2016 Field Day Information

Category: Club and Radio News Published: Thursday, 21 April 2016 Written by Roy Rasband

Field Day 2016

This year Field Day will occur on June 24th - 26th.  We will be at our regular site on Monte Cristo.  Setup will start on Friday, June 24th at noon.  This is a great opportunity to get on the air.

Field Day Directions

Monte Cristo - From Lagoon I-15 northbound, merge on to Highway 89 North, Drive 10.3 miles, turn right onto I-84, drive 4.2 miles turn off exit to Mountain Green, drive approx. 2 miles on Highway 167, turn left at Sinclair gas station onto Trapper Loop 9.3 miles, turn right onto Highway 39 drive 1.9 miles turn right to continue on Hwy 39 towards Monte Cristo and Randolph, Drive 26.1 miles to .6 mile past Mile Marker 45.  The location is on the left.  Coordinates: 41.4362N -111.5042W

Google Maps Directions

This is a great opportunity to get on the air.

 

About Field Day

Before I describe more about Field Day, you must mark your calendars for the VERY IMPORTANT and FUN field day 2016 event which will be June 24th - 26th.

So what in blazes is "Field Day"?  Some of you are key contributors to the club's annual field event.  Others know what it is but have chosen not to participate.  Others, maybe haven't ever attended one or don't even have a clue as to what it is really all about.  Well, in short, the annual ARRL Field Day event combines emergency in the field setup of communications equipment with heavy duty contesting and a lot of FUN!  The idea is to create an exercise that gets amateurs to take their grab-n-go kits, antennas, generators, rigs, camping equipment, etc., to either local or remote locations for worldwide operations. Some people do field day in their own homes or backyards, some go to local parks or EOC facilities and others head for remote areas in the mountains.  This year the DCARC has chosen to go back up to Monte Cristo.

So who says we have to rough it?  We have generator power; many bring motor homes, trailers (trawlers), tents, etc.  You are on your own for food except for Saturday dinner and Sunday morning breakfast.  Here is the deal.  We ask you bring something potluck, such as, chips, a salad, beans, a dessert and a good breakfast on Sunday morning.  You can't beat that deal.  It doesn't stop there.  We have my world famous popcorn on Saturday night.  And talk about high tech.  We have an outdoor movie, digital (DVD) projected on screen with a large sound system on both nights.  There are plenty of assignments to go around.  so come on get off your soft sofa and volunteer to help out.  If you don't plan on camping the entire weekend, we can still use lots of people to help on any of the days, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  Type of help needed includes: transportation of equipment, setup, operating, take-down, help with meals and entertainment for kids and other non-ham adults.  We look forward to your participation.  This is one of the most fun summer activities that our family looks forward to each year.  So lock-in your calendar for the dates of June 24th - 26th.  Please contact either Rich Scheese or myself with any questions or the willingness to volunteer.  801-541-0862 -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See you there!

73, Roy - KF4USN

 

Schedule - Field Day - June 24-26, 2016

Thursday - Optional - Early arrivals - You are on your own.

June 23rd - Meals on your own.

Friday - Arrive on-site - setup camp on your own.

June 24th - 12:00 Noon

Saturday - Breakfast/Lunch on your own.

June 25th - 8:00 - 12:00 - Finish final preparations

  • Test power source
  • Logging computers on-line and ready
  • final calibration of antennas all stations
  • final coordination of operating schedules
  • 12:00 noon - Start Contesting
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm - potluck/everyone's famous Dutch Oven barbecue
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm - special projects for points (video/satellites, etc.)
  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm - family friendly movie on TV.
  • 9:00 or when dark enough - outdoor movie

Sunday - 8:00 - 9:00 am - breakfast - provided by the club

June 26th - contesting continues

  • 12:00 - cleanup - take down project
  • take down tower with beam
  • take down PSK31 and other stations
  • Police Camp for trash, etc
  • Depart in convoy.

 

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