Join GARA for Field Day at Hagan Stone Park!

Field Day 2017 is fast approaching.  According to the ARRL, the objective of Field Day is:

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. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries. -

The site at Hagan Stone Park is very nice with plenty of room for antennas. Operating positions will be inside the tree line, providing lots of shade. There are quite a few picnic tables, a fire pit, and a grill. Since it’s a camp ground, you could bring tents if you wanted to stay overnight. Dave McLin, the GARA Field Day Coordinator, is trying to find out if RVs are allowed.

We will be operating as class 2A this year. There will be an information booth, but no GOTA station unless we get enough volunteers to run it (none so far). If you want to volunteer, please let me know.

We will put up at least two wire antennas, with one hopefully supporting 160M. The attached picture shows where the two antennas should go. There are some tall trees at the operating site that would be good for a vertical wire antenna, and we can use the large field if someone wants to do more. So, if you happen to have a tall tower on a trailer with a nice Yagi, this would be a good time to bring it!

We can operate from the picnic tables covered by a canopy if the weather is good, otherwise we will need to operate from tents like we did last year.

We have most of the equipment for the two stations. The major equipment we still need for one of the stations is a small, quiet generator, gas to run it, and a table and chairs. Still need help with the info booth, as well as backup equipment. Please look at the equipment sheets to see what is still needed.  I switched to Google sharing, and anyone who has the link below has permission to edit.  Please let me know if you have any problems accessing or editing the files. I you do edit them, please send me an e-mail so I can keep track of the changes. Or just send me an e-mail with the info and I will enter it into the spreadsheets. Here is the link:

Also at the link are sign-up sheets for members who know in advance when you could support station operation. Otherwise, just stop by and we will fit you in.

If you have any questions or would like to offer gear or assistance, please contact Dave McLin, AC4A at

Find out more about Field Day here on the ARRL’s website. Thanks for your consideration!

Field Day Event Page

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