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By San Antonio Radio Club - SARC

EXTRA! EXTRA! EXTRA! EXTRA!FIELD DAY 2019Field Day 2019is nigh upon us!All SARC members are encouraged to participate in Field Day. Yes, you can bring all of your own equip-ment, but you don’t have to bring all of your equip-ment or even any equipment. SARC will have a radio operations tent like pastyears with tables and chairs set up inside it. This tent will be provided with emergency power to operate the radios, com-puters, and lights in it. Antennas will be set up mostly to the west side of the radiooperations tent with coax cables run from the antennas back to the tent. Yes, there is space for more antennas.This year, SARC will operate four HF stations, one VHF/UHF station, and one Get On the Air (GOTA) station. SARC has a number of Amateur Extra licensed members who will operate as control operators so those with Technician and General licenses will be able to operate on Ex-tra frequencies. Those without a license will be able to operate with control operators. The term “operate” means touch the equipment and transmit and receive with it. The GOTA station is specifically targeted at new Technicians, but unlincensed people can use it as well with a con-trol operator. If you have problems getting on some bands at home due to restrictions, this is your chance.You may participate in as much or as little of Field Day as you want. You do NOT need to commit to the whole weekend. You can commit to the whole weekend, but you do NOThave to commit to the whole weekend.Yes, we will be participating in the ARRL Field Day Contest part for points, but we intend to have fun first, experiment and learn second, and,last,earn points. We do not plan to win our category. Hence, there is no pressure on making contacts. Mostly, we do the contact part just to see how well we do wth a laid back attidude. Don’t forget: we are an eating club with a radio problem.If you can only come to a part of Field Day, arrange to be there at 6:00 p. m., on Sat-urday, June 22, 2019, for Grady’s BBQ.