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Time to Get Organized
Field Day Style!
ALERT!! Field Day is just under four months away and there is a lot of planning to be done!
What?? You’ve never heard of Field Day? For shame! It’s perhaps the most unique of club activities. It’s an odd mixture of contesting, public demonstration, a social event, a technical training session, class on how to set up stations and antennas (and take them down, safely), an acid test for our radios and antennas, and a time to hone our operating skills.
And all that in one action-packed weekend!
2016 ARRL Field Day is June 25-26
Specifically, the weekend beginning at around 5pm on Friday, June 24 and ending around 3pm on Sunday, June 26. The location will be the same as last year, Youth Community Park (aka Skateboard Park) at 1725 Fulton Rd, in Santa Rosa, across the road from Piner High School.
Our first Field Day Planning Meeting will be
Saturday, March 12, at 1pm at the Field Day Site (see above).
But in order to pull this off, we need help… lots of help! I am organizing a Field Day Committee. I would like to gather all those club members would are interested in participating.
The key items on the agenda for this meeting will be:
• Filling volunteer positions
• Layout of Field Day Site
• Decision on how many stations to set up
• Alternative power opportunities
There are also positions for Public Information Officer, Educational Activity, Site Management, Volunteer Coordinator, Safety (we have a limited number of Band-Aids to use that weekend), and Social Media.
Yes, you heard right, Social Media. New for Field Day 2016 is a 100 point bonus for promoting Field Day by making use of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.
So, I want to hear from YOU if one or more of the following apply:
• You are interested in one of the Field Day Committee positions
• You have suggestions, any suggestions, regarding Field Day.
• You are curious to know more about Field Day
• You have equipment or ideas that could be put to use on Field Day
• You have a suggestion for the Educational Activity
If you can make it to our first planning meeting on Saturday, March 12 at 1pm, wonderful.
If you can’t make it, please send me an e-mail with how you think you can help.
Let’s make Field Day 2016 the best one yet!
Brian Torr, N6IIY
Tel: (707) 575-5871