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Ham radio club to host annual Field Day – The Times

Ever since the discovery of radio waves in the late 1880s, humans have been fascinated by these electromagnetic waves and our newfound ability to transmit sounds, including our voices, through them.

While it might seem like something reserved for the professionals, radio is easily accessible and relatively cheap with a simple device called an amateur, or ham, radio.

The Beaver Valley Amateur Radio Association is the oldest ham radio club in the country. Once again this year, members will participate in Field Day and invite everyone to join them June 23 and 24 at Economy Park.

According to a press release from BVARA, Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work under any conditions and create an independent communications network. This independence from internet and cellular infrastructure makes ham radio an excellent tool during major disaster scenarios.

“Field Day was first started in 1933 and has been repeated each year since that time, with exception of those years of World War II,” said Rich Soltesz of Chippewa Township, a member of BVARA since 2008 and a licensed ham operator since 1962. He operates under the call sign K3SOM.

“It’s an opportunity for people of all ages to stop by and see what this is all about,” he said.

Officials report more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States operated by people ages 6 to 95. The Beaver Valley event aims to prove anyone can operate one and have fun while doing it.

Read the full article at http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180613/ham-radio-club-to-host-annual-field-day. STRAY SIGNALS does not claim ownership of the article.

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