Field Day

1pm Saturday June 22 through 1pm Sunday June 23
South end of Parking Lot 96 at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine
Use Entrance B (Christensen Drive) from South 16th Street
See the map here:
Field Day 2019 at Vet Med

What is Field Day?
For those who haven’t participated before, you may be asking yourself… “What is Field Day?” The links below from the ARRL provide a bit of background on Field Day and a little more of what goes on.…

You’ll sometimes hear the term “contest” in the same sentence as Field Day. The ARRL very specifically spells out: Field Day is NOT a contest. While we DO keep score, the purpose of the points is really to encourage us to be as active as possible, doing as many things as possible in line with the spirit of Field Day. At the end of the day, though, Field Day should not be considered a contest. In fact, at the core, Field Day is more an opportunity to step away from our usual stations, get out in the field and erect a station in less-than-ideal circumstances, all while working to maintain that operation over a 24-hour period. It is a chance to learn new skills, spend time with old friends and make new ones, and put our best foot forward as Amateurs.

There is no cost to attend Field Day, and you can join us for as long or as little time as you’d like. Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of license class and even whether you have a ham radio license or not. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce friends, family, neighbors, kids, and others to Amateur Radio.

Where will SCARC’s Field Day 2019 take place?
Thanks to Iowa State University and the College of Veterinary Medicine, SCARC’s 2019 Field Day event will take place adjacent to Parking Lot 96 at the southwest side of the Vet Med campus which is located south of S. 16th Street in Ames.

The following two maps illustrate the Vet Med facility and surrounding location:…
Field Day 2019 at Vet Med

When will SCARC’s Field Day 2019 take place?
The main Field Day event will run from 1pm Saturday June 22 through 1pm Sunday June 23. This year’s setup will be quite a bit smaller than in years past. There will be just a couple of wire dipole antennas for the main station, and a Buddipole for the GOTA (public access) station.

Since the setup is smaller this year, we will begin setup on Saturday morning. If you can join us in helping with setup, we’d appreciate the assistance. Radios will be set up and tested and we’ll ensure that everything is ready to go for the 1pm start time.

Please also remember that what goes up must come down, and we’d love to have your help to start tearing down around 12 noon on Sunday (Field Day ends at 1pm, but there will be equipment we can start shutting down and stowing before that time).

How do I sign up?
First, there are very few sign-ups on the website so far, so please take a moment to jump online to reserve an operating timeslot, sign-up to assist/log, or to be a GOTA coach.
Sign up online here:

Here is what each of those “slots” entails:
Operator -- This person determines what band/mode they’ll be operating on (in coordination with the other stations) and operates the radio to make the contacts. They’re the voice on the microphone or the hands on the key or keyboard if operating CW or data modes. If no one has signed up online for a slot, it will be available on a first-come basis.

Logger/Assistant -- This individual assists the operator with getting contacts in the log, and provides other support for the operator as needed. Note that some folks prefer to operate solo -- you’ll see they’ve signed up online for both operator and assistant slots during their signup times. It is recommended you NOT sign up as a logger/assistant without an operator, in case someone prefers to operate without an assistant. This doesn’t mean you still can’t ‘look over their shoulder’ while someone is operating, in fact that can be one of the best parts of Field Day. It just means that some folks are more accustomed to running “solo” when contesting.

GOTA Operator -- This is a special operating position specially reserved for unlicensed visitors AND particularly for those who have either been licensed within the past calendar year OR are generally inactive. If you’re brand-new to the hobby, this is the chair you want to sit in. Don’t worry, we’ll have an experienced “GOTA Coach” there to help you the entire way. Feel free to bring your family members along and get them involved too!

GOTA Coach -- This is a very special and critical position, key to helping the GOTA Operator being successful on the air. If you are planning to be at Field Day but there is not an open operating position, please consider signing up for the GOTA Coach for an hour or two. We need to show the public how fun and important Amateur Radio is, and to help our newest operators get experienced and become regular Field Day operators. If you’ve never done so, it’s amazing how much fun it can be to help someone make their first HF contacts.

What do I need to bring to Field Day?
Just bring yourself!

What about food and drinks?
In past years, our food plans have varied significantly. For 2019, we’re going to handle food just a bit different, yet again.
Drinks -- The club will provide ice water in a water cooler with cups and iced cans of soda for Field Day participants.
Food -- While no group meals are formally planned for the event, expect that those who are present can decide on ordering take-out from a nearby restaurant, and a runner can make the pickup and return with food. Location will be decided at that time, but several options are nearby, including sandwiches, pizza, fried chicken, and a couple of fast food choices.

The End.
Did you make it this far? Wow! Thanks for reading. Please know that a successful Field Day couldn’t happen without help from the entire club. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you at Field Day!