Sunday Geek Project: ARRL Field Day Break

Sorry, No status on the NTP Servers this week. I’ve been at my friend’s place participating in the 2016 American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day.


What is Field Day?

From the ARRL Field Day Facebook page:

The largest annual on-air event in all of Amateur Radio returns June 25 & 26, 2016! Take to the hills this June and operate with solar power, from batteries or a generator and see how many contacts you can make.

More information from ARRL’s Web site.

The idea is to practice setting up antennas and stations outside of your normal “comfort zone” so that you are ready for a real emergency situation (a natural disaster, for example). It’s a lot of hard work, but is really fun.

This year we were a “2-Alpha” Station. That means we ran two transmitters on emergency power (In our case a combination of generator and solar power).

Unfortunately, we could not operate the full 24 hours of the event due to thunderstorms (lightning and radios don’t mix!).

I’ll post our results once we’ve processed the our contact log!



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