June 12, 2016


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     With Field Day 2016 just around the corner, the Sangamon Valley Radio Club is ready to go! This year's event is expected to be the largest in Club history, with Saturday, June 25 being promoted publicly as Field Day/Family Day. In addition to the public being invited to watch amateur radio operators participate in the national Field Day contest, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be junior weather observation classes for youths and teens taught by retired WAND-TV meteorologist Lee Davis, W9IDS;  a "Maker Faire" featuring working displays of 3-D printing and related equipment from the Springfield Makersgroup, whose membership draws heavily from the amateur radio community; electronics projects for youths; and a GOTA (Get on the Air) site to give youngsters and adults an opportunity to experience talking on the air. In addition, there will be indoor displays from the American Red Cross, Ameren which is providing us with Family Safety Emergency tote bags, the National Weather Service and of course, the Club itself.
     The contest portion will run from 11 a.m. Saturday through 1 p.m. Sunday, all at the Riverton Middle School in Riverton. On Saturday, members of the Riverton High School cheerleading squad's parent association will be selling soft drinks, food, and snacks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m in the Middle School gymnaisum, which will also be the site of all the displays and workshops as well as our traditional Field Day Pot Luck dinner, open to those participating in Field Day and their families, that takes place at 6 p.m. (The cafeteria and main entrance to the building is closed for repairs and new construction).  Visitors will be using the east door to the gymnasium, with signs directing them to the new entryway.
      Operators should check-in at the Communications van just east of the building, near the track. At check-in, they will receive an information packet, badge, and a operational layout and information guide to their set-up site as well as emergency numbers and weather information.

                                               SVRC At County Fair
      SVRC will also be participating in ARRL's national Youth Day on Saturday, June 18 at the Sangamon County Fair in New Berlin. The Club's display, put together by board member Sharon Robson, KC9UJB,  will provide youths with an opportunity to get-on-the air and be awarded an ARRL Kids Day Certificate of Participation.

                                      Club Picnic at Clayville
     Ham radio operators from around the area are being invited to attend the Club's annual summer family picnic that this year will be held Julyon Sunday, July 24 on the grounds of the historic Clayville restored village near Pleasant Plains. We have an exclusive on the site. Details will be posted on the website an elsewhere as the date draws closer, but we look forward to this oportunity to meet and exchange hobby information with our counterparts from across Central Illinois.