Birthday Party: Amateur Radio Operators Honor Minnesota’s 163 Years at Pioneer Park | Local News
With views of the valley and the St. Croix River on a warm, sunny Tuesday, amateur radio amateurs celebrated the State’s 163rd birthday at Stillwater’s Pioneer Park on May 11 by doing what they do best: talking to people all over the country using amateur radios. .
Joe Hibberd, a member of the South East Metro Amateur Radio Club, said the event was a good way to expose the audience to the hobby.
“It’s Minnesota’s birthday, and as a club we’ve decided to celebrate it,” Hibberd said. “We are always looking for opportunities to organize special outdoor events. It’s a way to test our emergency radio capabilities. “
The Amateur Radio Club chose the site of the Stillwater event because of its proximity to where the Minnesota rulers met in 1848 to draft a petition calling for Congress.
establish a territory which led to statehood on May 11, 1858.
Organizing an event in a public park is also a way to be visible in the community, “and let them know that amateur radio is alive and well”.
“Amateur radio is a fun and exciting hobby,” Hibberd said. “We attract people of all ages.”
The group operated throughout the day on several radio stations, and by 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, the group had contacted people from Canada, North Carolina, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.
The group made all these contacts from a thin wire antenna that they hung above the park. The group encountered a problem when they suddenly lost all contact as a resident cut the wire, mistakenly believing the group’s string was stuck in the park fence.
The obstacle did not stop the event as the group members were able to repair the antenna using a large slingshot with a reel attached by pulling a wire through a tree.
This is how the group created the antenna in the first place.