This Saturday, a group of FCC-licensed amateur radio enthusiasts will gather at Memorial Park in Cupertino to participate in Field Day. During this North American event, more than 40,000 amateur radio operators set up temporary transmitting stations in public locations across the continent to demonstrate the science behind amateur radios and their usefulness in emergency operations.
The participating radio operators on Saturday are part of the Cupertino Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CARES) group, an organization of 70 Cupertino volunteers who have agreed to provide reliable primary and backup communications links for the city of Cupertino and other agencies primarily in case of emergency.
On Saturday, radio managers will practice contacting as many stations as possible across North America in 24 hours using the HF bands 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters and all bands 50 MHz and above. . The objective will be to learn how to operate in abnormal situations under less than optimal conditions in order to be better prepared for future emergencies.
Saturday June 25
21121 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Meet near the Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road.
Although none of the CARES members are paid for their services, they still have agreements with Cupertino, the Santa Clara Fire Department, the Cupertino Health District and the San Jose Water Company to provide communications from public service when needed. The group could be a lifeline when the internet and phones are down after an earthquake.
Radio operators must have licenses to participate in activities, but the general public is welcome to listen.
To learn more about CARES, visit: https://www.cupertinoares.org/
To learn more about Field Day, visit: Field Day (arrl.org)