The Nashville Amateur Radio Club (K4CPO) hosted a Field Day exercise June 26-27, 2021 at Lock Two Park, Nashville, TN.
Field Day is ham radio’s open house, an event sanctioned by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Every June, more than 40,000 hams 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.
We had a great turn out of club members that participated by running a variety of different modes including single sideband (SSB) voice, Morse code, and digital. We also had demonstrations of the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (ARDEN), VOIP telephony, and Starlink satellite.
A number of visitors attended Lock Two Park to see what Field Day is all about, with meteorologist Sam Shamburger of the the National Weather Service – Nashville office among them. Several attendees were licensed amateur radio operators who did not pursue the hobby after getting licensed and wanted to get more details on how to get back into the hobby. Some youngsters and newly-licensed hams even had the chance to get on the air and experience the thrill of making their first long-distance contacts!