Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society will host Amateur Radio Field Day on June 22-23 at the Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester. The event will take place from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday, with guided tours on the 22nd from noon until 4 p.m.
MTARS is a local area organization of volunteer licensed amateur radio operators who set up and demonstrate their communications skill sets and equipment, improvising radio communications off-the-grid, outdoors in the park.
Field Day is a community outreach and networking day to see Ham Radio Operators in action under emergency-like conditions. The operators will be using alternative power sources like solar, battery, generator and more, with antennas strung in trees and other temporary configurations.
It is a chance for individuals to actually talk on the “Get on the Air” radio under the supervision of a licensed operator and meet local area MTARS members. “For young or old, amateur radio has a lot to offer with a little study to pass the license exam, you can be on the air yourself,” said Dave Satterwhite, chairman of MTARS.
“Amateur radio operators provide a critical public service for our communities; during times of disaster we are able to provide reliable communications when the normal infrastructure is offline,” Satterwhite said. “Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and trained in the art and science of radio communication and basic electronics theory, we own and maintain our own communications equipment and are prohibited by federal law from receiving payment for our services.
“ARRL, our national organization, has built relationships with several served agencies including FEMA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and many others,” he added.