Tune in astronomical group’s radio field day Saturday
The event, set the Rolnick Observatory, is an American Radio Relay League event intended to demonstrate amateur radio’s emergency communication capabilities.
During the program, groups set up in remote locations, such as fields, to test their ability to operate when the power is out.
Since this is the local group’s first event, they plan to operate “very casually, with minimal setup,” according to a press release.
The test period starts at 2 p.m., so the group plans to operate for a few hours “in order to give everyone the opportunity to use the station and for new hams and interested people to get on the air,” according to the group’s release.
“You don’t need to be a licensed amateur radio operator to come and give it a try,” the release added.
The Westport Astronomical Society’s Amateur Radio Club meets several times a year in the classroom on the campus of the Rolnick Observatory at 182 Bayberry Lane.