FIELD DAY 2021 a PERFECT opportunity

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megalos

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Good MORNING!

This weekend in the United States and Canada is FIELD DAY. I would be hard pressed to find a better embodiment of DWS mentality than this event...


PICTURE THIS: the "big one" hits, and we take nukes from an unfriendly nation. telephones, internet, and just about everything is out of commission. HOW do you talk? How do you get a message to other family you are ok? how do you even find out what to do next?

This weekend, you will find many amateur radio operators practicing for this exact scenario.... read on for details:

For those not aware, the executive summary is thus: on the 4th weekend of June (THIS WEEKEND) amateur radio operators NATIONWIDE in the United States and Canada, get on air and attempt to make as many contacts with each other as possible in a full 24 hour period... It starts on Saturday at 1400 hrs Eastern (1800 ZULU) and ENDS on Sunday at 1400 hrs Eastern (1800 ZULU).. It can be as simple as getting on your radio already set up in your shack.... OR......

it could be setting up in a field by yourself, or others, and bringing your own radio, tent, tower, antenna and power... Some chose generators, some choose solar power, the possibilities are endless... (There are extra points awarded for solar power and for generator.) AND... special points for making a satellite contact, or copying a digital or morse code bulletin.

BEST PART OF ALL: There are literally THOUSANDS of radio club stations all around the country who will be on radio and MORE THAN HAPPY to show you what amateur radio is all about. If you want to, they may even allow you to get on the radio and make some contacts EVEN IF YOU DON't HAVE A LICENSE, or have one, but can't get on HF.

so, why not show up to a local amateur radio Field Day set up and check out the ingeniuty, see all of the things going on, and see if you can't work your way in to operating a little.. they would LOVE to have you, and you would help the club, by showing interest (they get extra points for that too.) you may be surprised at all of the clever ways hams have of stringing up an antenna, or getting power. check out a few stations for even more ideas on how to improve your preparations for when the SHTF.

Included here is a link that explains the matter in more detail. If you scroll down you will find a handy listing of clubs hosting field day events. i GUARANTEE YOU there is most likely one within a 30 minute drive from you, if not more. GO CRAZY, and enjoy:




PS: perhaps consider posting here some of the cooler things you saw at field day and how you could implement something similar.
 

megalos

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So, did anyone go out and look at any Field Day sites? I checked out my local amateur radio club's site, and saw WINLINK in operation, observed a station attempting to make a satellite contact off of one of over 20 satellites in orbit for the amateur radio service, and even saw some neckbeards pounding out the ancient craft of CW (morse code.) hey, when all else fails, MORSE CODE works, AND its an art as much as a technology.
 
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