The biggest operating event in the amateur radio calendar is almost upon us!
The ARRL Field Day is Saturday & Sunday, June 22-23, 2019. The ACARA will be participating in Class 1A at the Athens County Fairgrounds (map) with one HF station and one 6m VHF station.
Complete information about Field Day can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/field-day.
The ACARA will begin setting up for the event at 10am on Saturday, June 22. Radio operations will begin at 2pm on Saturday and will continue for 24 hours until 2pm Sunday afternoon, and tear-down will begin immediately after operations cease at 2pm.
New this year for the HF station will be the recently-acquired Elecraft K3 100-watt transceiver the club purchased for the Jim Crouse Memorial Radio Station. The HF antennas will be two wire antennas supported on the Athens County 9-1-1 Center’s 50′ mobile crank-up tower. This station will operate continuously on SSB or CW.
The 6m VHF station will be an ICOM HF+6m 100-watt transceiver and a two-element 6m yagi. This station will operate continuously as band-openings allow on SSB.
Field Day is the perfect combination of social gathering and competitive endeavor. Everyone is invited to participate in the ACARA Field Day and anyone, licensed or not, will be able to operate either station. Those new to ham radio or otherwise needing help will have an experienced operator at their side.
And, as has become tradition for Field Day, Miles McFadden, KD8KNC, will be cooking Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch for donations.
Please join us at the Athens County Fairgrounds! Help with set-up, operate a station, help with tear-down, or come just for the good food and fellowship!
Eric McFadden, WD8RIF
President, Athens County Amateur Radio Association