LATEST: Set-up with start at 10 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. We may have more work to do than on normal Saturday because of the rain on Friday.
The York Radio Club is participating in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) 2018 Field Day on June 23-24 at the Elmhurst Fire Department Training Facility (900 N. Addison Ave.). There is a map of the location below and there is almost always someone listening to the club repeater (442.875, +5 MHz, PL 114.8 Hz, Echolink node: 305654). On site talk around frequency: 147.420 simplex.
This event is open to the public and visitors are welcome. Field Day is an opportunity to see Amateur Radio and emergency preparedness in action. The majority of our operating slots are filled (we give priority to club members). But if you want to operate and give us a heads up on your schedule, we'll do our best to be accomodating. For people who don't have much (or any) HF experience, we'll be running a Get On The Air station, where a GOTA coach can help you make contacts (this is a good way to experience ham radio without having a license). You can sign up for set-up, take down and other tasks at this link.
You can download a copy of the 2018 Field Day rules [PDF] [48K], or the complete 2018 Field Day package [PDF] [827K] to learn more. There are some tips for operating FT8 during Field Day, which we hope to do, linked here.
This text was sent to local newspapers on June 9 for publicity: " SPECIAL EVENT: In a 24-hour blitz that will include nationwide radio communications, the Elmhurst-based York Radio Club will operate at least three radio stations from the Elmhurst Fire Department Training Facility, 910 N. Addison, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24. The operation will be part of Amateur Radio Field Day, an annual drill started in 1933 that's designed to test emergency preparedness. In past years, more than 30,000 ham operators in the U.S. and Canada have taken part. Visitors interested in learning more about the hobby, or those who are simply curious, are welcome. More information at www.yorkradioclub.com"
FIELD DAY LEADERSHIP
- Chairmen: K9KE and KC9UIU
- Computer networking, logging and FT-8 captain: NX9G (a good training video for N1MM+ logging software for Field Day is linked here)
- Saturday dinner captain: KC9AMY (menu still being work on)
- Power distribution captain: WB9HYB
- Antenna captain: KC9UIU
- SSB captain: K9KE
- CW captain: NX9G
- GOTA captain: KC9UIU
WHAT TO BRING
- Some items you may want to bring: your own pair of headphones, work gloves, sun screen/hat, a small set of tools (ideally labeled with your callsign), mosquito repellent, flashlight, pen and notepad
WHAT THE CLUB WILL PROVIDE
- Dinner on Saturday evening (please signup on the linked spreadsheet, if you plan to attend or plan to bring something to share)
- Club gear inventory is linked here
- Lifting something heavy without asking for help
- Bad attitudes
- To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.
RADIO MANUALS (the models we'll be using is still being sorted out, so check back)
We often have elected officials, firefighters or police officers visit. If you know an official who might be interested to learn more about ham radio, please invite them.
W9YRC was featured in an official ARRL video, back in 2010.