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ARRL Field Day 2012
Santa Clarita Emergency Communications Team
Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club
Saturday June 23rd, 2012
11am – 6pm
Sunday June 24th, 2012
11am – 2pm
Castaic Lake Water Agency
27234 Bouquet Canyon Rd
Saugus, CA 91350
On June 23rd and 24th, Amateur Radio operators (“sometimes called HAMS”) across the country will leave the comfort of their home-based radio “shacks” for a weekend of emergency preparedness activity called “Field Day.” The event is designed to test operators’ skills in setting up and operating radio communication equipment in situations where electrical power is limited or unavailable. The idea is to simulate the conditions that can occur during a hurricane, tornado or other emergency, including man-made disasters. The event is sponsored by ARRL – the national association for Amateur Radio.
The very first Field Day actually took place in 1933. During Field Day, Ham Radio operators set up radio transmitting and receiving equipment in local parks, at shopping malls or even in backyards, and get on the-air using generators, batteries, wind or solar power to run their equipment. This type of exercise, along with the operators’ dedication to public service, allows them to step in and help emergency officials and relief organizations when disaster strikes. Cell phones, the Internet and other communications technologies have yet to replace what Amateur Radio operators can do. They have a long track record of getting the message through when all other systems fail and the infrastructure has collapsed.
The director of homeland Security said it best, “ . . . they are the first of the first responders when it comes to disasters!” Welcome to each of our visitors. We hope you will find our Field Day informative and fun for your family. Please feel free to ask questions about the equipment you see.
When you think about ARRL Field Day, a few things come to mind: food, radios, food, antennas, food and friends. And food. But one couple took things a little bit further when they got married at their Field Day site.
(ARRL) On the morning of June 26, two Texas radio amateurs — Danny Caldwell, AD5IP, of Kamay, and Mike Byrne, AE5CO, of Iowa Park — received electric shocks as they took down an inverted V antenna. According to Wichita County Emergency Coordinator Larry Ballard, KE5KNV, the two were taking part in Field Day as part of the Wichita Amateur Radio Society (WARS).
A short time ago the FASTRAC team made the following announcement via their Facebook page.
Since it will be ARRL Field Day tomorrow Jun 25th to Jun 26th, the FASTRAC team has decided to open up Sara Lily (FASTRAC-1) so that HAMS are able to digipeat through her. Good luck this weekend to everybody participating!! Once field day is over, we will again resume our science mission!
(ARRL) Now is the time to start getting information out to the public about your ARRL Field Day activities. ARRL Field Day — the largest on-the-air operating event — is the one of the best opportunities of the year for showing our Amateur Radio capabilities to the public. ARRL Media and Public Information Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, notes that the ARRL has made many media materials available for local use.