Radio club invites public to field day

ALBANY -- The Albany Amateur Radio Club is hosting its annual Amateur Radio Field Day at the Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, and it's inviting the public to visit and learn more about ham radio.

Members of the club will set up portable radio systems and antennas at the MCLB lake area Saturday morning. At 2 p.m., hams from the United States and Canada will begin efforts to communicate with each other.

Ham radio operators gather on the fourth full weekend each June to conduct a Field Day program.

"This is an opportunity to set up our radio stations in the field and, in contest fashion, try to contact as many stations and as many states and Canadian provinces as possible," said Gene Clark, vice president of Albany Amateur Radio Club.

"Self imposed restrictions serve as multipliers to encourage doing it with non-commercial power and with low radio power. Here, our radios will use car batteries and simple wire antennas."

Clark said anyone in the area is invited to drop by Saturday and learn about amateur radio. The group will operate through the night.

"We have time to show you about it and will enjoy meeting you," said Clark. "Come to the MCLB main gate on Fleming Road and present the guard with your driver's license or other identification and ask to visit the radio club operation."

Visitors entering the base will proceed on Walker Avenue and then keep right onto East Matthews Boulevard before bearing left on McCawley Avenue. Motorists will see the lake on the left. A parking area will be available.