Baylor Amateur Radio Club Members Participate in Field Day

June 25, 1998

As part of the American Radio Relay League's field day, members of Baylor's Amateur Radio Club will set up field radio communications stations and contact thousands of other operators throughout the U.S. and Canada over 24 hours from June 27-28.

These Baylor members will join the more than 35,000 other operators on the air who participate in Field Day every year. Field Day is a competition as well as a trial run for emergency communication skills used during disaster situations.

Participants will set up on the Intramural Fields on the Baylor campus beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. They will compete for special awards, including those for alternative sources of power such as solar, wind and methane.

"Field Day is a way for hams to get outdoors and have fun under some difficult conditions," said Steve Dodson, president of the Baylor Amateur Radio Club. "But it's also a chance to fine-tune emergency communication skills. We use generators and battery power, and we set up antennas in the field. The idea is to put together a self-sufficient working station quickly and begin making contacts."

The public is invited to see radio communication modes in action, including voice, code and satellite, and to see who can make the most contacts during the contest period.

For more information, contact Patrick Hynan at 666-4873 or 710-3890.

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