Thousands of people participate in National Amateur Radio Field Day

11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Saturday, June 24 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT June 24, 2017 in News
By: Shade Bullock, KOMU 8 Reporter
Radio operators contact people from across the country during National Field Day.

COLUMBIA - Members of the Central Missouri Radio Association are inviting mid-Missourians to participate in the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at Rock Bridge State Park.

The event started operating at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and will continue until Sunday at 1 p.m.

The event is free to the public.

National Field Day allows ham radio operators to experiment with electronics and communication at temporary radio station setups in public places. Operators are able to contact people from all over the world through radio frequency.

Amateur radio also known as ham radio, is a popular hobby and service that causes people, electronics, and communication to come together. People utilize ham radio to communicate within a range of distances from across the neighborhood to into space. Amateur radio does this without the use of Internet or cell phones, making it an essential communication network during national disasters.

Bill McFarland, Boone County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Emergency Coordinator, said that Field Day showcases differences in contemporary communication.

"Field Day is a day where we try to communicate with 35,000 to 40,000 other hams who are doing the same thing all over the United States at the same time without using commercial power and without using the Internet to see how we can communicate," McFarland said.

Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in National Field Day in 2016. Ham radio enthusiasts are hoping to see that number grow this year with youth involvement.

Tim Spurgeon, President of Boone County Emergency Service, encourages for younger citizens to participate.

"We do want to encourage young people to be involved, so for that reason today we have invited boy scouts, girl scouts, grade schools and high schools in the area to try to get them interested in doing this," Spurgeon said.

Brian Fowler President of the Central Missouri Radio Association, noted that ham radio has helped Missourians in the past.

"During the Joplin tornado there were a lot of hams in the community that showed up and helped send help and welfare to families."

Radio operators believe it is important to always be prepared if modern technology would fail us today, thus why they exercise their equipment and skills once a year on National Amateur Radio Field Day.

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON (AP) — A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a... More >>
3 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 11:46:01 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is going to jail. Paul Manafort was ordered into... More >>
3 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 11:06:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
MACON COUNTY - Authorities released details Friday of the arrests of three people Wednesday on suspicion of marijuana distribution. ... More >>
3 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 11:04:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri State Board of Education on Thursday reapproved six charter schools in its first... More >>
3 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 7:02:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking spent his life teaching the world about space, so it is only fitting that... More >>
3 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 5:46:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia hopes to start a project to improve the water supply to MU's Women's and... More >>
3 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 4:57:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The private attorneys who represented former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' office against potential... More >>
3 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 4:22:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In 2017, there were 16 people killed in work zone accidents in Missouri, according to MoDOT. ... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:40:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
FULTON - A Facebook post about Fulton's brick streets sparked a lively conversation between Fulton residents about the historic Brick... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:18:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A progressive advocacy group and a Missouri voter filed a lawsuit against the state over its voter... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:01:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in Top Stories
MOBERLY – Every week, through the Summer Café a local organization provides a free lunch for young people regardless of... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Thursday Night Live in Jefferson City has... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:29:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:45:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The City of Columbia coordinates nine cooling centers around town to help people beat the unseasonably high temperatures.... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 1:53:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man has been convicted in the fatal road rage killing of a Kansas City... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:33:51 AM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A single-car crash sent one man to the hospital for serious injuries. Brandon Barger, a 19-year-old... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:36:00 AM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – After five months of cancelled meetings, the Missouri State Board of Education will hold its first meeting... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:51:00 AM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who found a 15-year-old gunshot victim on northeast Columbia Thursday morning said he overheard the gunshots... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:12:00 AM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
4am 77°
5am 77°
6am 76°
7am 77°