|Section Index||Owatonna Steele County Amateur Radio||10-Apr-2017|
Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by disaster. Amateur Radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages and destruction of telephone lines. In some disasters, radio frequencies are not coordinated among relief officials and Amateur Radio operators step in to coordinate communication when radio towers and other elements in the communications infrastructure are damaged.
The objective of Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.
OSCAR Field Day activity will be very informal, running a mix of bands and modes. We’ll use the club call sign KCØBXJ and operate 1 or 2 radios. We'll operate from 1:00 (18:00 UTC) until nightfall or until the mosquitoes carry us away, whichever comes first.
21-Jun: We'll be running two HF stations, one with a vertical and the other with a trap dipole. NWS is predicting "Partly cloudy, with a high around 73". Listen for Set-up activity on 145.490.