Field Day

SCRA Field Day 2017

Sign-Up On-Line or at the June General Membership Meeting to Participate

  • We now have the sign-ups for participating and volunteering for Field Day on-line under Public Service Signups. There are three sign-up pages, one for each day. You may sign-up for more than one task, just be sure that the times do not overlap. 
  • Those volunteering to help with the assembly and erection of the TH-6 antenna and the crank-up tower are encouraged to also attend the practice session on June 10, 9:00 am to ~noon, at the QTH of Doug Payne, KF6LMB.
  • You can also sign-up at the June General Membership Meeting 
  • For the setup/teardown teams, the times and dates for each team will be indicated. You may sign-up for more than one team as long as the times for the teams do not confict.
  • For the station operator sign-ups, the times listed are the hours of operation of the station; we do not expect anyone to be there the entire time. Contact the appropriate Station Captain to specify a preferred time slot.  
  • See below for list of teams and stations

TH-6 & Crank-Up Mast Training Session:

  • Date: Saturday, June 10
  • Time: 9:00 am to Noon
  • Location: 6451 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa, (QTH of Doug Payne, KF6LMB)
    • If coming from west of Oakmont on Hwy 12 (Sonoma Hwy), go past 6451 and turn right onto Oakmont Drive. Go to the first intersection and make a u-turn. At the intersection with Hwy 12, turn left (west) onto Hwy 12. Look for the road on the right (north) for The Meadows Kennel, just over 1/4 mile from Oakmont Drive. Turn right onto that road. Doug’s QTH is the third driveway on the left.

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Come Join SCRA at Field Day 2017

Dates and Times:

  • Setup – Begins Friday, June 23, 5pm until dark
  • Setup – Continues Saturday Morning, June 24, 7am until 11am
  • Operating – Begins Saturday, June 24, 11am
  • Educational Activity – Saturday, June 24, 2pm
  • Dinner – Saturday, June 24, 5pm
  • Operating Ends Sunday, June 25, 11am
  • Tear Down Sunday, June 25, 11am until ~2pm


Where:      Youth Community Park, 1725 Fulton Rd. Santa Rosa

                        (across the road from Piner High School)


  • SSB (this station will run 24 hours)
  • Digital (this station will likely only operate Saturday during daylight hours)
  • CW (this station will run 24 hours)
  • VHF/UHF/Satellite
  • GOTA (Get On The Air) (this station will run close to 24 hours)

Bands: 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, Satellite

Classification and Exchange: 3A San Francisco or 3A SF 


  • K6SON for SSB, CW, Digital, VHF/UHF/Satellite
  • W6SON for GOTA

 SCRA Field Day 2017

We will again be having Field Day at the Youth Community Park (aka “the skateboard park”), 1725 Fulton Rd, in Santa Rosa (across the street from Piner High School). As hams, it has been said that the world is our playground, so what better place to have Field Day than in a public park. Field Day is one of our best opportunities to demonstrate amateur radio to the public.

There will also be a special get together focused on practicing how to assemble our venerable TH-6 and erecting it on the crank-up tower. 

Our classification is tentatively “3A”, meaning that we will have three HF transmitters. There will be one station each for SSB, CW, and Digital.  

We will also have a Get-On-The-Air, or GOTA, station. I encourage all of our recently-licensed hams and even those old-timers that have not had an opportunity to get on the HF bands in the last year to give the GOTA station a try. It will be operating on SSB. We will need control operators (General or higher) to allow the unlicensed and under-licensed hams the ability to work HF. We get extra points if there is always a mentor at the GOTA station.

We will also have a VHF/UHF/Satellite station. We were not able to make a satellite contacts the last couple years, but this year we hope to change that.

We will also be having an Educational Activity. The time will be 2pm on Saturday, June 24. The subject will be Multimeter Basics. Come and learn how to use this most essential piece of test equipment that all hams should have handy. If you are interested in participating in the Educational Activity, either as a “student” or a teacher, please let us know.

We need your help!

Specific areas where we need help are:

  • Control operators for the GOTA station.
  • Coax cable and UHF(f) to UHF(f) adapters. It’s a real bummer when the station and antenna are separated by 120’ and you only have 100’ of coax!
  • “Tour Guides” to help show visitors around our Field Day site and explain what we are up to

Setup / Teardown Teams and Station Operators:

Below is a list of the various Setup/Teardown Teams and Station Operators and their Team Leaders/ Station Captains. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these teams or stations, please contact the team leader or station captain:

  • SSB Station Operator – Station Captain Dennis Colthurst, KI6REO
  • Digital  Operator – Station Captain Martin Kilgore, KJ6BQM
  • CW Station Operator – Station Captain Frank Oddy, NQ6E
  • GOTA Station Operator & Control Operator  – Station Captain, Jeff Tonelli, KI6PBF
  • VHF/UHF/Satellite Operator – Station Captain Charlie Sikes, KZ6T
  • Dinner – Team Leader Pat Coyle, KG6JSL
  • Safety – Safety Officer Steve Bouchard. ,KK6VMZ
  • Solar Power – Team Leader Joe Fortuna, K6AWA
  • Crank-Up Mast Erection Team – Team Leader Fred Seitel, AE6SF
  • TH-6 Assembly/ Disassembly Team – Team Leader Doug Payne, KF6LMB
  • Tilt-Up Mast Erection Team- Team Leader Frank Oddy, NQ6E
  • 40m Half-Square & 20m Loop Antenna Team – Team Leader, Brian Torr, N6IIY
  • Dipole Erection Team – Team Leader – Volunteers?????
  • Antenna Launcher Team – Team Leader, Charlie Sikes, KZ6T
  • Educational Activity – Team Leader Brian Torr, N6IIY
  • Station Setup/Teardown – Team Leader Iola Beckley, KK6HRE
  • Tour Guides/Public Information Team – Team Leader, Darryl Paule, KI6MSP


For More Information:

Brian Torr, N6IIY

Field Day Chairman

Tel: (707) 575-5871