Local hams ready for Field Day – Wellsville Daily Reporter

The largest annual on-air event in all of Amateur Radio returns this weekend, June 27-28.

Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the United States and Canada. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event.

Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio. Field Day is a picnic, campout, a showcase for Amateur Radio, and most of all fun among club members.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday and running through 2 p.m. Sunday. Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather. To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant’s operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.).

Operations typically last a continuous twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.

These skills exercised in Field Day carry over to many public service events Ham Radio helps out with through out the year here in Steuben County. Events include: fund-raisers, walk-a-thons, road races, parades, exhibits at fairs, malls and museums. These are all preplanned non-emergency activities.

The year the Keuka Lake Amateur Radio Association (KLARA) will be set-up at the Civil Defense Training Center on the Bath-Hammondsport Road for the weekend. The public is cordially invited to come join us and see what Amateur Radio is all about. KLARA will have several stations set-up using only emergency power (batteries, solar panels or generators) and would love to talk to you about Ham Radio and how you could obtain your own license.

Source: https://www.wellsvilledaily.com/news/20200626/local-hams-ready-for-field-day

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