Radio club set to have a field day

June 23, 2009

By Angelo Grosso

On June 27, the Issaquah Amateur Radio Club operators will work to set up field radio communication stations, get on the air and try to contact other operators in the U.S. and Canada as part of the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day.“Field Day is a way for hams to get out and have fun,” said John MacDuff, newsletter editor for the Issaquah Amateur Radio Club. “But it’s also a chance to fine-tune emergency communication skills.”

The purpose of the Field Day is to promote education, the group’s operations and to inform the public about the services the group provides. The overall goal is for the amateur radio operators to learn skills that will allow them to better serve their communities.

This means making long-distance contacts throughout the U.S. and Canada, and practicing emergency communication skills that in the future will help organizations like the Issaquah Police Department. This will also help support Issaquah’s emergency manager in times of need.

The Field Day has been effective in establishing emergency communication nets during floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and other major disasters.

The Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day operation will be held at the Sunny Hills Elementary School playground. Set up begins at about 9 a.m. June 27 with the goal of getting on the air at 11 a.m. Operations will continue until 11 a.m. Sunday.

The public is invited to watch and/or participate.

Learn more by calling MacDuff at 392-7623.

Reach intern Angelo Grosso at isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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