Members of the Foothills Amateur Radio Society are scheduled to demonstrate the capabilities of amateur radio 11 a.m. June 28 to 11 a.m. June 29.
Amateur Radio Field Day, held in the field next to Maryknoll Seminary at 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, will be open to the public 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 28 and 7-11 a.m. June 29.
Society members will operate three radio stations and attempt to make as many contacts as possible with amateur radio stations throughout North and South America. They will communicate via voice, Morse code, radio Teletype and digital-packet radio. Hundreds of similar radio stations will be set up and operated throughout the Western Hemisphere. More than 37,500 ham radio operators participated last year.
Amateur Radio Field Day is an exercise in emergency radio communications that begins with the setup of radio stations under field conditions. Amateur radio operators erect antennas, assemble radio stations and power up electric generators in an effort to simulate conditions during an emergency. Ham radio operators frequently provide communications support during emergencies, such as after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
There are more than 720,000 amateur radio operators in the United States and more than 3 million worldwide.