Update June 27, 2018
We had around 20 people attend our Field Day event, including one person who came specifically to learn more about the hobby with the hope of getting licensed soon. We found one of our radios was not working, and repaired a broken HF antenna. We enjoyed great food and shared good fellowship, and most importantly we had fun!
Buchanan County Amateur Radio Club to host Field Day event in Independence on June 23.
“This year’s event will get tens of thousands of radio amateurs out into their communities – and on the air.”
On June 23, 2018, approximately 40,000 hams across North America will participate in “Field Day”, which some consider the single most popular on-the-air event held each year.
Hams will move radio equipment, erect antennas, and spend as much as 27 hours operating in remote locations, contacting stations across the country and around the world.
Why would they do that?
Field Day is the largest demonstration and simulation of ham radio’s capabilities in the event of a disaster. It shows that hams are able to communicate even when there is no power available, the cell towers are down, and emergency communications systems are overloaded or even completely wiped out. On Field Day hams show how they can use a variety of communications modes to support communications among multiple agencies in the wake of a disaster.
Field Day also allows the promotion of amateur radio to local emergency management agencies, law enforecement, and the general public. It gives people the opportunity to actually see ham radio in operation.
Besides that, it’s a lot of fun!
BCARC welcome’s the public to come learn more about ham radio!
For Immediate Release
Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications at Field Day
The Buchanan County Amateur Radio Club (BCARC) will demonstrate Amateur Radio at the Emergency Services Annex, 2109 205th Street, Independence on Saturday, June 23 from 1-4pm. This is during the ARRL annual Field Day event. They invite the public to come and see new ham radio capabilities and learn how to get an FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. Local hams who wish to participate are also welcome. The objective of this year’s Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio. These radio operators, often called “hams,” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Local “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend. Members of BCARC regularly provide communications and other support to Buchanan County Emergency Management.
This annual event, called “Field Day“, is the climax of the week long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When all else fails, Amateur Radio works” is more than just words to hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without using phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.