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PRESS RELEASE: June 28-29 – East Bay Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Demonstrate Their Emergency Communications and Technology Prowess This Weekend

Posted by k6jeb on 26th June 2008

On-air demonstrations, satellite communications and emergency preparedness activities are on tap for East Bay Amateur Radio operators (or “hams”) as they wrap up their celebration of Amateur Radio Week with the annual Field Day exercise, June 28th-29th, 2008.

2008ridewave1.gifDuring Amateur Radio Week, radio enthusiasts put on demonstrations, give talks to community groups and take part in other activities to raise awareness about Amateur Radio. The week culminates with the annual preparedness exercise called “Field Day,” June 28 and 29. Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio.

Beginning on Friday, June 27th, radio operators set up in local parks, at shopping malls, or even in their own backyards, and get on the air using generators or battery power. Field Day was designed to test operators’ abilities to set up and operate portable stations under emergency conditions such as the loss of electricity, as well as being mobilsed for the present state-wide wildfires all over Northern California. “We want the community to know that in the event of an emergency, we will be ready to assist our local communities,” says Jim Latham, ARRL Section Manager for the East Bay. “Cell phones haven’t replaced ham radio, and we hope we can engage the public to demonstrate we can still provide an important communications service that others can’t.  Natural Disasters such as Katrina and Loma Prieta are reminders that we must always be prepared. At this very minute, northern Californians need only take another breath to be reminded of the hundreds of wildfires burning.  Amateur radio can be a lifeline when other means of communication are simply not possible.”

‘Hams’ in the East Bay regularly provide communications for events like The Grizzly Peak Century bike ride, or area Boy Scout hikes.  These events pass through areas where cell phone service is unavailable.  Having the extra coverage via ham radio has helped on numerous occasions with getting stranded or injured hikers and riders the assistance they need in a timely fashion.  Search and rescue teams are regularly trained by the sheriff’s auxillary.

Field Day is a serious test of skill, but it is also a contest for fun and the largest “on-air” operating event each year. During the weekend, radio operators try to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible. Last year, there were a record 2,331 Field Day entries submitted — 4% more than the previous record of 2,241 in 2004.

People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to get involved.  There are many aspects of the hobby to explore ranging from using shortwave frequencies to communicating with people around the planet, setting up wireless data networks, or even bouncing signals off the moon.

Today there are more than 670,000 Amateur Radio operators in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. To find out more about Amateur Radio or how you can get started, contact Jim Latham at (925) 447-6136, or via email: Information is also available from the American Radio Relay League, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111 or by calling 1-800-32-NEW HAM. The URL for the ARRL’s home page on the World Wide Web is

Check out the Field Day Station Locator by entering an address or zip code to find a Field Day operation near you.

ATTENTION SCOUTS — Boy Scouts who visit will be able to talk on the radios and thus meet the following requirements for both Emergency Preparedness and Radio Merit Badges. No advance registration is required. There is no cost to participate. Visitors are urged to ‘be prepared’ and bring whatever they will need including food and water.

Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

[ ] 7. Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency.

Radio Merit Badge

[ ] 7a (2) Carry on a 10-minute real or simulated ham radio contact using voice or Morse code; use proper call signs, Q signals, and abbreviations. … Properly log the real or simulated ham radio contact and record the signal report.

[ ] 8 Visit a radio installation approved in advance by your counselor (ham radio station, broadcast station, or public service communications center, for example). Discuss what types of equipment you saw in use, how it was used, what types of licenses required to operate and maintain the equipment, and the purpose of the station.

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video: Field Day 2008

Posted by k6jeb on 24th June 2008

This, is what it’s all about:

To find a group in your area, use the ARRL Field Day Locator or find a club.

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Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club – Field Day 2008

Posted by k6bq on 23rd June 2008

mdarc_logo.gifIn response to the ever present danger of disaster striking its citizens, the City of Walnut Creek, along with the members of the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club, are hosting a radio communications event called  Field Day. Field Day is a national event, during which Amateur Radio Operators setup and run their radios as an emergency preparedness exercise.

This June, starting at 11AM on Friday the 27th, running until 11AM on Sunday the 29th, the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be setting up and operating from Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek (map). The public is invited to come down and witness radio communications, similar to what would be necessary after a wide scale disaster. Experience the thrill of speaking on the radio with someone across the country, using nothing but the air around you.

This will be a great opportunity to bring Amateur Radio into the public eye, as Heather Farm Park is a fairly public place, with regular events occurring on weekends.  MDARC will be operating a total of 6 stations, on the following frequencies:

160M / 15M

80M / 10M



VHF / UHF (50 MHz, 144 MHz, 440 MHz)

GOTA (Get On The Air)

View the event flyer here.

For more information, contact MDARC President Jason Legate at

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Your Invitation – South Bay Amateur Radio Association – Field Day 2008

Posted by wb9yvm on 23rd June 2008

South Bay Amateur Radio Club
SBARA – Field Day 2008

Would you enjoy a hobby that will last a lifetime? A hobby that will expand your horizons and challenge your intellect, one that will help you build lasting friendships at home and even around the world? Are you looking for ways to become involved in worthwhile community service? Then we have something unique and exciting to offer.



Amateur Radio is a challenging high-tech hobby offering service to the community, life-long opportunities for learning and the excitement of communicating with other Amateur Radio operators around the world. Amateur radio operators today can explore many different communications modes, including all the more familiar methods of voice, computer and Morse communication as well as more exotic techniques involving Amateur Radio television, ISS, and earth-satellite communications.

The South Bay Amateur Radio Club, founded in 1974, is a general interest radio club within the greater Fremont area, the club’s members also come from many other areas in and around the Tri-City and throughout the Bay area. SBARA is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, the national association of Amateur Radio operators. Our Club meeting is held on the second Friday of every month at 7:30 PM at Hurricane Electric on 760 Mission Court in Fremont . Anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio is welcome to attend!

The National amateur radio event, Field Day where “ham radio” operators hone their emergency communication skills is on June 28th and June 29th. SBARA will be set-up at Fremont ’s Central Park at the corner of Paseo Padre and Sailway Drive .

For more information on the South Bay Amateur Radio Club – SBARA, or on Amateur Radio in general please contact:

Steve Wilson, KA6S, President
South Bay Amateur Radio Association – SBARA

Included with this document is SBARA’s Field Day Press Release in PDF format. Please feel free to stop by our Field Day site at Central Park and we will be happy to show you this exciting hobby in operation – you can even operate our stations!

California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger applauds Amateur Radio and 2008 Field day declaring Ham radio a reliable means of emergency communication in his letter. Details can be found by selecting this URL or Link:

William Artelt, WB9YVM,
ARRL East Bay Public Information Officer
South Bay Amateur Radio Association – SBARA

k3.jpgEditor’s note: SBARA is also raffling an Elecraft K-3 on Field Day! You need not be present to win. The drawing is Saturday evening at 6pm PDT (0100 UTC 29 June 2008). If someone in another club wins, I wonder if they can pick it up and use it for the remainder of Field Day? 🙂 (hi hi – K6JEB)

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A Field Day Letter from Governor Schwarzenegger

Posted by k6jeb on 12th June 2008

The signature campaign is a success! Today I received a Letter from Governor Schwarzenegger (PDF). The Governor writes:

American Radio Relay League’s Field Day

Greetings to everyone participating in your annual Field Day.

Amateur radio operators play an important role in times of emergency, and I applaud all those who have worked hard to home their skills. In addition to being an enriching hobby, amateur radio is an important tool for relaying information when disasters strike. I am certain this event will be a great opportunity to have fun, prepare for the future and display your impressive ability to connect the world.

Please accept my gratitude for your service and best wishes for your continued success.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

It’s not too late to contact your local leaders and representatives. This includes those running for offices in your area. Thank you all for getting the signatures in by my requested deadline!

Jack, K6JEB

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