Date(s) - 05/31/2021
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
SCARC Field Day Academy 2021 will be held in the Oak Woods Shelter at Ledges State Park. Approximate GPS coordinates of the Oak Woods Shelter are 41.99504N -93.87912W and a highlighted map is available here: Ledges – Oak Woods Shelter map
Please see the formal announcement for additional event details here: Field Day Academy 2021
Setup, orientation, and hands-on training and demonstration activities will begin at 08:00 and continue until 10:00. ALL participants should plan to attend this portion of the event if possible – even if their on-air coaching reservation is later in the day. The on-air activity will take the form of a Parks On The Air (POTA) activation for which the operator will receive “credit” for the QSOs they make.
A pre-event training session will be held via Microsoft Teams on May 20th at 19:30. A link to participate in this training will be provided to all SCARC members via the club’s groups.io mailing list in advance of the Field Day Academy event, and a recording will also be made available publicly after the training for those unable to attend in-person. If you sign up for an on-air session, participation in this pre-event training is VERY STRONGLY encouraged. Topics will include on-air protocol and logging procedures, radio and software familiarization, tips for making contacts and holding a frequency while calling CQ, example QSO exchanges for Field Day and POTA activations, and recordings of previous live Field Day and POTA contacts to allow advance practice.
On-air activity will commence at 10:00. Guests and observers are welcome to attend, however on-air participation will be restricted to current dues-paid SCARC members only due to the limited number of available spaces. SCARC members may only sign up for ONE on-air timeslot however participants are STRONGLY encouraged to participate for both setup AND to observe at least a portion of the on-air activities of other participants.
All participants, visitors, and guests must observe current CDC and State of IDPH recommended pandemic control protocols with respect to masks and social distancing.
The event will open for registration at midnight on Monday May 3, 2021