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ARRL Field Day 2024

Last Day to signup to guarantee food is Monday June 17th, 2024 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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ARRL Field Day is a combined event to test our ability to setup radio communication under less than ideal conditions–think temporary antennas, generators and radio gear. Our event this year is a combined event with two clubs—the Clearwater Amateur Radio Society (CARS) and the Upper Pinellas Amateur Radio Club (UPARC). The date is Saturday, June 22nd starting at 2:00 PM until Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 PM. Setup generally begins in earnest at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning. The location for all of this is the Clearwater Fire Department Fire Training Center at 1716 N. Belcher Road in Clearwater. Click here for a map.

The operation is comprised of 3 HF stations (all Elecraft K3 radios). We also have a 6 meter station (Elecraft K4) and a satellite station. We use TR4W for logging and WSJT-X for FT8/FT4 operations. All operations are inside in the training center building (air conditioning since it is Florida in June). For modes, we run SSB (voice), FT8 and CW. For CW operators, a Bencher paddle is provided but if you have a favorite paddle or straight key, bring it along. The computer sends CW as well.  No experience is necessary beyond a willingness to learn and try something new. If you have never operated a radio, we have plenty of people to help you out to show you how to make a contact to help you get started. In no time, you will be working stations all over the US and Canada. If you plan on operating, please bring your own headphones. For sanitary reasons, we do not share headphones or microphone headsets. We have adapters for your headphones as well as Heil and RadioSport cables. We also have desk mics for the radios for those that do not have microphone headsets.

We have the equipment all arranged as well as food and drink. Lunch is provided (hamburgers and hot dogs). Dinner Saturday will be provided (more details to follow) with sides provides by the attendees (dish to share). We do ask a few things related to food:

  • One, we need to know you are coming so please sign up by clicking here so we have an accurate count of the people attending so we do not run out of food.
  • We also ask that if you are coming for dinner on Saturday, bring a dish (side or dessert) to share with everyone (no, a bag of chips is not a side-dish).
  • If you do sign-up for meals but your plans change, please let us know so we have as accurate a count as possible.

The public is welcome as one of the purposes of Field Day is to introduce amateur radio to new people.

Field Day is the premiere event on our club calendars and we hope to see as many club members and guests as possible. Remember, Saturday June 22nd rain or shine at 2:00 PM with setup starting at 8:00 AM.

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