Over 35,000 amateur radio operators (also known as “ham” radio operators) from the United States and Canada will participate in the annual “Field Day” drill, sponsored by A-R-R-L – The National Association for Amateur Radio. Members of the Tullahoma-based Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society will erect antennas and operate radios under simulated emergency conditions at Old Stone Fort State Park for 24 continuous hours starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 24th.
All the equipment will be operated from emergency power generators using voice and the newer digital modes of communication. Michael Hamby, K-I-4-U-J-Y, of Tullahoma, is chairman of the event.
The public is invited to visit the site, learn about amateur radio and emergency communications, and even operate the equipment under the supervision of FCC-licensed operators. An information session will be held at 6:00 PM on Saturday evening in the back field behind the ranger’s station. For additional information on the Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society, please contact their representatives.