Rick Nichols
Special to The Gardner News
This weekend the Ensor Park and Museum south of Olathe will be the scene of an annual event designed to showcase the ability of amateur radio operators to quickly set up an emergency communication system in the wake of a natural disaster.
The event, Field Day, represents the culmination of the American Radio Relay League’s Amateur Radio Week and is scheduled to officially begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and continue until 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26. During this 24-hour period, members of the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club will be attempting to make contact with as many other amateur radio operators, or hams, as possible using the portable equipment – radios, antennas and generators – at their disposal. The general public is welcome, and encouraged, to observe the entire operation.
“We invite you to be part of the new people we meet during this weekend,” said Mike Costello, SFTARC secretary-treasurer. “Please consider coming out for a time to see what amateur radio is, how it works and who the hams are.”
Club members will be manning at least four different stations, a CW (continuous wave) station, a side band station, a digital station and a GOTA (Get On The Air) station, and possibly a fifth, a six-meter voice station, depending on atmospheric conditions. The CW station utilizes the Morse Code, and the GOTA station, a voice station, is specifically for would-be hams and new hams. The side band station and the digital station operate within a range of 10 to 80 meters.
The museum, located at 18995 W. 183rd Street, will be open both days from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.