Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Radio amateurs will take part in Field Day

Owen Mccarthy | 24 June, 2017, 01:29

The Amateur Radio Relay League's Annual Field Day will be hosted by the Buena Vista County Amateur Radio Club in Storm Lake this weekend.

The Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2017 runs continuously from 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday at Little Creek Reservoir Park in Toano. Expanding use of satellite communications and digital modes means the transmission of more information and more data with greater reliability.

Constant radio communication among amateur radio stations in the US and Canada is required during the 24-hour training exercise, using generator- or battery-powered amateur radio equipment, simulating conditions that would be experienced during a disaster or emergency scenario.

Field Day is a 24-hour event where amateur radio operators can contact other operators around the world. You'll also see skilled "CW" operators who will be making contacts using the dots and dashes ("dits" and "dahs" in ham radio speak) of Morse Code.

With the advent, and take-over, of cell phones and wireless internet as the most common forms of electronic communication it can be easy to overlook older forms of electronics-even if they are still more reliable than cell or internet communication.

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Field day activities will include the demonstration of the amateur, or ham, radio, and its ability to communicate reliably under any conditions without cell or internet connection. The public is invited to join ham radio operators in getting "radioactive" as 40,000 operators across North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate the science, skill and service to our communities and our nation.

Tyler Cristiano, of EPCom, said Field Day is an important reminder of the vulnerability of the communications infrastructure we often take for granted.

Mr. Weber said guidelines the ARRL established for Field Day highlight two primary purposes.

According to the BCRC, there are more than 725,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the U.S. Jones said amateur operators represent all walks of life, and his club boasts a membership that ranges in age from the 20s to 90.

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