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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)

Submission page and contacts worksheet

K8UNS Bonus Points documentation

ARRL Bulletin

	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: n8hku@arrl.net


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
 Satellite    2     50                          
     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

Field Day, June 27th - 28th, 2009


Well, 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.


We’ve 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 located on Plymouth Rd west of Newburgh Rd. and will be using the K8UTT call sign this year.   The current plan is to run a 3A operation (3 transmitters running off of emergency generator power) with a GOTA (Get On The Air) station and a VHF/UHF/satellite station (see the site layout plan for details).  Both the GOTA and the VHF/UHF stations are not included in the 3A category and are considered “free”.


The 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.


The 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.


LARC 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 western edge of the lot. 


Fred 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 time.  The GOTA station will only be operational when these qualifying participants are available. The 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. 


John 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 source.


John 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.


The 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.


Remember 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.


We 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.


All 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 n8hku@arrl.net or Bill Brezina wbrezina@att.net 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.


Training 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.


We 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.


Please 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.


Information below:

Field Day Video from ARRL

Field Day Sound from ARRL

Field Day Operational Package

Map to site:

Livonia Fire House
37876 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150


Send mail to N8HKU@ARRL.NET with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: September 07, 2009