Field Day 2019
Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC (2:00pm) Saturday and running through 2059 UTC (2:00pm) Sunday.
Field Day 2019 will be held June 22-23 at Victoria Park in Owen Sound
To start planning our Field Day event, we need to decide on stations we want to operate, how many antennas we need to support that goal, radio equipment, emergency power, food, computers, logging software, porta potty and tents if required etc.
We also invite the general public to join us so we should also be ready with interesting things to talk about, brochures and perhaps demonstrations.
Field Day is about experimentation too. If there is a homebrew antenna you would like to try, or you have an idea about how we can do something different, this is a great opportunity to share your vision with the club and give us time to plan accordingly to make it happen. There is plenty of room and help at the site.
This event is open to all amateurs and the public.
Club membership is NOT required to take part in Field day.
The form below is for the field day committee to get an idea of attendance, who will be bring what, what we can expect for the Saturday pot luck and what extra items we need to think about. This is a great opportunity for new hams or anyone to get their feet wet and join the fun. Bring the family, everyone is welcome.
The Super 8 motel is within walking distance for those out of town and restaurants are close by.
This area will indicate the status of equipment and various activities on field day. If you would like to participate or have something to add then send your comments on the web form.
Station Transceiver N1MM+? WIFI ready? Interface Tested?
VE3IZS TS590 Yes Yes Yes
VA3TS IC7300 Yes Yes Yes
It is assumed that anyone who brings a station will also bring whatever is needed to make the station work. ie: Power supply, feedlines, tuner, key, mic, headphones etc and enough extension cord to get from your station to the generator.
Generator Available? Tested?
VA3GUF Yes Yes
Tested? Amp/TX interface Tested? Tuner Tested?
VA3GUF Yes Yes Yes
VA3TS 20/15/10 beam Yes
VA3TS 80/40 Zepp Antenna Yes
VE3IZS Hex Beam Yes
VA3GUF 40m Dipole Yes
GBARC Field day Information by Frank VA3GUF
ARES Message To GBARC Members and the public,
The conditions have recently been favorable at times so hopefully this upcoming Ham Radio Field Day weekend will have better propagation conditions than in the past. The summer heat has sort of arrived with cool to cold nights for our next outdoor activity and probability of precipitation, Field Day starting Saturday June 22nd and dry the next day. It's our annual event where we meet up to demonstrate to the public in attendance our radio station set-up and communication skills while being protection from the elements or just to learn something new from each other. This year will be no exception with lots to show and tell including the advanced course session on Transmission lines and Antennas. All are welcome to attend this training session and pick up whatever pointers you find interesting. We will have active at one station our club amplifier so that you can make more contacts than in previous years with the extra transmission power. Operators at this station will surely have radio contact pileups to deal with that can be exiting and confidence building while recording your contacts. This is the time to show off our HAM radio use in Emergency communications when all else fails. With luck other HAM's visiting the area from outside of our community can share their thoughts and ideas with us during our socializing moments. Come and join us for an exciting day of radio play and socializing with others and try your hand by getting on the air.
Come help with the set-up and teardown at the end, we can always use a helping hand. First folks on site should be there by 9:00am on Saturday to start throwing up into the trees the antenna lines so that we can get the wire antenna's up in the air as high and as early as possible. Teardown is usually dependent on radio activity and weather which can start as early as noon or as late as 2PM on Sunday.
Since it is a busy time of year for each of our members, the GBARC Club meeting will be held at Field Day around BBQ time on Saturday June 22nd. All attendee's and the public are welcome to join in on this meeting. Each year at this time during Field Day I see a lot of smiles on everyone's face so am sure we will have a great time.
In closing, I look forward to hearing your stories of successes and interesting contacts during and after Field Day.
Cheers and 73's for now.
Frank Gufler Grey County ARES EC. VA3GUF
Activity: Clubs across all North American will be setting up a 24 hour emergency communication stations from one radio to multi radios covering most amateur frequencies and make as many contacts as possible.
Mission: Our GBARC mission is to set up at least 2 contact stations plus one Get On The Air (GOTA) public station and be ready to have fun making as many radio contacts as possible starting at 2PM Saturday June 23rd for 24 hours regardless of the transmission and weather conditions.
Execution: We will start physical set up no earlier than 9AM Saturday and provide physical and socializing assistance during the set-up of the stations. The GOTA station is to be set up in one of the covered utility trailer with an awning over the tailgate. Handheld radios will be used to provide communications during set up and teardown as well as provide service and assistance needs for Field Day operators that are not able to leave their station. BBQ is to be set up for evening and breakfast pot luck meal. A brief GBARC meeting will be held near Supper time, timing to be confirmed on site that day. Having fun, learning and informing the public on what we do is the main objective.
Administration: Field Day Service Frequency is the OSR repeater, 146.940 MHz. GBARC Field Day call sign is VE3OSR, Location Ontario South, Station 2A or 3A with an extra station?
Ensure each of you have enough fluids to stay hydrated. Bring your water, juice or pop as you need.
No Picnic tables are available at the Field day site. Bring your own chairs ensures your personal comfort during the Field Day event.
Bring food for the pot luck supper BBQ.
Assist radio operators with logging when needed or get on the air yourself.
Bring your own bug juice as we are in mosquito season.
Most important, have fun.
Weather: Long range forecast is expected to be clear and dry for the weekend. Be prepared for wet weather either case so bring your rain gear.
Contacts: Frank Gufler (VA3-GUF) will be available to answer municipal representatives (Politicians or Emergency Coordinators) that show up and give tours of the stations and station capabilities.
GBARC executives have Field Day experience and are available on site for Field Day suggestions and recommendations.
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