Field Day Operations
The American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activites, and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is on the fourth full weekend in June. This year, that will be June 24, 2017 through June 25, 2017 at Reaves Park, in Norman. We're going to be near the small pavillion, south of the ball field, and east of the playground. Contact any SCARS officer if you'd like to be a part of the fun, or just show up. More information is available at club meetings, and on the ARRL website at: http://www.arrl.org/field-day. Each year we set up an operating tent, and a number of antennas to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. In addition, the contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for the upcoming year.
At this event we'll have our annual Field Day picnic. Drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links will be provided. Club members, and others, are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. This will happen at about 6:00 pm local time, on Saturday, June 24th. If you'd like to get more involved in Amateur Radio, this is a great place to make that happen. There will be plenty of operating stations that you can watch, or actually operate. No license required.
This year SCARS will be uploading the current statistics of the main stations to the web, so interested parties can follow along from across the Internet. Information from last year, on the Main two transmitters using the W5NOR callsign is available here.
This year SCARS will be uploading the current statistics of the main stations to the web, so interested parties can follow along from across the Internet. Information from last year, on the Get-On-The-Air transmitter using the WB5ULK callsign is available here.
Each year a bar-be-que dinner is served for all of the hams, friends of hams, and wanna-be hams. This year the hamburgers, hot dogs and hot links will be ready at 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 24. Buns, burgers, hot dogs, hot links, plates, condiments, and drinks will be available. Make sure you bring a side dish or salad to fill up the rest of the plate. Bring along any special drinks you'd like, and don't forget to bring a lawn chair.
This link is last years' signup schedule for the Get On The Air station at this years SCARS Field Day event. Pretty simple - you don't have to have or know anything about getting on the air, we'll help. The "Get On The Air" station is setup and operated by people who are new licensees, or those who have not been On The Air for at least two years, OR someone who does not have a license at all. There will be mentors to help you through each step of the way, and several will be there to answer questions if you just want to know more.
And we can ALWAYS use more Mentors!
We'd love to have you come and help the new operators. If you have ANY questions about this event, or Amateur Radio in general, send a message to Gary Skaggs WB5ULK, GOTA Mentor, email@example.com and ask - if I don't know, I'll find someone who does.
This year SCARS will be operating as designator 2A OK. The two signifies 2 simultaneous transmitters, and the A status is a field station using emergency power. The OK signifies that we are operating in the state of Oklahoma. The first of our two transmitters will be primarily a Phone station, operating from three different tuned antennas on the 15, 20, and 40 meter bands. The second transmitter will primarily be operating CW, from a random long wire, with an end terminator.
In addition to the main transmitters, we will be operating a "Get-On-The-Air (GOTA)" station, and a Free VHF transmitter. The GOTA station is allowed without adding to the station count, because it must be assembled, and operated by people that haven't already been operating on the HF airwaves. This will be operated using a vertical antenna north of the operating position. This station is described in a couple paragraphs above this entry. The Free VHF transmitter will be a 6 meter transmitter that is allowed to encourage the use of VHF on field day. This station will be using a vertical built out of thirty feet of cyclone fence 'top rail'.