Schedule and Activities

Note

With COVID cases on the rise, we’ll be asking folk to mask up inside the tents when we’re in close proximity to one another.

All talks and tables will be held at the Event and Demo Area, underneath the covered walkway at the end of the parking lot, unless otherwise specified.

We aim to start operating at or soon after 11:00 on Saturday. You are welcome to operate at any time – but be sure you’re around for some of our talks and activities. We operate all night, making as many contacts as possible. Stick around and remember you are welcome to camp out in a tent or in a vehicle.

Tuesday, June 21st

18:30

Talk : Field Day 101, with Quentin K7DRQ. (held on Zoom)

Saturday, June 25th

07:30

Breakfast for those who stayed the night.

09:00

Net : The Nine O’clock Net with net hosts Theresa KG7AII and Dana KG7CGP.

09:00

Activity : The swap meet ! Runs from 09:00 to 11:00. (held in the car park)

10:00

Activity : Getting started with Winlink with Bill N6NBN. Drop in any time from 10:00 to 14:00. (held at the Hubs table)

10:00

Activity : The Field stations and fox hunting with Eric W7FCL, Ryan NN7M, and the Boy Scouts.

10:30

Talk : What is amateur radio ? With Brian KG7WRK.

11:00

Operating begins !

11:00

Talk : Making a family communications plan with Catherine KJ7DYG.

11:30

Talk : Summits on the Air with Tim KG7EJT.

12:00

Net : The Noon Net with net host Jason KJ7GLB.

12:30

Lunch. Jack KI7RMU and Quentin K7DRQ are at the grill.

13:00

Talk : An introduction to Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service with director Tim WT1IM.

13:30

Talk : A field perspective on the medical kit with John KI7IYP.

14:00

Talk : Becoming a ham and your journey as a new ham, with Schevonne KJ7USZ.

14:30

Talk : Solar power and batteries, with Doug KD7DK.

15:00

Talk : Amateur radio for underrepresented groups, with Catherine KJ7DYG. (held at the SeattleACS table)

15:30

Talk : What is amateur radio ? With Brian KG7WRK.

16:00

Activity : Intro to Morse code with Quentin K7DRQ.

16:30

Talk : HamWAN – high speed data connectivity over radio, with Carl N7KUW.

17:00

Talk : SSTV with Kirk AG7YM.

18:30

Dinner. Chef Mei KI7TZA is cooking !

19:30

The raffle ! Door prizes galore.

21:00

Net : The Nine O’clock Net with Schevonne KJ7USZ.

Sunday, June 26th

07:30

Activity : Making contacts over satellite with Quentin K7DRQ.

08:00

Breakfast.

09:00

Net : The Nine O’clock Net with net hosts Jack KI7RMU and Quentin K7DRQ.

11:00

The contest is over. Stations power down and packing up begins.

12:00

Net : The Noon Net with net host Kami KJ7RAB.

14:00

Thanks for coming! Field Day is a wrap.

Stalls and tables

  • The PSRG, the WSARC, and SeattleACS will have tables open with club information and folk to take your questions. Drop on by and learn about the ham community in your area.

  • Bill, N6NBN will be discussing and demonstrating Winlink. Learn how to send emails over the radio. Bill will have his demo set up between 10:00 and 14:00 on Saturday.

  • Cindi KD7KSH of Seattle Emergency Hubs will be discussing community preparedness and response in the face of major disasters, and how Seattle Emergency Hubs can help you prepare and stay safe.

  • A check-in, info, and security table will be available to answer your questions and provide any help you need.

More Details

Field Day 101

This is for those who aren’t quite sure what to expect or who have questions that need answering. Join us on Zoom the Tuesday before Field Day – we’ll have a short talk and some photos from previous Field Days.

If you missed this talk, you can still check out the slides.

Meals

Big thanks to our volunteer chefs ! Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

  • Saturday morning, doughnuts and coffee for those who stayed the night.

  • Lunchtime on Saturday, burgers and hot dog; vegetarian options available.

  • Dinner on Saturday prepared by chef Mei KI7TZA. Menu coming soon.

  • Sunday morning’s breakfast is doughnuts and coffee.

PSRG Nets

The PSRG runs three social nets per day, every day of the year. For Field Day, all of our social nets will be running on emergency power on-site. We will have a station set up nearby which Field Day attendees can check into the nets. Come on by and watch our net hosts at work.

  • Saturday morning’s Nine O’Clock Net with Theresa KG7AII and Dana KG7CGP

  • The Noon Net on Saturday with Jason KJ7GLB

  • The Nine O’Clock Net on Saturday evening with Schevonne KJ7USZ

  • Sunday morning’s Nine O’Clock Net with Jack KI7RMU and Quentin K7DRQ

All amateur operators and their third-party traffic welcome.

Swap meet

Bring your ham radio toys and goodies.

Winlink is essentially email over radio. A network of gateways allow the distribution of emails using radio pathways where internet is unavailable. Join Bill N6NBN at the Seattle Emergency Hubs table for a demonstration of how to use Winlink, any time from 10:00 to 14:00 on Saturday.

Field stations and fox hunting

Ryan Weber, NN7M, and Eric Linxweiler, W7FCL, have been bringing radios to scouting adventures for years. They’ve helped over forty scouts earn the radio merit badge and now have about ten who have their licenses. At this Field Day, they will, along with scouts and teens, set up a field HF station, make contacts separate from the main Field Day stations, do some fox hunting, and generally find ways to have fun with radios with curiosity and fun being the focus.

What is amateur radio ?

Amateur radio is “a thousand hobbies in one.” This talk will give you an introduction to the world of ham radio, from licensing, local talk on repeaters, to working the world on HF.

Making a family communications plan

How will your family connect with each other after a major disaster? Everyone should know the plan and be ready to execute it – even school-aged children. Catherine KJ7DYG will give a short presentation on how to build a plan that works for your family, including options for radios. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion where participants can share advice and sources of further information.

Summits on the Air

SOTA is a program and awards scheme for radio amateurs who enjoy operating in remote places. The idea is to “activate” a peak or summit (designated by the SOTA program) by making a sufficient number of contacts after hiking to the top. Peaks are worth a variable number of points according to their difficulty, and can be found in nearly a hundred countries. SOTA involves using highly portable radio gear, and making the most of low-power operation while staying safe in nature.

An introduction to Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service

Emergency communications and resilience is a central theme of Field Day, and amateur radio can play a key role in helping to maintain the safety of the community. Although many groups and individuals are active members of the area’s em-comm scene, the Seattle ACS provides emergency communications services to the community and works officially with the city.

The Director of Seattle ACS, Tim WT1IM, will be giving an overview of the service in the normal activity area at 13:30 on Saturday. He’ll discuss how the organization works, and how the City of Seattle can leverage amateur radio volunteers to help with emergency response.

A field perspective on the medical kit

This will be an overview of various approaches to medical kits from a field perspective. We will have a brief survey of the logic and illogic of medical kits, what you want, what you need, why you should almost never buy a pre-made kit. The session will be interactive and folks are welcome to bring their own kits for a post lecture “lab”.

Becoming a ham and your journey as a new ham

Whether you’re ham-radio-curious or have taken your first steps in getting licensed, the world of amateur radio is huge and it can be confusing to know what to do first, where to go, and how to get on your feet. Schevonne KJ7USZ first got into ham radio to add another alternative “comms” plan to her wide array of survival tools, for her family, and to survive any manmade or natural disaster. Once she got licensed, she learned about the incredible social side of ham radio, and all the infinite and wonderful rabbit holes one can go down. In this talk, she plans to discuss her journey as new ham radio operator, and all the subsections of ham radio one can enjoy.

Solar power and batteries

Solar power provides a great option for sustainable and survivable power for off-grid locations or where emergency power is required. We’ll discuss the basic components of a solar off-grid power system, how to test solar panels, and demonstrate with a running system on site.

Amateur radio for underrepresented groups

Seattle ACS has a firm commitment to inclusivity for our membership and participation in amateur radio activities. A gathering to promote amateur radio to underrepresented groups - especially women will be held at the Seattle ACS booth at 15:00 on Saturday. All are welcome, but we particularly want to encourage Lady-Hams and women curious about amateur radio, emergency communications and public service to attend.

Intro to Morse code

The original mode for wireless telegraphy in the first days of amateur radio, Morse code is a way to encode messages into a series of dots, dashes, and spaces. As used today, “CW” is still growing in popularity and is an effective mode to get the most out of your power. We’ll introduce it and give you some hand-on-the-key experience sending some code.

HamWAN

The Pacific Northwest radio and emergency communications scenes benefit from HamWAN, a high-speed data network providing internet access, real-time video, repeater linking, and more, to areas without more traditional internet access. This microwave network is a valuable resource for amateur radio enthusiasts.

SSTV

Slow Scan TV, everything for the arm chair enthusiast. A bit of history, the protocol, best practice, and how to get on the air.

Raffle

Jack KI7RMU will be running a raffle, with lots of ham goodies you can win as door prizes. More details to come.

Making contacts over satellite

We’ll be attempting to make a contact via an amateur radio repeater onboard a low-Earth orbit satellite. All radio satellite passes between Friday and Sunday are listed here, for a handful of “birds”.

Important

We are working on scheduling a number of activities and talks; watch this space for more details. The current schedule very likely to change quite a bit in the coming weeks.