Field Day: Amateur Radio Exercise

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As a new ham (licensed since February), I had my first chance to participate in a long-standing anual weekend-long summer event—The ARRL’s Field Day—a contest designed to get hams all over the USA to practice their emergency communications skills, by awarding radio clubs points for operating without power from the electrical grid, making contacts on different frequencies, and demonstrating these skills to the public.

At the local club (PAARA) site in Palo Alto, I made my first DX contact—to an operator in Brazil—and also helped raise a 40m antenna. It was an interesting experience, and I hope to contribute more next year.

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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