Nationwide Amateur Radio Field Day: Motor City Radio Club to Demonstrate Emergency Communication Skills

The Motor City Radio Club will participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day on June 22-23 at Young Patriot Park in Riverview, Michigan, demonstrating the versatility and reliability of ham radio during emergencies. This event, open to the public, showcases how amateur radio operators set up independent communication networks in disaster scenarios, using minimal power and no reliance on modern infrastructure.


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5/28/20242 min read

Members of the Motor City Radio Club are gearing up for the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise scheduled for June 22-23 at Young Patriot Park in Riverview, Michigan.

Since its inception in 1933, Field Day has seen ham radio operators across North America set up temporary stations in public spaces. This event highlights the scientific and technical aspects of Amateur Radio. Open to the public, everyone is invited to attend and learn more about this fascinating hobby. For over a century, Amateur Radio has enabled people from various backgrounds to explore electronics and communication techniques and offer essential public services during emergencies, without relying on cell phones or the Internet. Field Day showcases the reliability and versatility of ham radio under any conditions, from virtually any location, creating an independent communication network. In 2023, over 35,000 participants joined Field Day from thousands of locations.

Field Day is crucial for emergency preparedness in Amateur Radio, simulating scenarios where all conventional communication circuits are down, such as in the aftermath of natural disasters. Bruce Menning, a member of the Motor City Radio Club, explained, "We use generators to power our radio equipment and communicate with other ham operators across North America, who are also using emergency power" (Fox 2 Detroit).

Founded in 1932, the Motor City Radio Club consists of over 120 members from the metro area. Ham radio allows communication both locally and globally, often using minimal power. Enthusiasts can set up a basic antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate across the world by utilizing the Earth's atmosphere to reflect radio waves. Club members are trained as official weather spotters, reporting severe weather conditions to the National Weather Service. Some even communicate via the moon, satellites, and with astronauts on the International Space Station.

The term "ham" radio has historical roots dating back to before World War I, though its exact origin is unclear. Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League emphasized the unique resilience of ham radio: "If there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, ham radio provides a vital communication link" (Fox 2 Detroit).

Ham radio proved invaluable in Puerto Rico after a devastating storm, when public communication systems failed. Amateur radio operators, using emergency power, provided essential communications until the infrastructure was restored.

Ham radio operates independently of the Internet or cellular networks, can interface with modern devices, and can be quickly set up almost anywhere. This makes it an essential tool during communication outages.

In today's DIY electronic culture, ham radio remains a fantastic way to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and other sciences. It is also a critical asset during disasters when conventional communication fails. Anyone can become a licensed Amateur Radio operator, and there are over 725,000 licensed hams in the U.S., with operators as young as five years old.

The Motor City Radio Club will be setting up antennas, radio equipment, and a temporary shelter, running communications for 24 hours from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday. The public is welcome to visit and learn more.

Young Patriot Park is located at 14300 Sibley Road, west of Fort Street. Additionally, ham radio license exams will be offered at the Field Day site on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required; for more information, visit

Those interested in radio theory, propagation, construction, practical communications, Morse code, transmitter hunting, or competitive contesting are encouraged to join the Motor City Radio Club. Meetings are held on the second Friday of every month (except February and August) at the Copeland Center in Wyandotte at 7 p.m. For more information, visit