North Fulton Amateur Radio League is hosting a “Field Day” Amateur radio demonstration event Saturday, June 22, through Sunday, June 23, at Groveway Community Park.
This free, 24-hour event starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, where Amateur Radio operators will demonstrate their operating skills and emergency communications capabilities.
Guests will see the latest technology in radio equipment communicating to other ham stations around the world, using the new digital modes and even communicating through an orbiting satellite. With luck, guests and hams might even have a brief chat with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station as it flies over, something NFARL members have been able to do this in years past.
Ham radios allow users to communicate without wires and in the case of a disaster. While knowing Morse code is no longer required for an Amateur Radio operator’s license issued by the FCC, many hams enjoy the challenge of using it to chat with other hams. Guests are invited to come out and witness some of the fastest code operators. There will also be voice stations in operation.
Field Day is an annual event nationwide for hams to show their skills at communicating by radio. Hundreds of clubs are involved across the country, using personally owned radio equipment and providing their own back-up electrical power by setting up generators and solar panels.
This network of Amateur Radio operators has been crucial to maintaining reliable communications during hurricanes, blizzards, tornados, floods and other events that may disable normal communications. Last fall, members of NFARL spent the night at police and fire stations to provide backup communications as Hurricane Michael passed over our area.
For this year, the North Fulton Amateur Radio Emergency Service team will operate on the 2-meter and 70-centimeter bands, demonstrating the many ways radio amateurs can get the word out "when all else fails." NFARL is extremely pleased and excited to have ARES join them again this year.
For the last several years, the North Fulton group has been awarded first place in “Best Attended Field Day” nationally with over two hundred visitors to the event site, including many local elected officials.
This is a family friendly event and club members will personally show their radio gear and explain how it works. Guests can even get on the air and participate.
Groveway Community Park, formerly called Waller Park Extension, is located at 160 Dobbs Drive in Roswell.