June 24-25 2017

 

 

WHEN: ! Field Day is held the last full weekend in June.

WHERE: Indianapolis Radio Club Field Day Operations are held at Camp Belzer (which is the Central Indiana Boy Scouts of America camp ground). The address is 6102 Boy Scout Road, Lawrence, IN 46226. Boy Scout Road is located on the east side of Indianapolis about a 1/2 mile east of 465 on 56th Street (there is an exit for 56th Street off of 465). Turn north on Boy Scout Road. The camp entrance is about 3/4 of a mile down on the west side (it is well marked). Operations will be set up next to the main parking lot. We will be occupying the main shelters, you can't miss us.

The site will be open the whole 24 hours, and for the most part, a lot of people come and go over the day. At any given time, there are usually 25 to 40 guys/gals on site. So even if you just want to stop by and see what's going on, there will always be someone there.

There will be 2 HF radio stations (one SSB stations and one CW station), both of these stations will be on the whole 24 hours.

There will also be a 6M station that will be available the whole time. One cool thing about the 6M station, because it will be Field Day, there will be thousands of other FD stations operating on 6, if there are any 50 MHz openings, the band can really see a lot of activity.

There will also be a, "Get on the Air" station (commonly called a "GOTA" station). The GOTA station is for any ham who has a license but has never been on the air (it is also for a ham who hasn't been on for a while). So, if you've got your license (which includes Techs) but haven't had a chance to use it (or you've been away from ham radio for awhile), Field Day is right down your alley. It's the perfect opportunity to actually get on the air using the shortwave frequencies while another ham sits right beside you. That ham will show you what to do and you can actually make some contacts. It's a lot of fun and a great way to, "Get on the Air".

Also, the GOTA station is open to anyone who is not a ham. So, if you know someone who might be interested in amateur radio, get in touch with them and bring them out to the Field Day site. They can actually use the radio, make a few contacts, meet a bunch of other hams and see how much fun it is.

Overnight camping is available right at the Field Day site (it is free). A lot of guys like to camp for Field Day and hang out (even if they're not operating). Yes, it may be the Boy Scout camp on the edge of the city, but it's still camping. Bring your tent, camper or van and favorite sleeping bag (don't forget a pillow). Men's and women's facilities are available (also showers).

Field Day Setup

FD setup is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tear down is from 2:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. +/-.

Overnight Operations

It is critically important, if we are to have a full effort, that we operate round the clock, which means we need overnight operators. There are lots of hams who like operating late night. The late shift is very flexible. So, if you are a night owl and like to operate late into the night, the club very much needs your help in this respect. If this is you, then please help out on the midnight to 8 a.m. shift.

Field Day is a lot of fun. It's the biggest ham radio event in the United States bar none. There will be tens of thousands of guys and gals and hundreds of clubs on the air next weekend. If you've never been involved with Field Day before, this a great time to see what it's all about. As with most anything involving ham radio, it is all about volunteering and helping out. Please come and join us.