This year, volunteers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up their annual field day on June 25 at Toledo Waterfront Park. A total of 15 volunteers provided over 127 hours of service during the event. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Field Day 2020 was held with a small number of volunteers and social distancing in place.
The 2020 event focused on remote communications. For more than 100 years, amateur radio – sometimes called amateur radio – has allowed people to experiment with electronics and communication techniques. Amateur radio operators also provide free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without the need for a cell phone or the Internet.
Field Day demonstrates the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in all conditions from almost any location and to create an independent communication network.
“Field Day is special to me because I can help build new field antenna setups that allow us to connect with amateur radio operators all over the United States and around the world.” ACS volunteer, Scot Perkins shared. “It’s important because it may be required of us in the event of a disaster when our [fixed] the antennae may not have survived.
Since 1933, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public places during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. Field Day shows how amateur radio works reliably in all conditions from almost any location to create an independent communication network.
“In addition, special projects are worked on during Field Day. Mine was to help fabricate a new antenna and modify a protective radome to be installed. said Perkins.
Since Field Day, the antenna mentioned by Perkins has been successfully installed. In addition to showcasing the hard work of AEC volunteers, Field Day also provides an opportunity for volunteers to work as a team and build relationships. “…it was a good ‘team building’ exercise in person. Involvement with ACS changed due to COVID and it was a good opportunity to bond as a team. said ACS volunteer Mark Saelens.
With clubs such as the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anyone to get involved in Lincoln County. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States with members as young as 9 and as old as 100. Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator.
County Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris said, “We are continually grateful to our ACS volunteers. I want to give them a sincere “thank you” for all of their hard work and continued service. »
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office sponsors the Communications Auxiliary Service Volunteer Group. A group of over 70 amateur radio operators specifically supporting local government emergency response. For more information, see the Lincoln County Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group at www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/auxiliary-communications-service or call (541) 265-4199.