Amateur / Ham Radio Field Day Demonstrates Science, Skill and Service

Cedar Valley Amateur Club, Eastern Iowa DX Association and Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Club will be joining together to run an amateur radio field day taking place 27/28 June 2015 at Faye Clark Park in Hiawatha.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world. Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.
— Sean Kutzko KX9X of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)