Comox Amateur Radio Club Field Day Saturday at Kin Beach

Special day includes garage sale of used equipment

The Comox Amateur Radio Club will be again hosting its Field Day on June 27 at Kin Beach.

“Field Day is when a group of guys and gals interested in amateur radio get together, usually in a open area, set up some of our radio communication equipment and see how many contacts we can make around the world – yes, around the world,” explains club member Morris Thompson. “We use HF (high frequency), VHF (very high frequency) and UHF (ultra high frequency) equipment and what makes it even more interesting is that all the equipment we use is powered by DC (direct current) batteries. We do not rely on the existing power grid.

“The reason we do this is to practise radio communications in case of an emergency. If we, here in the Comox Valley and other close by areas, lost all methods of contacting others, (cell phones, land lines and  our power grid) we, using our amateur radio equipment could communicate with those who could possibly provide help.”

The Field Day will give all those interested in the workings of amateur radio (a.k.a. ham radio) operation some free insight into the hobby.

There will also be hot dogs and soft drinks available, as well as a ‘garage sale’ of equipment from one of the past members who is giving up the hobby. The event runs all day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.