Field Day 2019

Field Day 2019

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OVARC will participate in ARRL Field Day on June 22 and 23. If you aren't familiar with FD, check http://www.arrl.org/field-day FD is an exercise in emergency preparedness. Recent hurricanes in the Caribbean have shown the value of HF radio (1.8 to 30 MHz) which became the only method of communication when island infrastructure was destroyed. American hams rallied, traveled to the island with their knowhow, skill, and equipment to provide a link to the mainland within a few hours.


As always, PARTICIPATION is our goal. There will be opportunity for anyone wishing to operate radios to do so on their choice of band and mode.


New hams, inactive hams, and would-be hams will have a chance to operate at our Get On The Air (GOTA) station, which we intend to keep staffed for the entire period of operation (11 AM Saturday to 11 AM Sunday) with an experienced coach. The coach will be identified by a neon yellow vest labeled "COACH", and he/she will be parked at the GOTA station. The station will have a simple HF radio capable of SSB voice, digital modes (PSK31 and RTTY) and even CW Morse for the bravest newbies. The station will have its own call, computer, log, antenna, and bands for operation. If you have a new license that you haven't yet put to use, this is the place for you.


In addition to the GOTA station, we will have three HF stations in continuous operation: one on 80 and 15 meters, one on 40 and 10 meters, and one on 20 meters. That insures that each station is likely to have an open band and suitable antenna for the entire 24 hours. Each station will be capable of operating on SSB, CW, and digital modes. The stations will be subscribed in advance by one-hour blocks. An online Signup Genius will soon be available so you can sign up to operate or assist in one hour blocks. Signing up in advance insures an operator that he/she will find a station available when he/she expects to operate and guarantees that no station will go unmanned. Operator is "captain of the ship" during his time slot, deciding which available band and mode he/she wants to operate. Operator can sign up assistants/ loggers if desired. Each station will have extra headsets for loggers or spectators. If you don't wish to operate, pull up a chair, put on the headphones, and have a listen. If you do wish to operate, please become familiar with N1MM Logger software. It's free for download at www.n1mm.com An excellent instructional video is available on the website. Click here to go to the website.


Digital mode software is fldigi, also free for download at www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html We do need volunteers to be coaches for the GOTA station (license of general class or above and some HF experience required). There will be a sign-up sheet for these jobs on the Signupgenius website.


Setup begins at 6 AM (to beat the heat) on Friday, June 21 at the W8TK property. Sign in with our greeter when you arrive. We will provide coffee and donuts for all who show up to help. We need to erect a couple antenna poles and a mast/beam, run some feedlines, and connect some radios. Similar work was done in less than 2 hours last year but come out and stay as long as you have time for.


Site is located at 10771 North Camino de Oeste but your GPS will not find it. From Thornydale, take Lambert west to where it appears to end at Camino de Oeste. Turn right (north) and go about 0.4 miles. You will see a wall with a few mailboxes (see photo). Take the little dirt road at the wall to the west and in 100 yards you will have arrived at W8TK. Lots of space, no antenna restrictions, and no obstructions from mountains.

 

Click here to sign up for the Field Day Potluck.

Click here to sign up for Field Day Operating Sessions.


73 de W8TK
Tom Kravec
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OVARC FD Chairman