Rockford Scanner™: RARA Field Day


Rockford area amateur radio operators to demonstrate
emergency communications at Roscoe VFW

Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications
June 22 – 23, 2019

Rockford area ham radio operators from the Rockford Amateur Radio
Association will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators, who will be
showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the
news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical
communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America
including wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes, and other life threatening events

On the weekend of June 22 – 23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk
with ham radio operators from the Rockford Amateur Radio Association and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. This event is being held at the Roscoe VFW, 11385 2nd Street, Roscoe, IL., from 1:00 pm Saturday thru 1:00 pm Sunday.

Showing the newest digital capabilities, and voice communications, the
Rockford ham operators will be holding a public demonstrations of emergency
communications abilities. This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of
the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national
association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power, the ham operators will construct emergency stations and antennas. The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham Radio” – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

The public is welcomed to attend and learn why ham radio is used for
emergency communications.