Tandem Radio Amateurs Club (TRAC)
ARRL's Field Day Event, June 1994
Field Day is a 24-hour exercise (not really a contest) where radio clubs
and individuals set up emergency-type stations and use them to contact other
stations across the nation. The purpose is to train the club members in
the steps needed to respond to a real emergency, where loss of electrical power and
facilities mandate quickly setting up radio stations in field-type locations
to give assistance to local relief agencies and to relay messages out of
a disaster area to other parts of the country.
TRAC wants to be in a position to provide this service to our local community
and to the Tandem family.
One reason for selecting the Cupertino Village shopping center as our operating
location this year was to be able to demonstrate
amateur radio to the community. We posted signs at some of the local stores
and passed out flyers describing what we were doing and letting people know
the value of amateur radio during emergencies. People could watch as we
logged new stations, and several asked for our information on getting their
We limited our operation to Saturday morning and afternoon, breaking down
in the early evening to make way for a car show scheduled for Sunday morning.
As Ed (KD6UBY) looks on, Patty (N6BIS) logs another contact on 10 meters
as Barry (N5NWI) from Tandem-Austin stands by. The station
was in a grassy area within the courtyards
of Cupertino Village, and we installed awnings above to shade us from the
warm sun. Barry also made several contacts on 2-M SSB.
Another shot of the HF SSB (voice) operating position.
One really nice thing about Field Day -- it's for EVERYbody! You don't
need to be some super operator; all Club members (and guests) are welcome
to take a turn at the mike or key. It's a good chance to try a mode or band
that you wouldn't normally operate on.
Here's the HF CW (Morse code) station, set up 100 feet from the SSB
station. Frank (N7FF) brought his TS-440, keyer, and paddle and
operated into an R-7 vertical strapped to the arbor covering the
walkways at the Village. He made the bulk of the contacts for our
Field Day operation. Jay (AC6OW) looks on.
The Boy Scouts from Paul's
Troop 566 joined us, setting up a demonstration
of food and supplies that each family should stock for the next big
earthquake (or other emergency).
Many shoppers stopped by to look at the types of foods, jugs of water,
and first aid supplies that are suggested. Flyers from the Red Cross
about planning, checklists, and other literature were distributed. The
Scouts also got a chance to talk on our SSB rigs.
Located in a shady spot, the literature table of the Scouts of Troop 566
was an attractive display, with their Troop flag waving nearby. This was
a good accompaniment to our Field Day.
The 1995 TRAC effort was headed by Ed Legault (KD6UBY), staffed and assisted
by another half dozen Club members. In addition to those in the photos below,
we had a 20' tower and tribander and a recalcitrant generator
loaned by Ted Park (K6XN), and an emergency
preparedness display set up by Paul Wesling (KM6LH) and his
Boy Scout Troop.
We have a few more photos that'll be posted to this Page soon, showing the
Boy Scout demonstration, our Packet Radio station, and a few other goodies.
Field Day is always the third/fourth (?) full weekend of June; that puts it on
June (22-23?) in 1996. See ya all there!!
Paul KM6LH || email to
|| March 15, 1996