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Ham radio field day is June 23 and 24, 2018

John Laine, also known as K7PRS of the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club, makes contact on a ham radio at the Prescott HAMFest Saturday, June 2, 2018. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

John Laine, also known as K7PRS of the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club, makes contact on a ham radio at the Prescott HAMFest Saturday, June 2, 2018. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Ham radio or amateur radio is a licensed form of communication over moderate to very long distance, using two-way radio. Today, there are far more licensed radio amateurs (hams) than ever before. Radio is a form of social media.

Amateur radio is a hobby, but with some serious aspects. There are many amateurs who help out in emergency communications through Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). Others provide communications support for public service events, such as bike and road races held in the Prescott area.

The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC), in Prescott, is the largest amateur radio club in Arizona. To learn more, see the website www.w7yrc.org.

A nationwide amateur radio gathering, known as Field Day, is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. Thousands of hams will be working their radios across the country. The event is a party and a training exercise at the same time.

During Field Day, clubs like YARC offer introductions to interested folks by providing literature, visits to the club’s station and a chance to grab the microphone and talk to an amateur radio operator in another state. YARC will participate in Field Day from the Jeep Posse Headquarters, 1200 Commerce Drive, in Pioneer Park, Prescott, right behind the hockey rink. The location will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-- Information provided by Yavapai Amateur Radio Club