Field Day 2018———it was a success!
Setup began at 9:00 a.m. at the Town of Sheboygan Firehouse Park. In total, the club had 3 operating stations on 40m, 20m and 80m, along with 2 club members who also set up with us, but operated under their own call sign. We had a few technical challenges, but worked them out in true amateur radio fashion, trouble-shooting and trying something else until it all worked! Special thanks to Don K9MOI and Doug AB9QP for their behind the scenes work – a 30′ antenna with an HF beam set up – all with the push of a button!
We operated from about 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and totalled 115+ contacts with mostly casual operating – even picking up QSO’s between our own group, who were just a few hundred feet away! We had a few friends and neighbors stop by – there was plenty of parking for visitors and the park itself has quite a bit of foot traffic.
Rather than frying out, as in the past, food and beverages were BYO. Miesfeld’s Brat Barn came in handy, with their store being about a mile away from the park.
Join us next year – the fourth full weekend in June for Field Day 2019!
SCARC meets monthly – 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (NOTE: NEW MEETING TIME: 6:30 p.m.) We currently meet at the Mead Library – 710 N 8th Street in Sheboygan. We are looking for a site for our radio station. All radios, equipment and antennas have been placed in storage.
Do you have ideas for future club activities? Speakers? Project nights? Do you have a suggestion for a hands-on activity for our Spaceport events? Bring them to the meeting or post them to the reflector.
Weekly nets continue on Sunday mornings (2m @ 10:30 a.m.) and Monday evenings (2m @ 8:00 p.m. sometimes preceded by 10m @ 7:30 p.m. ). An informal CW drop-in practice net has also been started up at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. Check out the Sheboygan repeater 147.060 or simplex 146.520 or the Manitowoc repeater 146.610 and get your CW up to speed.
Club meetings welcome interested hams, or folks who are just getting started in the hobby. If we can’t answer your questions, we’ll find someone who can!
Topics to be discussed are up for grabs at this point and vary from month to month. Do you have an idea for a presentation or speaker?
If you have a topic you would like to see discussed, or have an idea for a presentation or a guest speaker, please contact one of the officers, or post to the reflector (Yahoo Groups – Sheboygan County Amateur Radio Club).
We currently are looking for a new “home” for SCARC. All radio equipment is in storage. If you have an idea of a good spot where we could meet and set up our station, we’re open to suggestions.
Some of the members have begun an informal 2m CW net on Monday nights at 7:30. Join them on the Sheboygan repeater 146.706 and start to sharpen your CW skills.
- President – Dick W9TA
- Vice President – John KC9AXZ
- Secretary – Anne KC9YL
- Treasurer – Linda K9TZU
- Directors – Bob N9XB, Lyle WE9R and John AB9HH
If you have questions, answers or other tidbits to share, use the Yahoo Reflector to share.