WEST JEFFERSON – The Ashe County Amateur Radio Club (ACARC) spent all day and night on the airwaves as thousands of others joined them across the country for the annual AARL Field Day.
Each year, “Ham Radio” operators come together on the last weekend in June to test their equipment and see how many contacts can be made with fellow radio operators. This also gives enthusiasts a chance to make sure their systems can be ready for emergency situations.
Westwood Elementary School has been the site for the most recent Field Day events. Radio users use generators and batteries to power their equipment instead of relying on electricity from houses and other buildings. This simulates what could possibly happen in an emergency or disaster situation.
The ACARC takes pride in having the equipment and people available to provide communication to the county, state and across the country during emergency situations.
The club meets at Smoky Mountain BBQ on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
If you are interested in getting your amateur radio license or would like more information about the Ashe County Amateur Radio Club, feel free to attend one of the meetings or visit their website at w4ysb.org.
The club can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ashecountyarc and can be followed on Twitter @w4ysb.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87