The Lenoir Amateur Radio Club (LARC) is hosting a Field Day next weekend, Saturday, June 24 and 25, 2023, at Gamewell Park. Field Day is part of an annual nationwide emergency communications event organized by the American Radio Relay League.
During Field Day, amateur radio operators (hams) set up radio equipment and practice their skills. LARC will use the event to show off the club's emergency communication abilities. Tens of thousands of hams across the country participate in the event.
"Field Day is a great chance for community leaders and the public to see amateur radio in action," LARC Club President Scott Hunt said. "Most hams love to talk and introduce people to the hobby, so if you like radio, you should stop by Gamewell Park."
Gamewell Park is located at Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC 28645. LARC members will start setting up Field Day operations at 9:00 am Saturday, June 24. Field Day starts at 2:00 pm and continues for 24 hours through 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 25.
When most people think of “radio,” they think of listening to AM and FM stations. But commercial stations are a small part of the radio spectrum. Radio, television, walkie-talkies, and satellites all operate on radio waves. Cell phones and wireless routers also utilize radio signals.
Local hams founded LARC in 1986 and incorporated the club as a 501c3 non-profit in 2008. The club meets in Lenoir, NC, and members are active in radio services in Caldwell County and the region. LARC members give their time to public service and work to promote amateur radio. The club assists communications during charity races and other public events.
For more information about LARC, visit www.n4lnr.org.
LARC members Gary Schwartz, left, and Josh Craven, make contacts during the 2022 Field Day held June 25 and 26, 2022, at Mulberry Recreation Center.
The LARC Communication Trailer will be on site during Field Day next week, June 24 and 25, 2023, at Gamewell Park.