Field Day 2022 “The Big List” - June 24, 25 & 36

This working document last updated: May 20, 2022

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Get Your Field Day Stoke On!

Check out the article summarizing last year's unofficial event:

https://norac.bc.ca/index.php/news/1004-event-report-field-day-2021

and the photo gallery:

https://norac.bc.ca/index.php/photos/gallery-2021-field-day

This year will be similar to last year, but will be an official NORAC event.

For details on the event and official rules, please visit: http://www.arrl.org/field-day

"What Is Field Day" (Printable PDF Flier)

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2022/2022%20Field%20Day%20Packet%20v2.pdf

 

Get Your Schwag

Visit the ARRL shop to purchase Field Day apparel, hats, patches, stickers, mugs, etc. Yes, shipping to Canada is an expensive endeavour - group your order with a friend and split the shipping cost and order early.

 

Dates & Schedule

NORAC Club Meeting & Field Day Planning Thursday May 19th. on Skype as usual, starting at 7:30pm.

Setup Friday June 24th. Starting around 5pm local time, but we will be holding the camp sites from Thursday June 23rd afternoon so come earlier if you like

Field Day Event - Saturday June 25th - Sunday June 26th (24 hour radio contest)

Group Supper - 5pm on Saturday June 25th - bring your own meat for the deep frier

Teardown Sunday June 25th after 11 AM when the event ends

 

Location

At the April 2022 NORAC club meeting it was decided that we would again do Field Day at the Island Lake Recreation Site up on the Aberdeen plateau where the air is clear and the QRM non-existent.

There are various access methods to get to the site, all over dirt roads. The route in from Lavington is a bit rough. The route in from Lake Country is quite smooth (as a large grant was awarded in 2021 to improve that road immensely).

Any vehicle can make it in to this site ranging from 2wd compact cars to diesel-pusher motorhomes and large trailers. If you do come in from Lavington, it would be recommended to air your tires down a bit, else it will be slow going over the bumpy road. Coming in from Lake Country is like driving on a primary road. We highly recommend coming in from Lake Country.

Here's the Google Maps link to the location. Route yourself in from your QTH.

This site is very family friendly with lots of other activities to do besides radio (fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, etc.). Rules of the campsite approach that of a Provincial Park... so that means no bang-bangs on site and there are quiet-ish hours. Generator hours are stated at the site... and chainsaws are banned. It is pretty peaceful... but it also means we will be running primarily on solar power for all stations.

The plan for the organizers is to get there early on Thursday afternoon and hold a large number of sites in the upper (away from the lake) area. This will then become an ad-hoc "group" site for us and rules can be bent a bit.

There is a site operator and fees will need to be paid for each party camping. Bring a bit of cash is staying over.

There are many clean outhouses on site, but no running water. All campers need to take care of their own garbage.

Note that this campsite is at 1360 meters in elevation, up on the Aberdeen plateau. That means insects (bugs) may still exist, it may be colder than the valley, etc.

 

Contact Information

Email me, the official event coordinator, with all of your updates and questions:

Mike VE7KPZ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Bands and Modes

Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above.

All modes.

Band plans (click on thumbnail for a high-resolution printable PDF):

The plan is to run a bunch of independent stations again this year. Ensure that you log all QSOs and when submitting your log to the ARRL, ensure that our club name (North Okanagan RAC) is indicated with your submission.

 

Tasks

Task Who
Cranky - Insurance Grace VE7IGB - done
Cranky - Transport need a volunteer - Ritchie?
Cranky - Setup and/or Teardown VE7KPZ, VE7WWJ, VA7AEJ
Generator Fuel Mike VE7KPZ
Tools Best practice is for everyone to bring what you can, come prepared and keep track of your tools.
Radios This will be BYOR (bring your own radio)... but we are sure that if you can't bring a radio, you'll be able to have a go on someone else's. And this is kind of the point - to see and try out other radios.

Primary HF antenna 20/15/10M beam on rotator atop Cranky
Plug your radio into Cranky's coax and have a go with the beam.
Secondary wire antenna for 40m and 80m

We think there's a dipole in Cranky's storage box that might work.


Mike VE7KPZ will bring his 6 through 80m EFHW if there are no other options.


Bring your favourite wire antenna. 

Tuner for 40m and 80m Do we need one?
Primary VHF/UHF antenna colinear vertical atop Cranky - FT8 on 2m anyone?
6M beam antenna
for FT8
Note: FT8 via Sporadic E is not uncommon at the end of June. This may get us anywhere from a couple of contacts up to a hundred if we catch the right band opening.
 
VE7XY's 6m Moxon?

Anyone have a 6m multi-element yagi?
Logging

Bring your own logging solution.

A good one to recommend if N3FJP. see: http://www.n3fjp.com/fieldday.html

Note that there is no cellular service in the area so this will be offline. N3FJP has a local contact DB that needs no internet to use - very attractive when working offline.

Internet feed, WiFi bridge + campsite AP

 

N/A - there is no internet or cellular service in the area
Contest Points Submission Each operator to submit their own individual log citing club name as "North Okanagan RAC". Spell it exactly like that so all points are aggregated under our club.
Shelter VE7KPZ will bring the same hexa tarp as last year to provide shade and rain protection for approx 6 people and cover his station
VA7AEK will have his trailer awning to cover his station
VE7JAR will bring his 10'x10' EZ-UP to cover his station
Station Chairs

BYOC - bring your own chair

Extra Points Considerations

 

Bring your solar panels to keep your radio batteries charged up.

All operators please read the rules to find out when bulletins to copy are being transmitted.

Official Photographers Jane VE7WWJ
Molly?
Official Videographer TBD
Backup Generator Mike VE7KPZ

 

Camping

RVs and tenters are welcome. Please contact Mike VE7KPZ with details on what RV/tent you are bringing so we can organize where everyone will go. Some folks have large vehicles and space is limited considering antennae, guy lines, etc. If you have a special request, like "I have to leave early Sunday morning", let Mike know so we can put you in a perfect spot.

Note that there are no hookups available for campers. You need to be self sufficient in regards to power, water, waste, garbage, etc... the site needs to be left with no trace of our presence. Although the site has plenty of clean outhouses, it would still be advised to use your RV toilet if equipped.

Here are the campers confirmed so far:

Mike VE7KPZ and Jane VE7WWJ - Unimog with home-built camper (ask Jane or Mike for a tour) (arriving Thursday afternoon)
Aaren VA7AEJ - pickup truck with trailer (arriving Thursday afternoon)
Jerome VE7JAR - SUV with trailer (arriving Friday evening)
Jake VE7WEA - vanlife (arriving Friday evening)
Richard VE7NT - truck with 11' vintage trailer (arriving Thursday?) coming in via Lake Country

 

Events

24 Hour ARRL Field Day Contest - the informal "contest" aspect of Field Day from 11 AM Saturday to 11 AM Sunday

Saturday Club Dinner & Social - Saturday 5 PM for club members and guests. Deep fryer graciously provided and operated by Jerome VE7JAR, with oil and propane provided by the club. Bring your own meat for the deep frier, bring your own food to accompany your fried meat. Bring a selection of your favourite hot sauces if doing chicken.

Camp fire every night unless there is a fire ban.

Educational activities for youth ages 4-94 - come see all of the stations, check out their gear, talk to the operators and potentially jump on a station you are interested in and have a go.

 

Learn The Software

If you plan to run N3FJP's Field Day logging software, try it out at home before you arrive.

You may want to get to know WSJT-X before the event as the FT8 mode is very popular for FD.

You may want to get to know FLDigi before the event as you might need to to copy the RTTY or PSK31 broadcasts.