On June 20, 2019 the Delaware House of Representatives passed House Resolution Number 13, recognizing the services provided by Amateur Radio to Delaware emergency response organizations and communities.
Resolution 13, sponsored by Rep. Steve Smyk (R) Milton, declared the week of June 16 – 23 as Amateur Radio Week in Delaware. In addition to highlighting the countless hours of community service provided by Ham Radio Operators, the resolution referred to the emergency practice event called “Field Day”, which took place over the weekend of June 23 and 24.
During Field Day weekend, Amateur Radio Operators throughout the state, otherwise known as Ham Operators, gathered at several public locations to practice the critical emergency communications skills.
In Sussex County, the Field Day venue was Redden Forest, and was part of the Annual Field Day operating event sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the National Association for Amateur Radio.
Starting on June 23, Ham Operators from around the country spent twenty-four hours operating from outdoor locations similar to Redden Forest, using portable radio stations powered by generators, batteries, and solar panels. While hoping such emergency conditions never exist, Field Day Chairman Jamie Ashton said “this annual practice session helps keep us prepared in the event our services are needed to provide emergency communications to support town, county, or state requirements.”
Due to the flexible nature of Amateur Radio capabilities, operators used radio paths for both voice and computer communications making over 400 contacts with stations in located across the United States and Canada.