SKYWARN Training at the county EOC this Wednesday night at 6:30 PM Wednesday, May 29 6:30pm. Tropical Town Hall – Niceville, FL (Okaloosa County) WhenWed, May 29, 6:30pm – 8:30pm WhereOkaloosa County Emergency Management, 90 E College Blvd, Niceville, FL 32578, USA
Are you ready for Field Day 2019? The past few have been great, especially the
2018 Field Day, when NOARC used the
Paxton (FL) Agriculture Center for its 24 hour operation. It is located at 21972 US Highway 331. Google locates it at 30.975932, -86.303176,
or 2.6 miles south of Paxton [between the Baptist Church and the Auto / Truck
Parts store]. We will be there again in
There is plenty of parking, lots of room to spread out, air
conditioning, room for food, a small kitchen, room for four or five HF
antennas, lots of room to operate, fellowship area, indoor restrooms, air
conditioning, possibly a station for new or non-licensed amateurs, adjacent covered
area, did I mention air conditioning – for those needing a perk?
The rumored intent this year is to operate all stations from
solar power. In 2018, all stations
operated from batteries. The laptop
computers will be the challenge this year.
The club operated primarily from generator power the two previous years.
The intent of Field Day is for all US hams to practice at
least once a year their activation of preparedness measures, specifically
operating under abnormal conditions.
That could include operating from your car; a park; on battery, solar or
generator power; in the woods, etc.
The event lasts 24 hours, from 1:00 pm Central Daylight time,
starting Saturday, June 22nd.
Certain stations can start setting up a few hours before the event.
For more information and rules on
Field Day, read up on the ARRL site http://www.arrl.org/field-day. The club will have a preview / assignment
session at the May 23rd Tech Night at Live Oak Baptist Church’s
Fellowship Hall at 7:00 pm.
If you have an idea and / or want
to bring something (food or equipment) to Field Day, contact Rich N4PDM, C.J.
KJ4PIU, Jesse KB2OBQ, or drop a line using the CONTACT US tab on this site.