Am­a­teur ra­dio club holds field day in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - OPINION -

Am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tors had their day in the sun late last month.

The Bac­calieu Am­a­teur Ra­dio Klub held its an­nual am­a­teur field day at the Is­land Char­ter Tours build­ing in Car­bon­ear June 28-29.

Just un­der a dozen op­er­a­tors took part in the event, which ran for 24-hours from 3:30 p.m. Satur­day till 3:30 p.m on Sun­day.

These 10 ham ra­dio op­er­a­tors used only gen­er­atd power for the time they were mak­ing con­tact with hun­dreds of sim­i­lar users world­wide.

This is done be­cause gen­er­ated power would be the only such source of power dur­ing emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

Us­ing the call sign VO1 BRK, op­er­a­tors used a va­ri­ety of ra­dios and an­ten­nas to do their work.

Ham op­er­a­tors of­ten pro­vide the first means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in emer­gen­cies or nat­u­ral dis­as­ters such as hur­ri­canes, trop­i­cal storms and floods, .

Many peo­ple dropped by out of curiosity to see how the op­er­a­tions worked.

Lo­cal HAMS at­tend­ing this years event were club pres­i­dent VOI EGH Ge­orge Hop­kins, VO1 RYN Mike Ryan, VO1 CDF Don Fraize, VO1 WCT Bill Tor­rav­ille, VO1CWP Cur­tis Pynn VO1 NC Barry Har­ris, VO1 ROS Ross Trick­ett, VO1 COD Dave Par­sons, VO1 VB Dean Pen­ney and VO1 CBS Boyd Snow.

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