On Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29, 2014 HOTARC participated in a national annual special event sponsored by the ARRL. Field Day is an annual event when ham radio operators across the country set up "emergency operations" and contact as many other stations as possible in a contest-like fashion. (Watch the 30-sec video below for a quick look.) HOTARC's Field Day activities began at 9:30 AM Saturday, when we—in just a couple hours—erected an emergency operations communications center with three stations capable of world-wide communications. Starting at 1 PM, we operated those stations—without commercial electricity, continuously, for 24 hours—wrapping up operations at 1 PM on Sunday.
We set up our communications site at Warren Park, in Hewitt, TX, demonstrating our ham radio skills in action, enjoying food/fellowship with fellow hams, and gladly helping interested visitors talk into a ham radio microphone—many for the first time—to someone on the opposite side of the country.
Being a national contest event, we kept records of all our contacts and submitted the data to the ARRL. In past years, HOTARC has been a top performer in north Texas.
HOTARC was ranked second in the North Texas 2A category!
Photos from Field Day 2014 (click for larger images)