WILTON - On June 24 and 25, members of the Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association participated in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at Wilton EMS headquarters on Jones Road, just north of Exit 15 on I-87.
During this Field Day event, ham radio operators across North America established temporary ham radio stations in public locations to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio.
Amateur Radio — also called ham radio — allows people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as to provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, without cell phones or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under emergency conditions from almost any location without commercial power.
Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016. “Anyone can pick up a computer or smartphone . . . and communicate,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “When all else fails, ham radio works.”
There are currently over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, from 5 to 100 years of age, and it is easy for anyone to become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. See ham radio in action by visiting Wilton EMS headquarters between 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.