Welcome to the 2009 Field Day Page!
Results: Here are the results and submission for the 2009 LARC-FARL Field Day: (Version 2, July 21st, new bonus points added)
ARRL Field Day Entry Form Call Used: K8UNS GOTA Station Call: (none) ARRL/RAC Section: MI Class: 3A Participants: 81 Club/Group Name: LARC-FARL Power Source(s): Generator, Solar Power Multiplier: 2X Bonus Points: 100% Emergency power 300 Media Publicity 100 W1AW Field Day Message 100 Satellite QSO completed 100 Natural power QSOs completed 100 Site Visit by invited elected official 100 Site Visit by invited served agency official 100 Youth participation 100 Youth operators=6 Youth participants=10 Submitted via the Web 50 Total Bonus Points 1,050 Score Summary: CW Digital Phone Total Total QSOs 671 11 619 Total Points 1342 22 619 1983 Claimed Score = 3,966 Submitted by: W. D. Treharne, N8HKU 5110 Park Ridge Dr Ypsilanti, MI 48197 E-mail: email@example.com Comments: (blank) Band/Mode QSO Breakdown: CW Digital Phone QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) 160m 2 100 80m 131 100 31 100 40m 341 100 261 100 20m 126 100 11 40 243 100 15m 65 100 72 100 10m 5 100 5 100 6m 1 100 5 100 2m 1.25 Other Satellite 2 50 GOTA TOTAL 671 11 619
Pictures from Field Day!
Above: Set up on Saturday morning. Livonia attempted to fill in some of the ruts with dirt,
a worthwhile contribution to help make it easier to walk around.
The CW tent being set up.
Setting up the food tent.
Up on the tower, stringing one of the two wire antennas, this one was the Carolina Windom for the CW station.
A Boy Scout working on making a contact with John, KN8B, control operator.
The CW station at work, WV8A at the keyer. The CW station had the most contacts!
Latest plans: June 23rd, 2009 Plan File
Day, June 27th - 28th, 2009
it is my favorite time of the year; the weather is getting better and we can
open the windows to let in the fresh air. It
is also time for a lot of ham radio activities including Field Day.
It is a great time to get with fellow hams you haven’t seen for a
while, work on radio projects and simply have fun with ham radio.
Field Day = Fun.
had several meetings with the Livonia Amateur Radio Club (LARC) regarding Field
Day operations and have a pretty good idea of who is doing what.
We will be participating with their club at the Livonia Fire station
key to having a successful 3A operation is lots of help putting up and
taking down the site and lots of people who want to operate.
There is plenty to do for everyone no matter what your interest is with
ham radio. And don’t forget to
invite your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
We plan on starting setup at 9 AM Saturday and teardown will be around 2
PM on Sunday. Non-essential
equipment may be packed up before 2 PM. Last
year it took 3-4 hours to setup and about 1 hour for teardown.
Ford Radio Club will provide a SSB Voice/Digital station and the VHF/UHF
station. Dave Treharne, N8HKU, will
bring the club’s Yaesu FT-990, digital interface and his laptop computer and
Bill Brezina, WA8HEA, will provide the G5RV and coax for the station antenna.
The G5RV antenna will be mounted off the fire tower to a mast near the
fence line along the right side of the lot. Dave
will be operating RTTY, PSK31 or other digital modes as well as SSB voice. Bill
Brezina will provide his laptop computer, Kenwood TS-2000 and coaxes for the
VHF/UHF/satellite station and Mike Rudzki, N8MR, (LARC) will provide the 2M and
70CM Egg Beater antennas for satellite work.
will provide a CW station, the GOTA and the 2nd SSB Voice station.
John Mathey will provide his Elecraft K3 for the CW operation. Mike Rudzki,
N8MR, will have his laptop computer, inverted L antenna to operate 160 meters
(as well as 6 meters), and a Carolina Windom to operate 80-10 meters,
plus coaxes, for this station.
These antennas will be mounted off the fire tower toward the trees at the
of the lot.
DesChenes, W8GKH, will provide an ICOM IC-706MKIIG for the GOTA station and will
use the LARC Yaesu FT-450 for the 2nd SSB Voiced station.
Richard Gibson, K6VEM, will be the mentor for the GOTA station, and coach
anyone who has never operated a ham radio before or has been off the air a long
GOTA station will only be operational when these qualifying participants are
2nd SSB Voice station will be shut down when the GOTA station is operating;
otherwise the 2nd SSB Voice station will be the primary station for the contest.
Both of these stations will use a coil loaded vertical and coax provided by LARC.
Mathey will use his Elecraft K1, battery and solar panels to run QRP from the CW
station antennas to earn the bonus points for operating under an alternate power
Mathey is providing his 3 KW, super quiet generator again this year and the LARC
will provide a 2 KW backup unit as well. Each
station needs to provide its own power cable and power strips to get power from
the generator to the equipment.
Livonia Fire Dept is providing a 400 sq. ft. (20 X 20) tent for us to use for
the food/R&R/information tent, plus we will have other shelters (10 X 20
screen tent, 10 X 20 carport, 2 cabin tent, etc.) available for station
operation. Some of these shelters
are water proof and some are water resistant so bring plastic tarps to cover
stuff if we get our usual Field Day storm.
to dress appropriately because it can get hot during the day and really chilly
at night. Don’t forget the bug
repellant for our pesky friends; this is, after all, “field” day.
plan to use the N3FJP Field Day contest software and will be networking all the
computers for logging. This really
helps if a station changes modes (from Voice to CW, etc.) and speeds up the
contact compilation for log submissions to the ARRL.
meals will be provided by LARC (Lynette Rudzki, K8LCR and Doris Kelterborn,
KD8DXJ). Dave Treharne will make his
traditional Sunday breakfast for those who worked the night shift and those who
come early. If there is something
special you would like to make and contribute for the cause, then contact Dave
Treharne firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Brezina email@example.com
to coordinate the food. A slight
twist on the meals is that you must participate (set up, tear down, operate,
train, mentor, etc.) in order to eat. This
will include visitors; they will be asked to make some contacts, log, take part
in the hands-on training or participate in some other Field Day activity.
activities may include such topics as “How to Contact Amateur Satellites”,
“How to Operate Using a Digital Mode”, “How to Prepare and Receive Message
Traffic”, “How to Use Logging Software For Contests” and “How to Operate
in a Contest”. If you have a topic
you would like to teach then contact Dave or Bill as soon as possible.
could also use some Field Day “greeters” to meet visitors, give them
information about ham radio and take them on a site tour.
This makes each visitor feel welcome and helps take some of the pressure
off the operators to explain what they are doing in the middle of a contest QSO.
Once the visitor has a chance to see the operation, we would strongly
encourage them to “jump in” and join the fun.
Watching provides insight; participation provides comprehension.
take a look at the K8UTT.org website for the latest Field Day updates and plan
on joining the Field Day fun on Saturday and/or Sunday, June 27th and
28th. We look forward to
seeing you there.
Map to site:
Send mail to N8HKU@ARRL.NET with
questions or comments about this web site.