2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day

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Christopher K.
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2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day

Post by Christopher K. » December 14th, 2018, 4:07 pm

As determined by the American Radio Relay League, 2019's ARRL Field Day emergency exercise will run from 1pm CDT on Saturday 22 June to 1pm CDT on Sunday 23 June. This year's stated goal is "to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions". Field Day being the most popular Amateur Radio event, it is expected that 30,000 to 40,000 North American "hams" will take part.

The Highland Road Park Observatory will be open to the general public from 2pm to 10pm on Saturday only. There will be no admission fee. The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will host a GOTA station and other educational activities during that time span.

More information:
http://www.arrl.org/field-day

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Re: 2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day

Post by Christopher K. » April 19th, 2019, 3:11 pm

HRPO's current Rocket Range chemical rocket bidding will begin tomorrow. This rocket will be a brand-new Quest Viper. The bidding begins at five dollars. The bidding ends at 1pm on Saturday 22 June; the launch (weather permitting) will be at 2pm that same day as the opening activity for American Radio Relay League Field Day. The bidders must all be eighteen or over; the person who pushes the launch button must be at least eight years of age.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/observatory/rocket_donations.html

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Re: 2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day

Post by Christopher K. » April 25th, 2019, 1:39 pm

The Highland Road Park Observatory will offer a precursor lecture to ARRL Field Day: "The Amateur Radio Service", at 7:30pm on Friday 24 May. The lecture has no admission fee and is aimed at an audience ten years of age and older! Remember, the FCC has no age restriction on earning amateur radio licenses.

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Re: 2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day

Post by Christopher K. » June 22nd, 2019, 11:08 am

Here is the working schedule...
1pm = 2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day begins
2pm = HRPO open to public
3:30pm to 5:30pm = solar viewing (weather permitting)
4pm to 5pm = showing of "The Future of Lunar Exploration"
5pm to 8pm = Radio Quest quiz game (to earn prizes)
7pm to 10pm = showing of original audio/video of Apollo 11 Moon landing
7:30pm = Professor Rob Hynes opens the 20OGS for tours
8pm to 9pm = Mercury viewing (weather permitting)
8pm to 10pm = Jupiter viewing (weather permitting)
8:44pm to 8:51pm = mag 1.9 pass of USA 186
9:08pm to 9:19pm = mag 2.5 pass of the Cosmos 1943 rocket
9:15pm to 9:25pm = mag 2.1 pass of an H-IIA 202 rocket
9:35pm to 9:47pm = mag 2.1 pass of the Cosmos 2369 rocket
9:40pm to 9:44pm = mag 2.5 pass of SL27 rocket
9:45pm to 9:53pm = mag 1.9 pass of the Resurs 01 rocket
10pm = HRPO closed to public
1pm Sunday = 2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day ends

During the entire public time, visitors are offered a chance to sit at the GOTA (Get on the Air) Station and make a contact. Also, all visiting kids will receive a special invitation to return to HRPO on Friday 5 July to take part in a special rocket construction workshop sponsored by the Louisiana Space Consortium!

Below is the NOAA forecast for ARRL Field Day time of 2pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 29%
relative humidity, 58%
temperature, 33˚C
heat index, 39˚C
surface wind, S 13 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "poor" (1 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. The 20OGS shutter is retracting automatically now.

The 22 June 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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