Do you have some great Field Day photos? You can submit them to the ARRL for possible publication. Digital photos may be sent via email to email@example.com (contests null@null arrl NULL.org) (be sure to include captions that identify the activity and all identifiable persons in the picture and the photographer’s information). Print photos may be sent to Field Day, ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington CT 06111 along with your Field Day entry. Again, please make sure to include captions and that your photos are as high resolution as possible. The ARRL cannot use photos with time/date stamps included in the images. The ARRL cannot guarantee the publication of any specific photo submission. However, you are encouraged to post them to the ARRL Online Soapbox at www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/contests/soapbox) where they can be viewed and shared by the thousands of visitors to the site.
If you have not already made plans to get on the air for ARRL Field Day 2014 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day), tick-tock, tick-tock. It’s just days away, but it’s not too late to participate. Field Day 2014 is Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. Field Day is the year’s most popular operating event, and more than 35,000 radio amateurs will be setting up stations — sometimes multiple stations — in the field, at campsites, in public parks, and even on their decks or in their backyards to get in on the fun. Think of it as the first weekend of Amateur Radio’s summer. Last year, more than 2500 stations submitted entries.
Field Day is primarily a group activity, though, and if you’re not yet on the roster to operate from your club’s Field Day site, volunteer now! If you don’t belong to a club or don’t know if there’s a Field Day operation setting up in your area, check the Field Day Locator (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day-locator) to find one. Clubs welcome new operators, especially if they are willing to take the graveyard (overnight) shift or other less-desirable time slots or if they bring some special talent or expertise to the picnic table — top-notch CW proficiency, satellite expertise, or antenna skills.
If you’d rather just stay at home, you can operate your own station as is, and work stations in the field, or you can set up to operate from an emergency power source, such as a generator, batteries, or solar panels, and work everyone else. Field Day got its start in the 1930s as an emergency communication exercise, and that tradition continues today. Some stations will be on the air from emergency operations centers.
The object is simple: To work as many stations as possible on any and all Amateur Radio bands — excluding 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters — and to learn to operate in less-than-optimal conditions. The camaraderie is special, and there’s a place for operators at all skill levels — from newbies and even prospective licensees to grizzled veterans.
Find your place at Field Day 2014, and enjoy Amateur Radio to the max!
Source: The ARRL Letter for June 19, 2014 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/arrlletter?issue=2014-06-19)
The ARRL Centennial QSO Party scoring page (https://centennial-qp NULL.arrl NULL.org/) is now live! This new page allows you to see your Centennial QSO Party score, what QSOs you’ve been given credit for, and where your score stands in the listing of all participants. You can also search the database for a specific call to see how many points it is worth. Use your Logbook of The World (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/logbook-of-the-world) username and password to enter.
The Salvation Army together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be holding an ten-week course leading to the upgrade of your current General-Class Amateur Radio license to Amateur Extra Class. The Amateur Extra Class license is your top of the line to all the world-wide Amateur bands of excitement and emergency communications on ham radio.
The course begins on Thursday June 5, 2014 at 7-9 pm at The Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road (at West St.), Concord 94521. Registration is required. The class is FREE but there is a $5 materials fee. The textbook, if you need it, is about $26. Each student must have full access to a copy of the text.
Follow-up training and license testing will also be available.