Field Day 2017

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The annual event called, Field Day, occurs every June, when more than 40,000 in North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and nation. Field day has been an annual event since 1933, and is sponsored by the ARRL., the national association for Amateur Radio. It is a picnic, a camp-out, a practice for emergencies and just plain FUN. During Field Day, “Hams” (as FCC Licensed Operators are sometimes referred to), practice the many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) type skills and knowledge that allow us to serve our communities and Nation during times of disasters. It provides practice of emergency response capabilities for times when there may be no electrical power, cell phone, internet or e-mail. Using only emergency power, Hams construct emergency stations in public locations such as parks, city halls as well as backyards, and use them to establish communications from across the city to as far away as Canada or other countries around the world. In addition to using voice transmissions, many digital (or PC) types of transmissions are used, looking much like the Internet, except it is “over the air”, and independent of public power stations and public phone lines and cable. Even Morse Code is used over the air, as it can be one of the simplest but yet very effective ways to quickly communicate.

In the Olathe, Kansas area, the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Ensor Park and Museum at 18995 W. 183rd Street, Olathe, KS 66062 on June 24-25, 2017.

We invite the public to come and see ham radio’s STEM type activities, and learn how to get their own FCC radio license, and be part of the solution for the next disaster. The club’s FCC Station Call Sign is: KS0KS – and will be used by all our stations except the GOTA (Get-On-The-Air) station. The GOTA station is for the general public, a new Ham, or a Ham who has been inactive for a while. It is for introducing the Public or non-licensed persons to experience first-hand the fun of amateur radio by allowing them to GET ON THE AIR (GOTA) and talk around the USA and the world. The public is welcome to sit and talk on-the-air using the GOTA station. You never know where the next contact may be from( Texas, New York or even Canada?). The GOTA station will have a licensed control operator on hand to help the public, and will use a special call sign.

sftarc trailerl019At our Field Day at Ensor Park and Museum, you'll see one of the Voice Stations in our big trailer. We want you to feel free to knock, step inside, see and hear contacts from around the USA and beyond!).

 

 

EZ-Up awnings will be over other stations on the grounds at the Ensor Park and Museum.

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 As you walk from station to station, we'll explain about our tower and directional “yagi” antenna. We'll point out other antennas as well, which may be strung from trees, while others are small and are supported by pipes in the ground. In the background, you will hear the purr of the gasoline generator supplying power to all the stations. Using power only from our generator is how we practice being ready to endure a true emergency.

The public can just "drop by" for a brief "visit" or a "day of fun".

Club members and guests can sign up here:  Santa Fe Trail SignUpGenius (may require creating a quick account if you don't have one yet)   [ This link is also on the front SFTARC Web Page]

For more information, please visit www.arrl.org, or the club’s web site at www.sftarc.org.