BARK holds its an­nual field day

The Compass - - SOCIALS - — Ross Trick­ett writes from Har­bour Grace.

Am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tors in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion held its an­nual field day ac­tiv­i­ties on June 22-23.

The field day was held over a 24-hour pe­riod star­ing 3:30 p.m. on Satur­day and end­ing 3:30 p.m. Sun­day by the Bac­calieu Am­a­teur Ra­dio Klub (BARK) at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Salmon Cove.

Us­ing many types of ra­dios and an­ten­nas, lo­cal ham op­er­a­tors made over 100 con­tact around the world dur­ing the day long pe­riod.

Hams op­er­ate from lo­ca­tions us­ing only gen­er­ated power, which would be the only source of power in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

Op­er­a­tors are the first means of com­mu­ni­ca­tions in emer­gen- cies or nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, such as hur­ri­canes, trop­i­cal storms and floods.

Many peo­ple dropped by dur­ing the field day out of cu­rios­ity for how the op­er­a­tions worked. The weather held off and BARK is look­ing for­ward to next year. Lo­cal hams at­tend­ing the event this year were BARK pres­i­dent VO1 EGH (call sign) Ge­orge Hop­kins, VO1 CDF Don Fraize, VO1 WCT Bill Tor­rav­ille, VO1 CWP Cur­tis Pynn, V01 GWR Ger­ald Rose, VO1 AI Al­lan Nu­tio, VO1 NC Billy Har­ris, V01 ROS Ross Trick­ett and VO1 NNB Dave.

Pho­tos sub­mit­ted by Ross Trick­ett

BARK pres­i­dent Ge­orge Hop­kins makes a con­nec­ton dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual field day on June 22.

BARK mem­bers Ger­ald Rose (left) and Bill Tor­rav­ille hold up a sign for the Bac­calieu Am­a­teur Ra­dio Klub out­side the Salmon Cove Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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