David E. Nelson (VE7NDE), Jeanne Wilson (VA7QD) and Margaret Ferguson (VA7VF) work to make contact with the outside world during the Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club’s field day on Saturday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

David E. Nelson (VE7NDE), Jeanne Wilson (VA7QD) and Margaret Ferguson (VA7VF) work to make contact with the outside world during the Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club’s field day on Saturday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Making contact with Comox Valley’s ham radio club

Group had equipment set up at a few locations for field day around the region

The Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club held its annual field day over the weekend of June 26 and 27.

Members were set up at a few locations around the area, rather than as one group, due to COVID restrictions.

At the parking lot of the picnic area on Mansfield Drive, members made their first contact with another operator in Orange County in California by late morning on Saturday. The group had set up in a small tented area and even ran their system with solar panels.

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One of the aims of the event was to show how amateur radio can be used in the event of emergencies, such as a major power outage. They were also trying to gain points from their communications, both as a club and individually.

The field day event has been taking place since the 1930s to test field preparedness, as well as give new members a chance to try the communications systems.



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