The American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL)  Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to temporarily set up and operate their radio equipment to simulate emergency conditions.  Hundreds will be participating right here in northern Ohio!


Field Day stations strive to contact as many other stations as possible and to operate their radio gear under abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.  Amateur “Ham” radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people are well known for their communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.


The PrepNet Radio Group* will be operating three stations at 307 W. Highland Rd. in Northfield Center.  The stations will go live on the air at 2PM this Saturday (June 22nd) and operate until Sunday at around 1PM.  This event is open to the public, including elected officials, Safety Services and the news media.




* The PrepNet Radio Group calls Northern Summit County, home.  Most members reside in Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills with other members located throughout northern Ohio, from Kelleys Island to Andover.


All group members are highly skilled and experienced in all facets of radio communications.  They have collectively earned over 300 prestigious national and international awards for on the air contests and activities.  They have communicated with stations from the Arctic to Antarctica, from the land, sea and air and from the lowest elevation on Earth (Dead Sea) to the MIR and ISS space stations.  They even bounced their signals off of the Moon and back to Earth – nearly a half-million miles!  And operated a station from beneath the surface of Lake Erie!  Members also assisted in passing along messages to the Cleveland area from hurricane-stricken areas in the Caribbean area.


For more information on this Field Day event or the PrepNet Radio Group, please feel free to contact the group at:

Or Paul Buescher at


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