Every June the Oh-Ky-IN Amateur Radio Society sets up an off-the-grid communications camp in scenic Mitchell Memorial Forest. Field Day is ham radio’s “open house” and the Oh-Ky-In ARS encourages you to come participate in and visit our “open house”. One of the coolest things about Field Day is making contacts with the other clubs and people who are also participating in the same event all across North America –more than 40,000 hams all together. It’s amazing –all these hams joined together in unity and the passion for radio frequency communication- all doing this as a way to demonstrate the science and skills amateurs are so willing to share. All in a spirit of service to our communities and our nation! But Field Day isn’t just about technical skill –even though any ham will be happy to share the expertise they’ve learned and earned in this wonderful hobby- it’s also about fun and camaraderie.
The fun begins at 2 PM on Saturday June 22 and lasts until 2 pm on Sunday June 23 (with set-up and tear-down before and after). Radio operations go non-stop for an entire 24 hours! And like any athletes, those who compete in radio-sport need good food. At 6 PM June 22 the club will host a picnic where food and drinks will be provided to visitors, overseen by the mighty Chef John (call sign). Side dishes are always encouraged. Bring a slab of meat along with you and stick around until the witching hour for the Midnight Steak Out. This is when the operators regather their energy and strength for the long push of making contact after contact until the break of dawn –and beyond.
After your belly is full see how contacts are made using morse code, voice, and digital modes. Get on the air yourself if you are licensed ham –or if you’re not- our friendly hams will have you talking across the globe, surfing on the shortwaves, at our Get-On-the-Air station in no time! There will also be hams demonstrating making contacts via satellite and of that venerable sport fox hunting –or radio signal direction finding, using radios to find hidden transmitters. In today’s electronic DIY environment, ham radio remains is one of the best ways for people to learn electronics, physics, meteorology, among other scientific disciplines. Amateur radio is a huge asset to any community during disasters when standard communications infrastructure goes down.
All the work involved in Field Day is made easy, and any difficulty made fun because ham radio operators get excited by challenges. We want to show the world just how well we can rise to the occasion. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio or ham radio has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a time of disaster. Hams responded during the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Field Day demonstrates the reliability of ham radio to work under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent and resilient communications network.
When: 2PM June 22 – 2PM June 23 2019
Where: Mitchell Memorial Forest
5401 Zion Rd, Cleves, OH 45002
Setup:Friday evening, June 21. Come help setup antennas and see the equipment before it is being used for the event. Set up continues with Odds & Ends and final touches Saturday morning.
Talk in frequency: 146.67Mhz pl 123
Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate around the world. Come out to our Field Day and see it in operation!
For more information:
ARRL – What is Field Day