As we have done in recent years I will need at least 10 volunteers to assist the Field Day team with Setup and Tear down of antennas and stringing power cables from the main generator to stations. If you have done this before, great, but you do not need any experience to volunteer. The Captain for each station will direct all work for their station. If you are a new Ham this is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience putting up antennas, including a 20m beam (with tower) and dipole/inverted V antennas. Setup has normally been completed in about 2.5 hours (more or less). Teardown after Field Day has been done in less than 2 hours. If you cannot volunteer for both, no problem, just let me know which task(s) you are volunteering for. The Club will supply coffee and water plus pizza for lunch(s).
Here are the schedules:
SETUP Saturday June 26
9:30am Arrive on site (meet at the picnic shelter of the Freedom Township Park) PLEASE BE PROMPT
9:45am Safety meeting
10:00am Begin Work
12:30pm Antennas up and ready for testing; power cables strung and energized [Pizza Lunch]
2.00pm Field Day Stations On-The-Air
TEARDOWN Sunday June 27
2:00pm Stations Off-The-Air Work begins immediately [Pizza Lunch served before 2:00]
3:30pm All antennas down and stowed for transport. Power cables coiled up. Field Day over and done.
The only equipment the volunteers need to bring are gloves and safety glasses (REQUIRED). Steel toe shoes are always a good idea. Rain gear is essential. If shoes/boots are not waterproof an extra pair of dry shoes and socks are a good idea. The current long range weather forecast (Scientific Wild Guess) is calling for 77 to 78 degrees for high temps with lows of 60. Scattered or isolated thunder showers are a possibility. The club will supply basic hardhats.
With regard to COVID Safety: If you are fully vaccinated, just be sure to wash hands and don’t stick fingers in your ears or eyes. A hand sanitizing station will be provided. If you are not vaccinated you may want to wear a mask, that is up to you. We will be out in the open air which reduces risk. If you feel sick or have a fever please stay home, just let me know if you can’t be there.
To volunteer for the PCARS Field Day Setup/Teardown crew just send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Specify if you are volunteering for Setup, Teardown or Both as soon as you can. I will confirm by email.
Come out and help make 2021 another successful PCARS Field Day! Email me with any questions.
Tony WA8AR, PCARS Field Day Chairman