Field Day returns June 21-23

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Fort Wayne Radio Club invites the public to experience Field Day at the Old Fort June 21-23.

Amateur radio operators, also known as hams, hold the annual event to practice their emergency communication skills. Across the United States and Canada, hams will practice setting up radio equipment, antennas and generators so that they can communicate with others across the world.

The event is a friendly competition where hams practice the skills needed during emergency situations such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes. AC power is not allowed and hams use temporary antennas strung up on flag poles, trees and rooftops. Using these techniques, they contact, via voice or Morse Code, as many other hams as they can in other states and countries.

The event will take place at the Old Fort, located at 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne. The hams will get an early start Friday, June 21, during a “Low Power” competition. The main event will start 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and continue through the night to Sunday, June 23.

During Field Day, hams will share information on how they are utilized during Public Service Events such as the Fort 4 Fitness Races, the Breast Cancer Walk and the IT100 Race at the Chain O’Lakes State Park.

The Old Fort will be open to the public during this event and there is no fee. For more information about the Fort Wayne Radio Club, visit www.fwrc.info.

The public is welcome.