This year, Field Day is back, in full force. We are planning a complete activation of W4MLB, including CW & SSB stations, a 6 Meter station (if the band opens), a satellite station, & last but not least, our GOTA (Get on the Air) station, for hams licensed than a year, and also non-hams, family members, etc.
Here is a very brief Field Day itinerary:
- Friday, June 25 — after the normal Golden Corral lunch, the team will meet at the station, to begin laying out things, getting the crank up tower & GOTA antenna in place, as well as the GOTA station itself, checking & testing all other equipment, antennas, etc.
- Saturday, June 26 — meet at the station about 9AM, finish up anything that needs to be done, etc. Make sure starting operators are ready to go. Test & check out emergency power system prior to start. Have test traffic finalized & ready to go.
- 2PM Saturday — Field Day starts!! “If you ain’t calling, they ain’t going to answer” – AF4Z Pizza & refreshments will be provided for the evening/overnight operating crew.
- Sunday, June 27 — Field Day shuts down at 2PM. TEAR DOWN BEGINS. This involves taking down everything temporary (crank up tower, antennas, cables, etc.) & storing it back in place. This is always the most difficult part of Field Day, as most people are tired, ready to go home, etc. But, everything that was set up, must be taken down.
I can’t tell you how many times I stayed after a full weekend, to assist K9ES, the formal Field Day Chairman, to take everything down with little or no help. If you don’t come out for anything else all weekend, please consider coming out at the end to help.
More information will be forthcoming, & the June General Meeting program will be dedicated to Field Day.