Green­wood Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club host­ing field day

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They can talk, text, and send video, but they don’t need cell sig­nal or satel­lites – and en­thu­si­asts have been do­ing it for more than 100 years.

They’re am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tors – bet­ter know as hams – and there are thou­sands of them all over the world.

They can bounce sig­nals off the moon, talk to as­tro­nauts on the space sta­tion, and talk to other ham ra­dio op­er­a­tors world­wide. In times of trou­ble, they can keep com­mu­ni­ca­tions go­ing.

The Green­wood Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club mem­bers can do all of the above, and ev­ery year they set up in pub­lic and demon­strate the equip­ment and their abil­i­ties. This year they plan to set up for 24 hours start­ing June 23 at 3 p.m. at the Wilmot Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 13972 High­way 1.

They’re call­ing it their An­nual Field Day Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Event – or Field Day for short. It’s prac­tice for emer­gen­cies, an in­for­mal con­test, and most of all, it’s fun. For hams, Field Day is the most pop­u­lar on­the-air event held an­nu­ally in the U.S. and Canada.

Field Day

All year hams en­joy the ra­dio hobby by con­vers­ing with each other all over the world. They pro­vide com­mu­ni­ca­tions for marathons, equestrian events, walkathons, off-road car races, and ad­ven­ture chal­lenges, among other things.

They also help with backup com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Emer­gency Mea­sures Or­ga­ni­za­tion in times of need.

So, what is Field Day? It hap­pens once a year when am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tors gather lo­cally to set up their equip­ment to com­mu­ni­cate all over the USA and Canada.

The ARRL Field Day is the sin­gle most pop­u­lar on-the-air event held an­nu­ally in the USA and Canada on the fourth week­end of June. It is spon­sored by the Amer­i­can Ra­dio Re­lay League and the Ra­dio Am­a­teurs of Canada and is a chance for hams to prac­tice for emer­gency events by set­ting up ra­dios to pro­vide com­mu­ni­ca­tions when dis­as­ter strikes.

This is done “in the field” with­out the use of com­mer­cial power. It is also a great chance for their fam­i­lies to see them in ac­tion en­joy­ing their hobby.

Field Day al­lows hams to prac­tice and show off their skills and every­one is wel­come to come out to the lo­cal event.

With more than 170,000 li­censed hams in North Amer­ica, there are more than 35,000 who ‘get on the air’ dur­ing Field Day. Last year their ranks in­creased by more than 13,000 new am­a­teurs in the USA, with pro­por­tion­ally the same in Canada.

De­tails

Green­wood Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club at the Wilmot Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at 13972 Evan­ge­line Trail (High­way 1) in Wilmot. From 3 p.m. on Satur­day, June 23 un­til 3 p.m. on Sun­day, June 24. For more info con­tact Phil Hunter at 902-309-1504. Or con­tact Bill Un­der­wood, GARC Field Day co­or­di­na­tor at garc.ve1wn@gmail. com.

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