“It was a very large part of the learning experience,” Bonney said.
The three operators shut down their experiment at about noon Sunday, Bonney said. The exercise was to have run from 2 p.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday.
Bonney said the exercise also was a contest, with results based on logs kept by field operators and submitted to the Amateur Radio Relay League.
The ARRL website listed participating operators across the nation. Locally, The Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association was operating from Fireman’s Field in Norwich, and the Walton Radio Association was operating from Bobs Brook Road in Walton.
Bonney, a licensed operator since 1993, said he hadn’t participated in a field day in about 10 years but he already is considering sites for next year’s exercise.
During the 2006 floods, Bonney said, he used a ham radio to help agencies with communications.