DOVER -- Members of the Tusco Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the National Parks on the Air event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System at Camp Tuscozoar on Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Camp participants and members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about amateur radio and actually get on the air at two stations set up at the camp for the day. Scouts can make radio contacts that can be counted toward their radio merit badge.
A station will be set up along The North Country Trail where it goes through the campgrounds. This station will be a National Park "activation" station since the North Country Trail is part of the National Park System. Amateur radio operators at home, who are "chasers" attempt to make contact with as many National Parks as they can throughout the year. Score is kept on the American Radio Relay Leagues National Parks on The Air website http://www.arrl.org/NPOTA .
A second station will be set up to participate in Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) NVIS Antenna Day. In the case of an emergency where normal forms of communications are lost, there is a need to communicate over short distances to stations within the state of Ohio and our neighboring states. Amateur radio operators and NVIS antennas are the technology to do this. Other county ARES group in the state will be on the air, and the Tuscazoar station will be contacting them to test the county emergency radio groups ability to communicate should the need arise in an actual emergency. Camp participants will have the opportunity to learn about emergency amateur radio communications, and actually participate in the drill.
For information about The TUSCO Amateur Radio Club event, club meetings, and how to become a member, contact Jeff Voltz at 330-690-6072 or visit http://www.tuscoarc.org/ .