Amateur Radio Club plans Field Day

Thunder Bay Amateur Radio Club is participating in Field Day this Saturday and Sunday. Field Day is amateur radio’s open house, and all are welcome to stop by the Alpena County Fairgrounds where the club will be set up for portable operation.

The American Radio Relay League’s Field Day has been an annual event since 1933. It is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the United States and Canada. Each year, more than 40,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

The objective of Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur radio bands. This event helps participants to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of amateur radio.

Ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur radio people, also called “hams,” are well-known for their communications support in disaster and post-disaster situations.

Participants will start operating at 2 p.m. on Saturday and continue throughout the night.