Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 23 – 24 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service
(See the end of this post for Field Day planning info).
Members of the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, starting Saturday June 23 at 1pm through June 24 at 1pm at Well’s Overlook Park, located 3 miles south of Lawrence on N. 1000 Road (DG 458) 3/4 mile East of US59 highway. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and
communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said
Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio.
“But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way
to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone
infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”
“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered
transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-ityourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Douglas County Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Lawrence, Kansas.
A ham radio license exam session for all classes of licenses will be held at 3pm on Saturday June 23 at Wells Overlook. Advance registration for the exam is required and cost is $15. Contact Matt Hilt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785 840-5419 to register or for questions on the exam session.
For more information about Field Day, visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio, or the club web site at w0uk.com. Event contact person is Matt Hilt, email@example.com or 785-840-5419