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Field Day 2024


 


Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.


Organization

Field Day, June 22-23 2024, 2pm local Saturday to 2pm local Sunday. This 24 hour event is the highlight of the Amateur Radio World. As usual GBARC will be participating in this special event.


In years past Field Day has been well attended and lots of fun for everyone who came. This year we hope to have another exceptionally good turn out and lots of stations on the air. However to properly prepare we need to know who's coming and what radios they will be putting on the air.


This year, as in years past, GBARC is hosting our Field Day event at Grey Sauble Conservation. This will be a multi-station event so we'll need lots of operators to cover all twelve hour time slots over the operating schedule. Directions


We also need to know if participants will be bringing an RV, trailer or tent to the site. Knowing this in advance will help us select our operating location. Being well organised requires that we have good information well in advance.


Our club objective is to have stations on the air during the entire  24 hours. Station operations over the 24 hours will be divided into 2 hour shifts representing 12 blocks of time. The more operators we have the better we can cover the schedule.


The call to action for members of GBARC is to contact me by email with the following information if you plan to particitate / operate at Field Day June 22-23 2024.


  • Will your participate in Field Day 2024?
  • Will your participation include actually operating the stations?
  • Will you be available to site setup / preparation?
  • Will you be bringing an RV, Trailer or tent?
  • What radio(s) will you bring for your station, including a windows computer with N1MM+ installed and correctly set up?
  • What station accessories such as a swr/power meter, desk mic, voice keyer will you bring?
  • What antenna including feedlines will you bring?
  • Will you bring a generator?
  • Will you be attending dinner on Saturday? Whether this is a catered meal or pot luck will be finalized later.
  • Will you be available to help dismantle and clear the site at the end of the event?

To let the organizers know your intentions please send email


All Field Day logging will be done using N1MM+. This software will also allow computers to be networked across the Field Day site and individual logs captured into a single log.  Each station must have an HF radio, a Windows computer with N1MM+ logging software installed and the interface between the radio and computer. (newer radio's have them built-in).
This arrangement MUST be installed, setup and operation verified PRIOR to field day.


N1MM+ runs on the Windows operating system only, Linux or IOS or raspberry pi or even your phone will not be acceptable. All N1MM+ software must be updated to the latest version and all stations must use the same version.

 

Adam VE3FP is fluent in the installation, setup and operation of N1MM software. He has volunteered to assist operators install, set up and operate this important piece of software. The link to download and install N1MM+ as well as help files are located on this page above , but those who need assistance can reach out to him directly.

Volunteers needed


Site Planner(s), to look at where things like antenna and stations will be located.


The Field Day site needs have a central Access Point/Router so that all stations logs can communicate using Wifi. Supply a router, stand to put it on, either 120vac from a generator or devise and supply a battery backup that will last for 24 hours. Configured as an "access point" all we need is a username and password.
Adam VE3FP will supply the router   UN= GBARC PW= osarc123


The 20-15-10 beam and tower is located near Shallow Lake. A volunteer with a vehicle and trailer to move the portable tower and accessories to the field day site and return them afterwards. Dave VE3WI has agreed to provide trailer transportation of the tower and accy's


A person to take charge of the Saturday meal. A club mailing will be used to gather preferences. We have in the past had a pot luck or ordered from a local restaurant. Pizza etc


Supply a tent and a GOTA Station. Provide help and assistance to the general public, to explain or discuss our reasons for our club and field day. The club banner and sandwich boards should be brought by whoever has them. Our MPP, the Mayor and officials should be contacted. The Sun Times may have a local activities column.


Make up and supply handouts or audio/visual learning aids. Costs covered by the club for any commercial printing required. 


 

The club should consider supplying fuel or reimbursing those who provide generators.

On Saturday, it is usually planned to have dinner at the field day site as a group. Bring a chair, jacket, bug spray and whatever else for your comfort, maybe a pot luck.

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.


This is a compilation of the responses received from emails sent to the group.

Volunteers needed
The portable tower and TA33jr antenna takes some help to setup and again to take it down. If you can climb a tower that is 20 feet high, we would like to hear from you.
Will Attend
VA3TS Tom
VE3WI Dave
VA3GUF Frank
VE3VCG Marvin
VA3EAC Janet
VA3DNY Dan
Will Operate
VA3TS
VA3DNY
Trailer to house a station
VA3GUF
Tent to house a station
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Will bring a radio station
Includes mic, pwr supply, power bar,tuner,laptop running N1MM+, table, chair, light

Station 1 VA3TS , IC7300, 80/40/20m Trap Dipole

Station 2 IC7300, Club Beam

Station 3, TBD

GOTA TBD
Antennas

VA3TS Tom, trap dipole

Club has a portable tower and tri-band beam...
transportation supplied by VE3WI Dave
Feedlines
VA3TS 2 - RG8
VE3WI- 100' RG-213
- 100' RG-8X
Generator
VE3WI- 2 kW Honda generator, can of gas
VA3GUF-Honda generator with fuel
Attending Dinner
VA3TS
VA3DNY
Has Tables/Chairs
Has Extension Cords
VE3WI- 100' AWG #10
- 100' AWG #12
Misc tools
VE3WI- antenna analyzer, multimeter
VA3GUF Climbing belt
If a pot luck dinner is contemplated, this little system has worked in past years. 
If your callsign begins with A to M , bring a meal item, if N to Z, bring a snack or desert item.

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.



Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

Operating Schedule
Station operator and logger switch around half way through slot
Time Slot
Local Time

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

Station # 1
IC7300 Trap Dipole
Station # 2
IC7300 2/15/10 Beam
Station # 3
TBD
GOTA Station
TBD
Saturday
14:00 to 16:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
16:00 to 18:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
18:00 to 20:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
20:00 to 22:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
22:00 to 24:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Sunday
00:00 to 02:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
02:00 to 04:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
04:00 to 06:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
06:00 to 08:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
08:00 to 10:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
10:00 to 12:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Saturday
12:00 to 14:00

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024

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Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Results 2024


Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.


Dave VE3WI kindly summarized the contest rules, they are:
DATE Sat 22 Jun - Sun 23 Jun

ALLOWABLE OPERATING TIME PERIOD
Normal: 1800 UTC (2 PM) Saturday: 1800 UTC (2 PM) Saturday - 1800 UTC (2 PM) Sunday
(If site setup does not start before 1800 UTC Saturday: can extend ops to 2100 (5 PM) UTC Sunday
Site setup can not start earlier than 0000 UTC (8 PM) Friday

CATEGORY & CLASS
Category = number of transmitters capable of simultaneous transmission NOT INCLUDING GOTA & satellite stations
Class = A (club)
Class A rules:
- may not be a regular station location
- may not use any permanent structure erected specifically for FD
- all equipment including antennas must be within a maximum 1000-foot circle
- must use non-commercial power (there is a separate class for Class-A-Commercial)
Example: 3A = Club event with 3 stations (plus GOTA & satellite if used)

EXCHANGE: Category + Class + Section  Example: 3A ONS

GET ON THE AIR STATION (GOTA)
- A Class 2A or higher site may also have one GOTA station
GOTA rules:
- GOTA transmitter is not included in # of transmitters for determining Category
- must use different callsign from the main stations
- exchange must be the same as the main stations
- contacts are added to main station contacts for site totals

VHF/UHF (SATELLITE) STATION
- Class A sites may also operate one station on bands above 50 MHz
- VHF/UHF transmitter is not included in # of transmitters for determining Category
- must use same callsign and exchange as the main stations
- contacts are added to main station contacts for site totals

OTHER RULES
- contacts may use phone, CW or digital modes
- stations may be worked once per band per mode
- Fully automated contacts are prohibited.  All contacts must include contemporaneous direct initiation by both operators making a contact.
- for any mode, only one signal may be transmitted on a band at a time (i.e. 20m SSB + 20m CW is OK, two 20m SSB is not OK) Exception:

GOTA station may operate in parallel with main stations)
- cross band contacts are not permitted - except satellite contacts
- repeater contacts are not permitted

Also, here is a summary of the  bonus point schedule, many of which we can apply for:
2024 FD Bonus Schedule

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Feedback from 2023


Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

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Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Dave VE3WI suggested that while pizza is ok, he would prefer BBQ or something else for next year.

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Tom VA3TS .. station antennas should be multiband resonant dipoles so that each station can make use of any band that is not in use by another station. 

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Tom VA3TS .. a site safety captain would be useful, to check on electrical issues, tower climbing safety, tripping hazards and lighting during the nighttime hours.

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Tom VA3TS .. N1MM+ Lessons learned.... since there is no internet access, computer time settings can prevent FT8 from operating, A bug was found that one station had to turn off its firewall to allow the others to network it

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Adam, ve3fp.. 2023 GBARC Field was a successful event in my opinion but as always we  had some technical issues with the setup. All stations were operating and making contacts after tweeks. My station was set up to do SSB, CW and Digi modes but CW Keyer decided to only send a string of dashes which became unusable for my favorite mode. Not all bad after all, I joined the other 2 stations on Digi modes, FT8 and PSK31. Managed to add a few QSO to the log. With the weather on our side this year, we spent a lot of time outdoors  "chin whacking" when not operating. One thing we need to do in the future is get more familiar with N1MM running other modes. Possibly run some sessions over the Zoom with anyone interested. All and all, great time, I'll be looking forward to next year's Field Day.  73,

Each station on the layout should, by and large, stay on the band they are assigned, the 80m and 20/15/10 stations can easily run the FT8 mode by easily changing the radio's configuration with an SD card (this is the 7300's secret weapon), I'm not sure if Adam is set up for FT8.

The 3 stations are selected because they all have an auto-tuner and not a manual arrangement such as the clubs IC-707. It indeed could be used, however there will be those operating it that are not familiar with it. The 7300 just needs a button press to auto tune anywhere.

The GOTA station itself will only see action from the public on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Other than that it could operate experimentally as Doug and Marvin  have suggested.

With the use of N1MM+, it is quite easy to operate the station by just the operator. The station logger is only needed if the station operator wants one. Please, please, please...do NOT write down qso's on paper thinking to enter them later, enter the contact immediately into the log. As a result, each station should have a foot operated PTT and a desk mic  so that your hands are on the keyboard and not the mic.

REMEMBER, we are amateur radio operators who like to brag about how well we communicate, so lets do some communicating. There is a scant 3 weeks till the event, it will go by quickly...get things set up and done now, don't wait.

Tom VA3TS .. A climbing belt and lanyard needs to be onsite. Also use a longer mast on the tower with a pulley on top to make raising and positioning the antenna easier.
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