Amateur radio’s annual ‘field day’ ended | Community
This year, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office volunteers wrapped up their annual field day on June 25 at Toledo Waterfront Park. In total, 15 volunteers completed over 127 hours of service during the event. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Field Day 2020 was held with a small number of volunteers and social distancing in place.
The 2020 event focused on remote communications. For over 100 years, amateur radio – sometimes referred to as amateur radio – has allowed people to experiment with electronics and communication skills. Amateur radio operators also provide free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without the need for a cell phone or the internet.
Field Day demonstrates the ability of the amateur radio operator to operate reliably in all conditions from almost any location and to create an independent communication network.
“Field Day is special for me because I can help build new field antenna configurations that allow us to connect with amateur radio operators across the United States and around the world.” ACS volunteer, explained Scot Perkins. “This is important because it may be required of us in a disaster when our [fixed] the antennas may not have survived.
Since 1933, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public places during Field Day to showcase the science and skills of amateur radio. Field Day shows how ham radio works reliably under all conditions from almost any location to create an independent communication network.
“In addition, special projects are worked on during Field Day. Mine was to help make a new antenna and modify a protective radome to install. said Perkins.
Since Field Day, the antenna mentioned by Perkins has been successfully installed. In addition to showcasing the hard work of ACS volunteers, Field Day also provides an opportunity for volunteers to work as a team and build relationships. “… It was a good in-person team building exercise. The involvement with ACS changed due to COVID and it was a good opportunity to bond as a team. Said ACS volunteer Mark Saelens.
With clubs such as the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club, it is easy for anyone to get involved in Lincoln County. There are over 725,000 licensed radio amateurs in the United States with members as young as 9 and 100 years old. Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator.
County Emergency Director Jenny Demaris commented, “We are continually grateful to our ACS volunteers. I would like to express a sincere “thank you” for all of their hard work and continued service. “
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office sponsors the Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group. A group of over 70 amateur radio operators specifically supporting local government emergency response. For more information, find the Lincoln County Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group at www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/auxiliary-communications-service or call (541) 265 -4199.