Posted by Dustin Westaby
Amateur Radio Contests
Each Year The Amateur (HAM) Radio Operators Run A Field Day Contest
The last weekend of June each year the amateur radio operators of
the United States and Canada take to the fields for our Field Day contest.
The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club of Southwestern Wisconsin
will be setting up operations in Morrow Field on the UW-Platteville Campus.
All Field Day operations are conducted with emergency power, battery,
solar or generator to simulate operations during emergencies. This
contest enables us to hone our skills for emgergency operations should
they ever be needed. Portable antennas will be set up along with
various types of radios in our attempt to make as many radio contacts
as possible over a twenty four period.
The equipment will
then be taken down and stored until next year or if an emergency requires
their use before hand.
Records will be kept by each operating group to see who does the best job
in making contacts.
The public is invited to visit, ask questions and make a radio contact
if they so desire. See below for the complete ARRL Field Day 2009 press
“Radio Hams” from Platteville join in national deployment
Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 26 – 27 2009
Platteville, WI June 26 – 27 2009 Your Town’s “hams” will join with thousands
of Amateur Radio operators who will be showing off their emergency
capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full
of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications
during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the
California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide.
During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham radio” -
was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer
“hams” traveled south to save lives and property. When trouble is
brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers
with critical information and communications. On the weekend of
June 26 – 27 2009, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with
Platteville’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur
Radio Service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite
capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code,
hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of
emergency communications abilities.
This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long
“Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the
ARRL, the national association for
Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will
construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “Ham radio works when other
systems don’t! ” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they
can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems,
internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.
More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated
in last year’s event.
“We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your
grandfather’s radio anymore,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “The
communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many
lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. And besides that –
In the Platteville area, the Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club will be
demonstrating Amateur Radio at Morrow Field on June 26-27 2009. They invite
the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how
to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
There are over 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than
2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency
Services program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for
thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to
The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the
hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get
on the air!