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Radio club hosts emergency preparedness event

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club hosted Field Day 2023, an emergency preparedness exercise, Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. till Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m. at Frazier Elementary School's athletic field on Gum Tree Lane.

The premise of Field Day is to prove that in an emergency amateur radio operators or "hams" are capable of setting up radio stations in the field and by using portable antennas and emergency power (generators, batteries, solar) they are able to contact as many other groups around North America doing the same thing. There are expected to be over 40,000 participants in Field Day which has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

During emergencies and natural disasters, normal modes of communication such as telephones, cell phones and the internet usually become overloaded and fail. Amateur Radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio is well-known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

Amateur radio operators must pass exams that test their knowledge of electronics and communication procedures in order to get licensed by the FCC. Once licensed they are issued a unique call sign and have earned the privilege to use frequencies in the radio spectrum that are allocated for the amateur radio Service. Some of these frequencies are for short-range communications while others are capable of contacts over distances of thousands miles. There are over 776,000 licensed hams in the United States.

The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club normally meets at 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at the Scout Hut, 231 E. Hawthorne St. Visitors are always welcome to attend the meetings.

More information can be found at http://www.fallbrookarc.org.

 

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