Field Day is one of the biggest events in North American amateur radio. It runs around the clock from start to finish on the fourth weekend of June every year. More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups and friends to operate from remote locations.
Per the ARRL, the objective of Field Day is:
“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.”
Volunteers are needed!!
Our Field Day chair, Larry Loomer, KI6LNB, and his crew will start setting up at 1:30 on Friday afternoon before the event, so come on down and help out, stay to work some bands and generally have a good time. Bring your RV, trailer camper or sleep in your car and stay overnight. Basic food and drink will be provided. We will have portable toilet facilities available. If needed, a shopping center with a Safeway store and other food vendors, is six blocks away.
Contact Larry at KI6LNB@arrl.net to finid out what help is needed.
Remember: You don't need to have HF privileges, or even be a ham, to make contacts at our Field Day site. We will have Band Captains on hand to act as control operators. So come on down and get involved in ham radio!
See the ARRL’s Field Day web page for more information and contesting rules.
• 2 Meters (144.100 MHz – 148.000 MHz)
• 10 Meters (28.000 MHz – 29.700 MHz)
• 15 Meters (21.000 MHz - 21.450 MHz)
• 20 Meters (14.000 MHz – 14.350 MHz)
• 40 Meters (7.000 MHz – 7.300 MHz)
• 80 Meters (3.500 MHz – 4.000 MHz)
Winlink Demonstration at Field Day
John Trinterud and Jim Turnbull of the Walnut Creek CERT Hams group will be presenting a live demonstration of the communication capabilities of the Winlink program on Saturday at the Field Day site.
Come and learn about this program which will be the subject of the July 6 training class for hams interested in the latest radio based, message and data handling program.
Get your first look at the communication program that is a must know for communicators everywhere.
Many of you who have participated in Field Day in prior years may already have Logging software, but for those of us who do not have this software, Jim Siemons, W6LK has provided some Field Day logging software options. You will notice that except for item #1, these are free.
1. N3FJP Field Day Software, there is a one-time charge for this software of $8.99, but it really is excellent. For PC only
2. N1MM Logger+, free software. For PC only
3. FDLog, free software. For Windows, Mac, Linus, and Python
4. SkookumLogger, free software. For Mac only
In conclusion, we know we are members of a hobby that has a long and proud history of providing emergency communication in many different situations. This pandemic provides us the opportunity to demonstrate that we can operate effectively and safely even during these restrictive times.
See the ARRL’s Field Day web page for more information.