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Our ARRL Field Day outing is not scheduled at this time.
What is a "Field Day" ?
[Definition] Field Day \field day\ noun:
  1. Competitive event where Amateur Radio operators nation wide set up radio equipment in the field to compete for a score.
  2. An event to test the readiness of Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
  3. A chance to meet new friends and test the limits of your favorite hobby
  4. Check out latest Amateur Radio technology (SSTV, ATV, APRS, PSK31, etc.)
[Goal] Field Day \field day\ noun:
To work as many stations as possible on any or all amateur bands (except 10, 18 and 24-MHz bands) and, in doing so, to learn to operate in abnormal situations under less-than-optimum conditions. A premium is placed on skills and equipment developed to meet the challenge of emergency preparedness and to acquaint the public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio. All the operating equipment, rigs, antennae, etc. must be inside a 1000' diameter circle.

With help from you, we can set up H.F. stations, PSK-31, UHF/VHF stations, and whatever else is of general interest. Our overall goal is to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the public, let people (licensed or not) operate and log, try out bands you don't have rigs for, try H.F. or packet. We also like to have a good time so plan to bring family and friends to the next Field Day!

Where is "Field Day" event held ?
An ARRL Field Day is sponsored by the regional division of the ARRL with participation of several local amateur radio clubs.  It is typically held in a large area where equipment set up, antennae erected, people can gather and browse the event, and merriment can proceed :-)

When is the next "Field Day" event ?
We do not yet have a date for our next Field Day.

PARC Field Day Preparation Checklist

Operating equipment required of each station:
  • [    ] CW keyer
  • [    ] Microphone
  • [    ] Antenna for the bands your assigned
  • [    ] Mast, base plate (rotor?)
  • [    ] Antenna tuner (if required)
  • [    ] Guy lines and the means of supporting your antenna
    • [    ] safety markers for wires
    • [    ] ground stakes
  • [    ] Dummy load with coax
  • [    ] SWR/Power Meter (an SWR analyzer will be on hand)
  • [    ] Headphones
  • [    ] Ground Rod (4 foot variety) with clamp and ground wire
  • [    ] Feed line 100' to 200' with connectors installed, (rotor cable?)
  • [    ] Coax seal tape, incase it gets wet
  • [    ] Computer for logging (Windows, Linux, or Macintosh)
  • [    ] RTTY interface equipment (i.e.. Kam) if possible ready to go
  • [    ] Mark all your equipment with a label and your call sign
  • [    ] Operating Table
  • [    ] Comfortable Operating Chair(s)
  • [    ] 25 foot extension cord (12 gauge with ground)
  • [    ] AC power strip with multiple outlets and circuit breaker
  • [    ] Watch or clock set to UTC
  • [    ] Desk Light 60W or less
  • [    ] Small fan if it looks like it will be hot
  • [    ] 2 meter HT
  • [    ] copy of the field day rules
  • [    ] sample exchange and call sign taped to each station

Tools you might need:

  • [    ] Tools (i.e. hammer, screwdrivers, shovel, pliers)
  • [    ] Multimeter
  • [    ] Soldering Iron and Solder
  • [    ] Electrical Tape
  • [    ] Extra coax connectors
  • [    ] Fuses
  • [    ] Extra rope or cord
  • [    ] Fire extinguisher

Field Day Operators and Loggers will need:

  • [    ] Set of Headphones and adapters
  • [    ] Copy of the Band plans and Game plans
  • [    ] Spiral Notebook and pen
  • [    ] Copy of the Rules

Staying over night?

  • [    ] Bringing your own Tent for sleeping if you must
  • [    ] Blanket, sleeping bag, and pillow
  • [    ] Extra Clothes, Rain poncho, boots, jacket (it gets nippy at night)
  • [    ] Sun glasses and your hat
  • [    ] Personal First Aid Kit, sun screen, and any medications
  • [    ] Bug spray
  • [    ] Deodorant, toothbrush, TP, etc.
  • [    ] Flash Light with fresh batteries
  • [    ] Camera
  • [    ] Citronella candles, lanterns, safety and work lights