American Radio Relay League Field Day at Highland Road Park Observatory set for June 27

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will take part in an exciting nationwide emergency exercise Saturday, June 27 at the Highland Road Park Observatory. Temporary stations will be set up at HRPO as BRARC joins similar clubs across the continent in this exciting contact practice exercise.

ARRL Field Day is a twenty-four-hour endurance session of skill and suspense, taking place from 1 p.m., June 27 to 1 p.m June 28. The public will only be allowed onto HRPO property from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

The Amateur Radio Service, created over one hundred years ago, is the original social medium. Hundreds of thousands of licensed “hams”—including high schoolers, college kids, parents and grandparents—communicate day after day from coast to coast.

With an Amateur Radio license people can…

• Contribute to their club’s contacts during contests and exercises such as ARRL Field Day.

• Talk around the world without the Internet or cell phones.

• Send a message to another country using less electricity than a nightlight.

• Increase the chances of their families having contact with the outside world during an emergency, simply by connecting radio equip.m.ent to a car battery.

• Collect weather and flight data from a launched balloon.

• Steer radio-controlled cars and airplanes, or control robots, using “ham”-only frequencies.

• Possibly, one day, speak to an astronaut on the International Space Station.

The ARRL Field Day is open to the public from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. The event has free admission, and solar viewing will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons can practice sending their names in Morse code, and get on-the-air with a licensed person to talk out-of-state, or perhaps out-of-country. HRPO is located at 13800 Highland Road.

[NOTE: There will be a lecture at HRPO on Friday 19 June at 7:30p.m.; this lecture will introduce the public to the Amateur Radio Service and outline the various benefits of having a license.]

For more information visit http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/arrl.html, call 768-9948 or email observatory@brec.org.

The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society was founded in 1981 and (with BREC and LSU’s Department of Physics & Astronomy) sponsors the Highland Road Park Observatory.