The 2014 ARRL Arizona Section Convention, to be held in conjunction with the annual Yuma Hamfest. This event is just two months away, held Friday and Saturday, February 14-15, 2014 at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma, Arizona. We hope you will let your club membership and other hams in your community know by announcements at club meetings, newsletters, radio nets or simple word of mouth.
The Calexico Amateur Radio Society K6CLX was on the air for the first time in the ARRL Field Day 2013 event, we had a great time setting our two radio station with the great effort from the participating club members Nestor K6JTT, Francisco N6CRX, Tim KJ6VGM, Timo KJ6YPA, Larry Jr KI6ZXU, Kevin KJ6DDS and Larry KI6YAA, we also had a great help from our friend Larry Smith WA6LAW and our host Mr Montes for letting us use his property to set up our station. We also had a visit from some of the local ham radio operators who stop by after concluding their exam session.
Our working conditions were two antennas, a 80 meters horse fence antenna from KF4BWG and a R8 Cushcraft vertical multi band. Our radios were an Icom IC-7000, a Kenwood TS-430S and another Icom 746pro as backup. We mounted our 80m dipole antenna on a palm three about 40 feet high and we setup the vertical on a tripod on the middle of the yard, both antennas performed with decent results.
What is ARRL Field Day?
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most
of all, FUN!
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.
It is a time when 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
to the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their
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