|Kendall Amateur Radio Society||
Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU
regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications
preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, and in
Canada, it is
typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in both
Countries, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Since the
first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America
have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in
environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to
operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).
has been participating in Field day since 1981.
is a contest between ourselves and other ARRL clubs in the US and
Canada. Our Field Day location is the K5NOF ranch located at 48 Rust
Lane, Boerne, TX. The location is large enough to allow multiple radio
stations on the air at the same time with covered locations for the
operators and stations; we have had as many as seven going at the same
These allow us to operate CW, Digital and SSB with little interference
between one and another.
how did we do this past Field Day - 2017. Not that bad. We
were able to use the "Foxtrot" classification due to our
relationship with Kendall County EOC and having an EOC unit on the
Field Day site. With five transmitters, we scored third of 13
Nationally, with 808 QSO's and a score of 3716. I suppose it is
all a matter of priorities. Ours is to go for a reasonable score
while offering operating opportunities to our new Hams.
Field Day is always held over the last full weekend of June. This year, Field Day - 2018 will commence at 1800Z (1300 local) on June 23 and end at 1759Z (1259 local) June 24. Setup will commence at 1300 local on the 22nd. Operation will be from the Kendall County EOC trailers and from other locations at our Field Day site. All operators should try to walk the property beforehand to obtain a good idea what they will need for setup. A BBQ lunch will commence around Noon on June 23 during which we will sort out a schedule of who does what and when.
and CW contacts count the most for score. So we generally have a core group of CW operators to assure a respectable score. At the same
time we use Field Day to teach our new operators on-the-air skills, and
try to provide on-the-air experience to as many as we can. We will
include you in the CW schedule if you know how to "pound
brass." Otherwise will find a place for you on a key board or at
the microphone. We want our new members to operate!
Directions to K5NOF
From Main St in Boerne, take TX-46 east five
miles to Rust Lane. There will be a protected left turn lane at Rust.
Two tenths of a mile west on the driveway, you will see a big green gate
on the right. There will be a sign AL PJ 48 on the right. Turn
right through the gate and follow the driveway onto the ranch.