ALL DONE! THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO VOLUNTEERED AND VISITED
The Hampden County Radio Association (HCRA) will be participating in the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) annual Field Day on June 24th-25th at School Street Park in Agawam Massachusetts. HCRA will be erecting 4 temporary antenna towers and placing 5 stations on the air. At 2pm local time on Saturday, we will be communicating with thousands of similar setups across the United States and Canada for a period of 24 hours. If you are interested in amateur radio, please come down and check out one of the many aspects of amateur radio. If you have been studying for a license, we will even have an exam for those wishing to obtain or upgrade their license. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.
When: (ALREADY PASSED, THANK YOU!)
Setup June 23rd 2017
Setup Start Time At School Street: Approx 10 AM Field Day Start: June 24th 2017, 2:00 PM Educational Activity: TBD Field Day Picnic: Saturday approx 5:30pm (time may change) VE Session: Saturday 3pm Field Day Ends, Teardown begins: June 25th 2017, Approx 2:00 PM
School Street Park (Confirmed)
Agawam MA, 01001
Lat/Long: 42.073587, -72.592778
Suggested Layout/Map – VISITORS PLEASE USE PARKING
If for some reason you can’t make it to the Field Day in Agawam MA, you can still check out to see if there is a Field Day near you but using the ARRL’s Field Day Locator
Callsign Used: W1NY
Planned Class: 5A
|Co-Chair||Bob Meneguzzo/K1YO||Site layout|
|Co-Chair||Jeff Bail/NT1K||Band Captains|
|Antenna Captain||Rockwell Schrock/WW1X||Checking Antennas|
|Tower Captain||Chris Thornton/W1TRK||Tower Install|
|20||CW||Larry/W1AST||TS-590 (AST)||TX-38/dipole (NY)||WRTC Tent w/ 40/15m|
|40/15||CW||Matt/W1MSW||K3||40-2CD/TX-38 (NY)||WRTC Tent w/ 20m|
|40||SSB||Jeff/NT1K||K3 (1K)||40-2CD (NY)||WRTC Tent|
|20||SSB||John/Kx1x||TBD||TX-38 (NY)||HCRA camper|
Field Day Staff
|Saturday Evening Burgers & Dogs||Faye Krainson||DONE||0|
|Networking and logging (N1MM)||James Saccento (WD1S)||DONE||0|
|Emergency Power-Generators(500)||Jim/KK1W Larry/KD1RV Matt/W1MSW||DONE||500|
|Public Information Table (100)||KB1VSX||DONE||100|
|W1AW Bulletin (100)||Jim/KK1W||DONE||100|
|Message Origination to Section Manager (100)||Nadine/KB1VSX||DONE||100|
|Message Handling (100)||Nadine/KB1VSX||DONE||100|
|Satellite QSO (100)||Gary Thomas (AA1UE)||DONE||100|
|Alternate Power (100)||AL/KB1XG||DONE||100|
|Educational Activity (100)||Gary/AA1UE||DONE||100|
|Media Publicity (100)||Jim/KK1W||DONE||100|
|Site visit from elected official(100)||NONE||0|
|Site visit from a served agency (100)||Nadine/KB1VSX||DONE||100|
|Field Day Youth Participation (60)||James/WD1S BSA||DONE||100|
|Social Media (100)||Jeff/NT1K||DONE||100|
CLAIMED BONUS TOTAL: 1710
Total CW contacts: 1468
Total SSB contacts: 2543
Total CW points: 2936
Total SSB points: 2543
Total Contacts: 4011
Total Contacts Points (X2): 10,958
Total Claimed Points 2017: 12,668
2016 Score (6A): 9592
2015 Score (6A): 9974
2014 Score (6A): 12,558
Pin map of the majority of the contacts made during Field Day 2017
To Do List:
Secure FD Site – NT1K – Done
Station and Site Layout – K1YO – In Progress – Done
Trailer Repair – Repair roof and general maintainece – Planned for early May (NOT DONE!!)
Trailer Cleanup – Planned for early May – Done
Mock antenna assembly – Planned for early May – Done
Purchase needed parts – Done
Purchase/Fabricate different lengths of coax.- Approved – Done
Fabricate Antenna Helpers (Extension to Lift Antenna onto Tower) – NT1K – Done
Alternate Stake Installation – Not Done
Acquire Grill For Cooking – Done KC1V Dontation
VE Exam at Field Day
What could make field day even better is to walk away with a new or upgraded amateur radio license. At the ARRL 2016 Field Day, HCRA/NT1K will be administering a VE Exam. Anyone is welcome to participate
Date has passed (Thank you!)
When: Saturday June 24th 2017
Time: 3:00 PM Approximate
Cost: 15$ (Cash or Check/MO to “ARRL VEC”
A government issued photo ID is required (Drivers License, State ID, Passport, Passcard). If you do not have an photo ID, please bring two forms of ID (SS Card, Utility Bill with current address, etc)
If you are currently licensed, you must bring a photocopy of your current license to be given to the VE Team. If you do not have an offical copy of your license. Please visit the FCC ULS Website and login or create an account to obtain an official copy.
Due to the outdoor environment, there will be noise from Field Day operations, Generators and park usage. We will be un-able to control the noise level . Please keep that in mind if attending
SATURDAY NIGHT PICNIC
BRING A CHAIR
HCRA will be hosting a Saturday night picnic for members and guests in attendance. We will be cooking up Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs along with some snack food. We ask that you help out by bringing something along like snack food (chips) or a desert. It should be a great time with great people. If you are coming just for the picnic, please fill out the volunteer/guest form and check off that you will be attending the picnic. That way we can purchase the proper amount of food and avoiding waste.
A BIG thanks goes out to Larry and Faye Krainson and George for helping to make this possible.
HCRA 2017-2018 RAFFLE WILL KICK OFF AT FIELD DAY
The poll results are in and the members have spoken. This year HCRA will be raffling off the Yaesu FT-891 with ATAS-120A antenna. Combined total of around $1000usd. HCRA will print only 250 tickets and will be available starting this Friday at school street park. Tickets are just $10ea. The item will be raffled at the meeting after all 250 tickets are sold or during the annual MTARA’s hamfest in 2018
DONATE TO HCRA
We’re looking for donations to help cover the costs of field day. Any ammount would be grateful. Money will be used to purchase food, drinks and equipment needed for Field Day. You can use either your credit card or paypal account by clicking the button below. Thank you for your donation!
Resources For Volunteers:
HCRA will be using handheld/portable radios on site for communications. We will be using 146.580MHz/146.595MHz simplex within the ground. We will also be using the K1ZJH repeater (146.7150- PL:100) for talk-ins and to communicate with those outside the park. Please make sure your radios are charged and programmed to support these frequencies
Even though HCRA will be providing tools for each tower/antenna, it’s suggested you bring your own tools that could speed up installation. Tools suggested would be battery powered drill, impact driver w/ screw and socket adapters, metric/SAE hex bits, nut drivers, screwdriver set, knife and gloves. Please use caution when dealing with impact gun to or drill to not strip threads.
We ask that anyone who is visiting and/or volunteering at the FD site to use the parking lots that are located on either school street or Corey street. Do not drive on the pathway into the park/bandshell with the exception of station captains or those bringing in equipment. We will be locking the gate, anyone staying overnight will have the option to bring their vehicle in during the night.
All questions during Field Day should be directed to the appropriate person. Antennas will be directed to Rockwell (WW1X), towers will be directed to Chris (W1TRK), N1MM+ networking will be directed to James (WD1S), Station/Camper location will be directed to Bob (K1YO) and Station captains will be directed to Jeff (NT1K). Please use the radio
Lunch will be provided to volunteers during Friday setup in form of a pizza (possibly from bella napoli in west springfield). If you have any type of allergy, please consider bringing in your own lunch. There will be plenty of water on hand for volunteers. Mark your bottles!
We ask that you leave School Street park better than when we found it. Please pickup your trash and any other trash that you might see during your time at School Street park. Let’s show the people of Agawam how professional and clean we are. Overnight guests should pickup before going to bed.
Below are some links and manuals that will be used at HCRA field day, it’s suggested that you glance over them to get a general idea of assembly and installation of the towers and antennas
AB- 577 Tower Manual– 17Mb PDF – HCRA will Be using up to 4 towers
Cushcraft 40-2CD Manual – 1.6Mb PDF- 2-el Beam for 40m, We will be using 2 beams. One for CW and the other for SSB. Already partially assembled
TX-38 “WRTC Style” Assembly – 5.2Mb PDF- Tri-band (10/15/20) beam used in FD. Antennas are already pre-assembled.
TX-38 (Tri-Band) Beam Manual – 3.3Mb PDF – Full manual for the TX-38 Beam. Antennas are partially assembled for Field Day. Please use “WRTC Style” assembly file instead.
ARRL Field Day Website – Weblink – Operators will be able to find rules and guidelines