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What is this Field Day Thing I Keep Hearing about and Why Do I Care?

 

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Hang around any group of hams in the springtime and eventually the subject of Field Day will come up. New people must be absolutely bewildered trying to understand this thing others speak of so fondly. So for those that may be new, or even those that know about Field Day but have not made it out to one in awhile, here is an overview.


Just Announced

We will be conducting an education activity for bonus points as a hands-on session on antenna analyzers. If you want to try a variety of different analyzers and see how making changes to antennas affects their measurements, drop by the session at 4:00 PM on Saturday the 22nd of June.


Field Day is a combined event to test our ability to setup radio communication under less than ideal conditions–think temporary antennas, generators and radio gear. As with last year, our event this year is a combined event with three clubs—the Clearwater Amateur Radio Society (CARS), the St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) and the Upper Pinellas Amateur Radio Club (UPARC). The date is June 22nd starting at 2:00 PM until Sunday June 23 at 2:00 PM. Setup generally begins in earnest at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. The location for all of this is the Clearwater Fire Department Fire Training Center at 1716 Belcher Road in Clearwater. Click here for a map.

The operation is comprised of 3 HF stations (a Kenwood TS590SG and two Elecraft K3 radios). We also have a 6 meter station as well as a satellite station.  For modes, we run SSB (voice) and CW (Morse code). We will also have FT8 capability, as that is a new Field Day mode this year so even if you are a strictly digital operator, there is something for you. No experience is necessary beyond a willingness to learn and try something new. If you have never operated a radio, we have plenty of people to help you out to show you how to make a contact. In no time, you will be working stations all over the US and Canada.

We have the equipment all arranged as well as food and drink. We do ask two things related to food. One, we need to know you are coming so please sign up so we have an accurate count of thee people attending so we do not run out of food. We also ask that if you are coming for dinner on Saturday, bring a dish to share with everyone. The public is welcome as one of the purposes of Field Day is to introduce Amateur Radio to new people.

To register, please go to this link and fill out the requested information: https://forms.gle/65ti2G1GARMMiEpv7

Field Day is the premiere event on our club calendars and we hope to see as many club members and guests as possible. Remember, Saturday June 22 rain or shine at 2:00 PM with setup starting at 8:00 AM.

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