Well, once again it’s time for Field Day. Members of the Chicago
Suburban Radio Association (CSRA) put their emergency communication
skills to the test when they participated in “Field
Day” on Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28, 2009 in
Veteran‘s Park in North Riverside, Illinois. The annual
preparedness exercise brings together Amateur Radio operators from
throughout North and South America who are committed to assisting their
communities in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. The goal is
to make as many contacts with other hams operators during the two day
The public was invited to stop by and tour the site. CSRA members set
up and operated using emergency power and temporary antennas. They also
had a solar powered station that can operate indefinitely without any
commercial power or fuel for generators.
Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) the
national association for Amateur Radio.
The Chicago Suburban Radio Association has been serving Chicago Hams
and radio enthusiasts since the dawn of radio itself! CSRA members have
spanned all walks of life from construction workers to lawyers: bankers
to broadcasters, teachers to truck drivers. CSRA is the oldest radio
club chartered in the State of Illinois and was founded in 1924.
Today there are nearly 700,000 Amateur Radio operators in the United
States and more than 2.5 million worldwide.