Field Day is Here!

Tomorrow, June 28th, Field Day begins. The Decatur Amateur Radio Club will be participating for the 55th time.

Field Day 2008Our operation this year will be class 2F, from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Morgan County Courthouse. This was a difficult decision to abandon the shelter at Point Mallard, but since several of our best operators and helpers will be unavailable this year, we had to do something to protect the equipment through the early morning hours when no one will be operating. You can see the place on the ARRL Field Day Locator web page. Search for W4ATD.

There will be 2 stations. One will be in the basement EOC radio room, and the other will be in the upstairs lobby area. We will have a G5RV antenna between 2 towers on the roof, and another G5RV strung from the edge of the roof to the top of a nearby tree.

We could certainly use some operators! If you are in Decatur on Saturday (and you don’t mind missing the air show in Huntsville) then come on out. Evening hours are when things begin to slow down as far as people, so anytime you come or anything you may wish to help out with will be appreciated!

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Field Day is Coming!

Field Day 2008 will be here in just 3 weeks! Last night’s club meeting was preparatory to our effort.

Unfortunately, some of the regulars who give us considerable help are not available for part or all of the weekend. We will need additional support. If you can help out, contact me (secretary (at) and we can find something for you to do!

Last year was a great Field Day effort. Here’s the rundown:

  • W4ATD placed 52nd overall out of 2,334 entries. Our total score was 9,284.
  • We placed 2nd overall in the state of Alabama out of 24 stations.
  • We placed 4th overall in the Southeastern Division out of 173 stations.
  • In class 2A, we placed 10th overall out of 477 stations.
  • In class 2A, we were #1 of 7 stations in Alabama.
  • We were #2 of 32 in class 2A in the Southeastern Division.

June 28th and 29th are the dates. We want to improve our score this year. Come join us! It will be a blast as usual!

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New and Improved!

Greetings! Welcome to the redesigned site for the Decatur Amateur Radio Club.

The site is in the form of a “blog”, so it will be easier for updates to be posted.

Information about the club is contained in the “About” tab. Our current club officers are listed in the “Current Officers” tab, with links to their information at Additional links of interest are posted in the column on the left.

Hopefully things will be updated more regularly. The design still will get a few “tweaks” here and there.

Enjoy the site!

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