The Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club (CHARC) placed first in the nation in the ‘Single Transmitter/Emergency Operations Center’ Category during the 2016 American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day held in June.
Even though several groups had a higher number of contacts, the Cottonwood Heights team won with a dedication to long hours of radio operation.
Several radio operators and other volunteers participated in the annual field day activity, a nationwide event that promotes “ham” radio and allows operators to test communications. ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the United States and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Cottonwood Heights provided the incident command van for the CHARC during the field day. The same vehicle is used during the annual Great Utah ShakeOut emergency preparedness exercise and is equipped to handle any city-wide emergency communications in case of disaster.
Congratulations to the CHARC for their diligence in keeping Cottonwood Heights safe.