LITTLE MOUNTAIN — Each summer in June, radio amateur enthusiasts, also known as HAMS, participate in a training exercise called Field Day.
This is not a contest, but it is a fun way to test their radio equipment and personal skills for use in an emergency, if needed.
For the 24-hour exercise, HAMS set up their radio equipment in a setting other than their homes to simulate conditions in a field operation. Emergency electrical power is encouraged to be used when possible.
This exercise is organized by the American Amateur Radio League and is conducted throughout the United States.
Field Day participants make radio contact with other participants and in so doing points are given for different categories of operation, i.e., portable operation, emergency power, number of radio transmitters used.
This summer, Field Day will begin at 2 p.m. June 28 and continue until 2 p.m. June 29.
In Newberry County, a group of Hams is participating.
The Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group (DFARG) club is located in Little Mountain in the old town fire department. Amateur Radio is a hobby with broad interest and DFARG is a club with equally broad interests.
Not only does the group have capability of communicating by voice, but it also uses Morse code and now digital forms through Radio Teletype, PSK and other various computer modes.
DFARG’s location in Little Mountain makes it an ideal support function for not only Newberry County but also for NW Richland and NW Lexington Counties.
The group, if needed, has capability of assisting with emergency communications for the Newberry County Memorial Hospital and Town of Little Mountain, including County and State officials.
DFARG meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in “The Shack” at 230 Depot Road in Little Mountain.
Anyone interested in Amateur Radio and electronics is welcome.