Field Day 2021 Huge Success

We want to take a moment to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped setup, greeted visitors, operated or stopped by. We had close to 40-50 visitors come by during our main public event and 99% of them donated at least one item to the Food Raising Friends food drive! Our friends from FRF told us that many of the people that didn’t know about the food drive left and came back.

We also want to sincerely thank the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management team for allowing us to host our event at the EOC and to the Public Safety Director, Brad Baker, for stopping by to say hello as well!

Dedication of our new communications trailer

Food Drive Drawing

Ham Hands On SUCCESS!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the “Ham Hands On”, tailgater and license testing. We had a fantastic turnout despite the weather. Special thanks to Bob-W5CL for hosting us, Brian/Beth for the food, and the Milton Amateur Radio Club for testing. We had 10 successful license tests today! Stay tuned for our next event.

Upcoming Events

We’ve got several events in the works, please make plans to join us!

At our March meeting, we’ll discuss various resources we have available including our new website. We’ll discuss the SHARES program we are a part of. Amateur radio license testing will be available following the meeting.

Curious how to send emails over the air without the internet? This event is for you! We’ll have several stations setup on HF, VHF, and UHF to help you understand how to send emails with Winlink. Have some gear you’d like to sell? Great! We’ll also have a free tailgater event if you’d like to setup or browse. This event isn’t affiliated with any club or group and is open to EVERYONE! Ham license testing will also be available at 9:00AM. Thanks to Bob-W5CL for allowing us the use of his space and the Milton Amateur Radio Club for providing the license testing.

Our May meeting will primarily be for those that have or are willing to work at a shelter during an activation. We will walk through the process of picking up the gear, setting up at the shelter, providing reports, and finally securing from deployment.

Amateur radio license testing will be available at 10:30AM. If testing, please bring a photo ID and cash for the exam ($10). If upgrading, please bring a signed official copy of your existing license

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Winter Field Day 2021 Recap

We want to send out a HUGE thank you to all those who either came out to help/participate or visit us at Winter Field Day! While we fought some band condition issues on Saturday evening, other than a little rain, the weather was perfect and we had a great time. We hope you’ll make plans to join us next year!

Winter Field Day 1/30-31, 2021

We just wanted to let everyone know that we are planning on participating in Winter Field Day as a group for SRC ARES.  We have reserved the dining hall (Thanks Jack) at the Bear Lake campground in Munson for Jan 30-31, 2021. The GPS coordinates are – 30.860195795764014, -86.83329951971727 

Please make plans to attend and participate if you can (and spread the word.)  As with any activities we do, no club or ARES affiliation is required.  We just want to help folks get out, enjoy amateur radio, and learn!

Final Plans (added 1/25/2021)

Well it is final here this weekend, Winter Field Day.  While I know we only have a few stations planning on operating, please do come by and visit if you get the opportunity.  Here’s the info as I have it for Winter Field Day.

  • On-site Frequencies
    • The talk-in frequency will be the K4SRC 147.700 repeater (neg offset, 100hz tone)
      • We will also do a cross-band repeat locally for those onsite using HT’s to 446.025
    • For local talk around at the campground/pavilion, we will use simplex 146.55
  • Setup
    • We have access to the pavilion starting at 10A on Saturday 1/30 and will begin setup then
    • Operation goes from 1P on Saturday to 1P on Sunday
  • Food
    • Saturday
      • Lunch 11:00A – Build your own sandwich.  Meats and other toppings
      • Dinner 6:00P  – Potluck of crockpots.  Several folks have volunteered to make chilli and other items
    • Sunday
      • Breakfast 7:00A – Breakfast casserole
      • Lunch 11:00A – Grilled hamburgers & hotdogs
    • Drinks
      • Coffee – Jack W4JPH is in charge and will make sure there’s plenty of coffee
      • Hot chocolate –  Josie WD4DCL will keep hot chocolate going at night
      • Waters will be available
      • Soft drinks/tea, etc – Bring your own
  • Field Day Rules/Safety guidelines/etc
    • A booklet will be provided for each of the 4 stations that has any information you need regarding Winter Field Day
  • Band (Frequency) Management
    • We have table top signs for each station and printed signs showing our call sign, exchange, and each eligible band.  Per WFD rules, only one station may operate on a particular band at a time.  We will have all bands hanging off clips so when you want to move on to another band, you can simply exchange the pages.
  • Logging Software
    • If you are bringing your own computer, we are using N3FJP’s Winter Field Day Logger
    • If you plan to operate from home and wish to have your scores count towards ours, please use “SRCFLARES” as the club name in the logging software and be sure to upload your logs.
  • Expenses
    • Please keep in mind, while we are using the SRC ARES call sign for this event, ARES isn’t a club and as such doesn’t have “funds”.  There will be a donation box if you would like to contribute any amount to those who have covered the rental fee of the pavilion and those providing food.  This is not required but I’m sure would be appreciated.