KL7AA Field Day Announcement for 2017, June 24-25.
Meet at the clubhouse at 0800 June 23 if you want to help setting up. Call in is the 94 repeater. We expect to have a mesh network up and running this year to show off the new network.
The club will again be sponsoring a Field Day event. We will be setting up at the old FCC facility at 6721 Raspberry Road this year.
What is Field Day? From the ARRL website is a well written summary:
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
What is the objective of Field Day? Officially, again from the ARRL website:
To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.
We also hope to exhibit digital operations to entice some of the potential younger visitors so they maybe can “get the bug”.
On the other hand, this year we will not be able to diversify operations quite as well as in the past where two stations could run simultaneously on the same band. We are limited this year to the area in and around the fence.
But with that, it may be a wonderful opportunity to brush up on our RF filtering skills! Remember, a big part of the fun is to set up and use our club assets. And with that comes all those issues of power cabling, antenna hoisting, transmission lines, operating stations, computers for logging and operating, and loads more.
If you are interested in volunteering to help, believe me when I say we will be happy to have your assistance, in any way, shape, or form. Setting up, testing, operating any modes and any times, manning a public service booth, tearing down are all open for help. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.