The annual, international ham radio “Field Day” is now underway. Promoted by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), it brings together “more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.”
On O’ahu, the Emergency Amateur Radio Club is staging its field day events at a Bellows Air Force Base camp site. Setup began this afternoon, and the hams will be making long-distance contacts, tinkering with gear, and talking story through Sunday morning.
Whether you’re an active ham or not, and especially if you’re interested in getting into ham radio operation, Field Day is a great opportunity to learn more and connect with the local ham community.
This year, the EARC operation will be a green one, with on-site solar power provided by Greenpath Technologies. Greenpath connected with the local ham community at the Hawaii Geek Meet in April.
Meanwhile, the Koolau Amateur Radio Club will be out at Kualoa Park. Here’s Hank Kaul (KH6HAK) on KITV4 talking about Field Day:
For more details on the EARC campsite, check out this page on the EARC website.
Last year’s EARC Field Day was staged at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Check out the photos here, and the video below, to get a sense of what it’s like!
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