ENMU club participating in amateur radio Field Day

Freedom New Mexico

On June 25 and 26, Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a national and Canadian annual event, Field Day, which is the climax of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the National Association for Amateur Radio.

From about 11 a.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. June 26, amateur radio or “ham” radio operators will construct emergency radio stations at Portales City Park, and send messages through the use of emergency power supplies, such as generators, batteries and solar power.

“Anything that’s off the grid,” said Billy Bagwell, a spokesperson for the event.

No Internet, telephones or other infrastructures will be used.

The Greyhound Club will sponsor the event and has invited the Eastern New Mexico Amateur Radio Club, out of Clovis, to participate.

Bagwell said any amateur radio club is welcome to join.

The ham radio operators will demonstrate to the public how ham radio works and give information on how to begin their own amateur radio stations.

There are over 685,000 amateur radio licensed operators in the U.S. who provide emergency communications for thousands of local and state emergency response agencies.