Amateur Radio Field Day
Saturday June 24, 2017  3pm - 12pm (21 Hours )
Meeting / Club
(902) 847-0554

Hurricanes, ice storms, floods – no matter what the disaster, emergency officials all over North America will be better able to communicate thanks to the efforts of Amateur Radio operators and their annual Field Day exercise on the weekend of 24-25 June 2017.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio has allowed millions of people to experiment with electronics and communications techniques. Amateur Radio operators are private individuals licensed by Industry Canada to operate two-way radio equipment for non-commercial purposes. Also known as “Hams”, they have a proud history of helping in times of disaster. They provided invaluable assistance during the Ice Storm of 1998, the crash of Swissair 111, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Today, Amateur Radio operators are providing essential communications for emergency officials following deadly tornadoes in the United States, and they are often the only link to the outside world for remote communities.

Field Day is an emergency preparedness exercise that encourages Amateur Radio operators to get away from the regular electrical grid and power their station using emergency systems instead. Gasoline generators are the most common source of electricity for Field Day, but solar cells, wind turbines and even hand-cranked alternators can be found. The objective of Field Day is to make contact with as many stations as possible while operating under simulated emergency conditions.

Amateur Radio has been described as the only failsafe communications network in the world. Even if the regular infrastructure has been destroyed, hams can set up portable stations and quickly re-establish communications in a disaster zone.

Amateur Radio operators come from all walks of life, from Nobel Prize winning astrophysicists to your next-door neighbour. Today, almost all astronauts are hams, and Amateur Radio contacts with the International Space Station are a daily occurrence. Far from the popular image of old men hunched over Morse code keys, Amateur Radio is actually a dynamic hobby that uses state-of-the-art technology. Hams communicate with a wide variety of voice, image and digital modes, using exotic techniques such as bouncing signals off the Moon or the trails left by meteors. Whatever their background however, Amateur Radio operators all share a love for the magic of radio.

Members of the public are very welcome to drop by and learn more about Amateur Radio. As well, a station will be available for visitors to get on the air if they would like to try their hand at radio communication!

For more information contact Al Penney at (902) 847-0554, at, or go to the club’s website: We are also on Facebook:


Annapolis West Education Centre
100 Champlain Drive
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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Annapolis West Education Centre 100 Champlain Drive Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S 1A0