Field Day 2019 Operations

The American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activities 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 22, 2019, through June 23, 2019, at the Red Cross, 1205 Halley Drive, in Norman. 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.

The plan for 2019 is to operate from the Norman Red Cross building at 1205 Halley Dr, Norman, OK 73069. All are invited and are welcome. Anyone with any interest in amateur radio should plan to stop by. We’ll be operating in class 2F again this year. The number 2 signifies the number of simultaneous transmitters, and the F means that we are working out of an official Emergency Operations Center. We are still allowed to operate a Get On The Air (GOTA) station that must be set up and run by ‘new hams’ or hams that haven’t operated HF for 2 years. We are also allowed a free VHF station and digital HF operations.

The SSB operation will operate out of the Red Cross radio room. The GOTA station will work out of the front lobby of the Red Cross building.

Typical field day setup will start Saturday, June 23rd at about 9:00 local and tear-down will happen on Sunday, June 24th at about 13:00 local. We start transmitting at 13:00 local on Saturday and operate for 24 hours straight until 13:00 local on Sunday.

SCARS will be offering FREE VE tests on Saturday at 14:00 that will let you get or upgrade your license at field day. Don’t forget to sign up at https://w5nor.org/vereg/.

SCARS will be running a transmitter location event, aka Fox Hunt, on Saturday at 16:00 local. Bring your VHF radios and directional antennas to join in the fun. We’ll hide a transmitter and see who can find it.

Most importantly, SCARS will be providing dinner for all at 18:00 local. SCARS will provide the burgers, hot dogs, hot links, buns, chips, and condiments. All you need is to bring a dish or two to share with your friends, i.e. side dishes, desserts, salads, or whatever you would like to have. SCARS will provide some drinks, but if you have special needs or requests, please feel free to bring them along.

Don’t forget a yard chair or two to be a part of the group.

So, if you’re interested in helping before or during the event, please contact any of the following personnel. Contact info for these is either on the SCARS membership roster or on QRZ.com.

  • Field Day Chair / Safety Officer: Chris KE5JZN
  • Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station: Gary WB5ULK or Wayne KK5IO
  • CW Station: Kim N5OP or Bill N5AQ
  • SSB Voice Station: Mike KG5SSU or Al AE5L
  • Antenna Design: Chris KG5PIQ
  • Food: Rhlonda KF5OZR or Phil KD5UGO
  • VE Testing: Peter N5UWY
  • Fox Hunt: Phil KD5UGO or Michelle W5MQC
  • Anything else: Ed AG5DV or Mark N5HZR n5hzr@arrl.net

See you at Field Day 2018!

Operation: GENERAL

This year we will be running Operation: GENERAL, a program to help our members gain their General or Extra licenses. Study the questions now, and you can take a free VE test at the Field Day site. Pre-register online at w5nor.org/vereg, study for the exams and we will see you Saturday, June 23rd at 2:00 pm.

Fox Hunt – aka Transmitter Locator Training

This year we will also be operating a VHF ‘fox-hunt’ event at 4:00 pm. Bring your directional antennas and join the fun. You’ll be able to learn how to perform a transmitter location task and have fun making it happen. No registration required, just show up at 4:00 pm.

Live Statistics During the Event – Main

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.

Live Statistics During the Event – Get On The Air

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.

Dinnertime

Each year SCARS members prepare a bar-be-que dinner for all of the hams, friends of hams, and wanna-be hams. This year the hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links start at 6:00 pm on Saturday. The club provides buns, burgers, hot dogs, hot links, plates, condiments, and drinks. 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. 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.

Get-On-The-Air Station

This link is last years’ signup schedule for the Get On The Air station at this year’s 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 set up 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.

Get-On-The-Air Mentors

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, wb5ulk@arrl.net and ask – if I don’t know, I’ll find someone who does.

W5NOR Status

This year SCARS will be operating as designator 2F OK. The two signifies 2 simultaneous transmitters, and the F status is a station operating at a Red Cross, or Salvation Army Emergency Operations Center. 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.

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 the GOTA section of this page. 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’.