Ham Radio Field Day Set For This Weekend

The public is invited to come out this Saturday June 22 to watch Ham Radio operators show their skills at the annual Ham Radio Field Day at the Art Center’s Hillside Campus at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena.

Field Day is an event held throughout North America and is considered ham radio’s “open house” where more than 40,000 “hams” set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to communities. It shows how ham radio combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills to perform vital services to our communities.

Also known as amateur radio, ham radio is the use of radio frequency spectrum for exchange of messages. Ham radio operators get involved for purely personal interests and not commercial gain. It differs from commercial broadcasting, public safety broadcasting such as police and fire or two-way radio services such as used by aviation. Ham radio operators can be helpful under emergency conditions.

During Field Day, there will be opportunities for visitors to get on air under the supervision of licensed ham radio operators.

The local event is being operated by the South Pasadena Amateur Radio Club, the Pasadena Radio Club, the JPL Amateur Radio Club and the Cal Tech Amateur Radio Club. It will take place from 11 a.m. Saturday through 11 a.m. Sunday.

There will be signs along the west side of the Rose Bowl off of Linda Vista on Lida St. leading to the Art Center’s parking lot where the event will be held.