CAARA's 2011 Field Day Activities

posted 7/14/11

CAARA = Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association

The following was sent in by Bill - WZ1L:

Hello IOOK!  I just wanted to pass a message to you regarding our Field Day operations in Gloucester, MA.

We did a video, and it is in two parts.


Yes, that is me, WZ1L, with a IOOK Hat and a Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Shirt.
(at the beginning of the Part 2 Youtube video)

They asked me if I would speak, but I was too busy with the GOTA Station, and we finally got 150 contacts at the end.

I am also sending pictures.

Picture 1:   A Thunderstorm happened roughly about 7:45am on Saturday Morning of Field Day.   Naturally, you head for cover and hope all is well in the outcome.   However, a lightning strike hit close to the Fuller School and the Fire Alarm System opened up and sounded an alarm to the Gloucester Fire Department.   The trucks rolled and well, seeing there was a tent in the middle of the field, they came to the tent flap and asked, “What that hell is going on out here?”


Picture 2:  When the Fire Department arrived at the scene, naturally, there was a flurry of activity.  Some people in the tent didn’t know what was going on as they did not hear the outside bells ringing.  (Hmmmdoes wearing headphones copying CW cause hearing problems?)


Picture 3:  Here we are putting together a 2 sections of a small tower with a 2 Meter and 6 Meter Beams to be attached.   Notice the guy in the Red Sox rain coat with an I.O.O.K hat with his back to you.    “Could that be WZ1L?”  Yep it is!!!


Picture 4:  Well, there is continued discussion from two of the participants who will be operating under a Island/Lighthouse Ops end of July as to actually using a modified set up whereby a dipole being attached to the top, and possible interference if doing so?  Comments?  Lol….


Picture 5:   Well, we got the antennas and tower up, have the tie-downs in place, and attached the coax cables to the radios.   If you will notice behind the beams there is an R5 vertical.  This will be utilized for other radio operations.


Picture 6:   Here is another photo of the 2M/6M Station/Antennas different view.


Picture 7:  Two members, Paul, (Call Unknown), and Ruth (WW1N) begin Field day on 6 Meters.   Paul is operating and Ruth is logging using the current contest logging format.


Picture 8:  This is the “Main Tent”, which will be used to welcome visitors, as well as have available handouts for the public to take for information.   This tent will be the base for 1 HF Station (Digital), the Get On The Air (GOTA) and the server which allows the logbooks on each laptop consolidate to one place.  The computers have their logs and the Server has the main list.


Picture 9:  Here is a photo of the Main Tent in operation.  The radio left has WZ1L over-seeing the GOTA Station.   We are currently using 10 Meters.  I believe the total contacts were 150 at the end of Field Day.  The man behind the table is Dick, KR1G, who installed a new ground wire for the radio.

On the right, there is the Digital Station, using PSK-31.  At the back of the tent is the server for the network of computers at each operating position.


Picture 10:   Standing, Hank McCarl, W4RIG, Club Treasurer, Sitting is Club President (Hidden) Stan Stone, W4HIX.  Observing in back is Jon Cunningham, K1TP.   Jon is the Club’s Newsletter Editor who came to take pictures and write up a blurp for the next newsletter.


Picture 11:  Here is our GOTA station operator (yes he has a license) (Got Tech in a day and he also passed and was waiting for his General License to arrive.   Unfortunately, I forget his name.  ;(


Picture 12:  This is a picture of the Food Tent, after hours, we were well fed, and the I.O.O.K. is not the only ones who work well with their bellies filled.  We had hot dogs, Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, and various cold drinks and water.   A great time was had by all.  J    The ladies are ensuring that there is sufficient water and soda for the overnight crew.


Picture 13:  This is the outside of the Food Tent.  The sign announces that this year’s Field Day is dedicated to recently deceased club member Briggs Longbothum, AB2NJ.  (Note, Briggs was released from the hospital on Monday and was SK on Wednesday).


Picture 14:  The evening shot of Main Tent and Red Cross Emergency Services Van.  The van is using a 40 Meter dipole attached to the Flag Pole.


Picture 15:  This is the picture of the 5500 Generator which powered the Field Day Site for the whole weekend.    Thanks to Dick, KR1G for filling the generators at 11pm Saturday Night, we only had to hope that it would last until 8am so the day crew could continue with the operations.


Picture 16:  Through the Herculean efforts of Hank McCarl, he contacted Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr, N1UIU, who put together a Proclamation for Amateur Radio Week to coincide with Field Day.   Governor Deval Patrick signed the Proclamation and it was delivered to the site on Saturday Morning by Eastern Massachusetts Section Leader, Phil Temples, K9HI.    (Note:  Senator Tarr was busy on Saturday, therefore, Phil brought it to the Field Day site; and took it with him to other sites as well.   This Sunday, (July 17th), we will be privileged to host Senator Tarr who will officially present the Proclamation to the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association.


I am really looking forward to the ceremony on Sunday.   I plan to take pictures of the presentation ceremony with Senator Tarr.





Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association is located in Gloucester, MA.    Our webpage for the Club is:

There are pictures, newsletters and other items that may be of interest to anybody who checks it out.


posted Sunday, July 17, 2011

Here are the two proclamations that the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association and a couple of pictures of the group and the participants.

Copy of  Massachusetts Governor’s Amateur Radio Week Proclamation by Governor Deval L. Patrick, Governor.


Copy of  Massachusetts General Court Resolution, honoring amateur radio operators as they celebrate Amateur Radio Week and Participate in Field Day.  This piece of legislation was authored and presented by Senator Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, MA.


Senator Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, MA N1UIU, welcomed by Richard Ober, K1VRA, and Tony Marks, N1JEI, Members of Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association.


Senator Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, MA – speaks with  members of the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association prior to delivering address and proclamation for Amateur Radio Week (June 25-26, 2011).


Another shot of Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association gathered to welcome Senator Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, MA.


The Gathering out in front of the CAARA Clubhouse.    (Left to Right)  Senator Bruce Tarr, N1UIU, Phil Temples, K9HI, Eastern Mass Section Leader, Robert Macedo, KD1CY, Eastern Mass Emergency ARES Services Leader,  Henry McCarl, W4RIG, Legislative Representative, Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, and Stanley Stone, W4HIX, President, Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association.


Back in side, President, Stanley Stone,W4HIX, Eastern Mass Section Leader, Phil Temples, K9HI, and Mass. Senator Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester.


Congratulations to the CAARA!


Many thanks to Bill - WZ1L for sharing this information with the IOOK!