BELFAST — Ham radio operators from the Waldo County Amateur Radio Association in Belfast participated  in a national amateur radio exercise at Troy Howard Middle School June 25 and 26.

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

Hams from across North America  participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations outdoors. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities.

This year’s event is noteworthy because a particularly active hurricane season is predicted.

“The Waldo County Amateur Radio Association works closely with the county in planning and training for disasters,” Dale Rowley, Waldo County Emergency Management Director, said in an Amateur Radio Association press release about the event.

Waldo County hams make contacts via voice and Morse code on Field Day over the June 25-26 weekend at Troy Howard Middle School. Courtesy of Dan McCarthy

Hams have a long history of serving their communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers, because ham radio functions completely independently of the internet and phone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others.