MEDIA ADVISORY
Amateur Radio “Field Day” – June 22 and 23 – Will Focus on Skill, Service, Science
WHO/WHAT Members of the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club, W4GS, will be participating in the national amateur radio Field Day exercise, June 22 – 23 at the Coastal Carolina University – Marine Science Lab Parking Lot, 301 Allied Dr., Conway, SC 29576. 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.
WHEN Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. On Saturday, June 22, from 2:00 p.m. EDT to 2:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 23. Set-up will start about 9:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 22nd
WHERE the Coastal Carolina University – Marine Science Lab Parking Lot, 301 Allied Dr., Conway, SC 29576
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WHY 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,” says Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, spokesperson for ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio®, (www.arrl.org), which represents amateur (or “ham”) radio operators across the country. “In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down,” Inderbitzen adds. Anyone may become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are more than 757,610 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Horry County. For more information about Field Day or amateur radio, contact Henry Chinery, GSARC PIO gsarc-pio@w4gs.org or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio https://w4gs.org/Field-Day/ You can find ARRL produced video and audio PSA clips at https://www.arrl.org/public-service-announcements