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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.

Field Day Details

Taking a more detailed look at the Field Day data submitted to the ARR, I was able to plot the States and Providence that were contacted.  The number of contacts per state is shown in the graphic at the bottom of the post. 

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If you spot an error in these numbers please let me know.

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First Field Day Huge Success

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According to all the participant, our first annual field day was a huge success. Here are some photos:

A. Gary Setting Up Station

Gary setting up his station

B. John at Digital Station

John at digital station waits for the starting bell.

C. Stuart at Station

Stewart making a QSO

The log file submitted to the ARRL Field Day Coordinator is here: W6LHR Field Day-2019

Though not shown in the photos other ARG members provided support by loaning equipment, bring donuts and pizza and keeping the coffee pot perking.  They also provided the visitors’ tours and answered questions.  Public outreach was most satisfying.

Jim operated the forth station but I did not get a photo of him this year. However, my wife Ellen got a great shot of his portable station.

Jim's Radio

Jim’s Portable Station

The ARG has starting to make plans for the 2nd Annual Field Day in 2020, come and get involved.

Field Day News

Claire and Jim Field Day 2016

President Jim Darby (R) and VP Claire Schloenvogt (L) at Western Placer Amateur Radio Club Field Day in 2016.

Field Day is the most popular annual Amateur Radio Event. This year the Lincoln Hills Amateur Radio Group is going to hold their first ever Annual Field Day on 22 and 23 June. Come on down to the Sports Pavilion and observed ARG members contacting other Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day stations across the nation using battery and solar powered radios with some built on site DIY antennas. Field Day events start on Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 AM and continues for 27 hours to 2:00 PM on Sunday. You are encouraged to come by and learn about amateur radio and how it serves your community. Field day activities will be coordinated on the ARG Repeater at 443.225 MHz with a PL of 167.9 Hz.

Group will Participate in the ARRL Field Day

What is Field Day? According to the American Radio Relay League web site:

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Historically the Field Day is held on the Fourth Weekend of June, the 22nd and 23rd this year.   The ARG will be setting up temporary transmitting and receiving stations on the flat area north of the Sports Complex.

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We will be setting up early Saturday morning, with scheduled activities starting at 11 AM and continuing until 2 PM on Sunday. The public is welcome to stop by and observe the radio operators attempting to contact as many other Field Day Events as possible.

Safety:  Be cautious when visiting the area as there will be antenna guy wires in the air and power cords on the grass.