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Field Day 2017

Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has a dedicated team of more than 120 volunteer amateur radio operators that offer their skills during incidents.  They build and operate the communications systems in the Emergency Coordination Center and in the field.  Modern complex communications systems offer tremendous capability but can also be very vulnerable to failure or overload.  Amateur radio makes a robust, high capacity communications capability available to the community in times of need.

Every June, more than 40,000 amateur radio operators 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.

The basic goal to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. These same skills are used when helping with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums.  The amateur radio team supports many of these events to practice skills and test equipment in preparation for more serious events.

Snohomish DEM will be open Saturday June 24, 2017 from 10am to 7pm to participate in Field Day.  Amateur radio volunteers from the Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) team will be available to answer questions and coach radio operations.  Everyone is welcome to come visit and operate the radio and make contacts around the country.  Other Field Day sites can be found via the Field Day locator at http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator.

Sign up to operate or just visit and come join us.  You can take a look at the existing signups to see what is available.