AARC Field Day 2015, 27-28 June 2015

Another Field Day is in the record books!

Lot’s of detailed reports will come along later, but for now…
W4DO Contact MapW4DO Contacts per Hour

In addition to 2400+ operating points (Power Multiplier of 2), we earned 1400+ bonus points for Emergency Power, Media Publicity, Public Location, Public Information Table, Message Origination to Section Manager, Message Handling, Satellite QSO, Alternate Power, W1AW Bulletin, Educational Activity, Site Visitation by an elected governmental official, Site Visitation by a representative of an agency, GOTA Station, Web submission, and Youth Participation. The GOTA station WA4TFZ operated for 12 hours during field day. It was constantly supervised by a Coach (W4MBW and/or KA4JJD) and boasts 34 contacts. Two attendees made eight contacts each, two made four, one made three, two made two, and three made one. One attendee was our State Senator, who made a contact. Contacts were made on 10M, 15M, and 20M. Wow!

Poster: AARC Field Day 2015 Poster

Location: Charlottesville-UVa-Albemarle Emergency Communications Center at 2306 Ivy Road in Charlottesville. (Printable PDF version)


  • Setup: Saturday, 27 June 2015, 7am
  • Operations begin: Saturday, 27 June 2015, 2pm
  • Potluck dinner: Saturday, 27 June 2015, 6pm
  • Operations end: Sunday, 28 June 2015, 2pm
  • Teardown and cleanup: Sunday, 28 June 2015, 2pm

Talk-in: K4DND repeater on Carter Mountain, 146.730+ PL151.4

Callsign: W4DO (WA4TFZ for the GOTA station) Class: 3F on emergency power

Field Day Leadership

  • Field Day Committee Chair: Larry K4JZQ
  • AARC President: Ed N3US


Saturday Evening Picnic

  • Captain: Patsy K4PMC
  • Just a reminder that the Field Day Committee will be offering a Club Picnic on Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the Field Day Site at the 911 Center on Route 250 just east of the Charlottesville City Limits. All club members are invited and are asked to bring a dish to share. The club will provide Grilled and Fried Chicken along with all the picnic paper products. A note to patsycrosby@comast.net that you plan to attend would be very helpful to make sure we are adequately supplied. Thank you and I look forward to greeting you there.

Public Information Booth

  • Captain: Jim K4JEC
  • Banners and signs: Bob K4DU
  • Brochures, tours, info display, and live QSO map

Public Relations

  • Captain: Jim K4BAV

Logging Software

CW Station

Phone Station

Digital Station
The Digital Station will consist of two components: the HF transceiver, computer, and antenna; and the operating position computer. The transceiver, computer, and antenna will be located about 100ft from the main tent in order to reduce interference. The Digital Station will use a vertical antenna and operate QRP to further reduce interference. The Digital Station operator will remotely operate the station from another computer in the main tent.

Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) Station
We will operate a Get On The Air (GOTA) station as part of our Field Day event. The GOTA station is set up to permit and encourage very new hams or unlicensed but interested visitors to use a ham radio station and make contacts all over the country. Participants will operate a modern amateur radio under the guidance of an experienced coach. We will provide scripts to use for radio contacts, and we will award a certificate to those making contacts with other Field Day stations. This is an easy and enjoyable way to give amateur radio a try.

  • Station Captain and GOTA Coaches: Michael KA4JJD and Marty W4MBW
  • Boy Scout Coordinator: Bob K4DU
  • 40m-6m OCF dipole antenna, 2m/70cm J-pole antenna
  • Icom IC-7100 HF/VHF/UHF transceiver (operating manual)
  • Ten Tec antenna tuner
  • 30AHr battery backup

ARRL Field Day Web Site

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