The ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio and Field Day is our opportunity as Amateur Radio operators to demonstrate our contributions to all emergency services and to the public, especially when normal systems of communications fail. CARA is a 501c3 nonprofit service organization providing communications support and education to Calvert County and the region for events such as bike and road races, parades and Scouting events. During Field Day members of CARA will be present to demonstrate the flexibility of Amateur Radio, the equipment used, and the proper techniques in operating the equipment to prepare for emergency response capabilities.
In the past year alone, Amateur Radio operators, or "hams," have provided emergency communications for many government and civic organizations during wildfires, floods, storms, tornadoes, and all manner of disasters. As with most communities, Calvert County doesn't expect a major emergency. But they happen, and losing communications can quickly turn an emergency into a real disaster.
We will also be inviting the press to drop by and will have displays, brochures, information packets, and other materials to explain our work. Several of these materials are made available directly through the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio.
We very much look forward to your visiting us at the Drum Point Clubhouse in Lusby, MD, on It is a fun time as well as a validation for the hundreds of Amateur Radio volunteers who have spent thousands of hours providing emergency communications, public service work, and other benefits throughout our community and region.