The Cascade Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Club and the Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club are joining forces for the first time for the national Amateur Radio Field Day, to be held Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland.
The free outdoor event is open to the public. It's called the “W7LNG Memorial Field Day” in honor of Bud Larson, a deceased ham operator who chaired field day for decades. This will be the 82nd field day for the RVARC, and all operators will be relying on solar, wind power or generators, with no access to the power grid.
The activities begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the fields adjacent to the ScienceWorks building and will continue overnight until 11 a.m. Sunday. Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services will bring its emergency van to offer the public the chance to see a mobile base of operations that is used locally during emergency situations.
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 operators. There are currently more than 740,000 operators in the United States and more than 3 million worldwide.
For more information about the field day, visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.