Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Annual Field Day held for local amateur radio operators

At times the wind was blowing the rain sideways At times the wind was blowing the rain sideways
Sandy Vega | 26 June, 2017, 03:16

An amateur radio field day demonstrated the science, skill, and service, of the ham radio.

The club operates out of the former Wings of Honor Museum and members meet monthly to practice operation.

Club members say the event prepares them for local and long distance communication in emergency situations.

Ham radio operators are amateurs with licenses from the Federal Communications Commission.

Lance Tagliapietra, vice president of Winona Ham Radio, said, "The furthest I've talked to is Estonia".

Vaca Valley Radio Club member Don Preston also reached out to people across the country in "CW", or Morse code; the transmitting of text information in a series of on-off tones or clicks.

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Field day wraps up Sunday at 1 p.m.

Saturday is what the organization calls 'Field Day'.

"It was a new language and that has carried on and I think any more we've become much of a social group locally and so I enjoy meeting with the younger guys, going to meetings, coming out here on the Field Day and being with the people", said Poling.

"It's also a contest to make as many contacts as you can in a twenty-four hour period", Sheridan said.

"This exercise shows how amateur radio can provide emergency communications by relaying messages in the event of human or natural disasters when no other means of communication are available", organizers wrote in a press release.

Steve Struharik, 68, of Myersville, Md., was having better luck with his Morse code transmitted from the park ground, under a canopy. They have made contact with over 4000 other stations and took first and second place in its category in the last several years. They ended up making 526 contacts from that station, exceeding their goal of 500.

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