Amateur Radio Field Day
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2018
AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY
CORONA, CA-Members of the Corona Police Department Communication Specialist Volunteers (CSV) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23–24 at the Corona Police Station. The exercise will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and will continue for 24 hours until 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio–sometimes called ham radio—has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communication techniques as well as provide a free public service to communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any condition from nearly any location while creating an independent communication network.
Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017. “It is easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you are out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”
“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines. It is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, ranging from 5-year-olds to 100-year-olds. For more information about Field Day, please visit the National Association for Amateur Radio website.
About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding The City of Corona visit www.CoronaCA.gov.
Lieutenant Paul Mercado
Public Information Officer