PARC Field Day 2016

*From the archives of my old blog Just Us Owls*

2016 Field Day Logo

This past weekend was Field Day, for Ham Radio operators it is a time to practice skills in Emergency Communications and Operations, make contacts and just plain old have fun!  Our designation/section was 4AME.

I was able to Get-On-the-Air under an Extra Class License and use HF to make 11 different contacts!  I want to thank WA1JMM for allowing me to operate under his license and have a good time doing it!

Photos were taken by both KB1WEA and KB1WRY.

WA1JMM in his A/C Photo Credit: KB1WEA
WA1JMM in his A/C
Photo Credit: KB1WEA
K1PQ Field Day operation was surrounded by commercial, government and amateur towers. The tower second from left belongs to PARC and is the home of N1BUG/R (147.105) and the new K1PQ/R (444.950). Photo Credit: KB1WEA
K1PQ Field Day operation was surrounded by commercial, government and amateur towers. The tower second from left belongs to PARC and is the home of N1BUG/R (147.105) and the new K1PQ/R (444.950).
Photo Credit: KB1WEA
KC1FLG, KC1WRZ, & KB1WEA.. A big thanks goes out to Bill Welsh (KB1WEA) for taking on the role of FD Coordinator & trouble-shooter extraordinaire! Photo credit: KB1WRY
KC1FLG, KC1WRZ, & KB1WEA.. A big thanks goes out to Bill Welsh (KB1WEA) for taking on the role of FD Coordinator & trouble-shooter extraordinaire!
Photo credit: KB1WRY
KC1FLG (Ed Tatro's) 1st FD experience operating the GOTA Station (KB1WEA's KX3)
KC1FLG (Ed Tatro’s) 1st FD experience operating the GOTA Station (KB1WEA’s KX3)
PARC President, Debbie Kaczowski (KB1WRY) mentors Ed Tatro (KC1FLG) out in the open on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station. They are operating a KX3, KXPA100 to multi-band ground plane on 20 meter SSB. In the background, George Dean (WA1JMM) is operating 40 meter CW from his air-conditioned truck... Photo Credit: KB1WEA
PARC President, Debbie Kaczowski (KB1WRY) mentors Ed Tatro (KC1FLG) out in the open on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station. They are operating a KX3, KXPA100 to multi-band ground plane on 20 meter SSB. In the background, George Dean (WA1JMM) is operating 40 meter CW from his air-conditioned truck… Photo Credit: KB1WEA
Safety! Safety! Safety! Yellow caution tape around antenna guy wires.
Safety! Safety! Safety! Yellow caution tape around antenna guy wires.
WA1PBR, Ben Kittredge, operating on 40 meters. Photo Credit: KB1WEA
WA1PBR, Ben Kittredge, operating on 40 meters.
Photo Credit: KB1WEA
Chuck Nevala (KC1UCK) operating digital modes. Photo Credit: KB1WEA
Chuck Nevala (KC1UCK) operating digital modes.
Photo Credit: KB1WEA
KB1WRZ, Dave Ramsey, operating in late evening/early morning.
KB1WRZ, Dave Ramsey, operating in late evening/early morning.
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2017 Hamfest Maine

It’s almost that time a year again… HamFest time, so mark your calendars!  What you haven’t heard of HamFest, it’s the next best thing since sliced bread?! Okay this is what it is: ” a hamfest is a meeting of people interested in Amateur Radio. Hamfests offer exhibits, forums, and flea-markets for Amateur Radio operators or “hams.” (ARRL.org).  If you find yourself in Milo, Maine this August, please stop and see my friends from PARC at their HamFest. Mark your calendar’s for Saturday 5 August 2017 and join the PARC at the Kiwanis building in Milo Maine.  

What happens…well besides finding radio equipment…there are events to introduce the public to Ham Radio and even get on the air.  You can also take your Technician, General or Extra Class License Exam at a HamFest (exams start at 09:00 don’t be late)!

This year my friends at PARC will be featuring live music by The Junction Express.  They are set to perform from 11:00-13:00.

A Year Ago

Has it been a year already?  One year ago today, 26 March 2016, I passed the Element 2 Technician Class Exam, sponsored by the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC).  I took the exam at Milo Town Hall in Milo Maine.  I was nervous, however my hard work and study paid off, I passed the test with 33/35.  Then begins the wait for the license to be granted…I will post on the anniversary of that date.

Just think, in one years time I’ve gone from Technician to General, and I still have a lot to learn, and a lot more fun to be had.