the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club (MVARC) will meet at the Pohick Bay Regional Park Campground in Lorton from June 22-23 to set up temporary amateur radio stations and talk to people around the world.
MVARC will broadcast without the campground’s traditional power supply, showing the amateur radio is on standby when the power goes out and cell phone towers fail.
The event is part of the American Radio Relay League‘s (ARRL) Annual Field Day.
Since 1933, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public places during Field Day to showcase the science and skills of amateur radio.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is a way for club operators to practice their technical skills and emergency preparedness. It also allows MVARC to show the public what ham radio can do.
“Field Day allows us to showcase our public service skills in our communities, while enjoying the camaraderie of amateur radio operators globally,” said Heather Tribble, President of MVARC.
K4US (the club’s call sign) is generally able to connect with other amateur radio stations from most of the 50 states during exercise and also establishes international contacts. They even allow community members to test out the equipment and go on air with the help of a club member.
“My favorite part is seeing new techniques and new equipment that I wouldn’t see regularly. People are really going all out for Field Day, ”Tribble said.
Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hobbyists in the United States. With many clubs like the MVARC in the area, it’s easy for anyone to get involved in Northern Virginia.
MVARC also co-hosts free monthly license test sessions for community members interested in joining the hobby.
MVARC’s Field Day exercise is scheduled from 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22 until 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 23 at the Pohick Bay Regional Park Campground, located at 6501 Pohick Bay Drive in Lorton.
For more information visit mvarc.org.
– By the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club