Radio amateurs for strutting – The Vacaville Reporter


An annual event for amateur radio operators is coming up and the Vaca Valley Radio Club (VVRC) invites the community to join in the fun.

The American Radio Relay League’s “Field Day” event is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 25-26 at the Sandy Beach County Park RV facility, 2333 Beach Drive, Rio Vista.

At this event, participants, aka “Hams”, come together to practice emergency radio communications in a field environment, as defined by the “rules” of the event. The rules define the types of radios, output power limits, and the ways the radios are powered for the event.

The “hams” will set up different types of radios and antennas, then attempt to make “contacts” using a variety of “modes”. Contacts will be made with other “amateurs” and radio clubs across the country, around the world and even with the International Space Station.

Although clubs compete for points and bragging rights, the event aims to practice communication skills, test equipment and introduce the hobby to the public.

Amateur radio, while primarily a hobby, plays an important role in emergency communications. Amateur radios will work when phone lines, cell towers, and the Internet are down or overloaded.

The “hams” provide emergency communications through volunteer programs such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), SKYWARN (severe storm tracking), groups Office of Emergency Services (OES) premises, the military auxiliary radio system. (MARS) and other communication needs.

Dozens of “hams” will be present to demonstrate and explain to visitors the different aspects of amateur radio. Amateur radio has many facets that apply to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teaching methodologies in schools.

The VVRC will have several radio stations, including a station for newcomers to ‘Get On The Air’.

Sandy Beach County Park “day use” parking is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $8 per day. The VVRC will have parking passes available to help facilitate visitors.

For more information, contact Will Shaffer at 301-0954 or

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