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MID-STATE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB.
- ARRL FIELD DAY 2020 -
ARRL Field Day will soon be here. MARC will be participating again this year. For those of you not familiar with Field Day, it is an annual activity open to all amateurs covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organization and countries within Region 2. Its purpose is to practice operating under abnormal conditions (i.e., emergency limitations and/or extreme band activities). The goal is to work as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10-meter HF bands as well as all bands above 50 MHz. using phone, CW, or digital operations (no repeater contacts allowed).
As always, Field Day is on the fourth full weekend of the month of June. That will be June 27-28 this year. Field Day will begin at 18:00 UTC (2:00 pm EDT) on Saturday and ending at 20:59 UTC (5:00 pm EDT) Sunday.
In past years, MARC has operated Field Day from the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center (i.e., Club radio room). However, given the Covid-19 need for social distancing and limits on the club radio access, we will be doing something different this year. ARRL has made some temporary rule changes for 2020.
The temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows participants from any class to optionally include a single club name with their results following Field Day. For example: If Mid-State Amateur Radio Club members Bruce (K9ICP) and Chris (KQ9Y), both participate in the 2020 Field Day – Bruce from his Class D home station, and Chris from his Class C mobile station – both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual personal call signs. In this example Bruce would be using the exchange 1-D IN (1 – transmitter, Class D, Indiana). Chris would use the exchange 1-C IN (1 – transmitter, Class C, Indiana). (See the definition of station classifications in the ARRL rules on-line: http://www.arrl.org/field-day )
Upon completion of Field Day, your log needs to be submitted to the ARRL no later than Tuesday, July 28, 2020 via: Field Day App at: https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php or Field Day Entries, 225 Main St., Newington, CT. 06111. Your cover note for the log should indicate that you are submitting for the Mid-State Amateur Radio Club, Johnson County, Indiana.
We are a General Interest Amateur Radio Club located in Franklin Indiana, our repeaters are on 146.835 MHz with a 151.4 PL, and 443.525 MHz also with a 151.4 PL tone, and are located in Greenwood, Indiana, at Olive Branch Road and S.R. 135. Our repeater is the Official SKYWARN Repeater for Johnson County, Indiana. Club meetings are held at the Johnson County REMC Office located at 750 International Dr, Franklin, IN 46131.
Monthly Meetings... We meet at 8 am on the 3rd. Saturday of each month. You do not have to be a member to attend, all meetings are open to the public and visiting hams. We offer VE Testing after every meeting except in September.Club meetings are held at the Johnson County REMC Office located at 750 International Dr, Franklin, IN 46131.
Map of MARC locations:
Weekly VHF Net... The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club's Net meets on Sunday nights at 7:00 pm. This is an open net and all licensed amateurs are invited and encouraged to participate. (See above for frequency info).
The Amateur Radio Service (Ham Radio) is a federally licensed and administered service. Anyone, regardless of age, can get a license. After successfully passing an exam, you will be given a call sign. Once licensed, ham radio operators use their radio stations to make contacts around the world.
Ham radio is one of the most exciting, friendly, useful, educational and high-tech hobbies around. Hams include a diverse group of people around the world -- engineers, scientists, doctors, astronauts, students, teachers, boaters, pilots, retirees and famous celebrities. You never know who you're going to talk to on-the-air next.
We have resources on this website to help you study for and take the required exam. The following are some of the amazing things you can do with Ham Radio: Take a look - the adventure awaits!!
- Make Contacts Around the World/Make new Friends
- Provide Communications for Local Events & for Emergencies
- Use Your Computer for Digital Communications
- Make Contacts Via Satellites
- Design, Construct, Modify, Radios & Antennas
- Contact the International Space Station
- Make Contacts via Moon-Bounce Signals
Club members, you can pay your Annual Dues online with your PayPal account or using any credit card listed below.
All amateur radio operators are welcome to use either W9MID repeater (146.835 or 443.525 - both w/151.4 PL). If you use one of our repeaters but are not a Club member, we invite you to make a donation to the repeater fund for the maintenance of this service. Thanks.