ARRL Field Day
The Museum hosts FCC-licensed Radio Amateurs (also called Ham Radio Operators) Dee Hester and David Woodward as they participate in the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) annual Field Day. This is the ARRL's most popular on-the-air event of the year, with many of its 170,000 U.S. members making contact with each other to participate in a broadcasting contest or to practice their emergency response capabilities. Hester and Woodward will have their remote station set up in the Memorial Courtyard and will be available to the public to answer questions about amateur radio.
Learn what these talented radio amateurs do for fun as well as disaster and emergency response. Hester has volunteered his skills in numerous major disasters in the Western Hemisphere including:
1972 – Managua, Nicaragua Earthquake
1977 – Marble Cone Wildfire Los Padres National Forest
1982 – Ben Lomond/Santa Cruz flood and mudslide
1989 – Lomo Prieta Earthquake 7.1 (San Francisco Bay Area)
1994 – Northridge Earthquake 6.7 (Southern California)
2000 – Y2K The disaster that never happened (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Hester, who moved to Fredericksburg just last summer also assisted in emergency communication during our "freeze" this past winter communicating locations for health and welfare checks for Fredericksburg residents.
Come learn more about "ham radio" this Sunday, June 27 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM in the Memorial Courtyard!