Hams Take to the Air to survey the Field Day site from above. Gary WH6EPS and Angelina WH6EVK

The Big Island Amateur Radio Club invites folks of all ages to stop by between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.on Saturday, June 23, to watch amateur radio operators, aka “hams,” contact faraway operators from a temporary bivouac set up at the Reed’s Bay Hotel on Banyan Drive in Hilo. The oceanfront site will be headquarters of the club’s annual Field Day event held concurrently with radio operators across the U.S. and Canada.


Watch hams in action as they do long-distance transmitting and receiving over the airwaves via various high-frequency modes, including traditional setups and modern digital formats, using a variety of equipment. The event is staged annually by the American Radio Relay League, ARRL. Admission is free. Licensed operators are invited to participate from 8 a.m.

Members of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club also will demonstrate how 2-meter, or low-frequency, radio is used locally, and around the world, to assist with emergency communications in times of disaster. Everybody is invited to “come and learn and watch,” said coordinators.

Each year, ham radio operators throughout Hawaii and the rest of the nation stage 24-hour events on the last full weekend in June.

The annual event held under the auspices of the ARRL lets radio hobbyists gather to compare notes, make contacts over the airwaves and share the finer points of their hobby with interested visitors. Members will be onsite shortly after daybreak to set up antennas and radio equipment for the activities which will continue overnight.