Members of the Foothills Amateur Radio Society are scheduled to demonstrate their capabilities 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday in Los Altos.
Amateur Radio Field Day, held in a field next to Maryknoll Seminary at 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, will be open to the public noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Society members will operate three radio stations and attempt to make as many contacts as possible with amateur radio stations throughout North America and South America. They will communicate using voice, Morse code, radio Teletype and digital-packet radio. Hundreds of similar radio stations will be set up and operated throughout the continents.
Amateur Radio Field Day is an exercise in emergency radio communications that starts with the setup of radio stations under field conditions. Amateur radio operators erect antennas, assemble radio stations and power up electric generators in an effort to simulate conditions during an emergency. Amateur radio operators frequently provide communications support during emergencies, such as after the 9/11 terrorist attack.