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Ham radio Field Day set for late June

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It's the radio hobby's most popular event - Field Day!

The two-day contest will be held June 28-29 across North America and more than 35,000 ham operators are expected to participate.

Their locations? Campers, trailers and public parks are just a few possibilities, along with conventional buildings and emergency operation centers.

The object? To exchange information with as many other stations as possible, using mostly non-commercial power such as generators, batteries or solar.

Field Day, which began in 1933, shows that hams can send messages in many forms without using telephones, the Internet or any infrastructure that can be compromised by a crisis, says the American Radio Relay League, the event sponsor.

It's also a hobby recruitment tool, in the hope that visitors to Field Day sites will have more than a passing interest in radio, and become licensed hams themselves.

Visitors are always welcome, and hams are delighted to show off their station configurations, and maybe offer up a burger or hot dog from the barbecue grill.

In Connecticut, 24 ham radio groups have already registered for Field Day, with more expected to register as the event gets closer.

Some of the locations include:

  • Marcus-Cook Park in Wallingford;
  • White Hills Recreation Center in Shelton;
  • Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding;
  • Prospect Fire Department EOC in Prospect

A complete list of nationwide Field Day sites can be found here.

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