Field Day 2019
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Public Service / Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Prescott-Russell ARC Participates in Field Day 2019
Submitted by Michael Hickey, VE3IPC
Ontario East Section Manager.
The PrescottRussell Amateur
Radio Club held its
Field Day 2019
event on the
weekend of June 22
and 23 at
The event was organized by Alain,
VE3TLO, Denis, VE3FBE and Mike,
VE3IPC and included a 2A station and a
Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station.
Day setup consisted of: a 6 metre,
3-element beam; a Triband HF beam;
a Triband inverted “V”; a separate G5RV
wire antenna for CW; and a dual band
VHF/UHF antenna for the GOTA station.
As shown in the photos. There
was also a pivoting 50-foot tower that was
pulled up “in one move” by a truck using
the Falling Derrick Tilt-up Method – fully
assembled with the first three antennas
mentioned above plus a rotator. Lastly,
a late addition to the tower afterwards
was the Internet dish provided by IGS
Hawkesbury, one of the club’s sponsors.
The two HF stations were installed in the
club’s enclosed trailer – one for SSB and
one for CW – continuous around the clock
using the call sign VE3PRD. The enclosed
trailer was modified for a “2A” station
operation by Club President Jeff, VA3ISP
and Dean, VA3OFF.
A 10' x 10' portable canopy with a screen
mesh was installed at the rear door of the
2A trailer. To the rear of the canopy was a
10' x 15' inflatable tent provided by Tulmar
Safety Systems to the club for the Field
Day radio event use.
This served to house
the GOTA HF and the dual band V and U
stations, plus the Public Relations tables
displaying the registration log binder and
the two RAC pamphlets, one on Amateur
Radio and one on ARES. There were also
some extra TCA magazines on the table,
compliments of RAC.
The DC supply for all four operating
stations and a few LED lights was
provided by Denis, VE3FBE: four Lithium
Ion (latest generation) battery bank,
equivalent in power to eight “Group 31”
RV batteries. The batteries were encased
in a wooden crate with a charge controller,
a voltmeter and a 3,000 watt sine-wave
inverter mounted to the side of the crate.
Very heavy to lift! Two 300-watt, 36-volt
solar panels were provided by Solar Tech
Canada in Hawkesbury, and a long run of
10 gauge DC wires.
The Visitor’s Log for the event listed 27
names: seven radio ops and 22 visitors
including the 11 club members who
helped with the Field Day setup. There
were also another five individuals who did
not sign in for a total of 32 participants in
all. Of this, 18 individuals stopped by for a
visit including other Amateurs and
members of the public.
One Amateur who
stopped by was Humberto, LU1DNI, who
had just arrived from Argentina and was
chauffeured in by a club member to visit
the Field Day site.
He was very impressed
and happy to be there.
Other special guests included: Normand
Riopel, the Mayor of the Township of
Champlain; a newspaper journalist who
became aware of the event thanks to a
press release issued by the club; and a
member of the County’s Emergency
All enjoyed their tour
of the installations and for each this was
their first Field Day visit.
According to the PR-ARC President Jeff
Dale, VA3ISP, our official score was
2,896. This result was brought about by
all of the volunteers who helped make this
a successful event.
At the debrief the
following week several club members
indicated that this was perhaps the best
event the club has ever organized.