During an annual simulated emergency in October 2023, Nicholas Proulx (left) and Phil Schobert test out county-wide radio communications from the Portage County ARES mobile command trailer. (Metro Wire photo)

ARRL Kids Day, Field Day, to engage youngsters and showcase amateur radio

By Brandi Makuski

Stevens Point — The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is set to host its semi-annual Kids Day event, designed to introduce youngsters to the world of amateur radio.

This year’s event will take place on June 15, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Save A Lot Foods, 3264 Church St.

The Central Sands Amateur Radio Club will spearhead the local festivities, featuring their mobile communications platform, a vehicle designated as EM50, stationed in the parking lot and open for public tours.

In addition to offering hands-on radio experience, the club will host a brat and burger fundraiser, encouraging community support and engagement.

“Kids Day aims to provide young people with on-the-air experience and inspire them to pursue their own Amateur Radio licenses,” said Phil Schobert, president of the Central Sands Amateur Radio Club. “It’s also a great opportunity for seasoned hams to share their passion and knowledge with the next generation.”

ARRL Field Day: An Annual Tradition

In a related event, the Central Sands Amateur Radio Club will also participate in ARRL Field Day, a renowned annual event demonstrating the science, skill, and service of ham radio. This year’s Field Day runs from 1 p.m. on June 22 to 1 p.m. on June 23, in conjunction with the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair at 7558 Deer Road, Custer.

Field Day is celebrated across North America, with over 40,000 ham radio enthusiasts setting up temporary transmitting stations in public locations to highlight the critical role of ham radio in public service and emergency preparedness.

“Field Day is like ham radio’s open house,” Schobert said. “It’s a blend of public service, emergency readiness, and community outreach, all packed into a single event.”

The public is invited to attend both events to learn more about amateur radio, the club’s mission, and how these activities support the local community.