WEEKEND: Ham radio operators to practice their skills

Amateur radio operators on the North Olympic Peninsula will participate in the American Radio Relay League’s International Field Day on Saturday.

The purpose of the annual Field Day is to acquaint the public with amateur radio while allowing hams to practice and refine their ability to communicate under emergency conditions.

In Jefferson County, members of the Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club and the Port Ludlow Amateur Radio Club will operate several stations under emergency conditions, with temporary antennas and emergency power at two different locations.

Radio operations will run from 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., in Port Townsend and at Fort Townsend State Park.

For more information on the Jefferson County event, phone Gary Fell at 360-379-1805.

Clallam County

In Clallam County, the Clallam County Amateur Radio Club will hold an open-to-the-public event at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St., from 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday.

Visitors can learn about ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to receive an amateur radio license.

The Clallam County Amateur Radio Emergency Service — ARES — will man an information booth to answer questions concerning Amateur Radio Emergency Communications and how to join ARES.

For information on the Clallam County event or amateur radio classes, phone Chuck Jones at 360-452-4672 or Tom Newcomb at 360-452-8228.

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