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Greetings Field Day Enthusiast (flier) (Map)    

ARRL Field day 2018 is just a couple of weeks away. MARCA has a new Operating Location and hopefully the Forest Service won’t close the forest.  Field Day is Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th.  We will begin our site setup early afternoon of Friday June 22nd.  The official start of the operating period is 11:00 am Saturday morning and the ending time is 10:59 Sunday morning.

Members, if you are planning on attending, Please contact Don Aldridge, wa2rll, Field Day Committee Chair.

Guests interested in amateur radio, curious about Field Day, or looking for an adventure are welcome to attend, we'll bring you right into the activity with no worries.

Cell Tower Flats

Latitude:     34°19'26.92"N
Longitude:    110°44'48.80"W

Take careful note, the GPS coordinates are a few "seconds" off from our normal Gentry Group Camp site; that's because we moved.

This year our Field Day activities are planned for what I'm calling Cell Tower Flats. This is located in the Apache-Sitgraves National Forest. General directions from Mesa/Tempe areas, take AZ-87 to Payson to AZ-260. Turn east on 260 from Payson towards Forest Lakes, continue thru Forest Lakes about 3 miles to the "Black Canyon Lake" turn-off on right; now going south [right] on Mogollon Rim Road [FR-300 or The 300 Road], continue about 1/2 mile, looking for the first 'maintained' road to the 'Left', turn Left [east], continue going straight, past the 'Cell Tower Road' on the left about 1/8 mile. Look for tail signs to the MARCA Field Day Site on the LEFT. There is a 'good' dirt trail [OK for motor homes] that winds to our 'site'. 

The Site is perhaps more suitable for us to "'circle wagons' & tents & vehicles". There are many tall trees suitable for all our antennas. Since this will be our first time at this site, setup will be a bit more challenging. Several things may be go slower than past years such as Station Location which relates to antenna setup [which goes where and between which trees]. And our camping arrangement, parking, and food preparation.

MARCA will be operating as a class 2A field day station. Class 2A allows 2 regular stations plus a GOTA station, a vhf station, and a satellite or packet station. Equipment setup will start on Friday afternoon and finish on Saturday morning.  The actual FD operation begins at 11:00 am Saturday and continues for a 24 hour period. After the operating period ends we will tear down and be ready to hit the road back to the “cool” valley mid Sunday afternoon. We will operate phone, cw and psk. 

A MARCA sponsored BBQ is planned for Saturday night.  (bbq, hot-dogs with the “fixins”, beans, chips and soda).  We also are planning on coffee, eggs, sassage, bacon, a stack of banana pancakes on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  You should provide all of your other meals, snacks, drinks, water, etc.  There is lots of camping space in the trees, so bring tent or motor home, sleeping bags and your normal “camping” equipment. If roughing it isn't your style, there is a small motel at Forest Lakes, which is close by. Also, a large group of the FD participants typically visit a local restaurant on Friday night.

All hams, family, friends, and neighbors are welcome. If you would like to participate please email us with the number of people in your party, the number of hams and your approximate arrival time.  Also let us know if you can bring a rig or other equipment.  Other equipment might be headphones, your favorite key or paddle, coax with PL259s etc.  Supprise, this year the club has aquired sufficent Deep cycle 12 volt batteries. You are welcome to bring your batteries for you personal operations. 

Join us for the entire field day event of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for the weekend or just come up for the Saturday operations and Saturday evening bbq. 

Here is the ARRL website announcement to brush up on the official rules.

Don Aldridge

Map to Field Day 2018.



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