ARRL Field Day
American Radio Relay League Field Day
In the past, ham radio has been mostly been considered a senior male's game, but more and more younger people are seriously picking up on the hobby. This includes both girls and boys, young men and young women. It can be essential in times of emergencies because it works when other forms of communications don't. All of the radios are operating off of either 12 volt batteries, solar, wind power, or a generator. When possible, most of the computers used were being run by a generator or battery instead of using mains power for the entire length of the event. The exception was that in 2019, we ran commercial power to the computer displaying the electronic map and the router handling the network of up to 7 computers to insure stability.
Field Day 2020 - June 27 and 28
Because of the "CoVid-19 "pandemic," we weren't able to do Field Day from our usual place. Instead, Tony Cline was gracious enough to let us use his barn to operate in. For the a first time, it wasn't too bad, but we did learn that the barn was steel and didn't work well to mount an antenna inside and have it work. We really were in it for the fun. Had a few great cookouts and Tony and his family cooked up a great pot of ham and beans along with corn bread and watermelon. How can you beat that? Thanks, Tony!!! And thanks to Rick Wagaman for providing the photos. By the way, looks like Google isn't doing the slide show like are on the other photos at the moment. I'll be trying to improve this display as time goes on. Meanwhile, it's possible to add comments to the photos.
Field Day 2019
2019 was a rough year for contacts during Field Day. No matter, we managed to do our share. This was the first year our contact map was being handled by a computer network that kept everyone up to date live. Almost instantly when a contact was logged and nobody had entered that state into the logs, it would show up on the map. It was soooo kewl!
Field Day 2018 Video
2018 Field Day Video
Six minutes of video to tell the story of 24 hours...we had a GREAT time!!! We had 4 stations running commercial power so we were considered a class 4A station by the ARRL rules. So if you heard us, we were W9JCA - 4 Alpha, Indiana.
We used the N3FJP commercial logging software to keep track of our contacts and even made a contact with the software's creator! We discovered that WiFi didn't work that well, but in 2019, it was flawless.