Field Day 2017 Approaches!

Hi folks, 
 
First and foremost, the Club Field Day web page can be found here: 
 
http://k8bxq.org/fieldday 
 
Field Day 2017 is 45 days out and it's time to start thinking about club participation.  We will be setting up at the Roth Family Woodlot in Tedrow/Wauseon again this year, and since we usually only run the 24 hour period, we can begin setup after 8:00pm on Thursday, June 22.  Remember the event starts on Saturday, June 25 at 2:00pm. 
 
If you are bringing your rig and are planning on running the full 24 hour contest, let us know what bands and modes you are capable of running (remember your license class restrictions, you can only run where you are licensed for).  If you have a laptop for running the logging software please bring it along, along with your rig and antenna system.  Make sure to bring plenty of power extension cords to tie into the generator, as well as plenty of antenna feed line so we are not setting up on top of each other. 
 
On the note of laptops, we run a networked logging software which aids immensely in filing the report with the ARRL, as well as keeping track of who is running on the allowed bands and modes.  This software will work work with Mac, Windows, and Linux. 
 
Please keep in mind we run 100 watts or less to stay in our category.  If you are not planning on running the full length of contest, please note that in your reply.  Consider sharing antenna/rig space with another participant that might also want to only run part of the time.  Remember that we are restricted to only three simultaneous modes on each band: CW, Digital, and Phone.  All bands are open except 12, 17, 30, and 60. 
 
If this is your first time running Field Day, or if you have been doing this for years, please take the time to read through the contest rules here: 
 
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2017/2017_Field_Day_Packet_-_with_Logo-2.pdf
 
I'll try to put out routine updates on where we stand and what our participant count will be.  We ran a 7A last year, and I suspect we will be around the same again this year. 
 
A quick note on bonus points, the following points are up for grabs.  Please take time to read through these, we are looking for people to volunteer in certain rolls and are also looking for additional information on if we might qualify for some of these points: 
 
1. 100% emergency power (100 points per transmitter): Covered.  We claim this every year since we run a generator.
 
2. Media Publicity (100 points): Volunteer Needed! The ARRL has a pretty easy to follow press release.  A club member would need to take the press release in the ARRL packet, alter any club related specifics, and send it out to newspapers in and around the county.
 
3. Public Location (100 points): Covered. We have claimed this in the past
 
4. Information Table (100 points): Volunteer Needed! We are looking for someone to take this on, any help would be appreciated, I can give you pointers on what I have done in the past.  This is a fun task if you want to help out, but don't want to run.  You would also act as a liaison for any visitors, explaining the contest and other aspects of the event.
 
5. Formal message origination to section manager (100 points): Volunteer Needed! We have not tried to get this in the past, but it might be worthwhile with all of the emergency traffic passing we have done in the past.  See the rules.
 
6. Message Handling (10 points per):  Volunteer Needed! We have never done this in the past either, see rules from ARRL for info. 
 
7. Satellite QSO (100 points for one QSO): Volunteer Needed! Must be successfully complete, see the ARRL rules, I do not believe we have ever done this in the past, I don't believe the ISS counts.  There are several of us that have dabbled in satellite communications, now may be a good time to test those skills
 
8. Alternate Power (100 points for 5 QSOs): Worthwhile?  Very specific requirements, check the rule packet, but might be a fun one for someone to try if you have access to Solar Panels or some other alt power source.
 
9. W1AW Bulletin (100 points): Covered.  We tend to get this every year from a CW or Digital station. 
 
10. Education Activity (100 points): Volunteer Needed!  Another bonus we've given up in the past few years.  If you think you have a good topic to present, please let us know.  Check the ARRL Field Day packet for ideas.  If you want to present a Education Activity, make sure to schedule the time accordingly on Saturday. 
 
11. Elected Official Site Visitation (100 points): Volunteer Needed! We usually ask Paul Barnaby out, which is always nice to have him stop by, but he is no longer an elected official.  We need someone who might have a good line of communication to invite an official out.
 
12. Agency Official Site Visitation (100 points): Volunteer Needed!  We have invited our past county EMA director, Heather, out in previous years.  We need someone to take this on, see the rules packet for suggestions. 
 
13. GOTA (complex point structure): Volunteer Needed!  If we do this again, we need a dedicated member to be present at the station, and it should be more then just one new HAM taking part.  If we should only plan on declaring this if we have a firm commitment from someone to manage that station. 
 
14. Web Submission of Points (50 points): Covered. We do this every year.
 
15. Youth Participation (complex point structure, see rules): Volunteer Needed! We have never filed this bonus either.  See the ARRL packet for details, and let us know if you have suggestions.  It might be nice to have a youth group like the Scouts out to make some contacts.  This could work in conjunction with the GOTA station.
 
16. Social Media (100 points): Covered.  This is pretty easy, but we need to actively post updates on social media (Twitter/Facebook/G+) to qualify.  We did this last year with very little effort.
 
17. Safety Office (100 points): Volunteer Needed! The ARRL has outlined various safety precautions for the event in the Field Day Packet.  A designated person must sign off and produce a written statement indicating the club has adhered to safety measures.  Please see the Rules Packet on this.  If you think you might want to take on this roll, let us know ASAP! 
 
We have a club meeting next Monday, so bring your ideas along regarding Field Day!
 
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Craig Szczublewski - KD8KBU