Milledgeville radio club participates in national event: Field Day provides demonstration of skills, service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2017

For More Information
Daniel R. Simpson, Vice President
vp@milledgevillearc.org
478-290-5366

Hurb Ingles (right) assists Nikki Simpson in contacting other radio amateurs from around North America as part of the 2017 ARRL Field Day

Milledgeville, GA – On June 24, 2017, amateur radio operators, sometimes called ham radio operators, from Milledgeville and the surrounding area gathered at Georgia College’s West Campus for this year’s ARRL Field Day. The annual event, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, encourages participants to use their technical skills to operate from portable stations using alternative power sources to simulate a widespread disaster. During the event, operators were able to contact other participants in 29 states and 3 Canadian providences.

“The core of amateur radio is public service,” says Daniel Simpson, the vice president of the Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club and the Baldwin County Emergency Coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Simpson continues, “There are many different situations were ham radio can play a role in an emergency response. Natural disasters, major events which require inter-agency coordination, or any event where normal communication routes are disrupted can include ham radio as part of the response plan. This event demonstrates our capabilities to the community and emergency management professionals.”

In times where an emergency response is not necessary, ham radio has something for everyone. People as young as five years old have completed the requirements to be licensed. And once they do, the possibilities are endless. Club president Hurb Ingles puts it this way, “It is the only hobby that I know of that covers every aspect of STEM, plus foreign languages, geography, and international relations. And radio operators come from all walks of life including students, engineers, actors, and world leaders.”

The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club has members from Baldwin, Bibb, Jones, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties and beyond. Formed in 1961, it provides licensing, operating, and technical resources to ham radio operators and other interested parties in the surrounding area. More information is available at milledgevillearc.org.

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Join Us for Field Day

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June 13, 2017

 

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Daniel R. Simpson, Vice President
k4drs@arrl.net
478-290-5366

Amateur radio operators demonstrate science, skill, and service

Milledgeville, GA – Members of the Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 24th at the Georgia College West Campus Pavilion. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Beyond preparing for a wide spread communications emergency, Field Day has grown into a major social event,” says Daniel R. Simpson, Vice President of the Milledgeville club. “It is a chance to all get together, show off our equipment, learn from each other, and enjoy time and a meal together, all while being an open house for the hobby.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in the Milledgeville community.

For more information about Field Day, visit wb4doj.org.

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Deep Roots Special Event Station

Thank you to everyone who made the special event station for the Deep Roots festival a success. Operating for five hours on October 18, 2014, we were able to log 59 contacts in twenty states, as well as Canada and Wales.

If you worked the MARC as W4M for this event, please QSL to Otis Murphy, W4OY.

Otis (KE4UWJ) and Otis (W4OY) Thanks to Diane White for this photo.
Otis (KE4UWJ) and Otis (W4OY)
Thanks to Diane White for this photo.
Dave (N4VDL) Thanks to Daniel Simpson for this photo.
Dave (N4VDL)
Thanks to Daniel Simpson for this photo.
Ron (K4QCE) Thanks to Daniel Simpson for this photo.
Ron (K4QCE)
Thanks to Daniel Simpson for this photo.
Otis (KE4UWJ), Daniel (KF4JAL), Ron (K4QCE), and Dave (N4VDL) Thanks to Diane White for this photo.
Otis (KE4UWJ), Daniel (KF4JAL), Ron (K4QCE), and Dave (N4VDL)
Thanks to Diane White for this photo.
Dave (N4VDL) and Ron (K4QCE) Thanks to Daniel Simpson for this photo.
Dave (N4VDL) and Ron (K4QCE)
Thanks to Daniel Simpson for this photo.