Amateur radio club to host field day in Jeff City

Bryan said about 30 to 40 amateur radio operators from his club, as well as clubs in Burnaby and New Westminster, will be encamped at Blue Mountain Park from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. Extra Class is the highest level of amateur radio licensing, and the holder has more opportunities to make connections. You'll also see skilled "CW" operators who will be making contacts using the dots and dashes ("dits" and "dahs" in ham radio speak) of Morse Code.

According to Sean Kurzko, national spokesman for the American Radio Relay League, amateur radio operations function independent of the Internet and cellphone infrastructure, but can interact with modern mobile devices.

At the Council meeting on June 19, Mayor Matthew P. Anesh declared the week of June 19 through June 25th as "Amateur Radio Week" and asked all residents to extend their appreciation and respect to our amateur radio operators. You don't have to be experienced or licensed, just interested. Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from nearly any location and create an independent communications network.

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Temporary antennas are set up and an electric generator is brought in for the radio gear.

"It's about learning from each other", he said, noting that club membership is diverse. They try to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn how to operate radio gear in abnormal situations and less-than-optimal conditions.

Field day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Not only do hams support emergencies, they also provide communications to non profit events. "We always say when all else fails, ham radio". There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 105. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in the 2016 Field Day.

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