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Field Day

Updates from The Chairman

Field Day Update #1

Field Day is right around the corner! OK, it's still about three months away, but plans are underway for another fabulous Field Day event. This year's event takes place June 24-25. We're holding Field Day at the same park we have used for the last ten years. However, be advised, The City of Roswell renamed the park from Waller Park Extension to Groveway Community Park. It is the same park, at the same location, just with a new name.

Our Field Day team is hard at work, getting things ready. We will run 3A again, this year. Stations will include CW, phone, and a swing station. In addition we'll have the traditional Get On The Air (GOTA) station, a 6m/VHF/UHF station, a satellite station, and (hopefully) Sandy Springs PD and Alpharetta PD will allow us the use their mobile command posts for ARES demonstrations/displays again this year. We hope to have a digital operations demo at the swing station for the first few hours of Field Day. We'll be offering a radio merit badge class for Boy Scouts. And, we'll have our fabulous Field Day picnic!

The last two years, we have done exceptionally well running Field Day as a contest. Kudos to John Kludt, K4SQC, and his teams, for netting us top scores in 3A for the last two years! However, this year we are shifting our focus a bit. We still want to put up the best score we can. But, this year our focus is on showing the public what we can do, what we bring to the table, when the chips are down and traditional communications methods are unavailable. To that end, we want to bring as many visitors to our site as possible, so please spread the word to your friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, etc.

To achieve our goal, we will be utilizing social media as much as we possibly can. Regular updates will appear on the NFARL Facebook page between now and the end of the event. We are also investigating using Twitter, Instagram, and other social media  outlets to promote our activities. We will be encouraging you to Facebook, Tweet, and post photos from our event, as well.

We have a great team working to bring Field Day to you this year. In addition to myself as the chair, the following club members are captaining the various activities:

When any of these people reach out for help, please respond as you are able. As hard as we all work to make Field Day a success, we also rely on assistance from everyone in the club. To that end, I would like to find someone to help make sure we get all the bonus points we can. If you are interested in helping in this capacity, please let me know. If you have any thoughts or ideas  on things we can do to make Field Day a success, please get in touch with me.

Thanks and 73,

Ian, KM4IK
2017 Field Day Chair

Field Day Update #2

We are just shy of 3 months away from Field Day, and your Field Day team is hard at work. Our station captains are getting their stations together. As they are doing so, the call for operators will start going out soon. Please sign up to operate as much as you can. The best way to maximize our score is to maximize the number of people operating throughout the 24 hours of Field Day. While score is not our primary focus this year, we still want to do well in our class, 3A. We encourage anyone who wants to operate, regardless of your contesting skill, to sign up for a couple of hours of operating time. We'll have a phone station, a CW station, and a swing station (CW/phone, at the operator's discretion) again this year. In addition, we will have the usual GOTA station, a 6m station, and a satellite station. ARES will also be on-site with Alpharetta's mobile command center, go-kit examples, and ARES communications demos. This year, on the swing station, we would like to demo digital modes for a few hours Saturday afternoon. We anticipate wrapping this demo up no later than the start of the picnic around 6:00 PM. If you are a digital operator, and can give us an hour or two Saturday afternoon, please let me know.

The big question at last month's club meeting was which logger we're using this year. Your Field Day team decided to go with N1MM Logger+ for this year's event. The reasons are largely technical. It easily interfaces with most rigs available today, without requiring any special configuration. It also networks in such a manner that, if we have issues with the ad-hoc WiFi network we'll have at Field Day, we don't lose any contacts, or the ability to pick right back up when we return network capabilities. We understand that N1MM Logger+ is a bit different from the N3FJP software we have used in the past. To that end, I encourage everyone to download the software and play with it for a bit leading up to Field Day. It can be downloaded, free of charge, from https://n1mm.hamdocs.com/tiki-index.php. There is no trial period or 30-day/30 contact limit. This is totally free software. If you have any questions about basic functionality, let me know. I've used this logger for several years and am familiar with basic operations, which is about all we need be concerned with at Field Day.

If anyone is interested in helping with Field Day, but doesn't want to get involved with the technical aspects of the event, we need someone to help make sure we maximize our bonus points. This essentially means making sure we have the proper evidence, whether that be a photo, a log, a copy of a newspaper article, that we earned the bonus points we're claiming. We have to submit this proof to the League when we send in our packet. If you are interested, and would like more information, please call or email me, and we can discuss the role and responsibilities in further detail.

While we're talking about bonus points, a new bonus point category is social media. Jeff Otterson, N1KDO, is working on a Facebook campaign for the run-up to Field Day. I will also be working on other ways we can use social media to promote amateur radio and Field Day. Watch this spot for more details.

That's it for now. As always, if you have any questions about Field Day, please get in touch with me. I am always happy to talk to you about it.

Until next time,

73 de,

Ian, KM4IK
2017 Field Day Chair

Field Day Update #3
May 7, 2017

Field Day plans continue full-speed ahead! We're gearing up for another successful event. Come out and help us show the world what ham radio is all about and why we're still relevant in today's digital age. And, let's see if we can get some new people interested in our amazing hobby!

We've said it before, we'll say it again. The City of Roswell changed the name of the park we're using. The park we formerly knew as Waller Park Extension is now Groveland Community Park. Same facility, same location. Just a new name. So, when you see Groveland Community Park, think Waller Park Extension. Let anyone on the Field Day team know if you have any questions or concerns.

Once again, we will use K4JJ as our main site call sign. Our GOTA station call sign will be NF4GA. Our site information is posted on the ARRL Field Day Locator site at http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator. If you hear of anyone looking for someplace to spend Field Day, please let them know about our event and send them to the Field Day locator with K4JJ as the call sign.

For logging this year, we will once again use N1MMLogger+ logging software. We will do a brief demo of this software at the June meeting, when we go over our Field Day plans and prepare the club for the weekend. As I said in other posts, please download the software and play with it some to familiarize yourselves with it. It is free software, and, for our purposes, is pretty easy to learn once it is set up. If you have any questions about setting it up or using it, please let me know. I'm happy to help or answer any questions I can. You can download it at https://n1mm.hamdocs.com/tiki-index.php.

Our station captains are starting to solicit operators to fill slots and keep the stations on the air. When our captains reach out and ask for people to fill operating slots, please respond. Please fill in the slots and operate. If you can operate for an hour, operate for an hour. If you can operate for three hours, operate for three hours. However much time you can operate, please operate. While we are not focusing on our final score this year, we still want to post the best score we can. When more people operate, we have more fun and have a more successful event.

Finally, we have our annual picnic Saturday evening of Field Day weekend. Lynn, N4MSK, will be sending out sign-up emails starting right after Memorial Day. Please be on the lookout for these emails, and respond to her as soon as possible. Your participation is part of what makes our annual picnic the huge success it has been for so many years.

Until next time!

73 de,

Ian, KM4IK
2017 Field Day Chair
km4ik.ian@gmail.com

HF Stations

We will again be running Class 3A (a club station on emergency power with 3 active transmitters).  Our three stations will include:

The goal of the Mixed Mode station is to maximize the number of QSOs by using whatever mode or modes the operator is comfortable using. 

To sign up to operate at one of the SSB or CW stations during Field Day, email the station captains.  They will contact you to discuss the schedule after they hear from you.

Satellite and Six Meter / VHF / UHF Stations

If you are interested in operating at the satellite station, email station captains Daryl K4RGK or Lori K4UPI.  They will contact you to discuss schedule opportunities.

Click here to email Captain John Kludt K4SQC to request an operating slot on the 6m/VHF/UHF station.

GOTA Station

GOTA means "Get On The Air" - A Field Day station dedicated to provide an Introduction and Operating Experience for unlicensed individuals interested in Amateur Radio, individuals licensed (any class) since last Field Day or generally in-active licensed individuals (no HF in 3 years).

A Control Operator will be present for the entire 24 hours to ensure everyone has a great time and positive operating experience.

Make 20 contacts and you will be awarded a commemorative pin on the spot!

For additional information, contact Mark Schumann GOTA Captain at kk4fof@nfarl.org

Sign-Up Now at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044baeac2aa20-getonthe

CW Class with Pavel Anni, AC4PA

Interested in CW? Come to Field Day Saturday afternoon for an introductory class to CW taught by Pavel Anni, AC4PA.  Pavel is one of our skilled CW instructors and will introduce you to the wonders of ESTONIA.  If you are interested, please click here and let Pavel know of your interest so he can better plan this activity.

BSA Merit Badge Workshop

We will again offer the ever popular Scout Merit Badge Workshop.  After you complete the workshop, we hope you stay around Field Day Saturday afternoon to see our operators at work. Also, consider signing up for a session at our GOTA station (see above).

For more details about the Merit Badge Workshop, click here.

Registration for the Merit Badge Workshop is open.  Click here to go to the registration page in our Mart. 

Saturday Night Picnic Dinner

Our traditional picnic dinner will take place Saturday evening starting at around 6:00pm.  Dinner is pot luck, so email Lynn N4MSK at fdfood@nfarl.org to RSVP and let her know which of the following you will bring: salad, veggies, or dessert. The club will provide our meat entree and liquid refreshments.  Guests are welcome to join us.

Location

NFARL's Field Day activities will take place at Groveway Community Park (previously named Waller Park Extension), 160 Dobbs Drive, Roswell.

 

Talk-in to the site will be on 145.470(-) PL100.

KM4IK
Last updated May 16, 2017