Coming up from 11 a.m. on Saturday June 23, through 11 a.m. on Sunday June 24, the local Columbia Gorge ham radio club, Radio Amateurs of the Gorge (www.W7RAG.com), in conjunction with the national ham radio club, the American Radio Relay League will conduct its annual Field Day event.
During Field Day, ham radio operators all over the country set up temporary radio stations, many running on emergency power, and demonstrate their ability to provide communications in the event of natural disaster or other emergency.
The public is invited to come by and see what it's all about. This year, the RAGs station will be set up in a tent in the Hood River Wal-Mart parking lot.
People can stop by anytime during its 24-hour period of operation and try getting on the air, find out about amateur radio itself, some of the modes of communication that can be accomplished with it, and how emergency messages get sent into and out of a disaster area.
Persons around Saturday after lunch (or during the evening), pull into the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Hood River, and pick up a microphone and give it a try. Maybe make contact on a ham radio, and talk to another person at a Field Day station far away. Or, just listen to the jabbering of hams all over the country as they try to out-communicate each other.