Volunteers from the Coquitlam, Burnaby and New Westminster Amateur Radio Clubs will be set up on Mount Seymour this weekend as they participate in a 24 hour emergency radio communications exercise commencing at 11am June 25th.The North-American wide exercise, known as “Field Day”, has been organized by the National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States since 1933 and is open to participants across US and Canada. Each year nearly 35,000 stations participate.
Volunteer radio operators from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary amateur radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities.
Field Day highlights amateur radio’s unique ability to work reliably under any condition from almost any location and create a wireless communications network without reliance on conventional telecommunications services (internet / cellular / satellite). Many operators have portable communication capabilities that include alternative energy sources such as solar panels, hybrid / battery-electric vehicles and conventional generators.
This year’s event is especially noteworthy given the challenges BC has had to deal with over the last year. From fires to floods, amateur radio operators have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure.
Location: Mount Seymour
You can park next to the Enquist Lodge and walk down to the station to meet the radio operators in action.