June 19, 2006
Ham radio operators taking part in national
exercise June 23-25
UCSC's Baskin School of Engineering is sponsoring a team of
faculty and students who will take part in the annual Amateur
Radio Field Day contest June 23-25. Field Day is an emergency
preparedness exercise dating back to the 1930s during which
ham radio operators set up temporary field radio stations. Using
only emergency power (generator, battery, solar, or similar
options), teams make contact with other stations all over the
country and around the world using a multitude of radio modes.
The goal is to contact as many participating radio operators
throughout the world using voice, Morse-code, digital, and satellite
The UCSC team will set up at the grassy knoll on the edge of
the East Field starting Friday afternoon, June 23. Radio operations
begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and end at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Visitors are welcome to stop by and see what amateur radio
is all about. Everyone is invited to participate and make contacts
across the world with the guidance of licensed operators. UCSC
students and faculty have been participating in this event since
2002. In advance of Field Day, the engineering school will be
sponsoring several licensing exams for anyone interested in
getting an amateur radio license.