Members of the Palms West Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national amateur radio Field Day exercise on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 at Preservation Park near the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center.
Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 26 from 2 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, June 27 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Field Day is a showcase for how amateur radio works reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network.
“Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with laptops or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage,” explained Bob Inderbitzen of the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio. “In today’s electronic do-it-yourself environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology and numerous other scientific disciplines, and it is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”
Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are more than 750,000 licensed hams in the United States, and with clubs such as the Palms West Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved.