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Jonathan, AB1Hi & Tina, KB1UOB
Stamford Amateur Radio Ham Radio drill.
6/29/2015 J/S WB1GRB
Ham radio operators testing their communications system
this past weekend as a way of preparing for disaster.
The conditions were not that good, cool conditions. Rain Saturday afternoon
ending Sunday morning.
The recent solar storm which affects the ionosphere adversely affected our long
distance propagation of (ham radio) signals.
A solar storm, according to one online dictionary website, is a temporary
disturbance of the earth’s magnetic field, induced by radiation and streams
of charged particles from the sun.
Every year, folks at the Stamford Amateur Radio Club converge on the
Stamford Observatory. The
observatory is on the Stamford museum property. Each year they have a chance to test the
effectiveness of their ham radio operations.
Participants duplicate a disaster, manning equipment powered by generators.
In an effort to simulate a disaster-triggered power outage.
The event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. Saturday. Sunday at 2 pm the participants began packing
it in for this year.
At this time, every year, event participants join amateur radio operators
across the country leaving the comfort of their home-based radio shacks” to
spend a weekend roughing it as they take part in emergency preparedness.
The whole idea of “Field Day” is to simulate the conditions that could occur
during a hurricane, tornado or other emergency, including man-made
disasters. The very first Field Day took place in 1933.
Despite a couple of equipment failures and antenna problems created by this year’s
weather turned the club’s annual “Field Day into a great success.
The setbacks, however, event participants emerged from the
experience with some positive things to report.
We learned from all that happened. We learned how to plan better.
Everything is not going to work out the way you want. You’re not always
going to have your favorite gear available.
Other positive aspects of the weekend event we recruited some new ham radio
in the process.
In just over 2 weeks SARA VEs have held 2 test sessions with a total
of 12 candidates taking exams.
All 11 of the new Technician candidates passed their
Technician class license
1 of the new Technicians also passed his General class
1 existing Technician licensee took and passed his General
We would like to thank Ernest KA1NGG, Jon WB2RYV, Tom K1TA, Jeff
N1JFF, Phillip KB1IRB, Chester N1CHD, and Steve KB1YLQ for their efforts in conducting the
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