OKLAHOMA CITY — The ARRL - The National Association for Amateur Radio, and all Oklahoma amateur radio operators who are dedicated to public service – were recognized this week for their service to their communities. The proclamation from Oklahoma's Governor Brad Henry proclaimed June 18 - 24, 2006, as Amateur Radio Week. Governor Henry recognized amateur radio operators' "value in public assistance by providing emergency radio communications and for these services they donate to the state." Ham radio operators typically help with communication during weather-related emergencies such as the devastating hurricanes along the Gulf coast this past year.

 The highlight of amateur radio week will be "Field Day" (an emergency communications preparedness exercise), which takes place June 24-25 in locations all over the state (and thought out the nation).  Field Day is an annual nationwide event that was designed to test operators' abilities to set up and operate portable stations under emergency conditions, such as the loss of electricity, during severe weather conditions, or other disasters. The event is a serious test of skill and a contest for fun, too. During the weekend, the radio operators try to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible. More than 35,000 Amateur Radio operators across the country participated in last year's event. The first Field Day was held in 1933.

Today there are more than 700,000 Amateur Radio operators in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. Information on how to become involved in Amateur Radio is available from ARRL - The National Association for Amateur Radio, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111 or phone 1-800-32-NEW HAM. Visit ARRL on the Web at www.arrl.org or www.hello-radio.org.

Ada Amateur Radio Club field day location is behind the National Guard building north of the Ada airport

Field day is a t noon June 24-25.

For more information, phone Charles Etier at (580) 436-4425 

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