Local hams gear up for field day near Galion

Staff report

Local Amateur Radio Operators will work ‘round the clock beginning at 2 p.m. on June 25 during the CCARC’s (Crawford County Amateur Radio Club) Field Day Operation on Nazor Road, east of Galion near the overpass bridge.

Participants will set up field radio communications stations, get on the air and contact thousands of other operators in the U.S. and Canada a part of participation in the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day.

Field Day is a way for hams to get outdoors and have fun under some difficult conditions, but it’s also a chance to fine-tune emergency communication skills.

“We use generators and battery power, and we set up antennas in the field. The idea is to put together a self-sufficient, working station quickly and begin making contacts,” said Keith Moore of CCARC in a press release.

The ARRL Field Organization has been effective in establishing emergency communication nets during floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and other major disasters. Members of formal emergency organizations such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Communication Emergency Services (RACES) regularly participate. The League estimates that more than 35,000 hams participate in Field Day every year.

The public is invited to the group’s Field Day. For more information, contact Keith Moore 419-989-2771.

Staff report