Amateurs welcome at Radio Field Day

June 21, 2013 • Local News

Radio enthusiasts are invited to visit Stapp Parade Field at New Mexico Military Institute beginning at noon today f[auth] or an Amateur Radio Field Day event.

The local ham radio community, called Skywarn, is participating in a 24-hour national Association for Amateur Radio Field Day. The group will join some 35,000 other radio amateurs who gather with clubs, groups or friends in remote locations in the U.S. and Canada on the fourth weekend of June each year.

Field Day is a practice for emergencies and is an informal contest to see how many other radio contacts each group can reach.

“It’s an opportunity for folks to come and see what we do as far as emergency response,” said participant Jim Tucker. “Folks can come and get on the air or just come on out and see what we can do.”

The public can visit and participate with Roswell’s group from noon today until noon Sunday. Radio operators at the field will assist the public get on the air and make contact with others around the country.

“They can talk under our license with our supervision,” Tucker said.

The event is expected to last 24 hours as long as the local team gets enough volunteers and will earn points for different radio operations, such as running on emergency power and using different bands, he said.

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