Amateur Radio Field Day, this year on June 28-29, is an annual national event, a contest of emergency preparedness -- Amateur stations will try to communicate with as many stations as possible from a set-up in the "Field" - That means using portable equipment - antennas, transmitters, power sources, etc. - with setup allwed to start no more than four hours before the start of the event.
Amateur Radio communication tends to survive when the more formally organized communication systems - cell-phones, police radio, etc - often break down in crisis situations. Because by its nature Amateur Radio depends on individual initiative, is unorganized and diverse with many skilled, ingenious, and dedicated operators. The many modes (even old Morse) and frequency bands available to Amateurs assure that SOME networks will form after any kind of disaster.
For this event we have reserved MSOE's Murphy House. Although the contest lasts 24 hours, due to rules of the Uiversity we limit ourselves to the daylight hours of Saturday, June 28. Thus, even without a chance at a winning score, the experience (and fun) of operating under emergency conditions, the camaraderie, practicing, solving problems, learning "what to do IF" make it all worthwhile.
"73 to all"
Hans Schroeder - AE9G and W9HHX