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The Foothills Amateur Radio Society participated in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) 2019 Field Day event on Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd.

This event was open to the public and visitors were welcomed from 11 AM until 9 PM on Saturday, June 22nd. Also on Sunday June 23rd from 7 AM until 11 AM. Field Day was an opportunity to see Amateur Radio in action and even participate. Learn about ham radio by participating.

You did not need a amateur radio license, you could register and sign up to operate our Get On The Air station, where our GOTA coach guided you to make your own contacts on air. This was a great way to experience amateur radio without having a license.

You can download a copy of the 2019 Field Day Rules [PDF] [109K], or the complete 2019 Field Day Package [PDF] [1.6M] [revised june 14]. Or visit the ARRL's Field Day site.

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 2A category, with two primary HF radio stations on emergency power at a temporary location. We had a total of four operating radio stations:

Field Day Captains
Phil, KA6MZE was our Radio Officer and Captain for Field Day. He was in charge of the overall activity.
Paul, AA6PZ was the captain for high band station. This station operated SSB Voice, CW, and Digital on 20 meters during the day, and 40 meters at night.
Phil, KA6MZE was the captain for our low band HF station. This station operated 40 meters during the day, and 80 meters Voice and CW at night.
Rohan, KJ6LXV was the captain for our VHF station. This station operated VHF/UHF voice on 6 meters, 2 meters, and 70cm.
Dave, W6VYC was the captain for our GOTA (Get On The Air) station. This station operated 20/15/10 meter bands under the watchful eye of our GOTA station captains. The GOTA station was available for anyone who did not have an amateur radio license (or have been an inactive amateur radio operator) to get on the air. Our GOTA station coaches guided our guests as they operated a radio station and make contacts across North America.



We welcomed visitors from the general public to visit our Amateur Radio Field Day between 11 AM until 9 PM on Saturday, June 22nd. Also on Sunday June 23rd from 7 AM until 11 AM.

You did not need a License or Previous Experience to Participate

You did not need a radio license to operate our Get On The Air (GOTA) station. This was a great opportunity to experience amateur radio by doing it. Our control operators guided our guests as made their own radio contacts. Those who had held an amateur radio license for less than a year were also eligible to operate the GOTA station.

Information for Participants

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

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