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Amateur Radio Field Day this weekend.

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Hi All,

If any of you are interested in Amateur Radio and have a chance to check out this nation wide event, drop by one if the locations listed below. All are welcome (licensed or unlicensed) and if you are a licensed amateur you could make a few contacts to help out the club you are visiting. If you want to operate, be sure to bring your FCC amateur radio license. There might be a few "807's" to be enjoyed too.

"Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 09:08:26 -0400 (EDT)

Attn All NH Amateurs:

The vast and highly reliable communications capabilities of the amateurradio community have become much more recognized and appreciated since9/11 and Katrina. Amateur radio is routinely used at large westernfires, wilderness search and rescue incidents, during and after majornatural disasters and "when all else fails". The Chairman of theFederal Communications Commission has stated in a Congressional hearingthat "Amateur Radio is the only communications system that neverfails."

Basic amateur radio equipment can be more reliable than many of themore elaborate and complex public safety systems and cell phonesystems. Amateur radio operators are generally capable of setting up,trouble shooting and maintaining radios, antennas and computer systemsto a much higher degree than the general public and many professionalradio technicians. Amateur radio hobbyists have been directly involvedin the presently ongoing project to specify and install amateur radioequipment and train operators at 30 key hospitals throughout NewHampshire.

This weekend the amateur radio community throughout the United Statesand several foreign countries will hold the 77th annual Field Dayexercise to demonstrate numerous communications capabilities from"field" or temporary locations with no utility power or pre-existingantennas. Equipment set up at some sites starts at 2 PM on Friday,June 26, 2009. Formal communications activity begins at 2 PM onSaturday and concludes at 2 PM on Sunday. During this 24 hour timeperiod each group will utilize several different radio systems to makeas many radio contacts as possible. Systems will include local andlong distance radios, Morse code, computer to computer radios, andsatellites. Contacts will be made with other amateur radio operators,Emergency Operations Centers (EOC's), military organizations,government agencies, service organizations, hospitals and theInternational Space Station. Many of the participants are members ofthe American Radio Relay League's "Amateur Radio Emergency Service", anational organization that works with local, state and federal servedagencies.

The amateur radio clubs in New Hampshire have a long history of FieldDay participation, often completing more contacts in their class thanany other groups in the country. Depending on atmospheric conditionssome of our Field Day sites can average over 5,000 contacts in the 24hours. Field Day is a public educational event. We hope you will takea few minutes to visit a Field Day site near you. Locations andcontact information are listed below. However, no arrangements orappointments are required, please just show up, see what there is tosee and strike up a conversation with whomever you meet, they will behappy to give you a tour and answer questions.

For links to the web site for each club, and other related links,please go to (then scroll down).

We hope to see you this weekend. The members of the amateur radioclubs and Amateur Radio Emergency Service of New Hampshire

Berlin area, Androscoggin Valley Radio Club, Gorham Commons Park, Rt. 2& Rt.16, Gorham, NH. Bob Martin, 246-3656,

Conway area, White Mountain Amateur Radio Club, 1245 Bald Hill Rd.,Albany, NH, Gregory Fitch, 356-3875,

Derry area, Interstate Radio Society, Pinkerton Academy Derry, NH, Mike Pelletier,

Franconia area, Littleton Amateur Radio Club, Rt. 142 1/2 mile east ofMain St., Franconia, NH, Glenn Werner, 381-5601,

Hancock area, Canine Alert Search Teams, 5 Kimball Rd., Hancock, NH,Michael Matteson, 966-6709,

Hillsboro area, Contoocook Valley Radio Club, Colleague (or Long) Pondoff Warner Rd., Henniker, NH, John Moore, 746-4817,

Keene area, Cheshire County DX Amateur Radio Club, American LegionPavilion,797 Court St., Keene, NH, Dale Paquin,

Lakes Region, Central NH Amateur Radio Club, Belknap County FairGrounds, Belknap, NH, Richard Christopher, 524-6567,

Lakes Region, Lakes Region Repeater Assoc., 451 Pleasant Valley Rd.,Wolfeboro, NH, Robert Corollo, 998-4655,

Lebanon area, Twin State Radio Club, end of Storr's Hill Rd., Lebanon,NH, William Daugherty, 359-3745,

Manchester area, Granite State Amateur Radio Assoc., Earl Legacy Park,New Boston Rd. @ Wallace Rd., Bedford, NH, Barry Whittemore,

Nashua area, Nashua Amateur Radio Club, Wasserman Park, 116 NaticookRd., Merrimack, NH James Blaine, 889-4429,

Portsmouth area, Port City Amateur Radio Club, Stratham Hill Park, Rt.33, Stratham, NH Mark Pride, 778-1222,

Rochester area, Great Bay Amateur Radio Assoc., Jarvis Av. (Rt.125/Milton Rd. nr. Rt. 202), Rochester, NH, Paul Michael, 601-2206,

Sunapee area, NHRC Amateur Radio Society, Mount Sunapee State Park,Newbury, NH, Richard Cox,

Written and prepared by Tom Richardson, AB1CL

--------------------------------------------------------------------ARRL New Hampshire SectionSection Manager: Alan K. Shuman,"

73, Mark :drinks:


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