Six Ways to Get the Most Out of Field Day Even If We Can’t Be Together

There are several special amateur radio initiatives planned in Ventura County during Field Day 2020, June 27-28th.  The COVID-19 crisis makes us unable to gather in large groups as we have in the past. We are attempting to recapture some of the camaraderie and fellowship among hams in other ways by making the following options available for those who choose to participate in them.  Nothing here is compulsory.  The idea is to have some fun.  Feel free to participate in whatever interests you.

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Staying ahead of the fires…

As an amateur radio operator, we often find ourselves exchanging and relaying information about fires and other emergencies and disasters. For those that stepped up and helped keep the folks without power informed of the movements and evacuation area changes for the Easy and Maria Fires, I salute you all!

Thanks to Rick Slater for providing this picture from Randy Latimer. This was a shot of Randy’s plane at Santa Paula Airport during the early hours of the Maria Fire.

June is amateur radio month!

(Tuesday June 4, 2019 – Ventura, CA) At their regular meeting of June 4, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors presented a proclamation designating June as “Amateur Radio Month” in recognition of the volunteerism provided by the county’s emergency communications volunteers.

Accepting the proclamation were John Kitchens, NS6X, ARRL Santa Barbara Section Manager, and Rob Hanson, W6RH, ARES District Emergency Coordinator and ACS Radio Officer for Ventura County.

They were joined by a cadre of communications volunteers and representatives of several Ventura County Amateur Radio Clubs, each of which invited the supervisors to inspect their annual Field Day operations on June 22 and 23. .

-submitted by Jeff Reinhardt AA6JR, ARRL Public Information Coordinator, Santa Barbara Section