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2017 FARS Field Day



[160M Balloon Antenna]
[FARS Field Day 2009]
[FARS Field Day 2009]
[Field Day Logo]

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society is participating in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) 2017 Field Day event on Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th.

This event is open to the public and visitors are welcome from 11 AM until 9 PM on Saturday, June 24th. Also on Sunday June 25th from 7 AM until 11 AM. Field Day is an opportunity to see Amateur Radio in action and even participate. Learn about ham radio by participating.

Non-member hams may sign up to operate any one of our stations by clicking the sign-up link. We need your call sign and an email address to register you. If you don't have a amateur radio license, you can register and sign up to operate our Get On The Air station, where our GOTA coach guides you to make your own contacts on air. This is a great way to experience amateur radio without having a license.

You can download a copy of the 2017 Field Day Rules [PDF] [48K], or the complete 2017 Field Day Package [PDF] [827K]. Or visit the ARRL's Field Day site.


Quick links

Here's an Article on the FARS 2007 Field Day from "100 Watts Magazine" a Thai HAM radio magazine. Thanks Nimit, K6XOX.

John L. Gaffey, WS1EA has written a helpful primer for organizing your own Field Day event.

FARS operated in the 3A category, with three HF radio stations on emergency power at a temporary location. We planned a total of five operating radio stations:

  • HF station operated Single Sideband (SSB) voice on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m;
  • HF station split between operating CW (Morse Code) and PSK31/RTTY (keyboard) on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m;
  • HF station operating (SSB) voice on 80m and 160m;
  • VHF/satellite station (not counted in category number);
  • GOTA (Get On The Air) station (not counted in the category number);

Field Day Captains
[KA6MZE]
KA6MZE
Phil, KA6MZE is our Radio Officer and Captain for Field Day. He is in charge of the overall activity.
[AA6PZ]
AA6PZ
Paul, AA6PZ is the captain for the SSB HF station. This station operates SSB Voice on 20/15/10 meters during the day and 40/20 meters at night.
[KI6FXY]
KI6FXY
Charlie, KI6FXY is the captain for the HF CW and digital station. This station operates HF CW and digital modes (PSK31/RTTY/etc) on 20/15/10 meters during the day and 40/20 meters at night.
[K6TXD]
K6TXD
Jerry, K6TXD is the captain for our VHF station. This station operates VHF/UHF voice on 6 meters, 2 meters, and 70cm.
[KA6MZE]
KA6MZE
Phil, KA6MZE is the captain for our Low band HF station. This station operates 160/80 Voice and CW mostly at night. We are planning to put up a 5/8 wave 160M antenna lifted by a weather balloon. The antenna will be raised around sunset, when the winds have died down.
[W6VYC]
W6VYC
Dave, W6VYC is the captain for our GOTA (Get On The Air) station. This station operates 20/15/10 meter bands under the watchful eye of our GOTA station captains. The GOTA station for anyone who does not have an amateur radio license, or has been an inactive amateur radio operator to get on the air. One of our coaches guides you as you operate a radio station and make contacts all over north America and beyond.

Visitors

[GOTA PIN]

We welcome visitors from the general public to visit our Amateur Radio Field Day between 11 AM until 9 PM on Saturday, June 24th. Also on Sunday June 25th from 7 AM until 11 AM.

You do not need a License or Previous Experience to Participate

You do not need a radio license to operate our Get On The Air (GOTA) station. This is a great opportunity to experience amateur radio by doing it. Our control operators guide our guests so that they can make their their own radio contacts. Those who have held an amateur radio license for less than a year are also eligible to operate the GOTA station.

Information for Participants

We use WriteLog logging software on all stations. The logging systems are networked together using a wireless LAN based on DD-WRT running on a set of WRT54G WiFi routers.

Sign ups (login required)

To sign up to volunteer/operate/bbq at the FARS Field Day, click one of the links below to get started. You will need to login to the site to proceed. If you are not already registered, just click the Register link on the login page to register. It's free!

Setup The setup crew starts at the field day site at 12PM on Friday June 24th.
Takedown The takedown crew starts at 11am on Sunday June 26th.
BBQ The BBQ starts at 5PM on Saturday June 25th. Attendees should pre-register and are expected to bring a side dish to share.
Operate Field Day operations begin at 11am Saturday and end at 11am Sunday.

Directions to FARS Field Day site

  • Take Interstate 280 towards the Los Altos / Mountain View border.
  • Exit onto Foothill Expressway and head south (~1/4 mile) following signs to Rancho San Antonio.
  • Turn right onto Cristo Rey Drive (first light).
  • Follow Cristo Rey Drive until you reach a traffic circle (~3/4 mile).
  • Take the second exit from the circle marked with a small brown sign that says Park.
    This is the continuation of Cristo Rey Drive.
  • Go shortly past Rancho San Antonio Park entrance and turn right into the Maryknoll (private) driveway.
  • Pass the gate, turn right and park next to the Eucalyptus trees.

For GPS use 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA for your destination.

If you end up at the seminary building, you went too far. Go back to Cristo Rey drive and head back to Rancho San Antonio Park. Enter the drive across from the park.

Our Field Day operation is located in the large open field next to the parking area. Please do not disturb the Seminary residents located in the buildings northwest of our location. They have generously allowed us to use this location on their property for our Field Day operation.

[Field Day Map]

A more detailed view. Notice the traffic circle you must pass through. Follow the sign that says Park.
The correct exit to continue on Cristo Rey Drive can be confusing, so if you miss it, return to the circle and try again.

[Field Day map 2]

And finally this view shows detail of the traffic circle. Note that the entrance for FARS K6YA Field Day site (right turn not shown on the map) about 50 feet past the entrance to Rancho San Antonio Park. If you have a 2m radio, you can get talk-in directions on 145.27- (100Hz PL).

[Field Day map 3]

 

More information

->FARS 2009 Field Day Pictures.

->FARS 2008 Field Day Pictures.

->FARS 2007 Field Day Pictures.

->FARS 2005 Field Day Pictures.

->FARS 2004 Field Day Report; pictures July 2004 Newsletter.

->FARS 2003 Field Day Report; more pictures July 2003 Newsletter.

->FARS 2002 Field Day Report.

->Pictures from the 2001 FARS Field Day.

->Pictures from the 2000 FARS Field Day.

->Pictures from the 1999 FARS Field Day.

->Pictures from the 1998 FARS Field Day.

->Field Day information at the ARRL's web site.

->Story in Los Altos Town Crier on the 2001 FARS Field Day.