Press Coverage – 2016

Here is a copy of the email that was sent to area news media (print, radio, and television stations) on 01 June 2016, ahead of the 2016 Field Day event

Good afternoon!

I wanted to let all of my area news agencies know about an event that our amateur radio club will be taking part in from 1 pm Saturday, June 25, until 1 pm Sunday, June 26. The event, known as Field Day, is an annual event, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for all licensed amateur radio operators (also known as “hams”) in North and South America. It provides an opportunity for hams to practice station building and operation in conditions that might simulate those found during an emergency event. Conditions such as lack of telephone and internet, loss of commercial / utility power, and mobilization away from a normal communications center.

This event can also showcase to the public some of the possibilities and services that amateur radio provides, as well as the chance to meet some of the licensed operators and learn more about amateur radio. Our club gladly welcomes the public to come visit us at the North Shelter House in Swan Lake State Park south of Carroll, Iowa to learn more about amateur radio and how to join in on the fun. While the event lasts, and we will welcome visitors, for 24-hours, our group will be best prepared to greet visitors on Saturday afternoon.

Our club, the Coon Valley Amateur Radio Club, is based in Audubon, Iowa and has members from Adair, Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Madison, Sac, and Polk counties in Iowa and is open to membership in those and surrounding counties.

More information about our club (and our Field Day event) can be found at www.coonvalleyarc.org.

Who: Coon Valley Amateur Radio Club of Audubon, Iowa and surrounding area
What: Field Day 2016 event
When: 1 PM Saturday, June 25 until 1 PM Sunday, June 26, 2016
Where: North Shelter House at Swan Lake State Park outside Carroll, IA

Attached you will find a short story submission. It might be helpful for some of you. Feel free to use it or edit it as needed.

Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you there!

The following text, in the form of a Microsoft Word Document, was attached:

Amateur Radio and Today’s Connected World

by George Riedell, KB0HVB

We live in time when everyone is nearly always connected to a global store of information. Pull out your mobile device, ask it a question, and it will search the internet for an answer.

But, how does this all work?

To answer that question one would need to explore the rich and diverse history of the many technologies being harnessed to connect all the varied devices and data repositories. One way of touching the base of many of these technologies is amateur radio.

Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, enables the average citizen to acquire a license to get hands-on experience with the science and engineering behind radio and communications. It allows the operator to experiment with new technologies meant to improve speed and reliability of communications even in conditions that are far from kind. Some of the technologies used by the internet and mobile and phone communications were developed and improved with help from amateur radio operators and amateur radio itself.

With amateur radio you can: Track a balloon that is carrying a camera to the edge of space; Get longer range on your RC quad-copter; Improve your Wi-Fi signal; Meet new friends from around the world or just next door; Even talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth… and much, MUCH more.

Every year, many amateur radio operators in the US gather together over the radio waves to practice another aspect of amateur radio, emergency communications. This 24-hour long “Field Day” exercise attempts to mimic the operating locations and conditions that might be encountered in an actual emergency event. It also provides an opportunity to present some of amateur radio’s possibilities to the public, as well as aid as a way to introduce the local operators to the public.

The Coon Valley Amateur Radio Club of Audubon, with members in surrounding counties, welcomes anyone wishing to learn more about amateur radio, to visit their Field Day location in the North Shelter House of Swan Lake State Park, south of Carroll. The event starts at 1 PM on Saturday, June 25 and runs for 24-hours. The club asks that most people visit on Saturday afternoon, but will welcome visitors anytime (please respect park hours).

For more information on this event, or the Coon Valley Amateur Radio Club, please visit: www.coonvalleyarc.org/

Most of the media organizations were contacted via email, but the Storm Lake Radio email bounced, and about half of the television stations are going to require a one-at-a-time submission.

I’ll be working on them as I can make time to do so.

3 thoughts on “Press Coverage – 2016

  1. I also posted the short story that I wrote on QRZ, in case any other hams needed an assist in media coverage.

    We’ve already been contacted by one of the media outlets… more details to follow.

  2. I saw that Carroll Broadcasting gave us some coverage yesterday: “Amateur Radio Field Day At Swan Lake This Month”. It even has a nice picture of Arnie working some code.

    http://www.1380kcim.com/news/2016/amateur-radio-field-day-at-swan-lake-this-month/

    That’s the only one I’ve seen so far. But as I understand, KJAN out of Atlantic was going to be doing some coverage before the event as well.

    Has anyone else seen or heard any other coverage?

  3. The Lake View Resort Newspaper in Lake View ran an article about our Field Day event on June 08. Fortunately, they had a copy of the paper for me.

    I uploaded a snapshot of it to our website here: http://coonvalleyarc.org/?attachment_id=744

    Has anyone else seen or heard about it in their paper, radio, or television news?

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