Local amateur radio operators will organize field day activities in Hays

Press release

Ellis County Ham Operators would like to invite everyone to attend the American Radio Relay League Field Day beginning with a Swap Party at 10 a.m. and official Field Day activities at beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022, near the West Officers’ Quarters at Historic Fort Hays.

ARRL Field Day is a coordinated opportunity for thousands of amateur radio enthusiasts across the United States and Canada to set up temporary comms stations and make radio contact with others. Licensed radio operators (known as “Hams”) spend the weekend honing their technical skills for community outreach and emergency preparedness.

The first ARRL Field Day event was held in June 1933 with a break from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. The event continues to be a popular annual activity with growing public appeal.

“Take a moment to put away your cell phone and join us on Field Day 2022 and get a taste of the excitement modern amateur radio operators experience today,” said John Begler, President of ECHO.

During the contest, stations exchange call signs and information about their locations and equipment using a variety of radios, from old tube-style relics to modern sophisticated digital radios.

The event is a competition for clubs, like ECHO, teams and other individuals to connect with as many stations as possible across the Americas and around the world. Field Day activities span two days, officially beginning Saturday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), or 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, and ending Sunday, June 26 at 8:59 p.m. minute before 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in Hays.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn about the history of communications and the radio communication tools that continue to be valuable today,” Begler said.

The event is designed for amateur radio enthusiasts to hone their skills and is an open invitation to the public to learn more and maybe, one day, become Ham operators themselves.

For more information, follow the club’s Facebook page @ Ellis County Ham Operators Club (ECHO). You are also welcome to attend monthly club meetings which are held the first Thursday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the meeting room of the Ellis County Extension Office, 601 Main Street, Hays. You can also contact the group by email at [email protected]

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