Field Day is a picnic, campout and practice for emergencies, all rolled into one. Reno’s amateur radio operators, or “hams,” will join other hams across the county in setting up radio stations in unusual locations, using only emergency power, and will make radio contact with as many of those other hams as they can. It’s a fun way for hams to practice the emergency communication skills that are crucial during a crisis or disaster. Ham radio operators can quickly set up communication systems that will save lives when other systems fail or are overloaded.
Besides helping out in their own communities, hams are often sent to disaster areas to help coordinate communications —most recently in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado devastated the community.
The Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society will be operating from the parking lot at Sky Tavern, 21130 Mount Rose Highway, 10 miles up SR-431 from U.S. Highway 395 for 24 hours. The public is welcome to come and learn about — and operate — ham radio. For more information call Jim Deahl at 741-6937, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.