Field Day 2012

Oakville ARC Field Day 2012

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The Oakville ARC will be operating Field Day this year from The Tyrell A picnic site on the West side of Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Access is via the West gate ( Burl-Oak) During public hours 8am-10pm. We have exclusive use of the west side park through the night hours 10pm-8am.

3A stations call will be VE3HB,
GOTA will be VE3OKV

Field Day co-coordinator will be George, VE3OGP

Station Captains
CW – Harry VE3EC
Phone – Greg VE3GGF
Digital – Peter VE3HG
VHF/UHF – Derek VE3DDL

BBQ – Jeff VA3CQC (supported by Mike C VE3QSK)

PLANNING MEETING AND WORK PARTIES

The ARES team has been kind enough to allow us to use part of their meeting Sunday 17 June for field day planning. This planning meeting will begin at 3pm on Sunday 17 June and end by 5pm. If you have had enough of fathers day by the afternoon, please come on over – Halton regional police station on Dundas , west of Trafalgar.

Work parties begin on site (picnic area Tyrell A) at 8am. A hearty breakfast can be had at Cora’s in the Dorval Crossing East Plaza beginning at 6am

Please check in with George on site for assignments. There’s lots to do before we go live at 2pm.

CLASS OF ENTRY

We are currently planning a class 3A operation, meaning 3 full-time simultaneously active stations, not including the GOTA (“Get On The Air” station) and a vhf/uhf station operating above 50 MHz .

TENTATIVE STATION PLANS

The breakdown of stations will be something like the following:

CW: Harry VE3EC et all. Attract CW ringers and feed them coffee until they collapse. Repeat as required. Contesters we need ya! Also this Station needs logistical support, no CW required. See Rod or George.

PHONE: Greg VE3GGF. Lots of patience and the vocal endurance of a Vegas Auctioneer… Yelling helps only in your mind… Again, operators needed. See Greg.

DIGITAL: Peter, VE3HG. It’s digital, it must be cool. PSK31 and RTTY if the rig can take the heat… Come try it out, see Peter or Rod H.

GOTA Station: The Get On The Air (GOTA) station will operate under a separate callsign from our general operations, using “VE3OKV ” The GOTA station can support multiple operators and is intended to be a low pressure environment for less experienced operators to learn to operate in a Field Day situation. It’ll be fun, although we do hope that the station will achieve maximum contacts permissible for the GOTA station under the rules (400) GOTA (get on the air station to be operated exclusively by operators with limited operating experience) – will operate, probably 15 and 20 ssb, until it makes 400 contacts.

VHF/UHF Station: Derek and his magic red trailer will be on site to work VHF/UHF. Derek may not be available till afternoon so we may have to pitch in for a rapid setup

EMERGENCY POWER

As in the past, George is busy collecting generators.
we will need to borrow from club members additional heavy gauge power cords and power strips to distribute the power around the Field Day site.
Bring yours if you have them ( as with all gear, mark it clearly with your Callsign)

COAX

If you have lengths of 8X or other quality coax please bring them along in your trunk (Marked with your callsign…) – JUST in CASE…

PARTICIPANTS

So far, we have not had a chance to contact many of you individually to determine whether you are interested in participating this year and, if so, in what role.
IF YOU DO PLAN ON PARTICIPATING, PLEASE SEND GEORGE (oarc.fd@interhop.net) AN EMAIL AND LET US KNOW (A) THAT YOU PLAN ON PARTICIPATING, AND (B) WHAT TYPE OF INVOLVEMENT YOU DESIRE.

OTHER BONUS POINTS

Bonus points are a very important part of our Field Day score. Please let us know ASAP if you are interested in coordinating bonus points, generally, or leading the charge on any particular category. We will review our bonus point plans at the June 17th meeting.

Bonus point categories include (each worth 100 points unless otherwise mentioned):

100% emergency power – 100 points for each transmitter (other than GOTA station and “free” VHF/UHF station)
Media publicity – John McKay VA3BL
Public location – we take the position that Bronte Creek, as a provincial park, is a public location. Points!
Public information table – volunteers – NV? (?) located in the info tent
Message origination to ARRL section manager – ?
Message handling – 10 points for each message, up to a maximum of 100 points – ARES ?
Satellite QSO – ?
Alternate power – generally use battery charged by solar cell – ?
W1AW bulletin – ?
Non-tradition mode demonstrations – 100 points per mode up to 300 – ?
Site visitation by an elected official – lets beat the drum on this – mayor?
Site visitation by a representative of an agency – a park official or OPP officer may count here
GOTA maximum achieved – 100 points if GOTA station makes at least 100 contacts
Web submission – 50 bonus points for submitting results via web
Youth particpation

LOGGING SOFTWARE

We will use WriteLog again this year as our logging software to simplify networking and voice keying at the phone & CW stations.
If anyone with appropriate experience is interest in coordinating this critical set-up item, please let us know.
GOTA will use a separate logging program not networked with other stns.

The Digital station may be trying out iPads this year – it’s a work in progress.

CONCLUSION

So, things are shaping up for another fine Field Day. If you desire to participate and have not yet let us know, please send an email to Rod Hardman VE3RHF@gmail.com. And/ or George
oarc.fd@interhop.net
Also, please let us know if you have any preferences for FD activity (e.g., operating ssb or cw, etc.)

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