Field Day arrives at Adams County Health Department


Field Day has been called the Amateur Radio Open House. Held on the last weekend of June, it is the most popular event in amateur radio, also known as amateur radio. Amateur radio operators across North America are setting up temporary radio stations, erecting antennas, and demonstrating their ability to communicate without the use of electricity or commercial services. While this is a fun day filled with contests, picnics, and teaching about their hobby, Field Day provides an opportunity to practice important communication skills. emergency. Amateur radio operators, all volunteers and unpaid, regularly provide essential communications in the event of an emergency when telephones, cellphones and other forms of communication are not available.

Amateur radio provided the only means of communication for much of Puerto Rico after being devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. In many communities, ham radio provides emergency relief communication for local hospitals during power outages and storms. In severe weather, Adams County amateur radio group DeForest Amateur Radio Club is responsible for relaying reports from weather observers in a nine-county area to the National Weather Service in Wilmington as part of the Skywarn system.

Amateur radio’s volunteerism, community service and emergency preparedness make it a good fit with public health. The Adams County Department of Health is proud to host the location for Field Day 2021 on Saturday June 26 and Sunday June 27.

As life gradually returns to a more normal state after a year of health restrictions caused by COVID-19, it’s important to recognize another group of volunteers in Adams County. The Medical Reserve Corps is a nationwide network of local volunteer groups that help local communities to

strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability and improve emergency preparedness, response and recovery capacity. The Adams County MRC has come together to serve our community during COVID-19 vaccination efforts. With their help, more than 6,000 members of our community have been protected from COVID-19. Their efforts make events like Field Day possible.

All are invited to attend Field Day 2021 at the Adams County Health Department at 923 Sunrise Avenue in West Union on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27, to learn more about Amateur Radio, the emergency communications, the Medical Reserve Corps and how volunteering can help our community.

William E. Hablitzel, MD is the Adams County Health Commissioner. He can be contacted at the Adams County Department of Health, 923 Sunrise Avenue, West Union, Ohio, 45693

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