Ham Radio Operators “On the Air” for Nationwide Event June 22-23, 2024

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MUSCLE SHOALS-Ham radio operators from the Muscle Shoals Amateur Radio Club (MSARC) will be participating
in ARRL Field Day, a national amateur radio exercise, from 1:00 pm on Saturday until 1:00 pm
on Sunday, June 22-23, 2024, at Gattman Park in Muscle Shoals, AL. The club will be operating
across the parking lot from the splash pad and the public is invited to attend to learn more about
amateur (ham) radio.
“While many hams volunteer to provide emergency communications when needed, amateur
radio is also a great hobby” according to Tim Holt (KE4QID), Public Information Officer for
MSARC. “It also fits well with educational programs because it crosses geographical and
cultural boundaries.
While studying for a license exam, you will learn some basic electronics theory, atmospheric
and weather conditions, physics, and math. But don’t let that scare you away! The entry-level
exam is mostly about the FCC regulations and operating procedures. There is some techie-type
stuff, but not too much. And, while Morse Code is no longer required, some hams still enjoy
using it. Others like the personal touch of talking to other hams. The newer ‘digital modes’ allow
different types of contacts to be made computer to computer.”
“Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage
critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” Mr. Holt added. “Ham radio
functions completely independently of the internet and phone systems. A remote station can be
set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a
mast, connect a radio and a battery, and communicate effectively with others,” Mr. Holt added.
“Hams also provide storm spotting and damage reports to local Emergency Management
Agencies and the National Weather Service.”
Hams across North America participate in Field Day to demonstrate their skill and service. It
highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and
create an independent, wireless communications network. Many hams have portable radio
communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar
panels, and batteries to power their equipment.
In addition to approximately 1,500 clubs across the country, some hams will also use the radio
stations set up in their homes, backyards, or other locations to operate individually or with their
families. In recent years more than 18,000 hams participated from thousands of locations
across North America.
More information can be found on the Muscle Shoals Amateur Radio Facebook page and at

Media Release/Tim Holt, KE4QID/ARES Emergency Coordinator, Lauderdale County, AL/PIO, Muscle Shoals Amateur Radio Club/PIO, ARRL (American Radio Relay League)

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