Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Head to North Van – Maple Ridge News

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Amateur radio enthusiasts will set up shop on Mount Seymour this weekend to contact as many amateur radio operators around the world as possible.

Amateur Radio Field Day is an annual event across the United States and Canada where operators travel to remote locations for 24 hours to practice their skills in the event of an emergency or disaster.

It is also an informal competition where operators try to contact as many other stations as possible and learn how to operate their equipment in less than optimal situations.

Online, the event is described as a “great opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to organizations that amateur radio could serve in an emergency, as well as the general public.”

Clubs from Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam will participate.

Pitt Meadows resident Wayne Galaugher, past president and current member of the Coquitlam Amateur Radio Club, will also attend and explained that operators will mount their antennas on towers supported by trucks or wires will be run through trees. Tents, he said, will be set up and people will be on the air to talk with other people around the world.

“It really is a radio fair, if you will. Kind of like a middle,” he said.

According to the Coquitlam club, ham radio skills are also used to help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fundraisers such as walkathons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibitions at fairs, shopping centers and museums

There are about 100 club members, he advised, a dozen from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

He has been a member of the club since 1995 and enjoys the camaraderie and the mix of people he meets from all walks of life.

And, he added, their club station is one of the best in the Pacific Northwest with antennas located on the Riverview property in Coquitlam.

Amateur Radio Day runs from Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. until 11 a.m. Sunday, June 26 on Mount Seymour in North Vancouver.

The event will take place just off Mt. Seymour Road by Enquist Lodge.

For more information about the club, visit ve7scc.org.


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