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TARC Field Day Cancellation

With regret I would like to inform you that TARC has cancelled all field day activities.  This decision came after the national weather service has upgraded the weekend high to an excess of 100 degrees and has issued an excessive heat warning.  The TARC board has taken this seriously and has decided to not risk the health of anyone attending the event.

But, the competition will continue.  Here’s how it will work: Usually during a TARC field day we all operate under chosen bands and use the club’s callsign.  This year, I would encourage everyone to operate independent stations on any/all bands that the field day rules allow.  REMEMBER, since your using your callsign you can only operate where your license class allows.  Just like usual phone contacts will be worth one point and CW and digital contacts will be worth two.  TARC will not count contacts any different if they are made using commercial or emergency power.  And yes, teams are still allowed as long as you operate at the same station using the same callsign.  Finally, you must submit a log to KJ6ART@arrl.net no later than noon on July first.  Logs must include: callsign, band, class, and section for each station worked.  No bonus points will be counted (ex. satellite, ARRL message).  The winner will be announced at the next TARC meeting.

I would like to apologize if this has caused you any inconvenience.

de KJ6ART
Spencer Boyd
TARC President


As the weather is heating up the club is following suit with our annual summer events.

First is the ice cream social.  Instead of meeting at pizza factory for the June meeting we’ll be meeting at Crane Park (1555 E Canal, across the street from Turlock High).  We’ll be selecting field day bands as well as going over some of the details for field day.  If you would like to operate a station for field day please plan on attending the meeting or have someone to represent you.  The meeting will begin at 7 PM on June 13th and root beer floats will follow.

Next is the big one, field day.  According to the ARRL:

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

This year field day runs June 24th and 25th with setup on the afternoon of the 23rd.  Once again the Schmidt’s (KI6PBL & KI6YQL) have graciously allowed TARC to use their property along the Tuolumne river for the weekend (1100 Lowe Road, Hughson).  Bring mosquito repellent!

Here’s our schedule for Field Day:
June 23rd
Afternoon: Setup of the Field Day stations will begin
June 24th:
Time TBA: Steve, N6WQV will cook breakfast.
11 AM: Field Day Contesting Begins
6:30 PM: Pot Luck Dinner
June 25th:
Time TBA: Steve, N6WQV will cook breakfast.
11 AM: Field Day Contesting will Stop

We would love to have you join TARC for all or part of the weekend but we need your help for the pot luck dinner to be a success.  A sign up sheet will be passed around at the June meeting for side dishes and desserts, TARC will provide tri-tip.  If you are attending the potluck please bring tables and chairs as seating is limited.

Finally, on July 11th TARC will be holding the annual post field day pot luck.  It will be held at Crane Park in Turlock at 6 PM, the meeting will begin at 7 PM.

Also, the May meeting minutes didn’t make it into the Arc-Over, but they can be read here.


New Meeting Location!

The December meeting will be held at the Pizza Factory in Turlock.  Pizza Factory is located at 1050 W. Monte Vista Ave. in Turlock.  The meeting will begin at 7 however, dinner will be available at 6.  The meeting will be held in a private room in the side of the restaurant.



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