On the weekend of January 28th the Overlook Mountain Amateur Radio Club of Kingston NY will participate in a worldwide emergency communications and preparedness event known as Winter Field Day (WFD).
The purpose of Winter Field Day activities is to practice Emergency or Auxiliary Communications in a simulated catastrophic disaster situation. The assumption is an area has been hit by a calamity such as the severe weather events currently impacting several areas of the US, or something more local like the ice storm that hit Ulster County last year. Disasters like this often destroy local infrastructure (power supply, cellular service, radio towers, communication buildings,) making coordination of government disaster response communications difficult as well as overwhelming standard communication pathways with humanitarian and civilian welfare messages.
This is where Amateur Radio Operators (AKA Ham Radio or Hams) come in. Hams routinely train for situations like this and get out in the field (i.e., Field Day) twice a year to test and improve their equipment and skills.
Multiple radio techniques will be used including voice, morse code, location (GPS), radio teletype, satellite communications, and even a way of sending pictures and emails over radio waves.
According to the event chairman for the Overlook organization and UNDR Group “This year allows us to take what we learned during COVID times and come out even better prepared and better planned. We will for the first time operate multiple sites to allow more people to participate, even if they are not licensed amateur radio operators yet.”
Winter Field Day officially starts Saturday January 28th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time and concludes 24 hours later Sunday. Members of the public are invited to look us up on the official map at www.winterfieldday.com for our main site in Rhinebeck both days plus a mini “pop-up” location at Minnewaska State Park on Saturday only.
The public are encouraged to observe and even possibly even participate by getting On the Air under the club license and supervision.
What types of communications will be on display?
How many Ham Operators?
Anywhere from 6 – 10 Hams at a time. We are running 3 locations for this event
Ferncliff Forest (Rhinebeck NY)
Minnewaska State Park (Kerhonkson NY)
When will the radios be active?
When can the public attend?
Anytime from 2 pm on Saturday until 2 pm on Sunday. We will also be onsite a few hours before and after the event to set up and take down.
What can the public do?
Media attendance preferred Sunday Morning, a liaison will be available for you then.
Media can show up anytime but may not have anyone available to assist them.
Any media questions contact Steve Bossert below.
Additional Press Photo Kit Images (From 2022 WFD)
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