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 2019.

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   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.

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