Author Archives: Russ Steele

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2017 ARRL Field Day

The ARRL Field Day will be held June 24th and 25th  in 2017.  This will be the largest Amateur Radio event in the world in 2017.  More detail on the local field day events will be posted here as the event approaches. Stay Tuned.

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LHARG Supporting the Tour de Lincoln on 6 May 2017

On May 6th the LHAR Group will support the Tour de Lincoln, the historic bike tour to raise money for the Lincoln Volunteer Center.  Members will join the Western Placer County Amateur Radio Club to provide parking control, plus communications for rest stops and SAG Wagons, vehicles accompanying bicycle touring groups to provide emergency assistance for breakdowns, crashes and those too tried to complete the tour.

 

Field Day 2016

Claire and Jim Field Day 2016

Jim  and Claire at the LHARG Station 

On Saturday 25-26 June members of the Lincoln Hills Amateur Radio Group participated with the Western Placer County Amateur Radio Club in the Annual American Radio Relay League Annual Field Day. Members Jim Darby and Claire Schloenvogt set up a station to monitor 15 Meter and 20 Meter bands. Russ Steele helped set the team set up there multi-band antenna and a new portable antenna that Jim brought to the event. The 15 Meter band was a big disappointment with very limited contacts. They had more success on 20 Meters than the quiet 15 Meter Band. However, they could hear more stations on 20 Meters than they were able to contact.

The Western Placer County Amateur Radio Club goal was to reach all 50 states during the 24 hour period from 11 PM Saturday to 11 PM Sunday. Club members worked four stations all through the night to see if they could reach that goal. According to team members, the best contact times are when the sun is setting, and the sun is rising. We will cover their success in a future report.

The purpose of Field Day is to demonstrate the ability to operate stations off the power grid using generators, battery, or solar power during an emergency.

Drone Field Day 2016

Drone taking photos of Field Day Site

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LHARG Antennas and view from Field Day Site