First Hamfest Planning Meeting

The first planning meeting for the the 2016 ARRL Dakota Division Convention and RRRA Hamfest will be held on Sunday, 24 Jul 2016 at 15:00 CDT. This is the largest Hamfest in North Dakota drawing attendees from 3 states and 1 Canadian province.

Committee members are needed to plan and run this major fund raising activity for our club. Lots of volunteers will make the work easy for everyone; so all RRRA members who are interested in helping with the 2016 Hamfest are encouraged to attend.

2016 Field Day Survey Results

An on-line survey about Field Day participation was conducted during the two week period prior to the July 19th RRRA business meeting.

This survey was announced on the Club Announcements and Club Discussions mailing lists.

There was a 22% response rate (15 out of 68 members) to the survey. Here are the results:

Field Day Log Submission Deadline

Entries must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Entries may be submitted to the ARRL in one of three ways:

Please see section 8 in the 2016 Field Day Rules or the 2016 Field Day Packet for detailed information about reporting.

Field Day 2016

Field Day is an annual Amateur Radio exercise, dating back to 1933, which is an educational event, an operating event, and a public relations event. This event is held on the 4th weekend in June; in 2016 that is June 25th and 26th.

Field Day gives Amateur Radio (AKA Ham Radio) operators an opportunity to learn about communicating in abnormal situations under less than optimal conditions. Hams practice these these communication skills by setting up temporary stations, often in public locations, and attempt to contact as many other Amateur Radio stations as possible. These temporary stations frequently utilize field expdient antennas and off-the-grid power such as solar or generators.