Ohio Valley Experimenters Club

The Ohio Valley Experimenters Club (OVEC for short) is a USA HAM radio based non-profit organization dedicated to the education and experimentation of the HAM radio world. Our organization welcomes any licensed as well as non-licensed HAM radio operators at every meeting and event we hold through out the year. For more information about our organization please click the link entitled "About Us" at the top of this page.


Field Day 2017 Information

Field Day 2017 Information

OVEC will be holding Field Day 2017 at the same location as last year: 4962 Beechwood Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45244.

This year we will be operating as N8A (special event callsign to commemorate the annual K9MUL Field Day) as a 3AB station - 3 transmitters, non-commercial and non-generator power, QRP.

We will be running a GOTA station for inactive hams or unlicensed people who are interested in ham radio! This is your chance to get on the air with a coach who will guide you through making contacts.

Once again we will be experimenting with a number of different antenna types, from standard dipoles to NVIS inverted vees, and for the first time we will have a 10-15-20 meter beam.

All are welcome at our Field Day site, licensed or unlicensed. We will be having a potluck dinner on Saturday at 6:30 pm - please bring a dish or a side to share.

We will be monitoring 147.555 and 447.800 so feel free to contact us on either simplex frequency.

What is "Field Day?"

First off, any member of the public can participate during the event. You do NOT need to be a licnsed amateur radio operator to transmit on frequency. Many organizations (including OVEC) have licensed operators on site that will allow you to transmit on the frequencies that we use. It's a great way to "get your feet wet" and see if you like the hobby!

The official definition of the Field Day event is as follows; To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries. The best part of the event is that you don't even have to be a licensed radio operator!

What the above paragraph really means is that Field Day is an exercise for amateur radio operators to practice emergency preparedness. Typically a lot of radio operators will purposely setup all of the equipment in remote areas (away from their "normal" base stations that might be located in their houses, club facilities, etc.). Quite often ALL of the equipment is running OFF GRID. This means that all radios, logging computers, tuners, needed equipment, etc. is running on either generators, solar panels and/or special batteries (occasionally this is a mix). This kind of an environment is optimal if there were ever a real emergency and the area that services would be needed has no operating electricity, etc. This is a real test for emergency preparedness and is a wonderful way to be prepared in case something REALLY bad happens.

In addition to emergency preparedness Field Day is a wonderful way to make contacts with other amateur radio operators all over the world. There are even "contests" that are held during the event and a club/organization can gain "points" based on the number of contacts they get, the category that they are in, if they are off grid/on grid, etc.

For more information about what the annual Field Day event is please head over to ARRL's website (American Radio Relay League - Field Day).

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