ARRL Field Day with K1WAS

Be a part of the most popular on-the-air operating event in amateur radio. Join your friends at the Westport Observatory’s Amateur Radio Club K1WAS and get in on the action!

 Our friends from HARCGNARC, and FARA, Ham radio operators from Southern Connecticut, and all over America will be participating in a national emergency communication exercise on Saturday through Sunday, June 22 and 23rd.

The event is ARRL Field Day, an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States. Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, brings people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities.
Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network. Many hams from our area will also use the radio stations set up in their homes or taken to their backyards and other locations to operate individually or with their families. Many hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.
This year’s event is also noteworthy given that a particularly active hurricane season is predicted. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” said Dan Wright, Westport Astronomical Society board member, trustee of K1WAS, and amateur radio operator N3DAW. “Ham radio functions completely independently of the internet and phone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others,” Wright added.
Among the tenets of the Amateur Radio Service is developing and practicing skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even contributing to international goodwill. Hams range in age from as young as 9 to older than 100.

ARRL FIELD DAY JUNE 22-23, 2024.

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Jun 22 - 23 2024


8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 22 - 23 2024
  • Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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