Adams County ARES Participates in Field Day 2015

On June 27th, several participants from Adams County ARES took part in the annual amateur radio Field Day at Veterans Park located in Brighton, Colorado.  Once every year, amateur radio operators across the country establish temporary ham radio stations, usually in a public place such as a park, shopping center parking lot, etc., for several reasons.  One of which is to practice setting up a temporary operating position, such as might be needed during a disaster scenario, usually using emergency power (such as batteries or generators). Another reason the “hams” do this would be to contact as many other “hams” as possible during the 24 period, earning points, which I guess also turns this activity into a contest.  Another reason is to try to showcase amateur radio to the public, so they are aware of “ham” radio and it’s capabilities. This reason, as well, introduces new people to ham radio, and tries to generate interest in those that may have thought about becoming involved in amateur radio.

The group met at 10AM and began the setup.  In the group were Norm, KB1SGJ, Eric, KD0QCJ, Derick, KC0LCD, John, KC0JPO, Jeff, KD0LDR, and Jim, KE0CKF.  Jack, WM0G, the Colorado Section Manager, even managed to squeeze us into his already packed site visits. Even though we were only there for a few hours on Saturday, we had fun setting up the antennas, radios, and associated equipment, and then making contacts to prove to ourselves everything worked.

In short order, we had Norm’s G5RV HF antenna setup along with a dual band antenna for VHF/UHF.  We also setup a Buddipole antenna that belonged to Eric.

Than we begin setting up radios.  Norm had brought his Yeasu FT-897D for HF, John had brought along his Kenwood TS2000 which was our VHF/UHF radio and Eric had brought along an Icom IC-718 HF radio. Once the antennas and radios were setup and operating, we then began trying to make contacts.

We made several contacts, and even passed an National Traffic System message to Jack Ciaccia, WM0G, inviting him to our Field Day site.  He got the message and within an hour of getting the message, arrived, just in time for lunch, which was pizza, courtesy of Norm.

At about 1500 (3PM), we decided that we had proved that we, as an ARES group, could, if needed, set up and be operational on HF as well as VHF/UHF, providing effective communications in a field setting. We didn’t stay long, but proved that we could do it if needed. We began taking everything down, and packing up our gear, and a good time was had by all.  Next year, maybe the full 24 hours?



Yes it is a radio

What!....You mean we are supposed to talk on it!!! We made a contact, now lets take a break We have an antenna!!!! Up we go!!! This is the way we wind the coax--lalala This is the way we sort our guys Setting the guys Now lets see...part A into Part #7 Now lets see, where did I put that connector Norm, KB1SGJ showing off his table Norm, KB1SGJ making a contact Norm, KB1SGJ and Eric,KD0QCJ, making contacts under the supervision of Derek,KC0LCD Nope that doesnt fit... No no no...pull.. dont wind Lunch lasted about 10 minutes Let me show you young pups how its done KD0QCJ, Jack, W0MG, KB1SGJ and Jeff, KD0LDR KD0LDR, KC0LCD and KD0QCJ working the radios with KB1SGJ supervising KB1SGJ wondering what that warning label is all about KB1SGJ & KD0QCJ John, KC0JPO, looking at his hand Jim, KE0CKF, making contacts Jim working 2RSO and loving it Jefff, KD0LDR trying for a contact It was a beautiful day for a Field Day at Brighton Veterans Park HF & VHF Antennas Eric, KD0QCJ, setting up equipment Eric, KD0QCJ, brought his Buddi--pole DSCF1093 DSCF1085 DSCF1084 DSCF1082 DSCF1081 DSCF1074 Norm and Eric DSCF1066 The antennas have to be true for better performance. Derek, KC0LCD, says What you mean we have to do soemthing Derek, KC0LCD, ahhhh the good life making contacts and resting Derek, Eric and Norm trying to figure out if the antenna is high enough Are you sure we have to do this And that's done

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