Amateur Radio "Field Day"
June 22 and 23 - Will Focus on Skill, Service, Science
WHO/WHAT Members of the United Veterans of Maine ARC will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22 – 23 at United Veterans of Maine; 358 Washburn Street in Caribou. 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.
WHEN Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. On Saturday, June 22, from 2:00pm to 10:00pm and on Sunday, June 23, from 7:00am to 5:00pm
WHERE United Veterans of Maine; 358 Washburn Street, Caribou, ME. Google Maps Link
WHY Field Day is a showcase for how Amateur Radio works reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network. "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," says David Isgur, N1RSN, communications manager for ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio®, (www.arrl.org), which represents Amateur (or "ham") Radio operators across the country.
"In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (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 or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down," Isgur adds.
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as United Veterans of Maine ARC, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Caribou. For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact one of the following:
Club President - John DeVeau, NO1ME at (207) 999-6281
Club Vie-President - Dana Jones, N1RTX at (207) 768-0890