Category Archives: Field Day

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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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.

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