BELFAST – Amateur radio operators (also known as hams) from the Waldo County Amateur Radio Association in Belfast will take part in a national amateur radio exercise on Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26 at Troy Howard Middle School on Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast. The event is Amateur Radio Field day, an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by the National Association of Radio Amateurs (ARRL), USA. The public is invited to come from Saturday 2 p.m. to Sunday 2 p.m.
“ARRL Field Day is the most popular live event held annually in the United States and Canada,” WCARA said in a press release.
On the fourth weekend of June each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs come together with their clubs, groups or simply among friends to operate remotely.
“Field Day is a picnic, camp, emergency training and informal competition. This is a time when many aspects of amateur radio come together to highlight the role of amateur radio,” the radio amateurs said. “While some will treat it like a competition, other groups will take the opportunity to practice their emergency response skills. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to organizations that amateur radio could serve in emergencies, as well as the general public.For the Waldo County Amateur Radio Association Field Day is one of the highlights of the annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and learn how to operate the radio equipment in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. Hams use these same skills when competing in events such as parades, marathons, and canoe races. Despite the development of very complex modern communications systems – or perhaps because they ARE so complex – amateur radio has been called into action time and time again to provide crisis communications when it really matters. Hams are well known for their communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
The amateur radio service has been around for a century. During this time it has grown into a global community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communication technology. Amateur radio service frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where individuals can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams can not only craft and modify their gear, but also create entirely new ways of doing things.