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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / Categories: Events

Amateur Radio Field Day

Event date: 6/23/2018 12:00 PM - 6/24/2018 12:00 PM Export event

Members of the Whitecourt Amateur Radio will be partnering in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 23-24 at Rotary Park (near the Community Garden).

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate, examples of this was during the fire of Fort MacMurray fire & floods of High River.

Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.” “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery -powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world.

Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 68,000 licensed hams in Canada. And with groups like Whitecourt Amateur Radio, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Whitecourt.

Come to Rotary Park on June 23-24 and see us in action and participate.  The event starts at Saturday at 12 noon, and  this is a 24-hour event.

For more information contact Alex at 780-779-3616.