This year the joint Hamilton County and Boone County Field Day site will be in Webster City at the West Twin Park’s band shelter. We plan to start setting up at 10 AM on Saturday and to operate from 1 PM Saturday, through the night, and into Sunday morning. We usually tear down when the generator runs out of gas on Sunday morning – usually around 10. You can contact Clay Conard, president of the BARK club and Hamilton County EC, for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org or 838-2285. Any and all are welcome to come and watch or operate. We will have two stations, plus a Get On The Air (GOTA) station for those new to HF amateur radio.
In 2018, we will once again have field day with the Boone club at Cap Erbe Park in Boone. We will setup on Saturday morning, at 11:00 AM, and plan to operate all day and through the night, then tear down Sunday morning. We plan to have two regular operating stations and one GOTA station.
Cap Erbe Park is at the end of SE Linn Street. If coming into to Boone from the east on Maime Eisenhower Avenue, turn left and go south at Cedar Street and continue to SE Linn Street, then turn left again. Cap Erbe Park is on the left at the end of the street (the street dead ends).
To get to Maime Eisenhower Avenue from Webster City, follow Hwy 17 South until the left turn (south) that goes to Hwy 30. Instead of turning south, continue west. The road turns into Maime Eisenhower Avenue after a mile or so.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, there will be an emergency communications exercise. Local amateur radio operators are invited to meet on the Hamilton County 2 meter – k0kwo – repeater at 10 AM. Clay Conard (w0fs) will relay participant information to Bob McCaffrey (k0cy) in Boone who will relay the participant information to the Weather Service in Des Moines some time after 10 AM. I believe Juan Trujillo will try using a DMR radio to contact Des Moines.
If you can, try and show up to let the powers that be know that amateur radio here in Central Iowa has a lot to offer emergency communications. The exercise is in conjunction with Iowa Severe Weather Awareness Week – March 26th through the 30th – as proclaimed by Governor Reynolds.
Field Day will be June 24 & 25. This year, Hamilton County and Boone County will join forces for a joint Field Day. We will operate out of Cap Erbe Park in Boone. At our club meeting on June 13th, we decided we will operate class 2A and QRP. We will see how it works. On Saturday morning, set up will start at 11:00 AM. Operating will begin at 1:00 PM.
Cap Erbe Park is at the end of SE Linn Street. To get there, go south on Cedar Street from Mamie Eisenhower Avenue and turn left on SE Linn Street, which is at the end of Cedar Street (at the entrance to the golf course). Cedar Street is several blocks east of Story and Benton Streets, in the east part town.
Call or email W0FS (Hamilton County EC & BARK President) for more information: (515) 838-2285 and email@example.com.
We had a good field day this year. W0FS, Clay, worked qrp on CW on 40 and 15 meters. KB0MPL, Margot, attempted to work digital. N0PSF, Juan, and W0FW, Shawn, worked 20 meter SSB at 100 W. Juan’s and Shawn’s stations were generator powered while Clay’s station, which Margot used, was battery powered with a car battery charged by solar power. We had several visitors, including WB0VLX, Duane, and KF0MI, Bob. The site was at the Band Shelter at West Twin Park in Webster City, Iowa.
On June 25th & 26th, we will have field day at West Twin Park in Webster City. We have reserved the band shelter at the south west corner of the park for that Saturday and Sunday. Friday, at 6:30 PM, we will be meeting there to finalize plans and inspect the site, as well as to eat a meal together. You are welcome to come. Setup will be at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning and we will operate all day, on into the night, and Sunday morning. Come, operate, and be part of amateur radio.