QA Ama­teur Ra­dio Club to par­tic­i­pate in Field Day

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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 qso@qaarc.org or call 410-739-8717.

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Mike Wid­dekind, pres­i­dent of QAARC, sends an email through Win­link, a sys­tem for send­ing global emails via ama­teur ra­dio.

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