Field Day 2021

We are going to do field day this year.  We have been holding off making a decision because we could not find a highly public location like Walmart that would let use their parking lot.  But we did get permission to have field day at Remsburg Park in Middletown.

Field Day is Saturday the 26. and Sunday the 27th.

There are a few things that we need for a successful field day:

  • A Safety Officer (we have the medical kit, etc) on site.  See link below, it is basically filling out a checklist.
  • Someone to lead a small group of people to put up the antennas.
  • People to help with antenna and site setup on Saturday morning.
  • Someone to lead a small group of people to take down the antennas.
  • People to help with taking the setup down on Sunday at 2pm.
  • Photographer (nice to have)
  • A social media manager (nice to have).  See link below for field day public relations.
  • Someone to get the Field Day bulletin off the air
  • Most importantly, people to operate the radios and make contacts.
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Fox Hunt

UPDATE: Gary (N3YGE) sent me a map with pictures of where the fox’s were hidden.  I know a few of you wanted to know.  It has been added to the bottom of this post.

We will have our spring Fox Hunt on Saturday May 15 at the Heritage Farm Park 9236 Devilbiss Bridge Rd in Walkersville. The rain date is Saturday May 22nd.

The hunt starts at 1 PM at the parking lot right behind the farmhouse on the left when you are entering the park.

If you are not familiar with a fox hunt…. Low power transmitters are hidden in a park or large area and people use radios to find the hidden transmitters.

For this activity you do not need a Ham Radio License because you are only receiving. This means this can be fun for the entire family.

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The Palomino Dual Band J-Pole

The Frederick Amateur Radio Clubs very own Three Amigos (Sandy KB3EOF, Steve KC3MAU and Kurt K3KOH) have designed and built a dual band J-Pole with very low SWR.  You can build one too…  The video below walks through how it was designed and how to assemble it as well as how it performs.  Be sure to like the video and give it a thumbs up!


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AF Army MARS Exercise

There is a nation wide exercise taking place now through the 26th of October in which AF and Army MARS members are participating.  Tasks are coming from various DOD and Civil activities.

One of the tasks that have been passed down is to operate a net on Channel 1 of 60 meters (5.330500 MHz USB) at noon on the following days: 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, and 26.

One or more members of MARS from Region 3 (PA, MD, DE, VA, WV, and DC) will conduct a net on that channel on those days. The objective will be to contact Amateur Radio operators to obtain signal reports and possibly various information on the status of infrastructure in your vicinity.  Each day’s net may be a little different depending on whether or not additional instructions are received from higher authority with regard to the information desired to be collected.  It may be as simple as making contact, getting a signal report, and your location.

If you have the opportunity to be on channel 1 of 60m at noon local on one of those days please take a few minutes to listen to the net and check in.

The MARS operator(s) will be using their MARS call signs.  The format for AF MARS operators is AFA3?? and the format for Army MARS operators is AAR3?? where ?? would be a two letter suffix.  They are not permitted to provide any personal information such as their location, name, or Amateur Radio call sign.

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