The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 20, 2013

Enid Amateur Radio Club to host field day contest

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Amateur Radio Club (EARC) will set up field operations in Champlin Park Saturday and Sunday for its annual American Radio Relay League Field Day Contest.

Setup will begin 10 a.m. Saturday in the park, at the corner of Garriott and Van Buren, with tents, radios, antennas and other equipment erected.

Field Day is an opportunity for EARC to set up its club equipment in a simulated emergency situation so communications can occur without power from the electrical grid.

These simulations are designed to create preparedness in the event a real emergency occurs.

Once set up, the club competes with other clubs around the nation for points in a friendly competition.

The event is open to the public. It is an opportunity for those interested in ham radio and emergency communications to get real experience communicating with others around the country using amateur radios.

“While cellphones now make radio communication seem irrelevant, one needs to only remember the restricted access and lack of access with cell phones during the last ice storms and tornadoes to realize how vulnerable our communications systems are,” said Tim Gungoll.

EARC is active in the community by providing organization and communications assistance for events like Tri-State Music Festival and Cherokee Strip Days parades, July 4th fireworks at Meadowlake Park and  other charitable walking, running and biking events.

The club boasts former members such as astronaut Owen K. Garriott, who has said the skills he learned in ham radio helped him get interested in the topics that led him to become an astronaut.

EARC welcomes anyone interested in radio communications.

For information, call Gungoll at (580) 747-1680.