by Don Johnson, The Floyd Press
Group take part in annual radio Field Day
Several Floyd County amateur radio operators (HAMS) recently participated in an on-air amateur radio event covering the United States and Canada.
Known as Field Day, the annual event attracts radio operatiors from the two countries to an activity that includes elements of a contest, an emergency preparedness exercise and a public outreach effort.
For 24 hours, between 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, radio operators compete to make the highest number of contacts in a variety of radio frequencies and categories while operating on emergency power.
Members of Floyd Amateur Radio Society (FAIRS), set up a club station at a hunting camp in the northern part of the county where they were joined by several area hams who operated their personal stations on the property.
Ham Tom King is the president of Floyd Amateur Radio Society. He operated the radio with Don Clemens. Donna Johnson kept a record of his contacts. This group took part in a radio test covering the United States and Canada.
David Larson also operated an amateur radio station, along with Jason Gallimore.
In 1992, David and Gaynell founded the non-profit foundation, Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service (FAIRS) to work with groups in less fortunate countries to develop emergency radio communications systems and provide medical and equipment assistance. FAIRS often facilitates international “people to people” exchanges. David and Gaynell direct the activities of the foundation and, if you speak with them, you will sense the passion they have for this work of helping people.
If you would like to see some of the work they do with the Foundation For Amateur International Radio Service (FAIRS) see their web site at www.fairs.org.