2017 Field Day – Update

More than once, during past years, Field Day was held in the pouring down rain.  It is, after all, the Pacific Northwest.  Other years have been beautiful.  Field Day 2017 looks to be perhaps the hottest field day so far.  Temperatures for set up on Friday will be around 83 degrees with Saturday temps rising to 91 and Sunday to a possible 97 degrees!

Below is the Field Day schedule as of this time:

Friday:  Field Day set up starting at 5:30 pm.  Meet at Borst Park, Shelter #1 where we will place equipment and vehicles, set up wire antennas, set up radio equipment and raise the 15 meter tower and beam.

Saturday:  Breakfast at 8 am (provided by LC ARES Bill Harwell) (and some of Evelyn’s great cinnamon rolls).  Finish setting up all equipment prior to going on the air at 11 am.  Hidden transmitter hunt at 3 pm (bring your HT).  Potluck and hamburger/hot dog dinner to begin around 5:30 pm.

Sunday:  Breakfast at 8 am (provided by LC ARES Bill Harwell) (and some of Evelyn’s great cinnamon rolls).  Continue radio contacts until 11 am.  After 11 am, take down of all equipment and head for home.

Safety note:  There will be plenty of water in the cooler on site throughout the weekend.  Take time to hydrate yourself thoroughly and often.  Dress for the weather.  Sunscreen and a hat might also be a good idea.  If the temperatures are too warm for you, feel free to go home.  Take care of yourself and watch for symptoms of heat issues among others.  This event should be fun and is not supposed to be dangerous.

June 19th ARES Training

Our next Amateur Radio Emergency Services training will be on Monday, June 19th.  We will meet in Fort Borst Park at or near shelter #1 where next weekend’s Field Day event will take place (shelter #1 is next to the lake in Borst Park which is next to the freeway).  Net check in will begin at 6 pm with training to begin at 6:30 pm.

We will spend some time going over July Summerfest activities as well as Field Day operations and timelines.  Please make sure you watch the “Unprepared” video and the Boston Marathon net control audio clip sent earlier as we will discuss them.  Part of Monday evening will deal with net control operations for our team as well as exercise scheduling for the summer.  Finally, we will talk about what a 48-72 hour go-bag might look like specifically for Centralia ARES deployment – especially as it pertains to our current oil train disaster training.

Bring your standard training supplies: go-bag, HT, field resource manuals and vests.  Bring a folding chair as there will be limited seating and dress for the weather.


Paul, Ke7PCB, Completes Motorcycle Radio Installation

Paul installed the Diamond NR770HA antenna on his cargo box

ARES team member, Paul Barwick, KE7PCB, just completed a very nice amateur radio installation on his sweet little Suzuki 650 Burgman motorcycle.  Looking for a simple and smaller sized radio, Paul searched the internet and found the Yaesu FTM-10R 2 meter radio.  The “M” means it was specially designed for motorcycle installations.  The detachable head is smaller, taking up less room on motorcycle handlebars.

Yaesu FTM-10R fits great on the motorcycle handlebars

The main part of the radio easily fits in the storage area under the motorcycle’s seat and wiring was completed easily without drilling any holes at all.  Paul bought the Diamond NR770HA antenna and mounted it on the back storage box.  Communications are wireless using the Bluetooth system in his motorcycle helmet.

Tests through the repeater and simplex showed that the system worked great with a good signal and very little noise.  Good job Paul!

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