BARS will be on the air as W1HH for Field Day 2019 (June 22 and 23) in Billerica! The operation will be class 2F – two 100W HF CW/SSB stations, at an emergency operations center. We will have emergency power available. Bands used will be mostly 80/40/20 with others as they become open and active. A VHF all mode station and FT8 digital station may be active as well. Talk-in frequency will be 146.52 simplex (Billerica EMA monitoring) or you can try hailing us on the Billerica W1DC repeater (147.12 103.5Hz).
Our FD Chair is Ken Caruso, WO1N. Please direct questions to him at his QRZ email address. Ken is managing operating teams and schedules so if you would like to get on the air with W1HH do get in touch with Ken. We will be using teams of two for operating and logging using N1MM software. If you are not an expert, don’t be nervous – our experienced ops are happy to coach you in logging and calling/answering CQs and will get you up to speed. Our site will have areas to socialize, and the building has ample ways to shelter from the weather and bugs, too.
This is a joint effort between BARS and the Billerica Emergency Management team. The site is owned by the Town of Billerica and Kevin Fallon, KB1KTR, was instrumental in making this collaboration possible. The site is located at the Billerica EMA Barracks, 67 Alexander Road, Billerica MA 01821. Our setup will be at the first of the large row of buildings.
Please see the details of the site at the ARRL FD Locator site at:
Please note that visitors must abide by the EMA team rules, one of which is that no smoking or alcohol are allowed on site. Do come by and see us!
Iyou are a BARS member or ham radio operator who is interested in participating in the BARS field day operation this year and would like additional details, you can reach out to Ken directly, as mentioned above, or contact someone from BARS leadership via the contact form located here.
We hope to see you at Field Day!