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USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club Field Day Event Sat., June 25

Posted by af6aq on June 22nd, 2011

Date: 2011-06-22, 3:37PM

USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club To Hold
Field Day Event in Alameda

On Saturday, June 25, 2011, Historic Ship’s radio club to demonstrate ham radio emergency operations — the public is invited to visit.

ALAMEDA, CALIF. — Beginning Saturday morning, June 25, 2011, a group of “ham” radio operators from the USS Hornet museum ship will be setting up a host of amateur radio stations outdoors, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the nuts and bolts of emergency radio operations.

Moreover, the event, which has been a family-fun favorite for generations, is completely free and open to the public.

As part of the American Radio Relay League’s nation-wide “Field Day,” the Hornet Hams will be communicating with some of the 35,000 other radio operators across the country that will be on the air for the event. Field Day has been a day of outdoor fun for amateur radio enthusiasts since 1933 — and is always open to public. In fact, kids and adults alike are encouraged to visit field day stations and get on the air. It’s your opportunity to try your hand at ham radio.

“This is the premier radio event of the year,” said Jon Pszenitzki, president of the USS Hornet Amateur Radio. “It’s a lot of fun to be outdoors, setting up radio stations and talking with people from near and far,” he said. “It’s seriously good family fun, and a great way to see ham radio in action.”

The Hornet Hams will be setting up their battery-only powered radios at Alameda Point, just north of the soccer field (known as Hornet Field), West Hornet Drive and 8th Street, Alameda, Calif., adjacent to the USS Hornet Museum Ship. In addition to the outdoor fun (there will be a balloon-supported antenna in use!), tours of the club’s onboard radio room will also be given.

Be sure to visit the Hornet Hams at Hornet Field in Alameda on Saturday, June 25, 2011, beginning at 11:00 am and running all day. For more information about the USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club, visit http://hornet-arc.us/ .