Field Day Starts Tomorrow Morning . . .
Where . . .
When . . .
What . . .
Why . . .
How . . .
Get On The Air . . .
Everything About Our Field Day . . .
Odds and Ends . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
Field Day Starts Tomorrow Morning!
Setup starts tomorrow morning at 8am when the Oklahoma Health Department Medical Tent arrives for setup.
Power delivery, distrubution, and checkout follows afterwards running concurrently with antenna setup.
When “Get On The Air” folks arrive, then GOTA setup begins.
As the ARRL puts it, “Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!”
Just Northeast of the Norman Veterans Memorial
Just West of the OU Golf Course
Just South of the Softball Fields
Just East of the OU Women’s Softball Complex
A bit Northeast of Lloyd Noble Arena
1/2 mile North of the National Weather Center
Northeast of the intersection of Jenkins and Constitution
Or navigate to here: 35.193850, -97.438824
(Look for Field Day Signs)
Saturday, 1800 UTC to Sunday, 1800 UTC (for us)
(that’s 1pm Saturday to 1pm Sunday)
An event where Amateurs across the United States and Canada endeavor to contact as many other stations during the same period of time,
and primarily done with Emergency Power and not from their “normal” operating location.
To practice emergency procedures so that when the need arises we will have knowledge of the equipment needed,
and skills required to respond when requested by local officials.
By OUR learning needs and skills in
best use of location,
coordination of effort,
to prepare for when this is needed In Real Life.
Get On The Air
As noted last week and on Tuesday (the signup sheet – see previous post),
if you are a new Amateur or have been inactive for two years,
you are eligible to learn or re-learn forgotten skills by being a participant at the Get On The Air (GOTA) station.
You’ll operate and log with the help of a Mentor. You’ll learn to operate the radio, how to do an on-the-air information exchange, and learn how to log those exchanges,
which are all skills for not only Emergency Operations, but for normal Amateur conversations (QSOs) as well.
An EXCELLENT example of how to do the Field Day QSO exchange and how it will be logged in the software can be found at N3FJP’s (Scott) website (link below).
I highly encourage ANYONE who will be working Field Day to watch it so that they will understand the Exchange and The Logging of Field Day QSOs.
N3FJP Logging Tutorial (video)
(opens in new window – use the [ ] in the lower right corner to make it FULLSCREEN once you’ve opened it)
Everything About Our Field Day
can be found right here:
Odds and Ends
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles
Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250 mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.