Pamlico Amateur Radio Club to participate in nationwide event

Published 3:34 pm Wednesday, June 21, 2023

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From Pamlico Amateur Radio Club

Ham radio operators from the Pamlico Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2:00 pm on Saturday until 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 24 – 25. The event is ARRL Field Day(, an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States.

Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities. 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 Beaufort, Pitt and Martin counties will be operating from the Farm Life Ruritan Building 9271 NC 171 in Willamston, for this event and will exhibit radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power the equipment. The public is welcome to come and participate.

The event is good practice for storm season with 4 to 7 tropical cyclones predicted. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” said Club President Gary Faust NG9T. “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,” Faust added.

During Field Day 2022, more than 30,000 hams participated from thousands of locations across North America making over 1.2 million contacts. According to ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the US, and an estimated 3 million worldwide.

Among the tenets of the Amateur Radio Service is developing and practicing skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even contributing to international goodwill. Hams range in age from as young as 9 to older than 100. A self-study license guide is available from ARRL: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual( and for Kindle ( For more information about ARRL Field Day and ham radio, contact Gary Faust (252) 531-4982 and visit