PHOTOS: HAM Radio Field Day at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek

June 27, 2015 22:55 pm · 5 comments

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HAM Radio enthusiasts are gathering at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek tonight to “DX”. This is when they attempt to communicate with far away stations on multiple frequencies.

The 24 hour yearly event lasts until 10:59AM Sunday, and goes on at locations throughout the World.

The public is welcome to attend, and encouraged to stop in and see how they operate.

The participants will camp all night, trying to contact as many other HAMs as possible.

Check out www.MDARC.org for more about the annual Field Day.

Thanks to Craig Cannon for the photos.

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1 Craig Cannon June 27, 2015 at 11:34 PM

To add-this is all done “off the grid” meaning no electrical use from the public utilities. Everyone operating must provide a source of power such as solar panel or battery. As much as a DX contest, it’s a lesson on emergency communication when conventional electricity fails…

2 HAM Radio is the Original Internet. June 28, 2015 at 1:33 AM

…We would spend hours at our sets…I think we spawned the term GEEK….Back in the 60s a lot of us were part of Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) which allowed guys in Vietnam to communicate with their families.

3 Silva June 28, 2015 at 6:31 AM

Very cool.

4 Joe Cerletti June 28, 2015 at 6:47 AM

Great work gentleman. -KK6FFS

5 J. June 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM

When you reach somebody far away don’t they send you a refrigerator magnet with their call-sign?

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