, they work with the Mesquite Office of Emergency Management team to provide local support and with the Dallas County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service.
The public service is easily extended during non-emergency civic events, such as Mesquite Rodeo parade, Mesquite Rotary Club Rodeo Road Rally and the Technicolor 5K benefiting MISD.
The public is invited to come out and see what ham radio and emergency communication support is about, become educated, and maybe decide to take the next step and become a licensed ‘Ham.’
Field Day location this year is 215 Holley Park Dr. in Mesquite.
More detailed information about ARRL Field Day can be found at arrl.org/field-day.
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