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During the fourth weekend each June is the ARRL Field Day event across the United States along with heavy participation from Canada. The goal of Field Day is to simulate abnormal conditions away from home and use amateur radio equipment from temporary locations to make as many radio contacts over a 24 hour period. Goals are mostly bragging rights thanks to a point scoring system, but most who participate just do it for the fun and experience.
This year in Dutchess and Ulster Counties of the Hudson Valley there appears to a record number of "Alpha" class stations participating in this annual event. Any licensed amateur radio operator can participate in Field Day due to different operating classes such as the "Alpha" class mostly reserved for club stations, "Echo" class reserved for those operating from home on emergency power and "Foxtrot" class reserved for emergency operations centers managed by local, state or federal government.
Using the callsign N2HVD, thanks to the Hudson Valley Digital Network, the UNDR team will be purely running equipment from sustainable solar charged batteries for the entire 24 hours and will be using very low transmit power compared to most participants using 180% more power. Logging computers, radio, lighting and everything else will be run from these small environmentally friendly power sources.
The extra challenges brought on by camping conditions and a "carry in & carry out" focus along with the lower power transmit limit will allow the UNDR team to score more points in the event and hopefully demonstrate what can be done via the most basic but well prepared field day operation as a teaching tool.
Everything from voice, image, data and even Morse code will be used to communicate nationally with simple but effective antennae systems that can fit easily within a backpack. Many other local locations such as those organized by the Overlook Mountain Amateur Radio Club, QSY Society and Orange County Amateur Radio clubs all take different approaches to the event and are also worth visiting to learn more about field radio communications.
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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 advance visitor or media questions contact Steve Bossert below.
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