HAM operators to simulate 24-hour emergency response

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FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a nationwide, 24 hour long emergency preparedness drill called Field Day. 

This event is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, a national organization for amateur radio and locally by Lee County Emergency Management Agency.  Field Day events test federally licensed amateur radio operators’ (HAM) ability to set up portable stations, under simulated disaster conditions, and contact other groups across the United States and Canada. 

HAM Radio operators are an invaluable resource for communications, especially once present systems become inoperable.  The Fort Madison Amateur Radio Club intends to use voice, Morse code, digital, and satellite communications. 

The public is encouraged to stop by and see what being a HAM is all about.  The Field Day will start at 1pm on Saturday June 22nd and run through Sunday at 1 pm and will be held at the Lion’s Shelter House in Rodeo Park.

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