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Halifax EMO Mock Communication Disaster and ARRL Field Day Exercise

Saturday, June 22, 2024 – Sunday, June 23, 2024

Fort Needham, Halifax, Nova Scotia

A city-wide wireless communication failure has occurred in Halifax, necessitating the use of amateur radio to maintain contact with other sites across North America. This exercise will be held during Field Day 2024 on June 22-23. It aims to test the resilience and effectiveness of amateur radio communications during a city-wide wireless communication failure with its disaster partners.

Event Overview:

Join us for an exciting and collaborative event as we participate in a mock communication disaster exercise hosted by Halifax EMO at Fort Needham. This event will feature a 24-hour ARRL Field Day exercise, bringing together various emergency response and amateur radio organizations to test and showcase our communication capabilities.

Participating Organizations:

Event Activities:

  • Public Ham Radio Station: Learn about amateur radio and try making contact using ham radios. Discover how wireless communications work during disasters.
  • HRM – EMO Antenna Trailer Testing: We’ll test the bands for 24 hours, attempting to connect with countries around the world.
  • ARRL Field Day Exercise: Participate in setting up, operating, and taking downfield communication equipment.
  • Wireless Communication Sessions – public engagement activities and demonstrations from groups.


Saturday, June 22:

  • 9:00 AM – Equipment setup begins
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch
  • 3:00 PM – Field communications event starts (24-hour duration)
  • 6:00 PM – Supper

Sunday, June 23:

  • 8:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch
  • 3:00 PM – Event wrap-up and equipment take-down
  • 4:30 PM – Site cleared

Additional Information:

  • Security will be present onsite throughout Saturday night.
  • Medical teams will be present from the St. John’s Ambulance division
  • Operators and Responder Teams will be sleeping in tents positioned throughout Fort Needham Park.

This is a great opportunity for the community to see emergency communication in action, learn about ham radio, and engage with local emergency response teams. We look forward to your participation and support!

For more details, visit our website or contact Clayton Moore at

2 thoughts on “Halifax EMO Mock Communication Disaster and ARRL Field Day Exercise

  • Barry VE1TRI

    I am interested in working in the SSB /ARRL contest tent and maybe helping out in the GOTA.


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