The Art & Science of Radio Communications
Amateur radio (or ham radio) Field Day is an emergency exercise held across Canada and the U.S. in parks and parking lots attempting to make as many radio contacts as possible. Various municipalities (including Vancouver) have declared the week leading up to Field Day as Amateur Radio Week.
Don't let the word, amateur, fool you. Amateur merely means that they aren't paid; however, they are quite proficient in their skills. Amateur radio is a hobby, bus is also used in emergencies (e.g. disasters, search & rescue, etc.). Many amateur radio operators volunteer with ESS (Emergency Social/Support Services) in B.C. A lot of astronauts and cosmonauts are licensed amateur radio operators too. (It is not CB or FRS/GMRS).
ARRL Amateur Radio Today
VECTOR (Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization) will be set up in the dog park between the tennis courts and the golf course on the south side of Queen Elizabeth Park. Visitors can use the GOTA (Get On the Air) station, under the direct supervision and guidance of a licensed amateur radio operator, to try to contact other stations (mostly in Canada and the U.S., but sometimes Mexico, Japan, Russia, etc.).
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