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Peel Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be participating in the North America Amateur Radio Field Day exercise
June 23, 2018 - June 24, 2018Free
Members of the Peel Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be participating in the North America Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23-24 at the Flower City Community Campus at the corner of McLaughlin Rd and Queen Street, 8850 McLaughlin Rd S, Brampton, ON L6Y 5T1. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to highlight the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 37,700 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017 with 62 Amateur Radio clubs from Ontario.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the US association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes.
“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”
For more information about Field Day and PARC’s participation, contact
Peel Amateur Radio Club (PARC) – www.peelarc.org