ARRL Field Day is This Weekend!
This weekend is the annual ARRL June Field Day, an annual exercise in emergency preparedness and showcasing amateur radio to the public. For 24 hours, from 2pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday the club will be operating from Little Creek Reservoir Park making contacts with other stations throughout the United States and Canada. The public is more than welcome to visit our Field Day operation. See the map below for directions.
The fun begins Friday morning with setting up antennas out at the site. We will meet for breakfast at Sandy’s on Richmond Road in Lightfoot around 8:30am before heading out to the park to get ropes in trees to mount antennas. For those that can’t make it to breakfast we plan to be out at the park around 10am.
Saturday morning the plan is the same, meeting for breakfast at Sandy’s around 8:30am before heading out to the field day site to finish setting up the stations. The plan is to be ready by 2pm Saturday afternoon, weather permitting.
While the club will be operating as a 2A category, we will have a total of four stations on the air. The two primary HF stations will operate CW and SSB modes. We will also have a VHF station that operates on 6M and other higher frequency bands. Finally, there will be a GOTA (Get On The Air) station that is oriented toward new and inexperienced operators. If you are new to HF or have very little experience operating HF this is a good station to start with before getting on one of the bigger stations.
There will also be several VEs on site for anyone that wants to test for any level of amateur license. Just drop by and mention you want to take a test and we will administer the exam for you. Please see the Testing Sessions page for what you will need to have to take a test.
We look forward to seeing everyone out at Little Creek Reservoir Park this weekend for Field Day. Bring a friend if you like, introduce someone new to amateur radio.
Map to WAARC Field Day Site
From Richmond Road (Route 60) Turn on to Forge Road and travel about 2.5 Miles, turning left on Lakeview Drive. Turn right into the first entrance for Little Creek Reservoir Park and go to the end of the road to the parking lot. There will be signs at each turn.
If you have an amateur license, you can call on the 146.760 (- offset, no tone) KB4ZIN repeater for talk-in.