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Greetings Field Day Enthusiast (flier) (Map)    

ARRL Field day 2019 is just a couple of weeks away. MARCA has reserved the Gentry Group Campground and hopefully the Forest Service won’t close the forest just before our visit as they did last year.  Field Day is Saturday June 21st and Sunday June 23rd.  We will begin our site setup early afternoon of Friday June 21st.  The official start of the operating period is 11:00 am Saturday morning, June 22nd, and ending 10:59 am Sunday morning, June 23rd.

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.

Gentry Campground is located east of Payson just off of 260 and close to Black Canyon Lake. 

General directions from Mesa/Tempe areas; take AZ-87 north to Payson. In Payson, turn east onto AZ-260 todwards Forest Lakes. Continue driving past Forest Lakes about 3 miles looking for Mogollon Rim Road, near the top of a long upgrade hill. Turn south onto Mogollon Rim Road which is a gravel, dusty, somewhat maintained National Forest Road. Continue about 2.5 miles to Black Canyon Lake Camp Grounds where the road splits (DO NOT take the left fork) and continue "stright" (DO NOT turn onto Black Canyon Lake Rd). Continue another 3-4 miles on Mogollon Rim Road to the Gentry Fire Tower and Group Site Camp Grounds on left. The Fire Tower may be visuable above the trees. There was a fire several days after our 2017 Field Day, that started near Black Canyon and burned thru the valley and up to the Gentry Fire Tower. The camp grounds were not damaged during this fire, but the surrounding area was cleared. The camp ground is still very picturisque overlooking Black Canyon Lake. Set GPS coordinates to 34°18'3.76"N 110°42'48.26"W.

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.

New hams, those interested in learning about Amateur Radio, all other hams, seasoned hams, and of course families & friends 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 2017.



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