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Casper’s Amateur Radio Club to hold Field Day Saturday

(Graphic courtesy of Casper ARC)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Amateur Radio Club will begin demonstrating its skills at noon on Saturday, running until noon Sunday, at the Natrona County Fairgrounds lot.

Amateur radio, or “ham radio,” is “a popular hobby and service in which licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment,” its national site states.

Operators/hams aim to communicate to faraway places without using relays, commercial towers, the internet or phones.

The club’s site describes Field Day as an “annual, open and public demonstration of what we can do to communicate in austere conditions.” Participants will get set up and onto the air as quickly as possible, and make as many contacts as they can with self-imposed limitations, which can include “limited power output, field expedient antennas, [or] no grid (shore) power.”

A VE session, where participants can sit for their license or upgrades to it, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday; the club asks those interested in that to register beforehand. There will be a $15 fee to take an exam.

Setup will begin at 11 a.m. that day, with attendees welcome to watch or help with preparations.

More information can be found on Casper Amateur Radio Club’s website.