QA Radio Club plans annual Field Day
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 arc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 410-739-8717.
A Queen Anne’s Amateur Radio “ham” operator is shown in action during Field Day 2014.