Four amateur radio clubs in Yolo County and Sacramento are inviting the public to a local day where people can watch members participate in the largest live event in North America on Saturday, June 26.
Organized by UC Davis, the field day will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held on Russell Field on the Davis campus.
Local operators – who play a vital role in communications for major special events and emergencies – will test and demonstrate their capabilities as they connect with other operators around the world. They will be among more than 40,000 radio amateurs in North America who will participate in the field days organized by the ARRL, the national association of radio amateurs. They’re from:
From a field station independent of utilities and other amenities, approximately 25 local participants will communicate with other amateur radio operators around the world using voice, Morse code with its rapid beeps and other digital forms of communication such as radioteletype.
Gary Matteson, a bioengineering and agricultural researcher at UC Davis, is a leader in two of the participating amateur radio clubs and is a member of the UC Davis club.
He says amateur radio, which transmits and receives messages on radio frequencies reserved for non-commercial use, is a reliable and powerful means of emergency communication, especially when telephone, cellular and internet services are overloaded or damaged. .
As part of its comprehensive emergency management program, UC Davis operates an amateur radio base station and has a relay station.
Russell Field is located south of Russell Boulevard between California Avenue and Howard Way and immediately north of the campus tennis courts.