The Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club will host their annual Field Day event in a few weeks.
Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club will host their annual Field Day 2014 at the Castaic Lake Water Agency, next to Central Park, from Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. to Sunday, June 29 at 11 a.m. Field Day is both a nationwide and international exercise that tests an amateur radio operator’s ability to set up and provide emergency communication with the nation.
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In the event of an emergency, communication with loved ones and disaster updates are often priorities. The Amateur Radio Club plans to demonstrate how they would keep the community up to date in a crisis.
During the event, participants from the Amateur Radio Club will be challenged with having little to no access to electrical power lines. They will have to use off-line power sources in order to communicate and be able to maintain this operation running for 24 hours.
The event is open to the public, and there will be a station available, giving non-licenced visitors the opportunity to get on the air and talk to others across the country and world.
It’s a unique chance for those who have always wanted to be on the radio.
On a national scale, Field Day is overseen by the National Association for Amateur Radio.
Some stations and clubs treat the event like a competition, but the Santa Clarita Radio Amateur Club focuses on providing knowledge to their radio operators in the case of a crisis.
Club President Ben Grockett says the event is a way for members to both enjoy themselves as well as get involved with the community.
About the National Association for Amateur Radio
Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim, ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Today, with more than 161,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world.ARRL’s mission is based on five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership.
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Source: Santa Clarita News