Madison County - On June 22 local amateur radio operators will be holding a public demonstration of emergency communication abilities at the site of the former Middle School, adjacent to Memorial Park on South Main Street in Fredericktown.
The annual event, known as “field day”, is a day when amateur radio operators, known also as “hams”, from across the world take to the airwaves simulating emergency conditions and make themselves available to the public to educate and share experiences.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail, and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, storms, ice, and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cable leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. Hams provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross, FEMA, and even for the International Space station. Area Hams will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend.
The public is invited to drop by and experience for themselves the extraordinary versatility of ham radio.