PAARC Field Day – Hopewell Fire Tower, French Creek SP
June 24-25, 2017 2:00 p.m. Saturday through 2:00 p.m. Sunday
Join PAARC at Field Day location and get on the air with us! Our special event call sign is W3T. View our Field Day web page.
Amateur Radio Field Day Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service
Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. More than 35,000 radio amateurs will gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
- ARRL Field Day locator: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator enter W3T as the PAARC call sign when searching by name or in the callsign box.
- Map link to Hopewell Fire Tower: https://goo.gl/maps/9V5rWoE7kn52
For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Tens of thousands of radio amateurs participate each year.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”
“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved in the Pottstown, PA area. For more information about Field Day visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.