The Centralia Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Team will be participating in Amateur Radio Field Day this weekend. Beginning on Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m. and ending Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m. the annual event occurs on the fourth Saturday of every June in the U.S. and Canada.
During the event, amateur radio operators join with their clubs, groups or friends, of which the Centralia ARES Team is one example, and operate their radios from remote locations.
The Centralia ARES team is a group of “FCC licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer their time, expertise and equipment to provide back-up communications during emergency situations. Volunteers train to conduct urban and rural searches for lost or missing persons, as well as provide communications during community events such as parades and summer festivals.”
Amateur radio, commonly known as “ham radio,” has been around for a century and is an activity enjoyed worldwide.
The Amateur Radio Field Day, hosted by the Amateur Radio Relay League, is the most popular annual on-air event in the U.S.
Anyone interested in becoming an FCC licensed amateur radio operator or serving your community as a volunteer with the Centralia ARES team can go to the group’s website at K7CEM.com.