National Field Day

A Queen Anne’s Amateur Radio Club operator takes part in a previous National Field Day.

CENTREVILLE — On June 22 and 23, members of the Queen Anne’s Amateur Radio Club will participate in the National Field Day for amateur radio operators. Throughout the country, ham radio operators will set up radio stations in unusual locations and make contact with others as a display of their emergency communications capabilities using only emergency power supplies.

QAARC will conduct operations at White Marsh Park, at the intersection of Rt. 213 and White Marsh Road (old Bloomfield Farm). Entrance to the farm is located on Rt. 213 just south of the intersection of White Marsh Road. The event will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to sundown Saturday and sunrise to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Despite the internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, hurricanes, wild fires, severe thunderstorms, blizzard, and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station.

Like most communities, Queen Anne’s County doesn’t expect a major emergency. But they happen, and losing communications quickly can turn an emergency into a real disaster. Queen Anne’s County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service members will be demonstrating their emergency capabilities.

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