In the age of electronics, amateur radio operators want to educate Long Islanders on the benefit of off-the-grid communications.
Just as hurricane season begins, the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club beginning Saturday afternoon is holding its annual Field Day, an emergency preparedness test and 24-hour demonstration of the power of radio.
Radio hobbyists will be at the event to teach visitors about Morse code, voice transmission and emergency communication.
Amateur or ham radio refers to a group of frequencies reserved for thepublic, as opposed to other broadcasters like commercial radio stations. The signals can be used to communicate locally, across the country and even with the International Space Station.
Radio signals emitted to satellites and other transmitters don’t require electricity. So even when modern systems like the internet fail, radio signals will still allow people to communicate. The Great South Bay Radio Club hopes Field Day will introduce amateur radio to more people, club president John Melfi said in a statement.
The event runs from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday at Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst.