Saturday, June 22, 2013

2013 ARRL Field Day

On Saturday, June 22 NALCO participated in AARL’s 2013 Field Day, setting up shop on the lawn at the Crescent on UC Berkeley’s campus.  Present were over a dozen NALCO members, a half-dozen relatives and one happy dog.  At least 20 individuals from the community stopped by, some interested in amateur radio, some just wondering what was going on with all those antennas up in the air.  After an early start where a command post was established, antennas were erected, and public information was made available, batteries and solar panels powered multiple HF, VHF, UHF and HSMM-MESH radios for the rest of the day.  After proving our ability to deploy after an activation, numerous projects were worked on by members, including mesh and packet radio, emergency power and at least one homemade antenna, plus contact with other stations on multiple bands was attempted as part of the objectives of Field Day.  Among distinguished visitors were several NALCO RACES client representatives; the ARRL Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio W6RGG and Vice Director Jim Tiemstra K6JAT; and ARRL East Bay Section Manager Jim Latham, AF6AQ.
NALCO Field Day Command Post

Steven W0HAW working HF

Glen K6GSE and Jordan KG6UAE debugging HSSM-MESH
Pacific Director Bob W6RGG and Vice Director Jim K6JAT visiting NALCO