This is Ham Radio Weekend all around the world! They call it Field Day – cuz they’re in “the field.”
Anytime there’s a disaster or large emergency, ham (amateur) radio operators are at the ready to provide vital communications – whether down the street or around the world.
To train for disaster preparedness, hams all over the world head out into the wild one day every summer to set up portable power generators, tents, antennas and food, to create emergency base stations. They hold a contest to see how many emergency base stations they can contact, world wide, in a 24 hour period. In this case, from 11am Saturday through 11am Sunday…hams yakking at each other all around the globe.
Here in Lincoln County, the region’s hams will set up an emergency base camp at the Port of Toledo Waterfront Park. Everybody is welcome to come by anytime, day or night, and see how hams keep people linked even when the cell phone towers fall down, satellite radios go out and telephone landlines are cut by mudslides.
The Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club will be glad to see you, if not tempt you into becoming a ham yourself!
For more information, contact Chuck Gerttula (KF7WZV) at 541-270-3232.