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June 24 and 25, 2023 is Amateur Radio’s Field Day, a national emergency radio communications exercise. Thousands of Amateur Radio operators across the United States and Canada will be participating.

Locally, the Damascus Emergency Communications Team (DECT) and the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club (MARC) will take part in Field Day at the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department Activities Center Pavilion, 10211 Lewis Drive in Damascus, Maryland.

The public is invited to visit. The event is free.  
For details and directions see https://www.marcclub.org/mweb/fd2023/fd2023.html

This is the tenth year that DECT and MARC will be partnering for the most popular Amateur Radio event of the year. As the radio operators demonstrate their emergency communications equipment, the public is invited to view the operations, ask questions, and witness the latest in radio science and technology.  Some of the communication systems that will be featured during the event are the Winlink Global Radio Email(R) system, APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System for geolocation), and FT8 (a digital signal processing technique for detecting signals buried in noise).

Visitors (and kids) will get an opportunity to operate on the air, always a fun experience—as well as a great way to introduce science to young people.

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