Almost Field Day – Outdoor Radio Thoughts 14 - June - 2012Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled.
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Not much over a week until ARRL Field Day 2012 and like most interest hams thoughts are on outdoor operations.
For many it is an annual exercise pulling out the same well honed Field Day set-up – some clubs have been practicing in the run up to the event.
For many it is a weekend of “where is that adaptor? Do we have another ground rod? Why is this generator all gummed up? Did you know that xyz is broken this year, again?” and similar frustrations.
For a few brave ones they will get up Field Day Saturday and start pulling gear to take and set up. Minimal plan and much experimenting.
This year I would like to try out several different field deployable antennas I haven’t spent much time with (or in two cases haven’t spent any time with) as my personal theme & goal.
Will have to see if the rest of the local club will put up with my doing this!
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Mancorad W9DK’s 2009 Field Day Host – Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) released the following to the media today:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Radio enthusiasts ‘ham’ it up at LTC
CLEVELAND — Lakeshore Technical College and Manitowoc County “hams” joined thousands of amateur radio operators across the globe and beyond June 27-28 in connecting with the world and showing off their emergency communications capabilities.
The local Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day event was hosted by the Manitowoc County Radio Club and held at LTC’s emergency operations center, which serves primarily as a training simulation facility and can function as an EOC in the event of a real emergency. ManCoRad members spent 24 hours in the 3-year-old facility, proving their ability to send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet and other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.
ManCoRad members have been participating in the Field Day competition for several years, in the past setting up shop at Silver Creek Park in Manitowoc. This year, members said their new location at LTC made them a “more desirable” group for other hams to connect with because they were in a registered EOC.
The highlight of this year’s event came when club members used a home-built satellite antenna to connect with a Canadian astronaut living on the International Space Station. ManCoRad board member Steve Weinert said the experience was a “huge thrill” for the group.
“The 10 hours of labor put into making the antenna combined with the anxiety of waiting over a year to use the antenna didn’t go to waste and finally paid off with a single contact,” said Martin Suettinger, vice president of the club. “Making a contact with an astronaut on Field Day has its own reward – one that I will probably remember for the rest of my life.”
ManCoRad members finished the Field Day event with 295 total contacts — amounting to 160 percent more than the previous year. More than 14 club members actively participated, with an additional group stopping to provide support. Club members range in age from their teens to their 90s.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering 100 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing educational opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland; additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc and LTC Sheboygan; outreach centers at area high schools in Kiel, Mishicot, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 79 percent of LTC graduates work in the LTC District, which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee counties. Visit LTC at: http://www.gotoltc.edu.
Photo: ManCoRad Field Day at LTC.jpg
Manitowoc County Radio Club President Rich Weyer, right, and club board member Steve Weinert connect with other ham radio operators June 27 from Lakeshore Technical College’s emergency operations center. The local club spent the weekend participating in the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day event, which is both a competition and an exercise in emergency preparedness.
CQ Field Day this is VA3CSA 2 - July - 2009Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled.
Tags: Field Day, International Space Station, ISS, K9ZW, KC9JGE, Lakeshore Technical College, LTC, Mancorad, VA3CSA, W9DK
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“CQ Field Day this is VA3CSA aboard the International Space Station” was the call Marty KC9JGE heard. As the “Mr Satellite” for the Mancorad W9DK Field Day effort, he had personally built the antennas & programed the equipment.
When VA3CSA came back to W9DK … well read Marty’s account in his PDF write up!
W9DK Field Day 09 Progress 27 - June - 2009Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW.
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Field Day is going VERY well for Mancorad W9DK
We’ve logged more than all of last year in our first 10 hours, learned much and are having a lot of fun!
The GOTA Station is a hit, and seems to have a fine performing antenna – better than the permanent ones!
More after the event!
W9DK Mancorad 2009 Field Day Poster 22 - June - 2009Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW.
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We’ve worked the ARRL’s wonderful artwork in a couple simple Field Day posters.
NEWS RELEASE – “Radio Hams” from Manitowoc County join in national deployment – Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 – 28, 2009 18 - June - 2009Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW.
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For Immediate Release
For additional information contact: Steve Weinert , K9ZW, Mancorad Board Member
“Radio Hams” from Manitowoc County join in national deployment
Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 – 28
Manitowoc, WI June 18, 2009 – Manitowoc County W9DK Mancorad Radio Club’s “hams” will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities the weekend of June 27th & 28th.
Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham radio” – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property.
When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 27 – 28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Manitowoc County’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.
This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and back yards around the country. Their slogan, “Ham radio works when other systems don’t! ” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.
“We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather’s radio anymore,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. And besides that – it’s fun!”
In the Manitowoc Lakeshore area, the W9DK Mancorad Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Public Safety Building at Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) Cleveland Campus on Saturday June 27th through Sunday June 28th. Between Noon and 3:30 pm Saturday June 27th they specially invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
Saturday June 27th at 2 pm a short classroom presentation on the effective “Hamcram” Mancorad amateur radio licensing class will off detailed information on how you can become involved as a licensed ham operator.
The Mancorad W9DK Radio Club & LTC activation is specially noteworthy being an activation of a full EOC (Emergency Operations Center) LTC built for the training of emergency leadership from around the country. The EOC is located in the Public Safety Building on the East side of the LTC Campus and features full emergency generator power backup, dedicated EOC Ham Radio Equipment and is one of very few taring EOCs. Some power for this special event will come from the alternate energy generation of LTC’s wind turbine.
There are over 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org For information on Mancorad W9DK, including information on how to earn a ham radio license, go to www.w9dk.com Lakeshore Technical College information can be found at www.gotoltc.edu The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!