Amateur Radio “Field Day” – June 22 and 23 -Will Focus on Skill, Service, Science
WHO/WHAT: Volunteers with Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, Saturday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 23rd at Menards in Hollister, Missouri. 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.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd 1 p.m. through Sunday, June 23rd 1 p.m.
WHERE: Menards parking lot in Hollister, Missouri on the south side of the property near the fireworks tent.
WHY: Field Day is a showcase for how amateur radio works reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network. 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.
Here in Southwest Missouri, when severe weather strikes, our volunteers use amateur radio to quickly deliver vital information to meteorologists at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Springfield, Missouri.
“When disasters such as the Joplin tornado in 2011 and the Branson tornado in 2012 occurred, our volunteers were able to remain in direct contact with weather forecasters via our network of amateur radio repeaters and to help them track the tornadoes in real time,” says Michael Blake, manager of the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn Repeater Network. “When seconds count in a life-or-death weather emergency, nothing is quicker or more reliable than two-way radio,” Blake says.
This Field Day event will help our Skywarn volunteers to learn how to establish and maintain two-way radio communications out in the field using emergency power sources such as solar and battery so that when the next weather-related disaster occurs, they will be ready to act.
For more information about this Field Day event and about Amateur Radio visit the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn website.