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BARF breakfast will be 9 am Sat. June 23 at the Hungry Tummy. We will go directly to Benzonia Village Park after breakfast and start set up for Field Day, about 10:30 am. Tear down will start 2:01 pm Sunday.
Field Day on air operation will start at 2 pm Saturday and end at 2 pm Sunday. See ARRL web site for rules.
This year we will use 3 transmitters but operate as CLASS 2A, as one transmitter will be our 6 meters and hopefully a satellite station on 2M & 440, these do not count as an extra xmtr class. We will use the MCC again this year. We will set a new digital station for public demonstration.
station will be put together by KF8KK and is a great package everyone
should see it and get instructions on operation! We will operated on 12
V batteries/generators and use W8BNZ as our call.
There will be a family picnic at 6 pm Saturday. Bring a dish to pass. The DELL'S are furnishing the stuff to burn on KG8ZA'S grill and table service. This year we will take up a collection to help pay for the Dell's food. I will furnish the soft drinks.
Field Day serves many purposes. It gives us practice in setting up communications in case of emergency, provides contest operation, gives all of us a chance to know each other better and helps us educate the public on Ham Radio. Please invite your friends and neighbors to come.
is encouraged to operate any or all xmtrs and help in setup/tear down if you
can. We plan on using SSB,CW,Digital
operation this year. Please practice using the proper phonetics, A.. Alfa, K.. Kilo, T.. Tango ETC. This will help when you are operating during an emergency and need to make clarification of your words .
> BE SURE TO BRING
1. Your F.C.C. operator license.
2. Your favorite key, bug, if you are operating CW. KC8PCQ & N7LMJ will be hot at PSK31
3. Your favorite headphones, if you operate best that way.
4. A few hand tools.
If you are going to stay after dark and/or through the night:
5. A flashlight.
6. Insect repellent, the bugs like to eat too.
7. A sweater or jacket. It gets pretty cold by 3 or 4 in the morning.
Things you may need, to make yourself more comfortable:
8. Sun Screen, you will feel better the next day if you use it !
9. A towel and washcloth.
10. A hat or cap.
12. First Aid Kit.
13. Roll of toilet tissue (in case the portable toilet runs out)
Be sure to mark everything with your name or call sign so what you
forget can be returned to you.
forward to seeing ALL of you at Field Day.
Benzie County Hams gear up to set
long distance contact records and practice emergency communication skills.
According to Tom
Schoonover of Benzie Amateur Radio Friends and Amateur Radio Public Service
Corps, Field Day is the annual “shakedown run” for the ARRL’s National
“Field Day is a
way for hams to get outdoors and have fun under some difficult conditions,”
Tom says. But it’s also a
chance to fine-tune emergency communication skills.
We use generators and battery power, and we set up antennas in the
field. The idea is to put
together a self-sufficient, working station quickly and begin making contacts.”
The ARRL Field Organization has been effective in establishing emergency communications during floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and other major disasters. Members of formal emergency organizations such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) regularly participate.
Radio Friends Field Day operations will be at Benzonia Village Park. An
information table will be provided where the public can receive printed
material, talk to the Hams, and take a tour of the County Emergency Mobile
Command vehicle. Set up begins at 11:00 A.M. Saturday June 23,
communication operations start at 2PM the 23th and end at 2P.M.
June 24th. The public
is invited. For more information,
contact Tom Schoonover, K8BTE, at 882-4294.
Below is the newspaper article as it appeared on June 20, 2007 in the Benzie County Record Patriot. The article has been reorganized to fit the page, but the content is as it appeared except the picture has been added to fill in the blank space.
KC8PCQ, W8TVC, K8ZJU - Their sleep time was not counted in the total estimated
EMC Benzie County
Under Sheriff Benzie County
The final figures have final been totaled and all information including 17 pages of logs sent to ARRL headquarters today. The full documentation will be available for viewing at the BARF breakfast on July 28. Listed below is a summarization of the results.
Sideband Contacts 498
PSK 31 Contacts 46
CW Contacts 34
Total Contacts 578
States contacted 46
Thanks again to everyone who participated in Field Day 2007
YOU THANK YOU !!
who participated in this years Field Day. We had 12 Hams who operated
and or helped in setup--teardown.
you did not make it this year you missed a Great Field Day and some good FOOD.
to KC8PCQ & W8TVC for furnishing the food for a wonderful family cookout
Saturday evening, to KG8ZA for furnishing the grill, to K8ZJU for the B &
B (Breakfast by Beverley) on Sunday morning for all the overnighters and any
other early birds. Thanks to Bill Sholten Benzie Co. EMC for furnishing
us the MCC as one of our operating positions. Bill also visited with us
at the conclusion of F.D. and shared his thoughts on overall emergency
preparedness for us and the public in general.
for the visit from KC8OOB who also filled us in on KC8OOC, to KD8BXK for
bringing her family by to take an educational tour of our operation.
info on total operation to follow shortly.