HAGERSTOWN, MD (WDVM) – Have you ever thought of running your radio for 24 hours… or even using it to try to communicate with others? The Radio Antietam Association will broadcast a number of HAM radios from 2 p.m. on Saturday June 26 until 2 p.m. on Sunday June 27.
A number of radios, as well as antennas, are currently installed at Leitersburg Ruritan Park in Hagerstown as part of the annual HAM Radio Day.
During the 24-hour event, amateur radio operators from across the United States and Canada communicate using radio frequencies as well as other media like Morse code.
Although most people do not immediately turn on their radios for daily communications, they can be used in emergency situations where telephone service or even electricity is not available.
Steve Struharik is the Director of Activities of the Radio Antietam Association and organized the HAM Radio Field Day. He explained that the day is designed not only to introduce others to the radio systems, but also to set up the systems and practice using them if the need arises.
“Hams are just your everyday neighbor, but we also provide an emergency backdrop for emergency communications in situations where they need help. “
For more information on the Radio Antietam Association, please visit their website.