Polk County Amateur Radio will participate in part of a 24-hour national emergency communications preparedness exercise from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Berean Baptist Church, 4450 S. Scenic Ave.  

According to a news release from the club, the exercise, known as Field Day, is an annual event held the fourth full weekend of June.  

The public is invited to come and see amateur radio operators in action. Polk County Amateur Radio Team members will be available to answer questions and even help guests get on the air, the release said. 

According to the release, there are over 750,000 licensed radio amateurs in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. There are over 15,000 amateurs in Missouri, the release said. 

Local ham radio operators provide communications resources for everything from local events, such as bike rides, to assisting the community during times of disaster, according to the release. 

Amateur radio communications services support to events and disaster response are provided at no cost to the public, the release said. 

To learn more about amateur radio, visit arrl.org/field-day. 

For additional information, contact Joye McElwee at 844-1418.

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