5th Annual Experimental MF/LF Outreach and Demonstration Set for Field Day:
The ARRL Letter
June 15, 2017
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Fifth Annual Experimental MF/LF Outreach and Demonstration Set for Field Day Weekend:
Again this year, several radio amateurs who also hold FCC Part 5
Experimental licenses for 630 and 2,200 meters will transmit Field Day
greetings throughout Field Day weekend, June 24-25.
"This event has been organized for the fifth consecutive year to
promote awareness of the new MF and LF amateur allocations ahead of the
opening of the bands to hams in the US," John Langridge, KB5NJD/WB2XIQ,
told ARRL. "It's an opportunity where hams and ham gear come together
for a fun weekend, and we hope to add yet another layer to the mix."
will be on from throughout the US, including Alaska. Additional details
and operational status
http://njdtechnologies.net/field-day-2017-details/ will be posted as
they become available.
Langridge encouraged Field Day stations to use HF rigs that include
general coverage receivers capable of listening below 500 kHz, coupled
to "whatever antennas they might have on site to listen for these
stations and others." He said HF dipoles and verticals are probably
best, with any antenna tuners placed in bypass mode.
"Let's face it: It's summer, and noise is high, so some groups will
have more success than others, particularly on skywave paths at night
when the noise level increases tremendously," Langridge said, "but we
have found that the exposure to these bands through this event has been
quite high in previous years."
"I hope there are a lot of impromptu attempts to copy these stations,"
Langridge said. "It's a very good engineering exercise for those who
like to build antennas on the fly to increase their signal-to-noise
Reports are requested and may be sent to respective station operators,
but stations are also encouraged to enter reports on the online
QSO/Reception Report Form
http://w5jgv.com/enterlogs.htm for the ARRL
600 Meter Experimental Group, WD2XSH. They also can earn Field Day
points by sending NTS traffic to ARRL (225 Main St., Newington, CT
06111; 860-594-0200) indicating which stations were heard. Read more
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