NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University’s Applied Technology Club will join ‘ham’ radio operators nationwide this weekend by participating in a Field Day designed to test important emergency communications systems, share new technologies and educate the public about the many important functions of amateur radio.
Operating under its call, W1SRU, the Salve Regina staff and students hope to make contact with 20 or more states and 20 or more countries, as well as make contact with the International Space Station during its participation, says the club’s advisor, Dr. Michael Thombs, associate professor of business studies and economics.
The public is invited to attend the club’s radio operations between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 in Room 107A of the O’Hare Academic Center to learn more about amateur radio and emerging technologies in the field. A Q&A session will be conducted at 10 a.m., when broadcasting begins.
The National Association for Amateur Radio’s Field Day is its most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Primary goals of the event are to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2.