Amateur radio field day June 22, 23

The Mora Open Repeater Association will be participating in an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day June 22 and 23 at the Kanabec County fairgounds in Mora.
The event is free and will allow the public to observe, learn about and participate in the Field Day activities.
Equipment for the field day will be set up starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The on-air operations will run from 1 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday.
The ARRL calls the Field Day the biggest amateur radio operating event of the year. According to the ARRL, thousands of hams (amateur radio operators) across the United States and Canada participate in the Field Day as a training exercise and to demonstrate their ability to set up communications in remote locations. It also allows hams to practice how to communicate with each other using a wide range of operating frequencies and a variety of operational voice and data modes.
Field Day also offers the chance to learn how ARES, RACES and Skywarn serve the public and how amateur radio has “filled the voids when all other forms of emergency communications have failed,” the ARRL states. ARES is the ARRL arm of emergency services, and RACES is the government arm of amateur emergency services, according to the website, www.arrl.org. Skywarn is an organization of volunteers trained to spot severe weather and report it to the National Weather Service.
Free literature on amateur radio and a signup sheet for persons interested in becoming a licensed ham radio operator will be available at Field Day.
A potluck cookout is scheduled for the site beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday as part of Field Day. Cookout participants are asked to bring food to share.
More information is available by calling Patricia Ruble at 763 389-2495.

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