Radio club Field Day is June 28-29

Jun 19, 2014

The Haywood County Amateur Radio Club (HCARC) will host its annual Field Day activities from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, in the vacant field in front of the historic Shook House in downtown Clyde.

The club participates in this annual event that is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the U.S.

This event is a contest/demonstration of amateur radio operators which involves setting up radios, computers, living quarters, public education and demonstration areas, radio towers and etc. without using external power. It also includes operating radios for 24 hours, contacting as many other radio operators as possible on local, regional, national and international levels. Frequency bands may include 70 cm, 2 meters, 10 meters, 15 meters, 20 meters, 40 meters and 80 meters.

Each radio club will try to accumulate as many points as possible. Points will be earned for the number of radio contacts made and confirmed, number of radio bands used, number of public officials and emergency personnel who appear at the event, and etc. This is a national contest and the Haywood County club always places high in the standings.

The demonstration aspect of the event is an educational opportunity for the public and for emergency management personnel. During emergencies, the HCARC has the potential for assisting agencies with communications, especially if usual radio and/or cell phone communications are compromised, or during extended power outages. Local elected officials are especially invited to a demonstration of how use of ham radio may be an unforeseen asset in their particular venues of administration.

All licensed ham operators are encouraged to attend and help with any part of the operation, whether or not they belong to the local radio club. There will be a sign-in sheet for all visitors attending.

For more information, visit www.wnchamradio.org or visit the Yahoo group at www.groups.yahoo.com/group/HCARC-List.

 

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