Field Day


Come Join SCRA at Field Day 2020

Weekend of June 27 and June 28

Why Field Day????

Because it’s fun!!! Where else can you experience practically the full gamut of our wonderful hobby in just one weekend? You want to learn how to set up a station? Field Day’s go you covered. You want to learn how to set up antennas? Plenty of that happening at Field Day! Want to learn how to operate in an HF contest? Field Day’s just the ticket! Want to learn how to make a Satellite contact? We do that, too at Field Day! Want to  socialize with other hams and see what they’re up to? Come on down to Field Day! 

And, if you like camping, you are invited to camp out both Friday and Saturday nights! 

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Field Day Planning Meetings:

  • April 4, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, On-Line – See Below for Details
  • May 16, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Youth Community Park
April 4th Planning Meetings On-Line:

Due to concerns over COVID-19, our April 4 Planning Meeting, and possibly also the May 15 Planning Meeting, will be held on-line. To receive an invitation to these meeting via e-mail, please send an e-mail to Brian Torr, N6IIY at n6iiy@arrl.net. You will be added to a distribution list that will receive the formal invitations. 

Field Day Antenna Setup Practice:

  • June 13, 9:00 am to noon, location TBD

Field Day Weekend, June 27 and June 28:

  • Setup – Begins Friday, June 26, 5pm until dark
  • Setup – Continues Saturday Morning, June 27, 7am until 11am
  • Operating – Begins Saturday, June 27, 11am
  • Educational Activity – Saturday, June 27, Time TBD
  • Dinner – Saturday, June 27, Approx 5pm
  • Operating Ends Sunday, June 28, 11am
  • Tear Down Sunday, June 28, 11am until ~2pm

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

                        (across the road from Piner High School)

Stations:

  • SSB (this station will run 24 hours)
  • Digital (this station will run 24 hours)
  • CW (this station will run 24 hours)
  • VHF / 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 

Callsigns

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

 SCRA Field Day 2020

Our application has been approved for having Field Day at Youth Community 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.  

If band conditions support a second SSB station, we will be prepared to add one, which would change our classification to “4A”.

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 Satellite station. Before last year, the satellite contact eluded us but Nick, N1CKE, made it happen for FD 2019. I think we will be better prepared to make a satellite contact for FD 2020.  

We will also be having an Educational Activity.  We have received a few suggestions, but are still open for more suggestions as to what this should be. In the past we have built 2m or 10m antennas, learned how to make resistance and impedance measurements, and practiced how to install a PL-259 connector to a length of coax. 

We need your help!

As we have done in the past few years, we have defined many teams to help in the setup, operation, and teardown aspects of Field Day. As you can see below, we have several team leaders assigned, but there are still several positions to be filled. Please let me know if you are interested in any of these positions. Some positions can be filled by relatively new hams, so please, don’t be shy.

If you feel you might want to take one of the team leader positions in the future, but not for this year, please consider being a shadow to this year’s team leader. 

  • SSB Station Captain – Mark, W6GOL
  • SSB Station Operator – Multiple positions open
  • Digital Station Captain – Howard, K6SID & Rick, WW6RC
  • Digital  Operator – Multiple positions open
  • CW Station Captain – John, WB6FRZ
  • CW Station Operator – Multiple positions open
  • GOTA Station Captain – Dave, KI6UGB
  • GOTA Station Operator – Multiple positions open
  • GOTA Station Control Operator  – Multiple positions open
  • VHF / Satellite Station Captain – Charlie, KZ6T
  • VHF / Satellite Operator – Multiple positions open
  • Dinner  Team Leader – Position Open
  • Safety Officer – Darryl, KI6MSP
  • Solar Power Team Leader – Rick, WW6RC
  • Crank-Up Mast Erection Team Leader – Aaron, KK6ZDB & Fred, AE6SF
  • TH-6 Assembly/ Disassembly Team Leader – Position Open
  • Tilt-Up Mast Erection Team Leader – Brian Torr, N6IIY
  • Zero-Five Antenna Team Leader – Joe, K6AWA
  • Dipole Erection Team Leader – Position Open
  • Antenna Launcher Team Leader – John, WB6FRZ & Charlie, KZ6T
  • Educational Activity Team Leader – TBD
  • Station Setup/Teardown Team Leader – Position Open
  • Band Coordinator – Position Open
  • Tour Guides/Public Information Team Leader – Darryl Paule, KI6MSP
  • Computer Networking – Fred, AE6SF & Rick, WW6RC
  • Tech Bench – Bill, AA6BD
  • W1AW ARRL Message Reception – Howard, K6SID & John, WB6FRZ
  • Message to SM – Charlie, KZ6G

If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please e-mail me. I hope to have the on-line volunteer setup on the SCRA web page by early May. 

For More Information:

Brian Torr, N6IIY

Field Day Chairman

Tel: (707) 575-5871 (home)

(707) 953-0377 (mobile)

n6iiy@arrl.net