FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2017
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Daniel R. Simpson, Vice President
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.