Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hams prepare for Field Day #FD2017

Altus --- Amateur Radio Operators in Oklahoma will take the stage for
their annual disaster communications drill called "Field Day" June 24-25,
according to American Radio Relay League officials.

Noting that amateur radio has "demonstrated their value in public
assistance by providing free radio communications for local parades,
bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, fairs and other charitable public events",
some 18 groups around Oklahoma have announced plans to operate from the four corners of Oklahoma.

Recently, the Washington Post headline read “Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Morse code: Remembering social media’s true inventor”

The former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, described amateur radio as ““the ultimate backup, the originators of what we call social media.”

According to the ARRL, Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating
event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands to the airwaves
each year, bringing new and experienced hams together for a weekend of

In far Southwest Oklahoma, the Altus Area Amateur Radio Club will
join over 1000 other clubs, using the callsign AJ5Q, according to Dale Town, N5VX, club president.

In Northeast Oklahoma, the Mayes County Amateur Radio Club will be operating WX5MC from the Whitaker Park in Pryor.

In Southeast Oklahoma, N5CST will be inviting visitors to Wister State Park.

In Northwest Oklahoma, the Tri-State Amateur Radio Group will be
participating in the Woodward area.

Metropolitan operations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are also planned by
a number of groups, including the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society,
Edmond Amateur Radio Society, and the Tulsa Repeater Organization and
Broken Arrow Amateur Radio Clubs.

For more information about field day, including the Field Day locator
service showing participation around the State and Nation, see while is the
link to the ARRL, the National Organization for Amateur Radio.

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