The annual field day of a local amateur radio club had gone virtual this year, with “hams” from across the region showing off their home setups. Operators from the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club are taking part in the national field day throughout the weekend. During this, members contact other radio stations from around the world to exchange information.
Heather Tribble, president of the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club said, “We set up all of these fancy antennas and all of our radios and really make a lot of contact with the public, and we can’t do that this year. We try and showcase our emergency preparedness skills. Show people the fun you can have with amateur radio and other community service aspects of the hobby.”
According to wtop.com, “Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout the U.S. set up temporary transmitting stations, and more than 35,000 people participated in last year’s activities, according to Tribble. The annual event has been held since 1933, according to the club, and is one of the most popular events in ham radio. The virtual field day runs through Sunday.”