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Field Day


This June 25th and 26th, the Corcordia University Amateur Radio Club will hold a joint Field day event with the Montreal Amateur Radio Club (MARC) and the West Island Amateur Radio Club (WIARC).

Ham operators from all three clubs will participate in this joint venture along with thousands of other North American amateur radio operators for the 2011 version of the Field Day contest. This year, the event will take place at Pine Beach Park in Dorval. The objective is to demonstrate and to practice amateur radio skills so that communications support can be provided in case of disaster. Field Day always takes place on the last full week-end of June, rain or shine.

On Saturday June 25th, at 9am the members of all three Clubs will bring equipment to the open area of Pine Beach Park. We will set up a shortwave transmitting and receiving station with tents, radios, antennas, towers and generators. We will also be operating a VHF station on a separate tower, and a Satellite station for communication with amateur radio satellites.

The actual radio operation will start at 2pm local time and will continue non-stop all day and all night until 2pm Sunday. The objective of Field Day is to simulate an emergency by setting up and operating long distance amateur radio without using any permanent facilities, including commercial electrical power.

This exercise shows how amateur radio can provide emergency communications by relaying messages in the event of human or natural disasters when no other means of communication are available. The object of the contest is to establish as many contacts as possible with other North American stations. Stations with the most contacts win ‘bragging’ rights.

Volunteers needed.

We need volunteers to make this event a success. We need people to help us in the setup Saturday morning and the take-down Sunday afternoon. We also need operators for Field day operations. If you have your amateur radio license with HF privileges, you can operate on the shortwave station. We especially welcome CW operators, aka Morse code. If you only have basic privileges you can still operate on the VHF station. We also need volunteers for the safety crew (aka security) for the duration of the event.

To operate on Field day: Please send an email to George at ve2ngh@rac.ca with your license privileges (HF or not) and your availability to operate during the weekend.

To join the safety crew: Please send an email to Paul at ve2ofh@rac.ca with your availability on the weekend.

To help with Setup and Take down: Please send an email to George at ve2ngh@rac.ca

Please send your emails by Tuesday June 7th the latest as we need to make plans for the food preparations. Volunteers & operators will be fed at the event.

Field day is more than a HAM radio only event

Besides making sure that hams are well prepared, Field Day is also intended to make the general public more aware of the importance of amateur radio as a public service function. The public is therefore cordially invited to come, watch, listen and maybe even participate in this event. There is no admission charge. Many hams will be on site to guide visitors around, explain the systems and answer questions. Field Day is a great way to discover this hobby and see first hand the capabilities of this means of communication. You will witness contacts being made with stations as far as Florida and California, and right across Canada.

To see a demonstration of this potentially essential community service for yourself, just look for us at the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd. and Pine Beach Blvd. Pine Beach Park is half a kilometer long and runs along the waterfront. It is a beautiful location. Bring the kids. There is plenty of parking nearby.

For more information on Field day please visit
http://www.arrl.org/field-day and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_Day_%28amateur_radio%29

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