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Hancock County to observe Amateur Radio Week

Field Day set at Clarke Field

AMATEUR RADIO WEEK — During the May 17 Hancock County Commission meeting, commissioners approved a proclamation recognizing Amateur Radio Week, June 18 to June 24. As part of local observances, the Hancock AuxComm Team will host an Amateur Field Day event, beginning 2 p.m. June 23 at Clarke Field in Newell. Pictured, from left, are Hancock AuxComm Team Secretary Roy Pomanteer, commission President Jeff Davis, Commissioner Joe Barnabei and Commissioner Paul Cowey. -- Craig Howell

NEW CUMBERLAND — Area residents interested in learning more about the world of amateur radio will have an opportunity with an event planned by the Hancock AuxComm Team.

Part of the national Amateur Field Day, the event will be held from 2 p.m., June 23 to 2 p.m., June 24 at Clarke Field in Newell.

“We’re operating for a 24-hour consecutive period,” team Secretary Roy Polmanteer said.

Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work under any conditions, from just about any location, and create an independent communications network.

During the May 17 Hancock County Commission meeting, commissioners approved a proclamation recognizing June 18 to June 24 as Amateur Radio Week in the county.

Ham radio operators have held annual field day exercises since 1933, according to Polmanteer, establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to showcase the science and skill involved in operating amateur radio.

The event is open to the public, with hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity for unlicensed individuals to get on the air.

Polmanteer noted there also are plans for two do-it-yourself soldering classes for kids, where participants will be able to make their own flashlight. Those classes are limited to the first 10 individuals under the age of 16 to register.

For more information about Field Day, contact Polmanteer at either (520) 079-0713 or Secretary.HancockAuxcomm@gmail.com.

Polmanteer said there are more than 725,000 licensed ham radio operators in the United States.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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