QA Amateur Radio Club to participate in Field Day
CENTREVILLE — The 39 members of the Queen Anne’s Amateur Radio Club will join 35,000 radio amateurs throughout the United States in a radio communication exercise known as Field Day between 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The public is invited to view the exercise.
The objective of this 24-hour event is to use emergency power, temporary antennas strung from trees and poles, and “field” conditions to contact as many amateur radio stations as possible. Many clubs, amateur emergency communications personnel and individual amateurs participate.
Field Day is part an educational event, part operating event and part public relations event.
Communication operations take place at the Bloomfield Farm on Md. Route 213, just north of Centreville. The public will have the opportunity to obtain information about amateur radio and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Ser vices (RACES) during the Field Day event. Youth and adults may even have the opportunity to operate the radio stations, talking to another person far away.
The Queen Anne’s Amateur Radio Club members use these same communication skills when they help with events such as marathons and bikea-thons, fundraisers such as walk-athons, parades, exhibits at fairs, malls and everything in between — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities that are used to hone skills.
This month, the club also will provide communication for the Two Rivers Bike Ride on the morning of June 25 to benefit the Wye River Upper School.
Anyone may become a licensed amateur radio operation, known as “hams.” There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. For more information, check the club website at www. qaarc.org, email email@example.com or call 410-739-8717.
Mike Widdekind, president of QAARC, sends an email through Winlink, a system for sending global emails via amateur radio.