The last full weekend of June is looked forward to by amateur radio operators all across the United States. June 24th and 25th is when the annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day is held. This is a 24 hour operations period which begins at 1:00 PM local time, and concludes at 1:00 PM the following day, Sunday. The purpose of the annual Field Day is for amateur radio operators to set up portable stations, using emergency power supply, and often times at remote locations, to simulate conditions that will likely be encountered should a disaster disrupt normal means of communications.

The Franklin County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) team will be participating from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which is located in the basement of the Ozark courthouse. We’ve opted to use this location as this is where we would normally position ham radio operators during a disaster situation. This allows for easier coordination with local officials, especially the county judges office, and emergency management.

Members of the Franklin County ARES team are called upon to assist with communications during Search & Rescue efforts several times each year, and many also participate as Skywarn Storm Spotters during times of severe weather outbreaks. However, for Field Day our focus will be primarily upon using the HF bands in order to reach out to the rest of the nation, establishing ability to makes contacts across the United States.

On behalf of the Franklin County ARES team, we would like to invite the public to come by the EOC and see what amateur radio is all about. If you are a newly licensed ham, or have an interest in amateur radio, please come see us! We’ll welcome visitors to stop by between the hours of 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, use the south entrance to the courthouse to access the EOC, which is located next door to the county judges office.

Rick Covert, KD5GSP

Franklin County ARES-EC