UPDATES – Members Only – Field Day 2019

If you wish to volunteer for specific duties or as needed, please sign up at the June 13 meeting OR contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com

Boy Scouts from Troop 116 will facilitate the Opening Ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday

Volunteers needed:

  • Setup crews (Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Cleanup/pack-up crews (Sunday, 11:00 a.m.)
  • Overnight security (4 hour shifts) for Friday and Saturday nights
  • Radio equipment and operators
  • Folding tables
  • EZ-ups
  • Potluck food donations or $5.00 for Saturday night dinner – contact Nina at ninaacosta72@yahoo.com
  • Cook(s) for BBQ
  • Overnight campers
  • Ticket sales for raffle by members (see Marlene KK6CTX for tickets)
  • Donations of items for Door Prizes
    • Raffle prizes will be for an Anytone AT-D878UV Digital DMR Dual band handheld radio
    • An Alinco UHF-VHF Dual band Transceiver DJ-500
    • $100 gift certificate from Home Depot; $50 gift certificate from Starbucks
    • Field Day pins, t-shirts, stickers
    • Gift certificate for an official RCARA embroidered polo shirt
    • Coffee mug with RCARA logo
    • Mini spy camera

WALK-IN LICENSE TESTING AVAILABLE AT FIELD DAY

Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park – Pavilion #2
5759 Jurupa Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504

All 3 testing levels are offered:
• Tech
• General
• Extra

Requirements:

Technician:
• FRN # obtained from the FCC web site
• Picture i.d.
• $5.00 administrative testing fee

General & Extra:
• Copy of current license
• Picture i.d.
• $5.00 administrative testing fee

Walk in Testing Flyer

FIELD DAY 2019 COMMITMENTS

The members listed have pledged to provide the following:

 

JIM WILEY AG6EA

RAFFLE PRIZES (RADIOS)

CERTIFICATES – $100 – HOME DEPOT & $50 – STARBUCKS

GENERATOR/FUEL/EXTENSION CORDS

COFFEE POT/SUPPLIES

CACHE RADIO SETUP FOR TALK-IN – PICK UP FROM PEOC

12 VOLT BATTERY

PICK UP EQUIPMENT FROM MARLENE’S – FRIDAY MORNING

 

DAVID HUNT KM6WVH

MOTOR HOME FOR OVERNIGHT SECURITY

 

JOHN SALISBURY KM6YLK

RV FOR OVERNIGHT SECURITY

GOTA STATION CAPTAIN KM6YLK CALL SIGN

2M/70CM RADIO, HF RIG, LAPTOP & ANTENNA

WHISPER?

FT8?

 

CLAIR CESSNA K6LG

CW (MORSE CODE) OPERATOR ON SUNDAY

 

ROBERT RANDLEMAN W6CEU

NOISE CANCELLING MODERATOR?

 

ALAN SERL KM6KPW

4 CHANNEL AMPLIFIER

PRIZES FOR RAFFLE:  T- SHIRTS

ROUTER FOR LOGGING (WiFi)

SERVER FOR LOGGING (Scoreboard Laptop)

 

MICHAEL ANDERSON  W6OSO

PA EQUIPMENT

EXTENSION CORDS, TABLE, EZ-UP, OTHER

 

MARLENE KK6CTX

EZ-UPS MARLENE – X2

NOTEBOOK & PEN FOR EACH STATION

SCRIPT FOR EACH STATION

COPY OF W6TJ LICENSE

PARK PERMIT

COPY OF UPDATED INSURANCE COVERAGE

501C3 PAPER WORK – CURRENT COPY

CLUB MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS & PENS

LOG NOTEBOOKS & PENS FOR EACH STATION

GOTA SIGN

CLIPBOARDS & PENS RAFFLE PRIZES (RCARA MUG, GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR CLUB POLO SHIRT, ASSORTED OTHER DOOR PRIZES

SIGN IN SHEETS FOR CLUB MEMBERS

SIGN IN SHEETS FOR VISITORS

INTERESTED IN GETTING HAM LICENSE SIGN UP SHEET

TRAFFIC CONES

YELLOW CAUTION TAPE

SIGNS FOR PARK ENTRANCE

TABLE CLOTHS

PLATES/NAPKINS/FLATWARE

AMERICAN FLAGS X2

CLIPBOARDS

CHARGERS FOR BATTERIES X2

FOLDING TABLES X4

2 12 VOLT BATTERIES

POWER STRIP

RAFFLE TICKETS & CAN

100′ EXTENSION CORD

COOLERS

SCREEN TENT

BANNERS

BROCHURES (HAM RELATED)

SAFETY OFFICER CHECKLIST

TOOL BAG (NAILS, TAPE, ZIP TIES, BUNGEE CORDS, SCISSORS)

FLYERS FOR DISTRIBUTION (AVAILABLE AT JUNE  MEETING)

POT LUCK COORDINATORS NINA ACOSTA & MARLENE WILL COORDINATE FOR SAT. NIGHT

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS X3

FIRST AID KITS

 

DON WILLIAMS KD6UVT

BOTTLED WATER & ICE DONATIONS FROM PUBLIC UTILITIES?

 

RON BRALEY KE6RYX

PORTA POTTY ARRANGEMENTS

 

RICK GOLDEN AI6AU

TOWER

LADDER

GENERATOR/FUEL

EXTENSION CORDS

 

LARRY JUNKER WA6PMY

INSTALLATION OF LOGGING SOFTWARE ON MEMBERS LAPTOPS

 

MATHEW THURMAN

PHOTOGRAPHER

GO-FER

 

PHIL ALBANESE KJ6KE

HT FOR DOOR PRIZE RAFFLE

 

CHRIS ACOSTA KM6LOQ

SAFETY OFFICER

FIRST AID (EMT CERTIFIED)

CHARCOAL

 

MADELEINE HAASE KM6QCF

ALTERNATE SAFETY OFFICER (AS NEEDED)

 

ART SUTORUS  AA6CA

PUBLICITY/ADVERTISING

BROCHURE HANDOUTS

 

BOB TRUJILLO  KG6NIB

RADIO, TO GO BOX, RADIO EQUIPMENT, SOLAR PANELS, FT8

 

BOY SCOUT TROOP 116 – WILL CONDUCT THE OPENING CEREMONY?

 

FREQUENCY FOR SIMPLEX WITHIN PARK AREA – 147.510

 

JUAN MEJIA KM6CFH

OVERNIGHT SECURITY SHIFT (TIME TBD)

TO GO BOX W/BATTERY

4 CHANNEL AMPLIFIER MODERATOR

 

FIRE STATION #5

WILL STOP BY ON SAT. JUNE 22 BETWEEN 3:00 – 4:00 PM

 

ITEMS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED

VOLUNTEERS FOR FRIDAY SET-UP

VOLUNTEERS FOR SUNDAY TEAR DOWN

VOLUNTEERS FOR CONTESTING SHIFTS

VOLUNTEERS FOR OVERNIGHT SECURITY

RADIOS, ANTENNAS

LOGGERS  (MARGARET/NATHAN?) (MADELEINE?) (PHYLLIS?) (LOREEN?)

FOLDING TABLES

EZ-UPS

CONTRIBUTIONS/HELPERS TO SET UP POT LUCK

COOK FOR BBQ

BBQ TOOLS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FRIDAY TO LOAD EQUIPMENT IN JIM’S TRUCK (10:00 AM) AT MARLENE’S HOUSE TO TRANSPORT TO FD SITE:

JIM WILEY W/TRUCK

RON

MATHEW

MARLENE

 

 

Members Only – Field Day 2019

Members Only – Field Day 2019 (Updated 6-18-2019)

If you wish to volunteer for specific duties or as needed, please sign up at the June 13th meeting.

Boy Scouts (Troop 116 – not confirmed) will facilitate the Opening Ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday

RCARA Field Day 2019 Technology Plan

Volunteers needed:

  • QSO Loggers – Software to be used will be the N1MM Logger
  • Setup crews (Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Cleanup crews (Sunday, 11:00 a.m.)
  • Overnight security (4 hour shifts) for Friday and Saturday nights
  • Radio equipment and operators
  • Folding tables
  • Potluck food donations or $5.00 for Saturday night dinner
  • Cook for BBQ Pot Luck
  • Overnight campers
  • Donations of items for Door Prizes
  • Offering of Tickets for raffle prizes by members (see Marlene KK6CTX for tickets)
  • Main raffle will be for a new DMR radio with programming cable, HT, $100 Home Depot gift certificate; $50 Starbucks gift certificate and other assorted items.

 

W6TJ’s Field Day eQSL Cards

FIELD DAY BEHIND THE SCENES:

  W6TJ’s Field Day eQSL Cards

 

The tradition of exchanging post cards (QSLs) to confirm radio contacts goes back to the very first ham radio operators.  The cards usually bore the call sign, and station and contact information, of the station sending.  Many ham shacks even today have these cards plastered on their walls.  ARRL Awards such as Worked All States, DX Century Club etc. required the submission of these cards as proof of contacts made.  The ARRL manages bureaus for incoming and outgoing paper DX QSL cards, primarily for this purpose.  For information go to ARRL.org web site.

In recent years online electronic QSLs have become popular through eQSL.cc.

These are often received in one’s inbox, shortly after a contact is made.  Registration and use, is free, and set up is easy.  Check it out at www.eQSL.cc.

For the past twenty years, Clair, K6LG, has been managing the W6TJ eQSL account.  We have received many (800 to date) from our Field Day contacts, and other public demonstrations .  All incoming eQSLs have been sent the W6TJ QSL shown below.  Some of the incoming eQSL’s for Field Day contacts are also shown:

  • W6TJ to VE7NSR
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Field Day 2017

Highlight photos from Field Day 2017:

  • Antenna setup crew
  • Break time
  • Contesting - Bob Trujillo (KG6NIB) on the mike with Don Bower (AG6HQ) logging. Clair Cessna (K6LG) looking on
  • Councilman Jim Perry and Bob Trujillo (KG6NIB)
  • Rick's (KK6CTT) Setup
  • Dick Norton from ARRL pays a visit
  • Dave setting up
  • Dutch Oven by KK6CTT - Cheesy Bread
  • Dutch Oven Monkey Bread
  • Edgar - Fan Dipole. Wow!
  • Edgar - Inside
  • Edgar - Our Antenna is bigger than yours! Hi Hi!
  • Field Day Chair - Larry WA6PMY
  • Fire Station 5 arrives for a visit
  • Firefighter signs in
  • First Aid Station
  • Manning the Get On The Air (GOTA) station
  • Helping hands make for light work
  • How many Hams does it take to...
  • Iron Chef Rick (KK6CTT)
  • J Pole works fine
  • Not an antenna...
  • Ray (N6KZM) at the BBQ. Carne Asada at it's best!
  • Rick explains how it works to a new Ham
  • Socializing
  • There will be food!
  • Comfort zone
  • An unusual visitor
  • We are patriotic too
  • Taking a break
  • What we do!
  • Who we are!

 

Field Day 2018

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Field Day 2018!  Here are some of the highlights from the event:

Update 11/2018 – The results from QST have been published

Videos from FaceBook:

Riverside County Amateur Radio Association Field Day 2018

A short video of some of our Field Day 2018 happenings … courtesy of Mathew and his photography skills. More to come when I get organized. Enjoy!

Posted by Riverside County Amateur Radio Association – RCARA Page on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

RCARA Field Day 2018

It was a good Field Day.

Posted by Art Sutorus on Thursday, June 28, 2018

Please enjoy the slideshow of pictures from the event:

  • SOME OF THE CROWD

 

Field Day 2016

Some of the “Stars” from Field Day 2016

In spite of the intense heat wave, several brave souls ventured out to this year’s Field Day event at the
California Citrus State Historical Park. The location proved to be most satisfactory and the
accommodations served our purpose quite well.

There was a large covered shelter and plenty of picnic tables, tall trees and several flat areas. The
restrooms were clean and in close proximity to the set ups. The park rangers were very cooperative and
made every effort to make the event pleasant.

Several volunteers showed up on Friday to set up two stations, a GOTA station and a satellite station.
On Saturday, the Boy Scouts from Troop #2 opened the official Field Days with a flag ceremony and the
Pledge of Allegiance which added a colorful touch.

We had plenty of cold water, soda and gator aid to keep everyone well hydrated. The club provided
lunch on Friday for the volunteers and as usual, members and guests donated a wide variety of culinary
delights for Saturday’s Pot Luck.

There are so many to thank for their donations of time, equipment and assorted other necessities.
In no specific order, we are grateful to the following:

Larry WA6PMY, Field Day Chair and his able committee

Thomas Junker who was a major player in handling the heavy lifting and being an excellent “gopher” as
needed.

Bob KG6NIB and Chris KQ6UP who set up the stations, antennas and satellite station with the able
assistance of Jim AG6JN, Ed KF6BNQ, Brad N6GTC as well as several others

The Boy Scouts from Troop #2 and their able leader Mike N6TKR

The EmComm Group: Rick KK6CTT, Ray N6KZM, Chaplin Dave and several others who set up and
maintained the GOTA station and provided overnight security

Jeff KW6MOT brought his unique bicycle mobile and helped with overnight security and loaned us the
portable PA system. He also served as Safety Officer which added points

West Coast Battery donated 3 12 volt batteries, facilitated by Tom WW7T who made the initial contact
and helped secure the batteries

Big Five Sporting Goods donated several door prizes and we thank Rick KK6CTT for his part in obtaining
the items.

Riverside City Fire Department, Captain Tim supplied and delivered coolers and ice throughout the event

Donna KK6UDF donated 5 cases of water and helped with the pot luck set up

Juan KK6LJK brought a cooler full of ice and gator aid

Mike KA6VPW loaned us 2 of his personal generators, fuel cans and a heavy duty extension cord

Jim AG6EA supplied the loan of his personal generator, fuel and a battery charger

Mathew Thurman did an excellent job of photographing the event all three days and was my right hand assistant in loading, moving equipment and other duties as needed

Kay KCOSMH from Country Village who assisted with the pot luck set up and much needed support
Bob Randleman N6CEU who spent a lot of time making contacts

Everyone else who attended and contributed to the success of this event. I apologize if I have left
anyone off the list … it certainly was not intentional

The Yaesu FT-60R HT raffle prize was won by Bob KG6NIB. Congratulations Bob and thank you to all
who supported this endeavor.

In conclusion, I ask that you send me your thoughts, suggestions and observations so that we can make
improvements where necessary for future events. Constructive criticism is welcome.

 

Picture highlights from Field Day 2016;

Here is the original Field Day 2016 PDF Page