Field Day is the single most popular amateur radio on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate. At the 24-hour event, the public has a chance to meet and talk with area amateur radio operators and see for themselves what the amateur radio hobby is about. Showing the newest digital, satellite, high-frequency technologies and even historical Morse code, radio operators from across the nation held public demonstrations of their emergency communications abilities.
This year’s W0AK Des Moines Field Day effort netted almost 1,500 worldwide contacts as a 2A station (two HF radios, one GOTA station and one VHF station, all on emergency power).
Radio amateurs are known for their resiliency, technical know-how and ability to go "off the grid," providing critical communication capabilities when traditional means fail, like cell phones, internet, and public safety radio systems.
Field Day helps radio amateurs prepare for emergencies. Skilled work and planning is required to select radio equipment, frequencies, and antennas to facilitate operating under less-than-ideal conditions. During Field Day, operators set up in remote areas, at shopping malls, or even in their own backyards, and get on the air using generators or battery power. Radio operators then try to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible. This year’s Des Moines Field Day is a joint effort between two of Des Moines’ amateur radio clubs: the Des Moines Radio Amateurs Association (DMRAA) and the Amateur Radio Technical Society (ARTS).
For more information, visit http://www.dmraa.com.