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West Georgia Ham Radio Operators On the Air for Nationwide Event June 25 – 26

Ham radio operators from the West Georgia Amateur Radio Society in Carrollton, Georgia will  be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2:00 p.m. on Saturday until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 – 26. The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual  amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the national association for amateur radio  in the United States. Operations will be set up at the VFW Fairgrounds, 1625 Bankhead Hwy,  Carrollton, GA. 

Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary  ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio  signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential  communication in the service of communities. Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work  reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless  communications network. 

Some hams from the west Georgia area will also use the radio stations set up in their homes or  taken to their backyards and other locations to operate individually or with their families. Many  hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources  such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.  

This year’s event is also noteworthy given that a particularly active hurricane season is  predicted. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters  damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” said Brian Keahl, WX4BK  the local Emergency Coordinator. “Ham radio functions completely independently of the internet  and phone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly  raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and  communicate effectively with others,” Keahl added.  

During Field Day 2021, more than 26,000 hams participated from thousands of locations across  North America. According to ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the  US, and an estimated 3 million worldwide.  

Among the tenets of the Amateur Radio Service is developing and practicing skills in radio  technology and radio communications, and even contributing to international goodwill. Hams  range in age from as young as 9 to older than 100. A self-study license guide is available from  ARRL: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual)  and for Kindle (https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B07DFSW94G). For more information 

about ARRL Field Day and ham radio, contact the WGARS at [email protected] and visit  www.wgars.com.