Friday, June 22, 2012

Field Day: When the Rubber meets the Road

The Scamp Shack in 2005... it'll do it again this weekend too!
The day of days of all of Ham Radio is upon us! Ham Radio Field Day! This weekend, June 23 & 24, Hams all across the nation take their Ham Radio gear and demonstrate operating under field conditions.

The versatile nature of Ham Radio... to set up and operate literally anytime, anywhere, is a valuable aspect of the hobby, and a vital skill of the Amateur Radio Service. From the beginning of radio, Hams have often served as last resort communicators in a disaster, and the ability hasn't lessened in importance today.
That's why the last weekend in June has traditionally been field day, where Hams take to the field to set up tents, trailers, generators, antennas in the trees, and communicate all over the country.

Interested in finding out more about Ham Radio or even get a chance to operate? Field Day is the perfect chance to learn about Ham Radio firsthand and see for yourself what it takes to prepare, set up, and communicate under "Field Conditions". Thousands of Ham Radio Clubs and Groups operate Field Day nationwide, you probably have a group near you that would be happy to show you what they do. Check out the "Official" Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day Locator for the closest field day activity near you.

 This weekend I'll personally be participating with my friends in the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club, as we set up field operations on the grounds of The American Red Cross on the old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, in Myrtle Beach SC. We will be operating on several ham bands under our club callsign W4GS. Come join us, we'll start setting up early Saturday morning, and will be operating by 2PM, and continue operating all night long into Sunday afternoon.  Stop by, have a burger & dog, a cool drink and check out how it's done "in the field".'73 KI4HEE
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