Amateur Radio Field Day 2014

Every year, the Amateur Radio Relay League coordinates Field Day across the United States. Hams meet at some location that is not their residence, and over a 24-hour period, attempt to contact as many other stations as possible. The objective is to simulate emergency communications from a deployment location, so radios are powered off the grid with generators, solar panels, and batteries.

The Arctic Amateur Radio club held their Field Day at the Chena Lake Recreation Area east of Fairbanks. I spent about 12 of the 24 hours out there. Highlights included working the lower 48 on AL7ID’s high-frequency radio, helping KL1R with satellite contacts, cooking food on the grill, and introducing members of the public to ham radio and giving them information on the club.

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