Early records show the club was formed early in 1962, and the weekend events culminate a yearlong celebration of the club’s many contributions to the community.
The celebration will start at 9 a.m. with an open house of the organization’s clubhouse at 560 Johnson Blvd.
Simultaneously, club members will be operating their powerful communication equipment to demonstrate how amateur radio enhances a community and to explain the enjoyment they receive from the hobby.
In times of disaster, amateur radio can be the only means of communication when the infrastructure of traditional communications is damaged or destroyed. Such is the case when hurricanes with their 100-plus mph winds and heavy rain can sever an affected area from communication with the rest of the world. In these situations, amateur radio is able to step in and become the only link to relay critical details of storm damage and injuries to those needing that information.
The club has designated two frequencies for this weekend’s Special Event station.
They are 7.262 MHz and 14.262 MHz.
These frequencies support communication over hundreds or even thousands of miles, depending upon atmospheric and band conditions.
Other amateurs who contact the Special Event Station via their radios will receive a commemorative QSL card acknowledging the contact. The QSL card includes the date and time the contact was made, the frequency, and any information about the station’s signal strength.
Anyone with an interest in learning more about amateur radio is encouraged to stop by.
The open house and special event station will both end at 2 p.m.
Dr. Ron Akers [W8BF] conducts classes on Saturday mornings at the clubhouse for anyone who needs tutoring to get his or her amateur radio license.
As a culmination of the day’s activities, a 50th anniversary dinner is being held at 6 p.m. at the Mountain View Inn.