Members of the Talladega Radio Amateur Club (TRAC) will participate in the American Radio Relay League Field Day June 28-29 from their chosen operating location at 309 N East Street.

Held annually across the U.S. and Canada, the event features more than 35,000 radio amateurs who meet with their clubs, groups or friends to operate their radios in remote locations as part of an informal contest.

“We try to make as many contacts as we can during a 24-hour period, but we’re going to be running on emergency power such as batteries and generators,” TRAC President Neal McGarity said. “We’ll be putting up a vertical antenna and some wire antennas stretched into an inverted ‘V’ shape.”

McGarity explained the reason they operate with emergency power supplies is to simulate austere conditions encountered during severe weather scenarios.

“A lot of clubs use it to practice emergency setup, like during disasters and stuff like that. They use that opportunity to see how well their staging works.”


The club also uses the event as a potential recruitment tool to grant people opportunities to see if they’d be interested in amateur radio, often referred to as ham radio.

“Anyone who wants to come by to try amateur radio is more than welcome to stop by,” McGarity said. “With us being there licensed, they can make contacts by using the club’s call sign, N4WNL.”

Individuals who want to try their hands at amateur radio may stop by the location between 1 p.m. June 28 and 1 p.m. June 29.