COLORADO SPRINGS – A group of radio amateurs gathered today for their annual HAM radio field day exercise.
For over 100 years, amateur radio – also known as amateur radio – has allowed people from all walks of life to experience electronics and communication skills, as well as providing free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without the need for a cell phone or the Internet.
This weekend is part of a contest of who can make the most connections with other amateur radio operators across the country and nation. The group started around 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
They go out anywhere and set up a station with temporary antanes and back-up power.
Operators said it was a fun hobby, but the idea of a field day started before WWII as an emergency preparedness exercise and now it’s a fun way to d ‘use morse code to earn points in the competition.
“If we could get in touch with someone outside of the US that would be great, but we’ll just see how we do with a temporary antenna like this,” said Steve Schaarschmidt, president of Village 7 Amateur. Radio Club.
Field Day demonstrates the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in any condition from almost any location and to create an independent communication network.
Over 35,000 people from different locations participated in Field Day 2019 activities.
The group says they will be there until Sunday afternoon.
FOX21 Chief Engineer Doug Ducote was also in attendance.