Field day is here!

The 2018 Field day is here!

The Blue Ridge ARS welcomes any and all to come out and see what we are all about. Setup begins on site at 10am, operations begin at 2pm, dinner is at 5:30pm. Even if you don’t have a license, we will let you get on the air, who knows, you might find a new hobby!

Field day information

2018 Field Day update

We are still looking for people to SIGN UP to help with Field Day activities and to RSVP for Saturday dinner.

Additionally, for those that would like to attend a class on basic FM VHF/UHF simplex and repeater analog radio operations, one will be held
at the field day site. This class will be for newcomers, as well as those looking to obtain an amateur radio License. Stay tuned for the start time.

Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society 2018 Field Day Announcement

The Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society invites you to its 2018 Field Day activities:

Where
128 Pastorale Drive, Chesnee, SC 29323 (access via I-85 or SC 11)

When
Set up begins at 10.00 AM on Saturday 23 June
Field Day operating activities begin at 2.00 PM +/- on Saturday, June 23rd through 2.00 PM Sunday, June 24th

What to bring
Yourself
Your radio equipment and antenna system to set up and operate if you would like

On-site Power and Communications
The club will provide 4 KW (4000 watts) of 120 Vac. in the form of 2, 2 KW (2000 watts) generator sets along with drop cords
You are welcome to bring power generating equipment such as batteries, generators, solar panels & etc if you would like
Talk in frequency will be on 146.610
Site simplex frequency will be on 147.610

Camping / Sleep Accommodations
For those that wish to do so, dry RV camping as well as tent camping is allowed
Onsite bathroom and shower facilities are also available

Food
Sandwiches and drinks to be consumed during set up, operations, and tear-down will be provided by the Club
Supper will be provided by our host in the form of a smoked chicken dinner and served between 5:30pm and 6pm
A grill will be available for those that would like to bring their own food to cook

Note: If you plan to attend the Saturday supper, please contact Nathan Allison by phone or email, to allow for a head count

We Need Your Assistance With
1) Friday morning / early afternoon: Acquire computers … test and verify
2) Friday evening: Pickup & transport equipment from Club Building to Field Day Site
3) Saturday morning: Pickup and transport dry ice, drinks and sandwiches
4) Saturday morning / early afternoon: Field day talk in net controller
5) Saturday morning / early afternoon : Set up computers and network system
6) Saturday morning / early afternoon: Set up power, radios and antenna systems
7) Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon: Operating at one of the stations
8) Sunday afternoon: Site tear-down
9) Sunday afternoon: Transport club equipment from the Field Day site to Club Building

Please use our Signup form for scheduling the times that you would like to work the SSB, CW and/or Digital stations, or to help with any of the items above. Some of the items will need to be coordinated prior to Saturday, if you are willing to help with those items, please call Nathan Allison (864.884.1373) for details. All help would be appreciated!

Questions
Contact Nathan (KJ4RQZ) at nallison1107@outlook.com or 864.884.1373

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!!!

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