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June 13, 2014

Cass radio club to participate in field day

The public will have an opportunity to learn about amateur radio on June 28 and 29 at the Cass County Emergency Management Agency office located on Ind. 17, one mile north of Logansport. The event begins at 2 p.m. June 28.

The Cass County Amateur Radio Club will take part in the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day exercise. The event calls for amateur radio enthusiasts to operate their equipment for a 24-hour period to simulate an emergency. The exercise allows ham radio operators to test their skills to make as many radio contacts as possible during the event. The club takes part in the event each year to hone emergency communications skills. It is also a chance for the club to promote amateur radio to the local community.

The club will have a ham radio station set up so that the public can also be on the air. A licensed amateur radio operator will man the station to assist the public in making a contact during the event.

According to the latest figures from the Federal Communications Commission, there are more than 700,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the U.S. There are currently three license classifications for amateur radio operators. The entry level license is the technician class, followed by the general class license. The highest level amateur radio license is the extra class. The Cass club offers license testing the third Saturday of each month.

Local amateur radio operators assist public safety agencies in a number of ways. During threatening weather situations, ham radio operators become weather spotters, reporting severe weather conditions and damage to local officials and the National Weather Service, as part of the Skywarn program. When normal means of communications fail or become over-loaded, amateur radio operators can fill the gap by taking their ham radios to locations to help relay vital information and communications, using a wide range of frequencies and modes of operation, including voice, data, and digital modes. Amateur radio operators can even communicate using satellites.

For more information about amateur radio, visit the club’s website at www.w9vmw.org or the ARRL website at www.arrl.org.

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