Amateur radio operators to converge at Camp Kidd

Local amateur radio operators will be grabbing their radios, antennas, batteries and heading to Camp Kidd near Parsons Saturday for Field Day. This event has been named the single most popular on-the-air event in the United States and Canada.

Field Day is a time when operators, sometimes referred to as hams, get together to practice for emergencies, make sure their equipment is in tip-top shape, compete in radio contact contests and have a great time with other operators.

The Mountain State Transmitters, in conjunction with the Parsons Repeater Association, is sponsoring the event, which will begin at 1 p.m.

“This is one of the best learning activities of the year,” said Gene Roy, president of Mountain State Transmitters. “It will feature anything concerning amateur radio. Folks will put up antennas, work on their radios and showcase the many facets of this hobby.”

Modes of transmitting in amateur radio include voice, Morse code, satellite and digital.

“Everyone is welcome to attend,” Roy said. “We want to show the public what amateur radio is about, and what a great hobby it is.”

Amateur radio operators are widely used for their emergency response capabilities. Field Day contests are used to contact as many other operators as possible and to help learn to operate radio gear in less than optimal or abnormal conditions.