Public welcome to information session and demonstration all day Saturday, June 23, and until 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24

The Kent County Amateur Radio Club is hosting its annual Amateur Radio Field Day test and information session all day Saturday, June 23 and until 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 in Smyrna.

The demonstration is at the vacant lot next to Glenwood Cemetery on West Glenwood Avenue in Smyrna, across from American Legion Post 14.

The public is welcome to learn about the club and amateur radio, also called "ham radio," along with emergency uses and capabilities.

The purpose of the field day test is to "prove you can go into a place where you don't normally operate without commercial power," said Doug Covert, ARES emergency coordinator and RACES radio officer for the club.

Using other power sources including a generator, solar or even a car battery, the club sets up a mobile radio communications center.

The club is part of the state emergency plan, able to provide an alternative way to communicate when the usual options are incapacitated. One example was during the earthquake that was felt in Delaware, the club members said.

For information on the regular meetings of the club, email