QA Ra­dio Club plans an­nual Field Day

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CENTREVILLE — Mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club will join 35,000 ra­dio ama­teurs through­out the United States on June 24-25 in a ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­er­cise known as Field Day. The ob­jec­tive of this 24-hour Field Day 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 in the day.

Field Day is part an ed­u­ca­tional event, part op­er­at­ing event, part pub­lic re­la­tions event, and all about fun, ac­cord­ing to the Queen Anne’s Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club.

The pub­lic is in­vited to ob­serve these com­mu­ni­ca­tion op­er­a­tions be­tween 2 p.m. Satur­day, June 24, and 2 p.m. on Sun­day, June 25. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion op­er­a­tions will take place at Bloom­field Farm on Route 213, just north of Centreville. The pub­lic will have the op­por­tu­nity to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion about am­a­teur ra­dio and the Ra­dio Am­a­teur Civil Emer­gency Ser­vices 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 bike-a-thons; fundrais­ers such as walka-thons; cel­e­bra­tions such as pa­rades; and ex­hibits at fairs, malls, and else­where — these are all large, pre­planned, non-emer­gency ac­tiv­i­ties that are used to hone skills. This month, the club will also be pro­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion for the Two Rivers Bike Ride on June 24, to ben­e­fit the YMCA of the Ch­e­sa­peake in Centreville.

Any­one may be­come a li­censed am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tor — of­ten re­ferred to as “hams.” There are over 725,000 li­censed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. With the Queen Anne’s Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club, it’s easy for any­one in Queen Anne’s to pick up a ra­dio and get in­volved.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the club web­site at www. qa, email, or call 410-739-8717.

A Queen Anne’s Am­a­teur Ra­dio “ham” op­er­a­tor is shown in ac­tion dur­ing Field Day 2014.

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