Friday, June 26, 2009

It's Field Day Time!

It's the eve of Field Day. Saturday and Sunday many, many ham radio operators will switch their radios to battery power or haul entire stations into the field. There they will operate for up to 24 hours trying to rack up as many points as possible in the ARRL's annual non-contest.

Do you participate in Field Day? How? Some people operate from home. Others participate with a group. Some are serious about racking up points, others use Field Day as more of a party with friends.

My plans are to participate in two Field Day events. Our local club, Sangamon Valley Radio Club tends towards low key operating and a big Saturday evening cookout with all the families, etc. The local ARES group, Capitol Area Amateur Radio Emergency Response Team has a smaller more serious effort. Both groups seem to have a lot of fun.

It's going to be very hot here in central Illinois. Whatever you do, if it's outside drink lots of water, have fun, and stay safe.



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