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Amateur Radio Field Day at Clarke Field demonstrates science, skill and service – The Daily Times

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during the annual field day exercise to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio.

“This event is open to the public, and we encourage everyone to come out and see what ham radio is all about,” noted Roy Polmanteer of New Cumberland, secretary. “There will be hands-on demonstrations in using ham radio with the opportunity for unlicensed individuals to get on the air and make a contact or two.”

Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. More than 40,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day 2018.

“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 national association for amateur radio. “But if there’s an interruption of your service or you’re out of range of a cell phone tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet of 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.”

Hams can literally throw a wire over a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-operated transmitter and communicate half way around the world. Hams do this by using a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves, Isgur explained.

Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. “With clubs like the Hancock AuxComm Team it’s easy for anyone to get involved, right here in Hancock County,” noted Polmanteer.

For information about Field Day, contact Polmanteer by phone at (520) 709-0713 or by e-mail to or visit

CDI golf scramble scheduled for June 21 at Red Oaks

BLOOMINGDALE — The 2019 four-person golf scramble to benefit the Cancer Dietary Initiative will be held June 21 at the Red Oaks Golf Course in Bloomingdale with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $300 per team or $75 per golfer. The registration fee includes 18 holes

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