2017 Field Day Information

ARRL Field Day 2017 logo
ARRL Field Day 2017

At the 5 June BRARS meeting the members in attendance chose the Ivy Acres RV Park site as the location for our 2017 Field Day operations. Here are the details:

Ivy Acres
201 Ivy Acres Dr
Piedmont, SC 29673
864.220.9680

Our area will be located in the southeast corner of the property.

Field Day 2017 Overview
Field Day 2017 Overview
Field Day 2017 RV Park View
Field Day 2017 RV Park View

Important Note:
The property owner has requested that if you are driving to the Field Day site, that once there, you park for the term of our operations. He wants to avoid significant traffic across the grassy area to preserve the area and prevent erosion. The same applies to picnic-goer traffic.

Camping options:
At the Field Day site: Tent camping, RV and Camper “dry” camping with Porta-potty, electricity from generators, batteries, or solar panels, bring your own water.

On the property: Limited number of RV and Camper “full hook up” sites available at $35 / night…call Ivy Acres to book your space as soon as you can

Note: David Pearson (KJ4YQK) is offering a special Field Day incentive
He will donate a 2017 ARRL Field Day t-shirt to the first ten members who sign up for site setup and tear down

If you want to sign up for a t-shirt, contact David at: david@saludalabs.com
T-shirt information is available at: 2017 Field Day shirts

2017 Volunteer Signup for Operator Position(s)/Time(s) and Setup/Teardown

Schedule of Events:

Saturday 24 June 2017

  • 10.00 AM: Begin set up at the Field Day site
  • 2.00 PM: Begin Field Day Operations
  • 6.00 PM: BRARS Club picnic begins – bring a covered dish (yes with something in it) to pass

Sunday 25 June 2017

  • 2.00 PM: End Field Day Operations
  • 2.01 PM: Begin site tear down and clean up

Site Photos

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 1

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 2

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 3

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 4

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 5

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 6

If you have any questions, contact Robert (WR8RW) on 864.663.9792 or by e-mail at wr8rw@mail.com.

Field Day 2017

Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society – 2017 Field Day Site Hunt
We are in need of your assistance to help find a 2017 Field Day site! We want to vote on our Field Day site location at the May 2017 meeting. The criteria for a Field Day site are:
-Is located in Greenville County
-Has sufficient trees for some level of shade and mounting of antennas
-Is not located on a paved lot
-Is easily accessible by vehicles with two-wheel drive
-Will accommodate camping (tents, RVs, or camper-trailers)
-Will accommodate portable toilets if necessary

Do you have a site in mind that meets the criteria above, if so:
-Contact the property owner to inquire if they would be willing to host us
-Take photographs of the site from various perspectives
-Provide basic information about the site such as location, elevation, etc.
– Send the information to Robert (WR8RW) at: wr8rw@mail.com

Thanks and 73 for your help!!!

The February 2016 Meeting

We had a great turn out tonight at the BRARS Regular meeting, we had 12 guest and a total of 30. Our Program was a video on D-Star and thanks to Tommy, KV4TH for bringing his equipment, A D-Star Handhelp and a Raspberry Pi with the DV Mega.

Ifyou would like a copy of the video as it was shown, drop me an email and I’ll give you a link….  kd4dra@gmail.com

Thanks for making this the best Club in the Upstate

Rick
KD4DRA

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Winter Field Day Set for January 30-31

There really is a Winter Field Day, and this year, it takes place over the January 30-31 weekend, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA). The annual event’s stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it’s also a great opportunity to operate in the great outdoors. The WFDA describes itself as a dedicated group of Amateur Radio operators who believe that getting ready for emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that take place at ARRL Field Day each June, all while taking some additional unique operational concerns into account. The WFDA points out that disasters are unpredictable, and its goal is to help enhance operators’ skills and prepare for all environmental conditions typically found in the US and Canada throughout the entire year.

http://www.arrl.org/news/winter-field-day-set-for-january-30-31

The BRARS next meeting

Hello Members and non Members

You are invited to the Next Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society Meeting
When: February 6th @ 7:30pm
Location: 940 Grove Road, Greenville SC (South of the G’Ville Memorial)

At this meeting Robert, WR8RW will have a presentation.

Come Early for the Donuts….

SC QSO Party this weekend

Hello BRARS Members or Anyone

Please share this week, on the nets, or spread the word,  that the South Carolina QSO Party will be on the air on Saturday, September 19th from 10am through 11pm.

You can visit www.scqso.com for all the details..

We have totally redesigned the QSO Party this year and we need know who’s coming to the party. You can RSVP by going to www.scqso.com

If anyone can operate mobile, we’d love to have more mobiles..

Please let me know of any questions.

73s Dave WN4AFP

Dave Edmonds
PK Ministry Webs
864.288.6678
dave@pkministrywebs.com

The Road Show Amateur Radio Club

The Road Show Amateur Radio Club, will operate a special event station and they are asking for some volunteer operators or just some help.

Place: The North Carolina Mountain State Fair
Sep 10-Sep 21, 1300Z-0100Z, N4F, Fletcher, NC. The Road Show Amateur Radio Club. 7.245; 40 20 15 10 meters. Certificate & QSL. Bill Van Nuys, N4OOC, 57 Echo Lake Dr, Fairview, NC 28730. Check club website throughout the event for current operating frequencies on 40, 20,15, and 10 meters. Send SASE for QSL, large SASE ($0.98 postage) and $5 for QSL and Certificate. www.theroadshowarc.com

Video from HamRadioNow: http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_Episode_0171.html

News from the ARRL

New Rules for 5 MHz (60 Meters) To Go Into Effect March 5

From the ARRL:

In summarizing the new rules, the FCC explained that the new rules amend the current rules to facilitate more efficient and effective use by the Amateur Radio Service of five channels in the 5330.5-5406.4 kHz band (the 60 meter band): “Specifically, and consistent with our proposals in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding, the Commission replaces one of the channels with a less encumbered one, increases the maximum authorized power amateur stations may transmit in this band and authorizes amateur stations to transmit three additional emission designators. Continue reading “News from the ARRL”