Hams Gear Up for Field Day Test

Austin Daniel
June 24, 2017

Members of the Nashua Area Amateur Radio Club are getting ready for their annual weekend-long communications exercise, an event that includes radio drills, a picnic and campout as well as a competition among clubs nationwide and in Canada. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country are expected to demonstrate this capability during this year's event.

The Field Day festivities begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and continues till 2 p.m. Sunday at Groveland Community Park. "Freak storms reflecting a changing climate can knock out a cell phone tower, strip a telephone pole or flood a fiber-optic cable facility and we'll all be in trouble". This event is open to the public. Expanding use of satellite communications and digital modes means the transmission of more information and more data with greater reliability.

Find out more about this year's Field Day here.

Secondly, Mr. Weber said the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, wants clubs and other groups participating in the communications exercise to display their work in a place easily accessible to the public. He uses hospital stations as an example: During extreme weather or power outages that cut other forms of communications, such radios can be used to coordinate medical supplies, food, cots and more.

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The field day has allowed ham radio operators across North America to establish temporary ham radio stations in public locations to showcase the science and skill of operating a ham radio. Brian Torr of Sonoma County Radio Amateurs has a related idea.

The local club will be one of over 2,000 nationwide participating in the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) Field Day.

There are now more than 120 Motor City radio club members with diverse backgrounds and ages. "We always say when all else fails, ham radio". Members get together on the air and at monthly meetings to socialize, share their knowledge of radio and how the gear works and discuss news of the latest developments and trends in the hobby. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100.

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