The Wellington Radio Club will train for an emergency situation during its annual Field Day event this weekend in Village Park on Pierson Road.
Amateur radio operators train for improved emergency preparedness each year during national Field Day activities. Radio operators are used to help fill the communications void when infrastructure is destroyed or overloaded in the western communities or other areas after a natural disaster or other emergency. Wellington Radio Club members provide backup to the Palm Beach County communications system.
Around the clock from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 through 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, the Wellington Radio Club will host Field Day at Pavilion 3 in Village Park. The public is invited to the event, staged by the club with support from the Village of Wellington.
Field Day is a national preparedness exercise. It is a large-scale event where millions of messages are sent and received in a 24-hour period via thousands of ham shortwave stations powered by emergency generators and batteries.