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Ham-radio operators to host regional exercise

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Ham radio operators from the Vienna Wireless Society in Fairfax County will be participating in a national amateur-radio exercise June 26-27.

The event will be held at Amateur Radio Station WA3RGH, a residence located at 12399 Falkirk Drive in Fairfax. Those with an interest in amateur radio are invited to attend to see the radio operators in action.

The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the national association for amateur radio in the U.S.

Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham-radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities.

Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.

Some hams from the area will also use the radio stations set up in their homes or taken to their back yards and other locations to operate individually or with their families. Many hams have portable-radio-communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels and batteries to power their equipment.

During Field Day 2020, more than 18,000 hams participated from thousands of locations across North America. According to ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur-radio licensees in the U.S. and an estimated 3 million worldwide.

The Vienna Wireless Society has been serving amateur-radio operators and the general public in Fairfax and surrounding counties since 1963. For more information on Field Day, amateur radio or the club, visit the Website at www.viennawireless.net.

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