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CATCH THEIR SIGNAL: Public demonstration of emergency communications scheduled this weekend

26 June 2017

Winona Ham Radio enthusiasts gathered on Saturday for the annual Field Day at Wincrest Park, and spent a day experimenting with electronics in a communication trailer.

Howard Thompson, with the Germantown Fire Department explained.

And while it may have sounded the same when Samuel Morse's invention linked the world in the 19th century, it is just as vital today as a communication tool, especially in the event of natural disasters and emergencies, Yokanovich said. "We've seen it go down on several occasions, and the radio operators can perform their duties without any of the modern conveniences around".

The American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, has been holding field day since 1933.

Those interested in becoming a certified ham radio operator can visit the Rockford Amateur Radio Association page here.

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Some operators said they have reached listeners as far as Canada and even South America.

On the subject of why they're called ham radio operators, Christovich insisted it had nothing to do with ham.

The practice is a hobby that could be used should other means of communication be impacted during a disaster.

One thing I learnt was that FM receivers don't need an AGC, since the volume of a signal is related to how much it deviates from the central signal, not how much signal there is, which is why the microphone gain setting on your radio determines the volume, not the level of power. Whitley County "hams" will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities the weekend of June 24-25. "We need nothing between us but air". The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams.

CATCH THEIR SIGNAL: Public demonstration of emergency communications scheduled this weekend