Field Day

Field Day 2018 was a success for LARC, the ARRL, and the community thanks to our club members!

A special thanks to club member Steve Piotrowski, AG2AA, offering club members the real field experience at his own QTH.

Buffalo’s own WIVB News 4 interviewed our club during Field Day to help raise awareness of Amateur Radio and the contributions we make. Click to read more and watch the interview.

Throughout the month of June, Lancaster Amateur Radio Club President Joe Gearhart (WV2NY) began drumming up club members to become Radio Active. Through the efforts of club volunteers – we did !

Many stopped out to this year’s exclusive ARRL Field Day location at the QTH of club member AG2AA in Rapids, NY.  Everyone from seasoned radio veterans to those who just wanted to stop and see what the fuss was about were invited to attend: “Everyone is welcome, whether you’re camping out or just coming for a visit”, said Joe in a message to the club, luring members, friends, and family for “…camping, radio, food, and fun. ”

There is no better way to summarize the essence of ARRL’s Field Day, but for those who have not had the opportunity to visit a Field Day site, they may miss out on the importance of this event. The ARRL, the Amateur Radio Relay League, sponsors and promotes this annual, national event.

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio. (ARRL, 2018)

Lancaster Amateur Radio Club members, friends and family alike use their skills in operating radio equipment not only for leisure, but in support of community events such as the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure and Buffalo’s own Roswell Park’s Ride for Roswell, one of the largest single-day bicycle fundraisers in the nation. Skilled operators contribute 365 days a year through programs such as the Armed Forces’ MARS and the National Traffic System, sending health and welfare messages worldwide in support of those affected by strife or disaster.

Buffalo’s WIVB News visited the Lancaster Amateur Radio Club this year to put a spotlight on LARC’s contribution to ARRL’s field day. A copy of the broadcast is included below, courtesy WIVB.

WIVB Visits W2SO Field Day Credit KD2PMYU
WIVB Visits W2SO Field Day – Courtesy David Sepulveda, KD2PMU