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June 19, 2014

Historic Derry mill to host ham radio event

Amateur radio operators to demonstrate their skills June 28

DERRY — A historic local landscape is the setting for amateur radio operators to gather for a day of demonstrations.

Members of the West Rockingham County Amateur Radio Emergency Services will show off their skills to the public on Saturday, June 28, at the Taylor Mill on Island Pond Road at Ballard State Park.

During this “field day,” the radio operators, or “hams,” will show how they operate their communication equipment during emergency situations including storms, fires, and power outages when people don’t have the regular means to communicate.

The amateur radio operators provide backup communication to organizations like the American Red Cross and FEMA, to local towns and communities needing help.

During the event at the mill, local radio operators will join with thousands of other operators from across the country to demonstrate what they do.

The public will have the opportunity to meet the operators and learn all about the amateur communication world.

Other operators across the nation will also be hosting demonstrations on emergency service abilities. Local operators will be connected to many other locations.

Using only emergency power supplies, the operators will construct emergency stations in parks, malls, schools and backyards all over the country. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators participated in last year’s event.

During Derry’s event, the Taylor Mill will be open to the public offering a view into the mill’s up-and-down sawmill action, dating back to 1805.

In addition to learning about the mill, visitors can also enjoy Ballard’s scenic views and hike, fish or canoe.

The local radio amateurs will set up at 10 a.m. The operating event officially begins at 2 p.m.

The popularity of amateur radio continues to grow in the United States with more than 700,000 licenses in this country and more than 2.5 million registered around the world.

New Hampshire is home to more than 5,200 operators.

To learn more, visit wrock.nhradio.org.

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