2018 Field Day: June 23-24 at the Spring Arbor Fire Department. Optional breakfast
at the Wooden Spoon then 10 AM Setup at the fire station. We decided to have 3 HF
stations--HF CW, phone and digital stations. Tear down will begin at 12 Noon
2017 Field Day Schedule (pretty much the same every year)
The purpose of Field Day is to demonstrate the communications ability of the
amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations. Field Day is an
opportunity for us to practice setting up our emergency radio equipment, to practice
communication skills, educate the community about us, and to have fun using our
radios. Field Day is always the last full weekend in June. This year Field Day
weekend is June 23-24. Field Day is an event for all radio operators in the US,
Canada, Mexico and all countries within IARU Region 2. The American Radio Relay
League (ARRL), the national organization for Amateur Radio operators and
affiliated clubs, sponsors Field Day and provides rules/guidelines for the activity.
(www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd) One of the major guidelines for Field
Day is to set up operations in a place where the public can observe the operators
and the equipment in action.
Field Day will begin with an optional breakfast at the Wooden Spoon at 9:00 AM.
Shortly after 10 AM setup will begin at the Spring Arbor Fire Station, 2nd floor.
(South side of M60, behind the Library, between McDonalds and Teft Road. Park on
the west side of the Library.) The Township has graciously agreed to this use.
What we do during Field Day:
Radio operation during Field Day is defined as 24 hours of continuous radio
operation starting at 2:00 PM local time on Saturday and ending at 2:00 PM on
Sunday. We begin setting up our equipment shortly after 10:00 a.m. local time.
Setup includes erecting 3 antennas covering the frequencies we intend to operate
on and cabling the power and antennas to our radio equipment. Once the equipment
setup is completed, we operate our radios for the 22 hour period. We typically
contact states and Canadian provinces from the east coast all the way through to
the Rocky Mountain area. If conditions are favorable we will contact California and
other west coast states and on rare occasions, Alaska. We stop radio operations at
the end of the 22 hour period (12 Noon Sunday) and take down the equipment that
has been set up. One of our mottos is to "leave the area cleaner than when we
started". Typically, we have completed teardown and packing of the equipment by
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