2008:SUMMARY & PIX
Operated class 2A IN HF, plus 6m/2m (W9JP) with GOTA (W9RCA) interest Stations.
Hams and non-hams attended the 29 hour long Emergency
Preparedness "FIELD DAY" exercise, cook out and Ham radio newcomer
introduction event at the Indianapolis South-east side Marion County
Fairgrounds. The first sponsored by The Indianapolis Radio club and
co-sponsors since 1992.!
Planning included something for every one from CW to 2m SSB Phone an
food accompanying lots of Ham radio conversation.
Weather : no issue on set-up or take down; but Sunday morning (3am)
thunderstorms did cause operation stoppage for a short time.
special highlight was the
presentation by Indianapolis Mayor staff
to the Filed Day group of a Proclamation
declaring this Ham radio Preparedness day
(Accepted by Event Organizer
Tom Chance K9XV -IRC President).
This group set up two
HF, IC756II radio stations ,
One GOTA IC756II and One IC746pro 6m-2meter
station all running 100 watts. Each operating
station had its own separate antenna system and
computer logging system. (new to some old hams!)
all gas generator powered.
Highlighting the 29
hour long event was the Saturday evening "cookout"
featuring what all Ham radio operators like to eat… (wide variety of food,
including Hamburgers & Hot dogs cooked on the grill.)..
This Amateur radio
operator group made approximately 2200 contacts
(6000+ points) with other hams in the USA & Canada, while participating in
annual / national ARRL on the air (OTA) event.
Thanks to the Indianapolis
MARION COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS & FAIR BOARD for sponsoring this local
participation in the ARRL national FIELD DAY event.
Here are a few event pictures: