Benton County ARES participates in tri-county exercise for ARRL Field Day!

Coming June 23-24, 2018

The BC MO EM is proud to announce that the BC ARES will be participating in a tri-group, tri-county exercise on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.

Beginning at 1 pm local time on Saturday, the Amateur Radio Relay League’s event, “Field Day” will begin and amateur radio operators, clubs, and groups from all over the world will take part in an exercise designed to illustrate how important, useful, and powerful amateur radio can be when there is no commercial power available.  The amateurs will operate on emergency power using anything from generators to solar power and batteries and more!

Samantha Henley, the Emergency Coordinator for the BC ARES (and Deputy Director of the BC MO EM), along with her 15-year-old daughter (who is also a licensed ham), will be on location in Warrensburg, working with the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. and the Sedalia-Pettis Amateur Radio Klub to compete in the exercise.  When asked what her goals were, Samantha answered, “We hope to encourage all of the ham radio operators in Benton County to take some time to get on the radio and join in this great event!  We’re very excited to work with WAARCI and SPARK and we plan to come back with some fantastic stories!  We also hope to learn a lot so we can organize our own Field Day right in Benton County in 2019!”

As one of the biggest contests for the ARRL, Field Day has been combined with the International Grid Chase to help promote the hobby not only here in the United States, but around the world!

With the much-publicized use of amateur radio in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico during the hurricanes last year, emergency management has worked with “hams” from the local level all the way up to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The motto of the ARRL is, “When all else fails, Amateur Radio works!” and it holds true!

If you are curious about this event or ham radio in general, you can find the ARRL here and information about the BC ARES here.

Press Release from the BC ARES for 2018 ARRL Field Day