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Field Day 2020 – The Impact of COVID-19

Field Day 2020 – The Impact of COVID-19

       Amateur Radio Field Day Readiness Exercise Modified by COVID-19

    On the fourth weekend of June ham radio clubs in the territory traditionally conduct annual “Field Day” emergency readiness exercises. Radio amateurs (hams)literally head to the field and install portable antennas and operate on emergency power to simulate a real emergency in order to be better prepared to serve when one arrives. Field day is also a club oriented activity which serves as a venue to interact with the public and to demonstrate and explain the hobby.    

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has changed this year’s plans. In keeping with the Governor’s social distancing mandate, this year’s field day will see many smaller individual socially responsible operations.   

Not wanting to miss the opportunity to interact with the public, territory hams have arranged a virtual exercise to explain Field Day and the hobby to the public. The “Virtual QSO” (a QSO is ham language for a radio contact) will be live streamed on Saturday June 27th at 6:30pm on the St. Thomas Amateur Radio Club Facebook page located at The public is invited to join in the fun and learn more about field day and the exciting hobby of ham radio.   

    There are almost 300 amateur radio licensees in the US Virgin Islands and more than 760,000 in the USA. Field day is an annual event sponsored by American Relay Radio League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. The ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) program and ham volunteers provide emergency communications during times of need, all for free. “When disaster strikes, ham radio operators are often the first to provide critical information and communications,” said Fred Kleber, ARRL Section Manager.
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For additional information contact:
Sean Cullinan St. Croix Amateur Radio Club
Telephone: 443-366-8371

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ARRL 2017 Hurricane Season After Action Report Features STX ARC activities

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