Field Day 2019 | June 22, 23

Re: Blue Mountain Field Day 2019 – Annual Amateur Radio Communications Fest

From 11 a.m. Saturday June 22, 2019 to 11 a.m. Sunday June 23, 2019, the Coquitlam, Burnaby and New Westminster amateur radio clubs will again be jointly conducting their annual Field Day at Coquitlam’s Blue Mountain Park at 975 King Albert Avenue.

Field Day is a picnic, a camp-out, a practice for emergencies, an informal contest and a public display.

For many ham enthusiasts, this is far and away the prime event of the year, bringing out thousands of operators across North America, in an event that has celebrated the magic of radio since 1933.

Despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems, amateur radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters, in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

The general public is invited to both stop at the Porter Street side of the Park and to get involved. This year there will be a “Get on the Air” (GOTA) station with a coach who will show new operators how to easily make a radio contact.

The GOTA station is intended to help new, prospective operators, young and old, to cross the line and take the step of getting further involved.

In general, the exercises are a field test of the ability to perform mutual aid and provide support in the event of natural disasters. Amateur radio operators are certified by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

In practice, the Field Day exercise is a physical routine of setting up a full range of antennas of various shapes and lengths, along with tents, radios, cables and computers, in order to make radio contacts under difficult conditions.

Operators from the three local clubs will transmit their call signs to reach out and attempt to make contact by not only voice and Morse code, but also on digital modes such as radio teletype.

Because of the difficulty in being able to effectively reach out to all areas, the Field Day operators keep track of which of the locations they have reached and recorded as points. The point totals are a main component of the total score for the weekend.

The Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society (CARESS) has its main location at the Riverview site, and its website at ve7scc.org.