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2024 FARS Field Day [2023] [2024] [2025]


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

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society is participating in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) 2024 Field Day event on Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd.

This event is open to the public and visitors are welcome from 11 AM until 9 PM on Saturday, June 22nd. Also on Sunday June 23rd 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.

We shall have a Get On The Air (GOTA) station where new hams and unlicensed people may operate an amateur radio station.

Field Day Rules and FAQs:

Or visit the ARRL Field Day site.

Quicklinks

Here's an Article on the FARS 2007 Field Day from “100 Watts Magazine” a Thai HAM radio magazine. Thanks Nimit, HS1IFU/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 four (total) operating radio stations:


Field Day Captains
[KA6MZE]
KA6MZE
Phil, KA6MZE is our Radio Officer and is in charge of Field Day.
[AA6PZ]
AA6PZ
Paul, AA6PZ is the captain for the HF high band station. The HF High Band station operates Single Side Band (SSB) Voice, CW, and Digital on 10/15/20 meters during the day, and 40 meters at night.
[KA6MZE]
KA6MZE
Phil, KA6MZE is the captain for our HF Low/CW station. The HF Low Band/CW station operates 40 meters during the day, and 80/160 meters Voice and CW at night.
[K6YA]
K6YA
Out captain for our VHF station is to be announced. The VHF/UHF station operates VHF/UHF voice on 6 meters, 2 meters,and 70cm, and possibly above.
[K9STV]
K9STV
Stiv, K6STV is our captain for the HF GOTA station. The GOTA (Get On The Air) station operates HF. The GOTA station is intended to get new/inactive radio operators on the air. This station is meant to allow non-licensed persons a chance experience amateur radio by doing it.

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 22nd. Also on Sunday June 23rd from 7 AM until 11 AM.

Participant Information

We use WriteLog v11 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 is free!

Setup The setup crew starts at the field day site at 12PM on Friday June 21st.
Takedown The takedown crew starts at 11am on Sunday June 23rd.
BBQ The BBQ starts at 5PM on Saturday June 22nd. 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

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]

 

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