Field Day 2015

ARRL Field Day is June 27-28, 2015

2015 Field Day Logo Red Design 1The Blue River Valley Amateur Radio Society will be holding ARRL Field Day 2015 in front of Bill’s Satellite, 711 E State Road 44
Shelbyville, IN 46176. We are thankful to Bill Price for allowing us to setup at his business location this year. This location will give us great access to the public on Field Day since Bill’s business is located on busy SR44 on the near east side of Shelbyville. We have printed banners we will put up so that folks passing by will know what we are up to. We will be operating on generator power and erecting antennas in the AM prior to 1800 UTC on the 27th.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2015 is June 27-28.

As stated on the ARRL website the objective of Field Day is “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.

“Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!”

More details about Field Day 2015 will be posted here as the they become available.


ARRL Field Day Shelby County wound up being a great success in spite of the windy weather. The location was good and exposed us well to the public. Lots of folks honked as they passed by. Most of us started off the day with breakfast at Denny’s(this was a Ham Breakfast Saturday anyway). We started the setup at 10:30AM and had a radio on the air less than an hour later. We put up a mult-band fan dipole antenna attached to a 30′ mast held up by an 8′ tripod stand and a few guy ropes. We used a Kenwood TS-2000 radio and no problems talking all over the USA. We had several out of County visitors both for breakfast and FD setup. John Emerson, KC9YHE, and Gary Day, KA9ZYL, made it down from Marion and Hendricks Counties respectively. Gary is somewhat “infamous” for his moped excursions to various events around the State. It took some time on the 145.480MHz repeater Saturday morning to get him around some flood waters blocking roads to the West of Shelbyville. The repeater came in real handy since Gary was working from an HT mounted on his moped. It also looks like we have picked up a couple of new members for the Society as well due to Field Day operations and the related advertising. Thanks to all who showed up and helped with the setup, operations and tear down.