Field Day 2019 June 22-23

Radio Amateurs Camp Out to Connect

In the age of cell phone dominance of our lives, it isn’t obvious how vulnerable our
communions are in emergency situations.

This past weekend the Radio Amateurs (Hams) of the Penticton Amateur Radio Club
(PARC) set up an off-grid station of 3 radios, just West of Summerland at Crump
Siding Recreation Site. The station allowed them to contact other stations on three
different modes. (VHF FM, High Frequency, (HF) Single Side Band, and HF FT-8
(Digital)). It was all part of in the 86 th annual international Radio Amateur Field Day.
The point of which is to demonstrate emergency readiness and capability to connect
regionally and internationally.

About a dozen Amateurs were on hand over the weekend. Bob VA7RRD, one of the

members of the Club executive, noted that it was a great exercise in that local Hams
were able to prove their capability to efficiently set up r

emotely and run on solar
power. Allan VA7MP a member with considerable experience supporting
Emergency Social Services (ESS) added that preparedness in emergency situations
was critical.

A side benefit was that the Hams took the opportunity over the weekend to explore
various equipment options. Lots of ideas for next year are in the works.
Most members thought the socializing around the radios, meals and the fire was a
bonus highlight.

Penticton Amateur Radio Club (PARC)
Submitted Pat Pattison VA7MKP

Photo Credits Richard St-Aubin VE7RIS


Field Day is an annual Amateur Radio exercise, for demonstrating emergency
communications preparedness among Amateur Radio operators. In its 86 th year
Hams practise the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in
environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations
inside Emergency Operations Centres. Operations using emergency and alternative
power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public
infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe

To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant’s operations,
there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in
concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations typically last a
continuous 24 hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the
air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes,
making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.”

Radio Amateurs of Canada