The Central Missouri Radio Association will host a national field day exercise for amateur radio, also known as ham radio, on June 22 and 23 at Rock Bridge State Park.

"Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio," the association said in a news release.

In past years, participants competed by setting up their ham radios and making contact with as many other operators around the country as possible, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Because ham radios function outside the bounds of internet or cell phone infrastructure, they are often key during communications outages, according to the association's news release.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Supervising editor is Libby Stanford.

  • Summer 2019 general assignment reporter. Photojournalism & visual editing major. Reach me at madiwinfield@mail.missouri.edu.

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