Hams hold Winter Field DayPublished 11:23am Monday, February 1, 2010
Over the weekend hams from the Blossomland Amateur Radio Association (www.blossomlandara.org), an amateur radio club in southwest Michigan, participated in Winter Field Day on Pitcher Avenue, just west of Sister Lakes Elementary School, whose principal, Matt Severin, is a ham.
This contest challenges hams across the United States to set up emergency ham radio stations running on emergency power and to make as many contacts as they can in a 24-hour period (noon Saturday to noon Sunday).
Tom Turner of Watervliet is talking to New Hampshire, where it is 7 degrees.
“The idea of the contest is to have regular emergency practice so hams can test their equipment and operating skills should the need ever arise,” Severin said. “There is also a Summer Field Day in June – obviously, not as challenging with respect to weather.”
Often ham radio is the first and only communication from areas of disaster such as Hurricane Katrina. More recently, ham radio played a role in early efforts in Haiti. Dan Utroske of Benton Harbor, who has been in ham radio for six years, headed up the event.