ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. In Bee County, Field Day is a practice for emergencies, and a time to help Bee County Amateur Radio Emergencies Services be prepared to support the county with emergency communications if needed. Most of all, it is fun!
On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. It is a time in which many aspects of amateur radio come together to highlight the many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to the organizations that it might serve in an emergency, as well as to the general public.
For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar. The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. Ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises situations. Amateur radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for their communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
For more information, contact KE5HTB Fred Rugar at 542-4366 and leave message or email firstname.lastname@example.org or AE5UX Ron Stricklin at Capt_Ron0@yahoo.com.