Field Day Basic Training

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    The ARRL has included some good information on their website for radio amateurs that are new to Field Day operation.  Even if you have been involved as a Field Day operator in the past, you may still find the following article helpful:  Field Day Basic Training.

    The full set of Field Day rules is also available on the ARRL website.   This will provide more detail that most will need, but will define Get On The Air (GOTA) operation and all of the other various participating Station Classes.  You may find the miscellaneous rules section worth your review.

    The ARRL Field Day Packet pulls it all together and includes a section of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) that can help us all stay on track.

    Field Day is both fun and challenging – a great way to improve your operating skills.  A little overwhelming at times.  Still Unsure? Ask if you can sit in and help LOG – soon you’ll feel comfortable with the logging software and gain some significant insights of how to handle an contact exchange.  When you’re ready ask if you can operate for a while.  A great chance to put what you have learned to the test.

    One last word of CAUTION:  Field Day can be habit forming!

    Hope to see you there.


    - Mike (K1WVO)
    Nashua Area Radio Club
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