Thursday, June 20, 2024

SPARC makes the local press!


SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22 – 23, at Spring Lake Park in South Plainfield. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — also called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.

The setup will feature a “Get On The Air” station, where anyone without an Amateur Radio license will be able to get behind a microphone and communicate with other Field Day stations throughout the United States and Canada.

At 4:00 PM on Saturday, there will be an educational event for youngsters titled “When life hands you lemons …..make electricity!”  Club members will explain how the batteries that power cellphones, tablets and computers actually work. Simple batteries will be constructed using lemons and simple supplies found around the house.

The event runs for 24 hours from 2:00 PM on Saturday to 2:00 PM Sunday. Please feel free to drop by and see how easy it is to get involved in Amateur Radio.

Contact: Larry Makoski W2LJ  –

It's amazing what you can accomplish when you follow the ARRL's boiler plate for publicity. I'm no PIO, but this was pretty easy for my first try at this!

72 de Larry W2LJ

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