Ham Radio Field Day Open to the Public

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Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Scituate Senior Center
1315 Chopmist Hill Rd
Scituate, RI
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hamThe Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club (BVARC), whose government-issued club “callsign” is W1DDD, on the weekend of Sat, Jun 23, and Sun, Jun 24, will set up a radio transmitting and receiving demonstration station using tents and trailers on the grounds of the Scituate Senior Center, 1315 Chopmist Hill Rd, Scituate, the former location of the Chopmist Hill Inn.

The station is open to the public and youth are especially encouraged to attend: amateur “ham” radio has often been the catalyst for young people and teenagers to pursue a tinkering or technical inclination that as adults led them to careers in engineering or science. Even children as young as six years old have managed to learn enough to pass the government licensing examinations covering basic radio theory and operating rules, earning their “ham” licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); demonstrating knowledge of morse code is no longer required.

Although some of the station will be set up beginning on Fri, Jun 22, and open for tours whenever operators are at the site, official operating times run from 2pm, Sat, Jun 23, through 3pm, Sun, Jun 24.

Amateur “ham” radio is often the last line of communications in time of disaster. When earthquakes, blizzards, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, or even armed enemy action shut down the ordinary means of communication, knocking out conventional electricity and telephone systems, often radio hams using their personally owned portable equipment, running on batteries, generators or solar power, have been the only way of moving critical information into and out of an affected area. Since 1933, in every peacetime year, the national organization of amateur radio operators, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), has conducted a nationwide Field Day exercise to test and demonstrate this emergency response capability. Despite the serious purpose behind it as an emergency drill, tens of thousands of ham operators enjoy the fourth full weekend in June as an opportunity for an annual fun camping expedition where radio clubs set up equipment in places not usually used for such purposes.

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