Find the FULL ARRL Field Day information packet at: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2016/2016FD_packet.pdf
MidState Amateur Radio Club
Local Ham Radio Operators Host Open House and Participate in Field Day
A Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 25-26
Franklin, IN, June 20, 2016– Nationwide thousands of Ham Radio operators will be practicing their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications in emergencies including earthquake and Tsunami exercises in the Pacific Northwest and being storm spotters for the National Weather Service. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham radio” – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to help save lives and property.When trouble is brewing, ham radio operators are often the first to provide critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 25-26th, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with the local ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Showing the newest communications capabilities, voice and data communications, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of our emergency communications abilities.
This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" proclamation by Governor Pence. Some groups using only tents and emergency power supplies, will setup stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and back yards across the country. Our slogan, "When all else fails" is more than just words to the hams as we prove we can communicate without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that would be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event. Ham radio operators hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather's radio anymore. The communications networks that ham radio can quickly create have saved many lives in the past months when other systems failed or were overloaded. Through the ARRL’s ARES program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of federal, state and local emergency response agencies, all for free.
In the Johnson County area, the MidState Amateur Radio Club will hold their open house and demonstrate Amateur Radio at the Johnson County Jail on June 25th and 26th. We invite the media and public to come and see us between 3pm to 8pm Saturday or 9am to noon Sunday. Experience ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get your own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. There are over 735,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and close to 3 million around the world. To learn more about field day go to our website http://midstatehams.org/activities/field-day.html. See what modern amateur radio can do; ‘This aint your granddaddy’s radio anymore!’ We can even help your license and get on the air!
The History of the ARRL Field Day
Amateur Radio operators have been transmitting from “the field” ever since radio has been around. In 1933, the American Radio Relay League – the National Association for Amateur Radio – formalized this activity for a weekend each June, called Field Day. For the duration of Field Day, over thousands of “hams” across the United States, Canada, and many other countries take their radio gear out of their homes and set up temporary stations almost anywhere imaginable: public parks, beaches, mountaintops, baseball diamonds, atop parking garages, and yes, even in fields. We do so as part of a local club, or with just a friend or two or their family, or individually. In 2015, over 1.2 million radio contacts were made between Amateur Radio operators during the Field Day weekend. Some stats for the 2015 Field Day are:
|Total QSO’s (contacts by radio)||1,299,207 (an increase of 1.1% over 2014)|
|QSO’s by Phone (voice)||668,241 (roughly 51.45%)|
|QSO’s by CW (Morse code)||578,545 (roughly 44.5%)|
|Digital QSO’s||52,421 (roughly 4.045%)|
Information source: ARRL QST Magazine, December 2015
Pretty Impressive numbers, even when we recall that propagation ‘gods’ were not especially nice to us that weekend. Over all the number of logs submitted for Field Day 2015 appears to be an all time record. Rol Anders K3RA wrote an article QST in December 1999 titled 'Field Day - A mirror of Amateur Radio History' that reviews filed day by year all the way back to its start in 1933 and can be found here. Its refreshing that one of the single most popular ‘events’ for amateur radio operators, and for, many the start of our interest in the hobby is – Field Day!