Sunday, June 23, 2013

We came, We Saw, We Communicated

It's not often when perfection occurs. often it's spontaneous, or the result of hard work and dedication, maybe simple good luck & good timing. "...the planets were all in alignment",  so often used to describe the fleeting moment of harmony,  may really only exist because a lot of pushing, pulling & heavy lifting was needed to line things up.

For Ham radio operators, "Field Day", the last weekend in June, is Christmas morning, the Super Bowl, and the day a new Workshop Tools Store opens nearby, all rolled into one. It's a day you count down to. For one group of Hams, it was the day perfection occurred, even when not everything planned for  Field Day was perfect.

For Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club's Field Day co-chairs, Randy Purcell WB5OXN & Tim Thompson W2SOC, Field Day was facing challenges head on and improvising solutions "under field conditions...".  The pay off is experience in problem solving on the fly.

Restoring a aging travel trailer into a functional broadcast center, gives us the ability to establish multiple communications networks & co-ordination. Ham operators can operate in shifts, reaching hundreds of stations nation-wide around the clock, in many different modes of communication.
  Having local media make a appearance is a plus! Like when Gerald Jerbaily from Myrtle Beach's ABC TV Station WPDE arrived in his storm tracker vehicle.
Seeing someone a experience their first continent-wide conversation with someone via radio is always a treat, seeing a TV News reporter experience it is priceless.

Most importantly, Ham Radio Field Day puts in practice that which many intend to be able to do to a remote location & establish communication on a continent-wide basis. Field Day tests gear and skills together so that capabilities may be maintained.
Hope everyone seeking to learn more, found a local Field Day event and experienced one first-hand. If you had been in Myrtle Beach SC, you could of experienced first-hand, what became a true moment of perfection.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Prepare for Field Day 2013

Wishing to learn more about Ham Radio? Make plans to seek out a local Ham Radio Clubs Field Day exercise that's coming up next weekend, Sat. June 22. Attend a field day event and meet some Ham Radio operators,  they'll be eager to show you how to get on the air... heck they'll likely set you down in front of a radio and let you communicate with Hams all over the nation! 

Experience Field Day once, and you'll know you'll be doing it again & again. It's Ham Radio's way of experiencing radio operations under emergency "field" conditions. From the very beginning, Ham Radio has risen to the call, responding to emergencies, providing vital communications. Over the years, the last Saturday in June has become "Field Day"... an occasion to test skills & equipment, preparing for when the need arises. Amateur Radio has been Prepper before there was Prepper! 
The capability to Bug Out, set up & operate effectively takes practice. That's why Field Day is important. It offers a way to test methods & equipment. It's also a lot of FUN! Don't be shy, don't pass up a great chance to meet local Hams, see Ham Radio gear in operation, experience first-hand how... "When everything else fails... HAM RADIO WORKS!"

Looking for a local Field Day event? Try the ARRL Field Day Locator!
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