Ham radio operators to demonstrate skills

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Amateur radio operators around the world will show their communication capabilities June 22 and 23 during the Amateur Radio Relay League’s field day activities. Locally, members of the Littleton Radio Amateurs ham radio club will set up their equipment at the senior shelter in Cornerstone Park.

Cornerstone Park is located at the corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street. Field day activities begin at noon June 22 and run for 24 hours.

The ARRL is an international amateur radio organization that holds a number of events each year. The ARRL website states more than 35,000 amateur radio operators around the world will be operating and communicating from remote locations during the June 22-23 field day.

The focus of field day is to demonstrate emergency communications without the use of phone systems, the Internet, power grid or any other link that could be knocked out in case of an emergency.

Scott Brown, of Littleton Radio Amateurs, said about 10 club members will take part in the field day exercise. He said the hams will be sending and receiving messages by radio voice communication and by Morse code, plus will be transmitting and receiving data.

Amateur radio operators, often called ham operators, have stepped up to provide emergency communications for years. Amateur radio operators handled hundreds of messages during the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, and a team of amateurs in a mobile van set up and handled message traffic during Colorado’s 1976 Big Thompson Flood. Additionally, they have provided backup communications for the American Red Cross and even the International Space Station.