Field Day is this upcoming weekend! This year, AVARC will conduct a joint Field Day with the Kings County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC). With the recent emphasis on emergency communications by both clubs, collaborating for Field Day will enhance our ability to work together in an actual disaster.
Dates and Times:
Field Day will take place on the weekend of 23/24 June 2018. Setup will start at 1500 Friday afternoon. The operating part of Field Day starts at 1500 Saturday and continues for 24 hours. We will then tear down and return home.
Well, the snow is gone, and the days are getting both warmer and longer, so it’s time to start thinking about Field Day!
Field Day 2018 will take place on the weekend of 23 – 24 June. This year AVARC will conduct a joint Field Day with the Kings County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC). With the resources of both clubs available for the event, we should be able to properly man all stations for the weekend. More importantly, a joint Field Day will promote cooperation between the two clubs, something that will pay dividends should Amateurs be called upon to provide communications in an emergency.
AVARC will provide a complete HF station, as well as a VHF/satellite station. The location is the sports field near the water tank off Collins Road in Port Williams. Details are yet to be worked out, but be sure to mark 23 – 24 June in your calendars!
Members of AVARC gave a demonstration of Amateur Radio to residents of the Veteran’s Wing at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Middleton today. Three of us erected a 30-foot mast, and in short order we had dipoles for 40m and 20m hoisted aloft. Wayne VE1BAB made several CW QSOs for the Vets, while Doug VE1FAL showed them how digital communications work. All told, we worked several stations in Europe and North America. The Vets, who included Stan VE1WW and an Army Signaller who served in NW Europe in 1944/45, tried their hand (literally!) at CW with a code practice oscillator. Some even made a few QSOs on 2M Simplex.
Thanks to Wayne and Doug for assisting with this worthwhile demonstration today!
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