Friday, June 24, 2016

Ham Radio Field Day tomorrow

This is something happening in Smyrna. A 24 hour Ham Field Day run by the Stones River Amateur Radio Club and Rutherford County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency service). 

The event will be at the TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and will run from June 25 at 11:59 AM to June 26 at 11:59 AM. An overnight field day. 

Field Day 2016 
Members of the Stones River Amateur Radio Club, in conjunction with Rutherford ARES, will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 from the property of Stone Crest Medical Center, 200 Stone Crest Boulevard, Smyrna, TN 37167.  Setup will include the Rutherford County ARES communications trailer.

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air eventheld annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar. The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities. But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

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