‘ When all else fails’
Amateur radio operators get through
Local amateur radio operators contacted over 100 other amateur radio stations throughout North America on the last weekend in June.
Operating out of the Bay Roberts Visitors’ Pavilion on Veterans Memorial Highway, members of BARK ( Baccalieu Amateur Radio Klub) joined forces with UTARC ( Upper Trinity Amateur Radio Club) for the event. They used a single transceiver powered by a generator or battery pack and a homemade wire antenna to contact their counterparts across Canada and the United States.
They were among the thousands of amateur radio operators, commonly referred to as Hams, who take to the airwaves on the last weekend in June for their annual Field Day.
A 24-hour North America-wide emergency preparedness exercise, in Canada the event is sponsored by the Radio Amateurs of Canada ( RAC).
Beginning at 3: 30 p. m. Saturday, June 25, the Trinity Conception event ran until 3: 30 p. m. Sunday, June 26.
Hams operate from remote locations using emergency power sources such as generators, batteries, solar, or wind power. They simulate conditions that would exist during an emergency or disaster, when conventional means of communications fail or are overloaded.
“ Field Day gives us an opportunity to test equipment, try out new gear and train operators, ensuring that if the need arises we are prepared,” said Rendyl Godwin ( VO1RYL), treasurer, Upper Trinity Amateur Radio Club
“ Emergencies or natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes tsunamis and floods occur quite frequently,” Godwin said.
“ Hams are commonly the first means of communication from an affected area where other means of communicating are non-existent,” the UTARC spokesman said.
Hence their motto: “ When All Else Fails.”
Amateur radio operators taking part in the recent Field Day were: Front (l-r) – Rendyl Godwin ( VO1RYL), treasurer, Upper Trinity Amateur Radio Club; Don Fraize ( VO1CDF) and Curtis Pynn ( VO1CWP); back – Jim Barnes ( VO1YR); Dave Myrick ( VO1VCE); Ross Trickett, ( VO1ROS); Wayne Smith ( VO1TA) and Barry Harris ( VO1NC) vice-president, Upper Trinity Amateur Radio Club. Following each name is their amateur radio call sign.