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Field Day 2018 @ South Seattle College
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 10:00 am

Members of the West Seattle Amateur* Radio Club are building a temporary “radio city” at South Seattle College the weekend of June 23, 24. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

The public is encouraged to visit us anytime between noon on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. Kids are welcome with their parents and are encouraged to try talking on our radios. Find us at South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave SW, near Olympic Hall and near the south parking lot on campus. Look for the tents and antennas!

Again this year all our radios will be powered with solar panels. We would like to again thank Northwest Solar Rover for supporting us (http://www.nwsolarrover.com/). Joining with members of the Auxiliary Communications Service (amateurs who work with Seattle Department of Emergency Management) and the Puget Sound Repeater Group, West Seattle Amateur Radio Club members will operate radios and communicate with other hams around the world from West Seattle.

We encourage the public to think about how they will communicate, “when all else fails.” We will have information on emergency preparedness so you can be ready for major storms, pandemic disease or the major earthquake which is overdue for our region. Seattle is one of the most vulnerable places you could choose to live. It is also bursting with groups ready to help you prepare for the next event. Check out: The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (www.westseattlearc.org), West Seattle BePrepared (http://westseattlebeprepared.org/), Seattle Emergency Management (www.seattle.gov/emergency/prepare/personal/). For general information on amateur radio visit American Radio Relay League – ARRL at www.arrl.org, the organizer of Field Day.

After superstorm Sandy on the East Coast or Harvey last year on the Gulf Coast, it became clear to many that self reliance, preparation and training should move to the top of our TO DO lists. Your local ham radio community exists to help in times of emergency. However, we probably won’t be feeding you, clothing you or helping you light your shelter at night. The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club teaches classes for amateur radio FCC licenses . The initial license is often earned after just a weekend of work with our instruction team. These licenses open up a lifetime of learning about communication and technology. Local hams also provide communication support for events like the West Seattle Grand Parade and many Seafair events.

The public is encouraged to visit our installation.

Just to move past some common misconceptions: There are more hams now than any time in history. This is not your grandfather’s amateur radio service. As a group, some of us build our own software defined radios. The only analog part of these radios is the antenna connection. We are deploying a wide area microwave network to offer services across our own internet. Knowledge like that will make hooking you printer up a snap next time. We routinely use digital modes that allow effective communication using 1/1000th the power needed just a decade ago. While some of us still employ large antenna arrays for daily worldwide communication, it is now possible to work the world with a very modest station.

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