Well, that was one heck of an excellent weekend! Thanks so much to all those who participated and assisted in making Field Day 2016 a huge success!
We had two objectives for Field Day. The first was to practice those skills necessary to operate in an emergency – deploy to a remote location, set up effective stations without relying on commercial power, and make QSOs in an efficient manner. The second was to have a fun and interesting weekend. I can safely say that BOTH these objectives were met quite handily!
The setup crew started at 0830, and by noon had two towers in the air, complete with triband Yagis and inverted V antennas. The tents were easily set up, and by 1500 we had two stations in operation and a field galley set up. The logging software worked well, and our local network had very strong signals, thanks to our helical antennas – we probably could have separated our stations by 2 km and still maintained the network!
Field Day is fast approaching, so I want to let you all know what the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) has planned for this year. Continue reading
CB (citizens band) radio became popular in the early 1970s and Penney and his father got their licences at that time. A couple years later, Penney and his father took an amateur radio course offered by the federal Department of Communications, now Industry Canada, and were licenced in 1977. Continue reading
Whether it’s a hurricane, ice storm or flood, no matter what the disaster, emergency officials all over North America will be better able to communicate thanks to the efforts of amateur radio operators and their annual Field Day exercise from June 25-26. Continue reading
Hams Prepare for Disaster!
Hurricanes, ice storms, floods – no matter what the disaster, emergency officials all over North America will be better able to communicate thanks to the efforts of Amateur Radio operators and their annual Field Day exercise on the weekend of 25-26 June 2016. Continue reading
In natural or man-made disasters, ham-radio enthusiasts put their hobby to work.
Scanner hobbyist Rick Hansen holds his scanner/Ham radio device at his home Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Silver Spring, Md. In an effort to restrict access to their internal communications police departments around the nation are moving to encrypt them. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Just a reminder to mark the weekend of 25/26 June in your calendar – that’s Field Day weekend! Planning is well underway for this year’s event. We will have a 2A setup (two HF stations) plus a Get On The Air (GOTA) station for new or inexperienced Amateurs.
The location will be the same as last year – the Cottage Cove Picnic Park. This is an outstanding location for propagation, with a clear shot to the rest of North America over a salt water groundplane. Some good news – the GOTA station will have MUCH better antennas this year, so making contacts will be a whole lot easier! More good news – no more heavy and hard-to-assemble modular tents! Instead, we’ll use lighter tents that can be erected in a few moments. One of our stations will even operate from a trailer specifically modified for communications use.
We will be posting more detailed information as Field Day approaches. We still need volunteers to coordinate some aspects of the event, so if you would like to help please contact me. See you at Field Day!