Field Day 2016, is a Ham Radio Event. ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!
You set up stations remote and attempt to make as many contacts as possible in a 24 hour period. There are points for contacts and you are ranked based on your Class, our Club (Coastal Amateur Radio Society) was a 5A, meaning we could operate up to 5 transmitters at one time and that we were operating as a club using emergency power.
We set up at the Savannah Airport recreation center. Radios were set up inside and each hooked to a battery. We had generators outside running to keep the batteries charged. The antennas (some Large) were all erected outside in a field. We also had a 6th unit called a GOTA station (Get On The Air). This is designed for beginner hams or even the public to just get on the air, make a couple contacts under the direction of a licensed operator.
We met at 9am on Saturday the 25th and unloaded the gear and setup the antennas. Lunch was available and the official start time was 2pm. I ran some on the GOTA station (being a newer General Class I was eligible to operate it). I was there until about 10:30 at night when I headed back home. Lyn made a dish for the dinner hour and came out to have a meal with us.
I did not go back on day 2 as my foot was bothering me …… I did get a UHF call from the site as they wanted to demonstrate local communications to the media who showed up.