FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club will be participating in Field Day 2022, an emergency preparedness exercise, Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. till Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m. The public and ham radio operators are invited to visit its site at Frazier Elementary School's athletic field, 1835 Gum Tree Lane, in Fallbrook. A map and latest information are available at http://www.fallbrookarc.org.
The premise of Field Day is to prove that in an emergency, amateur radio operators or "hams" are capable of setting up radio stations in the field and by using portable antennas and emergency power (generators, batteries, solar) they are able to contact as many other groups around North America doing the same thing. There are expected to be over 40,000 participants in Field Day. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
During emergencies and natural disasters, normal modes of communication such as telephones, cell phones and the internet usually become overloaded and fail. Amateur Radio operators has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio is well-known for its communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
The club also assists in community events such as the Fallbrook Avocado Festival and parades.
During the Lilac Fire, the Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club's repeaters (repeaters re-transmit radio signals to extend range) were used by local radio operators with vantage points from at home or mobile, observing the fire and road conditions, to provide supplementary information to North County Fire, and to provide verified information from North County Fire from a radio operator stationed at headquarters. The radio transmissions could have been heard with a radio scanner or with a smartphone app or computer, from audio streamed via the internet. More information is at http://www.fallbrookarc.org/streaming-audio/.
Amateur radio operators must pass exams that test their knowledge of electronics and communication procedures in order to get licensed by the FCC. Once licensed they are issued a unique call sign and have earned the privilege to use frequencies in the radio spectrum that are allocated for the amateur radio service. Some of these frequencies are for short-range communications while others are capable of contacts over distances of thousands miles. There are over 776,000 licensed hams in the United States.
Even those who are not licensed amateurs can come on out to Field Day and see what it's all about. There will be plenty of experienced and friendly people to show visitors around and perhaps guide them through an on air contact.
Submitted by the Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club.