The Amateur (Ham) Radio Clubs of Skagit County will conduct their annual Field Day event this weekend. The purpose of the event is to test and practice emergency communications without the use of commercial power.
The possibility of a major earthquake or damn breach are risks that we live with in the Skagit Valley. Local ham radio operators stand ready when all else fails.
This year’s event will be held at Washington Park’s group campsite at the end of Oaks Ave near the boat launch.
Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.
Anacortes based SARECC President Richard Rodriguez said, “We are excited to host Field Day again this year at Washington Park. Ham Radio is a hobby that is open to all.”
Mount Vernon based RASK President John Olwin K7ONC said,”Ham radio is a great hobby where you can learn new skills, have fun, and serve the community in times of disaster. It’s possible to get into ham radio including a class, workbook, FCC testing, and radio for less than $60.”
You can find out more about Amateur (Ham) Radio: arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio