On June 23-24, FCW operated a Field Day Station for the ARRL Field Day. The purpose of Field Day is to allow Amateur (HAM) Radio operators:
-To test equipment
-Gain experience in operating under non-optimal, or emergency conditions
-Introduce the public to Ham radio
Field Day is in the form of a contest in which Hams contact stations all over the country. This was the first serious use of the FCW station – call sign K4FCW, and so, was essentially, an experiment. Despite our main antenna not being available, things worked out ok as two HF transmitters were active. Even with temporary antennas the station made contacts with 29 states and 2 provinces. Thanks to Buck for the loan of some gear and Ross for the loan of a slushie machine. We now know what to improve for next year.
FCW is nearing the end of Phase II of construction at the site. This will mark the opening of new areas.
- The classroom – will be able to handle 16-20 students in a seated environment. The room can also be used for computer training, demos, and movies.
- The model shop– will eventually house the model railroad which is to be moved in this Summer. It will also house model making equipment and tools for making scenery, props, and models for railroad, airplanes and others. There is a large viewing window in the railroad area.
- The ham radio station – K4FCW. This will start off with HF and VHF equipment.
These will join the Machine Shop, Electronics Shop, and Wood Shop to support FCW activities.
The opening of these areas will be celebrated with an Open House and Cookout on Saturday, June 2 from 10AM to 6PM. The day will be filled with:
- Demonstrations of various science and technical topics
- Activities for all ages
Guests are welcome!!