"We also use field day as an opportunity to get together with other amateurs to demonstrate amateur radio to other members of the community", Dan Ringer, the W.V. Section Manager of American Radio Relay League, says.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the operators set up a shop Saturday at two different locations in Howard County.
"If you lost cell phone communication, if you lost the ability even to charge your cell phone and you wouldn't have communication, ham radio has a separate infrastructure that it can use to provide communications anywhere, anytime", he said.
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.
Tim Ramsey, another ham and club member, said he likes Morse because "it's crisp and there's never any static".
"Ham radio operators are some of the only ones that can get the message in and out if a disaster occurs".
The Columbia Amateur Radio Association participated in the drill at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Ellicott City. All ham radio operators have to take classes in order to sit for a Federal Communication Commission license. "We can often locate family members when given a name by a loved one".
Ham radio operators work in conjunction with first responders supplying needed critical information while at the same time offering another avenue of communication with the outside world.
The radio operation is expected to continue until 2 p.m. Sunday.
"I call it real time texting or real time email", Alan Swinger, club member, said.