Field Day is this weekend!

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2014_Field_Day_Logo_333_X_220Field Day is an annual event, held during the fourth weekend of June, where more than 35,000 amateur radio operators gather with their clubs, friends, and family to operate from remote locations and practice emergency preparedness skills.

From the ARRL website: “Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest, and most of all, FUN!”

The Reno County Amateur Radio Association will be holding field day operations in the southwest corner of the VFW field – near Shadduck Park / Boys & Girls Club.  Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to come join the fun!  We’d like to extend a big thank you to the Bob Campbell VFW Post 1361 for providing space for our 2014 Field Day activities.

Licensed hams (amateur radio operators) are welcome to operate the radios and help us make contacts, and non-hams may operate under the supervision of a licensed ham (control operator) – a good chance to find out what it’s all about!  Bring your children and let them try making an on-air contact.  We’ll be just north of 2nd Avenue near Shadduck Park, about halfway between the railroad tracks (to the east) and Van Buren Street (to the west).

We’ll start with nothing but grass and trees, setting up antennas, radios, batteries, andGEFDSV solar generators – then will begin making on-the-air contacts across the country and around the world, practicing skills needed to provide assistance during a real emergency – where there may not be commercial power, existing antennas or other infrastructure to rely on.

Setup will begin Saturday morning, between 8 and 9 a.m.; we’ll begin operating at 1 p.m. and will continue through Sunday afternoon.  We hope you’ll join us!

Club and Amateur Radio Information

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About Amateur Radio:

Amateur (ham) radio is both a hobby and a community service, providing people of all ages and backgrounds a fun way to communicate with others around the world (and in outer space – on the International Space Station), practice and expand their technical and emergency preparedness skills, keep in touch with old friends, and make new ones.

Whether your interest lies in experimenting with the latest radio communication technologies, helping others in times of disaster or emergencies, participating in contests to see how many people around the globe you can contact, or “home-brewing” your own radio equipment from scratch, ham radio provides a lifetime of fun, learning, and social connections.

The Reno County Kansas Amateur Radio Association (RCKARA) brings local hams and their families together to carry on the long tradition of electronic experimentation, friendship, and service to our community.  RCKARA also maintains a local repeater – a device that retransmits certain radio signals for greater coverage – which is used to keep in touch with local friends, provide volunteer communications support for events such as Band Days during the Kansas State Fair, walk-a-thons and other community service events, and to provide communications during severe weather events and other emergencies.

Learn more about Ham Radio and how you can get started at http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.  More information about our local radio club is available here – we meet in person on the second Tuesday of each month and our weekly on-the-air net is held every Tuesday except for the meeting night.

For a list of all RCKARA activities, and other events of interest to local hams, please visit the calendar section of this site.