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Per unaminous vote, ARA membership agrees that the July Business Meeting (July 7) will be OTA, repeater 146.940, PL 100, June 16, 7PM. Click here for WebEx credentials, or click here to see a timeline.

Field Day

Cable Xperts extends and expands offer; ARA gets 10% back, you get 10% off!

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Until June 30, 2020 July 30, 2020 Cable Xperts will donate 10% of all sales made back to the ARA, plus apply 10% discount to the order!  A win-win! Read the updated article by Steve, WA8EIH, detailing the revised program for more information on how you may take advantage of this great promotion! 

 

Thoughts about Field Day 2020

small_ARA_Logo.pngDuring the 6/2/2020 business meeting all newly elected officers and directors were installed into their respective positions (click here for a list of the directors and officers). 

A lively debate took place concerning what the club felt was the approrpiate to handle Field Day 2020 -- after much thought, about 2/3 of those checked in determined we would feel better holding Field Day at our home QTH, rather than holding it as a group.

The remaining 1/3 was split between holding a modified, yet traditional Field Day, or had no comment at all. Because of the uncertainty of the Covid-19 coronavirus, we determined the best plan of action was to look at the issue one more time during out next regularly scheduled meeting.

 

ARRL Field Day

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COVID-19 Related information: We are currently determining how the club will handle 2020 Field Day in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. More information is forthcoming, and this page will be updated as things become more solidified.

 

 

 

When: Saturday June 27 (2 pm) to Sunday June 28 (2 pm) Setup begins: 9:00 AM Saturday

Date: 
Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 09:00 to Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 16:00

Field Day Antenna Placement and Config

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Nelson, KA2C, one of the Directors of the ARA, took a lot of time and effort in testing antenna placement, and multiple antenna configurations in order to make this coming Field Day one of the most spectacular in memory. Then, Covid-16 (a novel coronavirus) struck the world! ARRL will still be holding Field Day, but it really depends on quite a few things as to how the Antietam Radio Association will hold their Field Day 2020. In the mean time, Nelson was kind enough to send all of his articles for inclusion on the ARA website.  I currently have links that will open the files in a new tab/window, which you can choose to download onto your hard drive for offline viewing. As time permits, I plan on emedding those files into the website, as well as having them as one ZIP file for direct download.  

FD antennas.pdf

ARA Field Day antenna plan 2020.pdf

Three Cluster Field Day Antenna System Measurements and Findings.pdf

Managing Field Day Interstation Interference by Antenna Configuration.pdf

A Trap Dipole For 80-40-20-15-10 Meters For Field Day.pdf

A Wide Spaced Fan Inverted Vee For 80-40-20 Meters For Field Day.pdf

Vertical antennas for Field Day.pdf

Inter-Station Interference Fiilters For Field Day.pdf