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American Radio Relay League


American Radio Relay League

ARRL Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands of radio amateurs to the airwaves each year, bringing new and experienced ham radio operators together. Field Day is a radio operating activity, educational event, and public demonstration…all rolled-up in FUN! By setting up in parking lots, parks, malls, emergency centers, and at home, hams develop skills to better serve the Amateur Radio Service and their communities. 

Amherst placed first out of 65 stations throughout the US and Canada in its category which is operating from a 'command center' (there are many operating categories, and the total number of stations is in the thousands). The Amherst Fire District HQ satisfies this requirement. The several operators here contacted 1, 751 stations in all states and most Canadian Provinces in the 24-hour activity. We continuously operated two radios: one on voice (sideband), and the other on code (Morse code). The purpose of this 'Field Day' is to demonstrate the potential usefulness of amateur radio on time of emergency.



A portable solar panel charges a small 12 volt battery which was used to make Morse code contacts during the event. This system could prove invaluable in an emergency if commercial power were not available.
Image2Mike Pagel (Amherst), Mike Gorniak (Minnesota), and Art Wysocki(Stevens Point) watch as one antenna is put in place. image3
Mike Pagel and Mike Gorniak unroll a wire antenna from its spool prior to hanging it from utility poles.
image4Scott Jasper of Plover operates the Morse code station. Code can be sent either on the keyboard or via a 'paddle' seen to its right. The transceiver (left) transmits with a power of 100 watts and can be powered either from emergency sources or the commercial grid. Contacts are logged on the computer. image5Mike Pagel of rural Amherst operates the 'phone' (voice) station. He turns the dial on his 100 watt transceiver (right) and logs contacts on the computer. image6
Scott Jasper of Plover operates the code station, using the keyboard to generate Morse code.
image8Todd Fonstad of Amherst operates the phone station image9
Here is most of the crew, all of whom are experienced amateur radio operators. Names and federally-assigned call signs left-to-right are: Mike Pagel, K9UW; Rob Lyon, N8BQV; Mike Gorniak, NM7X; Todd Fonstad, N9NE; and Art Wysocki, N9BCA.
Here are the two operating positions at the end of the 24-hour event. Lines going out the windows 'feed' the wire antennas strung from utility poles. This station placed first in the USA and Canada in its division with a total of 1,751 stations contacted