OSWEGO – As our 2016 season wraps up, Fulton Amateur Radio Club would like to thank everyone who participated in our Field Day 2016 event.
We managed to come together, get set up, get on the air and make contacts!
The band conditions were challenging, but all in all, we had a good time.
We want to express our deepest thanks to the Fort Ontario at Oswego and director Paul Lear for hosting this event at this wonderful location.
We would also like to thank everyone who worked throughout the year in planning and to everyone who helped with set up, ensuring we had coverage for the area for our field day event, helped take everything down and get it back to multiple locations for storage.
The FARC thanks all politicians, news media and community for their support of this event.
We hope to see you all again next year, June 2017.
Our group would like to give a big thanks to the Mexico Boy Scout Troop 825 for the use of its Chuck Wagon Trailer.
This trailer assisted us making this another great year for food.
Thanks to Lynn and Tim DeMarais and Eagle Scout Jerred DeMarais for showing us the fastest set up of a food area that any of us had ever seen.
This gave us grills and all the equipment needed for cooking faster this year.
And thank you to Paul and Julia Hopman for making the breakfast on Sunday morning the best ever.
Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators.
In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with more than 30,000 operators participating each year.
Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers.
Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.
We are a very active local amateur radio club.
We’re not hard core field day operators, yet the club’s been involved with setting up field day stations for many years.
So you’d think we’d know a thing or two about doing it right.
We do not say that we do the best job, nor make the most contacts. But what we are good at is getting out, demonstrating amateur radio and having a great time.
This year’s field day was no exception.
And that’s what the field day adventure should be all about.
This year, our field day chair was Mike Regan, KD2DVC.
For the first time, the group was able to set up the stations on the east side of Fort Ontario. Equipment set up was pretty straightforward. We set up the antenna on the ramparts and the trailers on the east side of the fort.
Conditions this year were challenging but effective.
We were able to obtain and drill on the Oswego County Emergency Communication trailer and equipment.
This gives our Oswego County Emergency Communicators(RACES) group the opportunity to perform its annual drill of its ability to set up and communicate in the event of a disaster in the community.
This yearly event/drill demonstrated the capability of this group to establish the communication links needed in an emergency with speediness and efficiency.