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QA’s Amateur Radio Club to host public Field Day – MyEasternShoreMD

CENTREVILLE — On June 22 and 23, members of the Queen Anne’s Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the National Field Day for Amateur Radio Operators.

Throughout the country, ham radio operators will be setting up radio stations in unusual locations and making contact with others as a display of their emergency communications capabilities using only emergency power supplies, a news release states. 

QAARC will be conducting operations at White Marsh Park located at the intersection of state Route 213 and White Marsh Road (old Bloomfield Farm).

The event will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to sundown Saturday and sunrise to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Despite the internet, cell phones, email and modern communications; every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, hurricanes, wild fires, severe thunderstorms, blizzard and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.

In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to Federal Emergency Management Agency and even for the International Space Station.

Like most communities, Queen Anne’s County doesn’t expect a major emergency, the release states. But they happen, and losing communications quickly can turn an emergency into a real disaster. Queen Anne’s County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service members will also be demonstrating these emergency capabilities.

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