Ham it up with radio buffs

By G.B. Poindexter
Chief Photographer

Published: Broken Arrow Ledger

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:05 AM CDT
Amateur radio club will host event

Ron Lancaster, known worldwide as KB5VDB, is tuning in with hundreds of his close and not so-close friends at this year’s Field Day exercises Saturday and Sunday at 6700 S. Mingo Road on the campus of Ashbury Methodist Church.

During Field Day, approximately 30,000 ham radio operators from around the world set up temporary stations under less than ideal conditions and begin to transmit.

“They will continue to transmit for 24 hours, during which time they attempt to communicate with as many other ham radio operators as possible,” Lancaster said.

Lancaster and several members of the Broken Arrow Amateur Radio Club set up a mock-field day exercise at the actual training site for this year’s event in order to demonstrate what members will be doing during the two-day event.

The American Radio Relay League national and international organization calls the event, “the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. While some will treat [field day] as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.”

Lancaster agrees.

“This is how we test our ability to provide communications in support of our local communities during times of emergency,” he said.

Field Day is a free event. There will be food, several vendors and many amateur radio operators practicing their craft.