Field Day Information
Date and Time
The Annual W9REG Field Day event will take place from 2:00pm Saturday June 22th, 2019 until 2:00pm Sunday June 23th, 2019.
For more information on this TARA event, please contact the club using the information on our Contact page. For detailed discussion of the planning and logistics of this event, or to offer your help please join our discussion on Slack!
If you're not a Slack member, please contact our Slack Administrator KD9LKC - Brandon Patton for an invitation. KD9LKC@gmail.com
This year's Field Day will be held at the Fort Ouiatenon, South River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47901 in the west-most shelter near the Wabash River.
What is Field Day?
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems or maybe because they ARE so complex ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called hams) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
What Can I See or Do?
This year the Tippecanoe Amateur Radio Association will be operating from the Radio Room at Imagination Station. We will operate as a "2A" station, meaning we will operate 2 Main HF radios for 24 straight hours, running from emergency generator power and using temporary antennas.
Anyone is welcome to stop by and see Amateur Radio in action. You will need to pay admission to get into the Imagination Station, but there is no additional charge to see our display.
If you are so inclined, we will also have a "Get On the Air" station. Anyone, licensed or not, can operate the radio themselves to see if Amateur Radio is something that interests you. There is no real age limit, children of any age that can speak English are welcome to try it out!
We look forward to seeing you at Imagination Station!
The following frequencies will be used for W9REG operations:
W9REG Talk-In Frequency
147.135 (+)Offset, PL: 131.8Hz
Field Day Walk-Around
Field Day is an event organized and sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. For more information, be sure to visit them at arrl.org/field-day.