Homeschoolers: Ham Radio Field Day 2017
Charlotte Area Homeschoolers are Invited to Attend the 2017 AARL Field Day
Homeschoolers - Are you interested in learning about ham radio? Want to see ham operators in action? Want an opportunity to get on the air? The Mecklenburg County Amateur Radio Society invites you to join them for the AARL (American Amateur Radio League) Field day at Wilgrove Mint Hill Park, June 24, 2017 - June 25, 2017.
Kids of all ages (parents are just big kids, right?) are welcome to get on the air! Stop by and learn about ham radio. It is FUN!
When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 25, 2017, 2:00 p.m. (yes, they will be there, operating all night long!)
Where: Wilgrove Mint Hill Park Map
What is Field Day? It’s the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
You'll have an opportunity to learn about ham radio, get on the air, and connect with other hams. The MARS Club will be operating there over night, so come by whenever you can. Don't be shy - just stop in and introduce yourself to whoever is operating!
Here are some interesting facts about ham radio:
- In 2011, the American Radio Relay League estimated that there were more than 2 MILLION people throughout the world involved in amateur radio.
- Volunteer amateur radio operators regularly assist community events such as marathons and large scale public gatherings.
- Volunteer amateur radio operators may become specially trained and licensed to provide public communications services during community disasters.
- Licensed amateur radio operators may also assist the military with communications on a local, national, and international basis in conjunction with the Military Auxiliary Radio System.
- The term "ham" was first used as a negative term to mock radio operators with poor Morse code skills. It has been reclaimed by the amateur radio community as a term of pride!