2013-06-18 / Community

Ham radio fans to hold weekend expo

TOPSHAM — Mid-coast ham radio operators will join with thousands of others showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

The annual Field Day is the climax of the weeklong Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.

Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

The Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association will demonstrate amateur radio at the American Red Cross Midcoast Chapter, 16 Community Way, Topsham, from 2 p.m. June 22 to 2 p.m. June 23. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency radio.org.

For more information, call 751-1166 or email Ka1wal. dsw@gmail.com

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