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Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.

What has 36 Legs, 24 feet and runs all night?

The Relay ! During the largest event in the world promoting the need for organ donors, 12-member teams run 36 legs through 36 cities and across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight under a full moon. Of 120,000 Americans waiting for organs, 18 die each day before a donor is found.

 

This 13.1-mile loop course is a fantastic tour of Berkeley’s best spots. Run up the iconic Telegraph Avenue, through the historic UC Berkeley campus, under gorgeous tree canopies, through the hip personality-filled neighborhoods, and out along the waterfront. You’ll see a bit of everything that makes Berkeley one of the best cities in California.

 

The Dick Collins Firetrails 50 & Golden Hills Trail Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (For a change, it is NOT up against Pacificon this year but it is up against another community event for which Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team must provide support.) This is a 50 mile footrace through the East Bay hills, and a “mere” marathon. Times are from before dawn to after dark, with the most help needed between 0900 and 1600. ARES-enrolled or not, DSW or not, club-affiliated or not, old timer or newly-licensed, 50 watts in your truck or 5 watts on your belt, we have a place for just about everybody. Join us, and/or help pass this information along to interested operators. Thanks!