June 23, 2017
This weekend is the 80th Annual Amateur Radio Field Day and Ham Radio operators from Grand Forks are taking part.
This event is a part of emergency services – specifically it tests and demonstrates that local amateur radio operators / clubs can support communications in the event of catastrophes that knockout the normal power and communications systems. The idea, as Brian Norwood explains in the video, is to operate a shortwave radio station powered off-grid for 24 hours. Clus all over North America are also participating. During this time the gear can only powered by batteries, generators or solar power generation systems. Fructova, where this group is setting up, has a large array of solar photo-voltaic panels.
The public is invited to come down and find out more – the operators have to man the site for 24 hours from Saturday June 24 overnight to Sunday.