Field Day 2017

Truro Amateur Radio Club

June 17, 2017

Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 24 – 25 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service

Members of the Truro Radio Amateur Club (TARC) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 24 – 25 (between 1500 and 1500) at the EMO Building 39 Pictou Rd Truro.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase 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 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.

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, 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. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.

Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate around the world,

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.

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator and with clubs such as TARC, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Truro.

For more information about Amateur Radio and to how to become an Amateur Radio Operator please come to meet us on Field Day at the EMO Bldg., 39 Pictou Rd in Bible Hill or email us at: truroamateurradioclub@gmail.com

photos by Hal Rodd VE1LV

The results are in:

November 13, 2017

The Truro Amateur Radio Club fares very well with their entry in the North American wide ARRL Field Day competition that took place on June 24th to June 25th. The Truro Amateur Radio Club used the radio equipment in their club room at the Colchester EMO Bldg. in Bible Hill

By way of an update I would like to let you know that the competition results are finally in. It takes a lot of time and work to coordinate and confirm the over 2 million contacts made during Field Day when you have 2964 entries from across North America competing.

The Truro Amateur Radio Club did very well, we were competing in the 1F class. Class F is a station operated from an EMO Command Center and the 1 stands for one transmitter used. We finished 10th out of 30 entries across North America and 1st in Canada. Overall we managed to finish 1067 out of 2964.

We would like to thank our Field Day entry organizers Dave Hull, VE1HUL of Truro, Luigi Zanin, VE1XBJ of Admiral Rock and Lindsey Garnett, VE1LCG also of Admiral Rock for a job well done.

As you know Amateur Radio operators can provide a critical public service for our community; during times of disaster, we are able to provide reliable communications when the normal infrastructure is offline. Licensed by Industry Canada and trained in the art and science of radio communication and basic electronics theory, we own and maintain our own communications equipment and are prohibited by federal law from receiving payment for our services. Radio Amateur of Canada (RAC), our national organization, has built relationships with several served agencies including the Red Cross, the Emergency Management Office (EMO) and many others.

This public service is easily extended during non-emergency civic events, such as parades, marathons, and street festivals.

Field Day is our chance to show the science, service and skill we can offer to our community free of charge.

Regards,

Bruce Harvey

President of TARC

truroamateurradioclub@gmail.com