Thursday, June 20, 2013
Members of the Trident Amateur Radio Club will participate in Field Day, a demonstration of the emergency capabilities of “ham” amateur radio operators, on the weekend of June 22-23.
Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, through Sunday at 1 p.m., club members will be at the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center in Goose Creek. The hams will be operating on emergency power to test their capabilities to provide communications in an emergency.
The public is invited to see ham radio's capabilities and learn how ham radio is helping your community.
Field Day is the culmination of Amateur Radio Week, as proclaimed by Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler. Using only emergency power, hams set up their stations in parks, shopping malls or vacant lots throughout the country to make as many contacts with other hams as possible in this 24-hour period.
“What we do for fun is what we are called upon to do when disaster strikes,” said Tom Lufkin, the president of TARC. When a disaster strikes, knocking out normal communications, ham radio provides the most reliable communication in the first critical hours of the emergency. Because ham radios are not dependent on commercial power, the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available.
“When all else fails, amateur radio is still working,” Lufkin said.
Additional details on amateur radio and Field Day can be found on the clubs website www.tridenthams.org.