Last Month’s Program
Submitted by Dan Lasley, NE7JN, contributions by Michael Knight, KK4IOH
May's club program was "Field Day, 2016," presented by Delta's Vice President, Michael Knight,
KK4IOH. Because Michael's presentation was clear and succinct, I will borrow heavily from it in
the description below.
2016's Field Day will be Saturday, June 25th, and Sunday, June 26th, at 7771 Poplar Pik
Germantown, TN, behind the Pickering Center. Set up operations begin at 8am (CDT) Saturday with
on-the-air operations commencing at noon Saturday and ending at 3pm Sunday, followed by tear down
This year the Nashoba Club is joining Delta Club, MARA, and the Tri-State Repeater
Association in Field Day operations.
The Field Day objective: "To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands
(excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in
less than optimal conditions."
Michael explained the rationale for Field Day:
Training and Practice Operating
Recruit New Hams
Demonstrating Our capabilities
Experimentation with Antennas and Power Solutions
We will have a dedicated Get On The Air (GOTA) station again this year. Michael says, "T GOTA
station may be operated by any person licensed since the previous year's Field Day, regardless of
license class. It may also be operated by a generally inactive licensee. Non- licensed persons may
participate under the direct supervision of an appropriate control operator."
Our capabilities will include voice, CW, digital, satellite, packet and APRS demos, and networking
The Field Day operation accumulates points for on-air contacts: phone contacts count one point,
and CW and digital contacts count two points. We accumulate additional points in
number of other ways, such as youth participation, using 100% emergency power, media publicity,
satellite QSOs, and more.
How you can help:
operate a voice or CW station
greet the public
act as tour guides for the public
loan batteries for the event duration
help with set up or tear down (or bot
Photo by Dan Lasley, NE7JN.
Thanks to Michael for an interesting and informative program.
Delta Amateur Radio Club June 2016 Sparks