Radio Club To Hold Field Day June 26-27

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The MARCA Amateur Radio Club is again participating in the annual ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day event.

This Amateur Radio Field Day event is June 26 and 27 and tests the amateur radio community emergency preparedness as well as provides an opportunity to enjoy our hobby of amateur radio.

The club will set up and operate field radio stations to contact other hams throughout the U.S. and Canada over a 24-hour period. The objective of the operating portion of the event is to make the highest number of contacts during the contest period, club members said.

This event allows U.S. and Canadian amateur radio operators and amateur radio clubs to practice and demonstrate their proficiency in setup and operation of an emergency radio communications station. The ARRL National Field organization estimates that more than 30,000 hams will participate in the 2010 Field Day.

The event will start at 11 a.m. on June 26 and will last for 24 hours. During the event, club members expect to contact more than 1,000 field day amateur radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The club will be at the Gentry Group Campground in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The event is open to the public.

This location is just south of Highway 260 approximately 35 miles east of Payson. Turn right (south) on the road to Black Canyon Lake (mile marker 291) and go approximately 4.5 miles to the Gentry Lookout tower and Gentry Group Campground.

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