Amateur radio operators from the U.S. Virgin Islands and across North America will gather the weekend of June 25-26 for the American Radio Relay League Field Day 2022 Annual Emergency Preparedness Exercise .
Radio amateurs (aka “hams”) literally go into the field and set up portable antennas and run on backup power to test their equipment and practice their readiness skills. The event also demonstrates the science, skill and service of amateur radio to the Virgin Islands and the nation.
It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills into one event.
There are approximately 300 amateur radio licensees in the US Virgin Islands and over 760,000 in the United States. Field Day is an annual event sponsored by the American Relay Radio League, the national association of radio amateurs. The ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) program and ham volunteers provide emergency communications when needed – all free of charge.
“When a disaster strikes, amateur radio operators are often the first to provide critical information and communications,” said ARRL VI Section Manager Fred Kleber.
In St. Croix, the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club will partner with VITEMA to operate out of Cane Bay. Field Day is known as the amateur radio open house. Media are invited to come between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, June 25, to cover the event.
VITEMA will have its emergency response vehicle on site and the VI radio amateurs will demonstrate the capabilities they can offer to the community.
In St. Thomas, you can learn about amateur radio and participate in live radio demonstrations with the St. Thomas Amateur Radio Club, which will be located on the waterfront across from the Federal Court Building at from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.
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