Field Day 2016 is Here!

From your club President:

Hello fellow Hams,

Well you all probably know that Field Day is this weekend – one of the most if not THE most exciting events of the Ham Radio year!

We will be at Flesher Field on 9th Street in Oshtemo again this year.

Looks like we will have stations on 40 meter phone, 40 meter CW, 20 Meter Phone, 20 meter CW, 15 meter Phone and 75 meter Phone.  We will also have a VHF/UHF station and possibly a Get on the Air (GOTA) station.

There is still plenty of room for folks that want to help during all or part of the weekend.  We especially need some more folks to operate 75 meters during the night time hours and some CW operators at any time seemed like the biggest operating needs.

Saturday dinner will be a cookout with Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and corn on the cob.  Bringing some side dishes to pass would be great.  This is also a good time for families or guests to join us.

Hope to see everyone make it out to Field Day whether for just a few minutes, a few hours or for the duration!

Dave
KE8DI
2016 KARC President
President [at] W8VY [dot] Org

See previous posts for links to map and further information!

Amateur Radio Field Day 2016 - Open To The Public!

Members of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and the Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 at Flesher Field, 3664 S 9th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 in Oshtemo Township.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio.

“But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Kalamazoo County and throughout Southwest Michigan.

For more information about Field Day, visit http://www.arrl.org/field-day or email Info [at] W8VY [dot] Org

www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Declares Amateur Radio Week

Download (2016-Amateur-Radio-Week-Proclamation-News-Release.pdf, PDF, 108KB)

64th Annual W9DXCC DX Convention

Dear fellow amateur radio operator/Midwest ham club contact:

It’s our hope that you might help us spread the word about the 64th annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet on Sept. 16-17, 2016, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Please consider sharing the following information with your members via e-mail, website or word of mouth.

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, the event is the premier DX gathering in the region and is an ARRL-approved operating specialty convention. Contest University and DX University programs will be held Friday, with presentations for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. Saturday’s daylong session will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, a CW pileup contest and many prizes, including a Yaesu FT DX 3000.

The evening banquet is a time to relax with keynote speaker Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, the new ARRL CEO. For family members, Woodfield Mall, which offers a wide array of shopping, is one traffic light south of the convention site at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Road.

Main Convention – Saturday (as of now, with more being added)

  • VP8STI/SGI Sandwich Island/South Georgia Island by K3LP
  • VK0EK Heard Island by KK6EK
  • K5P Palmyra Island by K9CT
  • Cycle 24 Update by K9LA
  • DX’ing During Declining Conditions by K9ZO
  • Flex 6000 for Contesting & DX’ing by N5AC

Registration: Go to http://w9dxcc.com/ for more information and registration.

Updates: http://w9dxcc.com/ for new developments.

For more information: John McCormick, N0FCD [at] yahoo [dot] com

2016 IRA HAMFEST - Grand Rapids

THE 2016 IRA HAMFEST WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4 FROM 8 AM UNTIL NOON AT THE HUDSONVILLE FAIRGROUNDS.

See flyer attached or go to the Independent Repeater Association web site at http://w8ira.org/

Download (2016flyer.pdf, PDF, 239KB)