Field Day 2016



Anyone And Everyone Is Welcome To Attend

Everything is in place for a fantastic Field Day
Bands are quiet, weather will be dry and we have food!
Come on down this weekend for ham radio FUN!


Have you ever wanted to try out Amateur Radio but didn’t know anyone involved or know how to get involved yourself? Are you a ham radio operator that will be in the area looking for something to do? The Hampden County Radio Association will be holding a field day right in Agawam Massachusetts on June 25th and 26th. Anyone is welcome to stop by and check it out and even participate. We will be having multiple stations on the air trying to make contact with other operators doing the same thing. This would be the perfect chance to get your feet wet as well as meeting many area operators.


  • Setup June 24th 2016
    Setup Start Time At School Street: Approx 10 AM
  • Field Day Start: June 25th 2016, 2:00 PM
  • Educational Activity: Setting up a portable station (NPOTA, SOTA, etc, 4:00 PM
  • Field Day Picnic: 5:00 PM
  • VE Session: June 25th 2016, 6:00 PM
  • Field Day Ends, Teardown begins: June 26th 2016, Approx 2:00 PM

Thank you for attending!


School Street Park.
School Street
Agawam MA, 01001
Lat/Long: 42.073587, -72.592778


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.

Aerial Video Of HCRA’s Field Day at School Street Park

Thanks to Jim Mullen (KK1W) for the footage

HCRA Field Day Picnic


For 2016, HCRA is bringing back food to Field Day thanks to Alan (AB1XW).
We will be serving up burgers and hot dogs for the operators, members and guests
That will be coming to field day. If you are a member, please stop by and support your club. It’s encouraged that you bring a side item to share.

When: Saturday June 25th
Time: 5:00 PM

VE Session


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

When: Saturday June 25th 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Weather Permitting

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 . 


Callsign Used: W1NY
Planned Class: 6A (expected – check actual class before start)
Section: WMA

Station Setup

Band Mode Captain Rig Antenna Shelter
75/15 SSB Rockwell/WW1X FT-2000 (MDW) TX-38/dipole (NY) WRTC tent #2 (NY)
80/20/10 CW Larry/W1AST TS-590 (AST) TX-38/dipole (NY) WRTC tent #3 (1W)
40/15 CW James/WD1S TS-590 (1S) 40-2CD/TX-38 (NY) WRTC tent #3 (1W)
40 SSB Jeff/NT1K K3 (1K) 40-2CD/TX-38 (NY) WRTC tent #2(NY)
10 SSB Jeff/NT1K KX3 (1K) TX-38 (NY) WRTC WRTC tent #2 (NY)
20 SSB Larry/KD1RV TS-590s TX-38 (NY) Camper (XG)
6 SSB Rich/KC1AEO FT-857D 5el Yagi (SEP) Tent (SEP

Other Modes?

Field Day Staff

Position Name/Call Result
Tower Captain Dave/AA1YW Thanks
Antenna Captain Jim/KK1W Thanks
VE Session Jeff/NT1K;Steve/N1SR;Jim/KK1W Done 
Saturday Evening Burgers & Dogs Alan/AB1XW Done
Sunday Morning Pancakes Faye Krainson Done
Networking and logging (N1MM) Jeff/NT1K Done
Emergency Power-Generators(500) AA1YW;KK1W;KD1RV;N1KXR Done 600pts
Public Information Table (100) Laurie/KB1WQK Done 100pts
W1AW Bulletin (100) Jim/KK1W Done 100pts
Message Origination to Section Manager (100) Nadine/KB1VSX Done 100pts
Message Handling (100) Nadine/KB1VSX Done 100pts
Satellite QSO (100) ? None 0pts
Alternate Power (100) Frandy/N1FJ Done 100pts
Educational Activity (100)  Frandy/N1FJ Done 100pts
Media Publicity (100) Jim/KK1W Done 100pts
Web Submission(50) Jeff/NT1K Planned 50pts
Site visit from elected official(100) ? None 0pts
Site visit from a served agency (100) Tom/N1MUV
Field Day Youth Participation (100) Rachel;Tom Thanks 20pts 
Safety Officer (100) Bruce/KB1TLX Done 100pts
Social Media (100) Jeff/NT1K;Jim/KK1W Done 100pts

Setup Crew

Name/Call Name/Call Name/Call
Jeff/NT1K Karl/KB1RXO Jackie/K1DDA
Bruce/KB1TLX Juergen/NV1Q Dave/AA1YW
Harold/N1FTP Frandy/N1FJ Chris/KC1BDL
Al/KB1XG Rockwell/WW1X Jim/KK1W
Dave/WM1B Karl/KB1RXO Larry/KD1RV


Name/Call Name/Call Name/Call
Chris/KB1RMA Tom/KD2IUZ John/Kx1x
Larry/W1AST James/WD1S Sean/WA1TE
Chris/KB1WKI Jeff/NT1K Matt/W1MSW
Earl/KD1UU Larry/KD1RV Nadine/KB1VSX
Chris/KC1BDE Jim/KK1W Frandy/N1FJ
Rockwell/WW1X James/KC2FEV Kiely/K2KHA
Matt/W2MDW Harold/N1FTP Al/KB1XG
Rich/KC1AEO Deb/KD2IUY Rachael/NoCall


FD Results

FD16-ContactsMapMap of HCRA FD Contacts

Total CW Contacts:  1058
Total SSB Contacts: 1743
Total Digital Contacts: 21
Total Contacts: 2,822

Planned Class 6A

Total On Air Operators: 25

SSB Points (X1): 1743
CW/Digi Pints (X2): 2116
Sub Total: 3859

W/ Power Mult (X3): 7802
Bonus Points: 1790

Claimed 2016 Total:  9592
2015 Total: 9974
Difference of 382 points