Apr 15, 2016

Final Plan : Chennai Hams CARES / ARSI National Field day 2016

The Amateur Radio Society of India’s (ARSI) National Field day will be conducted on 16-17th of April, 2016.


The Chennai Amateur Radio Emergency Services group, CARES, is  participating with details as given below

WHEN: Field day activity time between 12 Noon 16th April to 12 Noon 17th April.
Station setup and antenna Installation will be done from 15th April afternoon onwards

WHERE:  Baker Farms, Anna Nagar, Thenpakkam village, Achrapakkam, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu 603301, a quiet village located about 100 Kms from Chennai. Land mark : Next to Aavin Parlour in NH 45 - Chennai Tiruchi Highway.

HOW: We invite the following type of participants

Visitors : Folks who want to visit the Field day either during 16th or 17th but will not be staying overnight.

Resident participant : Folks who will be participating for the full duration of field day with over night stay.

COST: No registration fee. We welcome donation to defray logistics cost. We also welcome sponsorship in any form like logistics cost, food / coffee.


No food will be provided by organisers. Food purchased from a nearby hotel can be bought AT COST at the location. There are a few vegetarian hotels in a 3 Km radius

Resident participants HAVE to bring their own bedding material and will be provided shelter in the night in either shamiana setup in the mango grove or the guest house terrace. 3 rest rooms are available at the guest house.

Places of interest near by : (For combining as a family outing)
1. Thirumalai vayavoor Hill temple
2. Karunguzhi Hill temple


3 complete stations DC to Daylight class  HF/VHF/UHF Trans receivers with Computer logging and capable of operating all digital modes, with Internet Access, with provision for setting up 1 more station if sufficient interest exists. The location has reliable 3 phase power. We plan to have 2 Gensets and a number of 12 V batterys of 42 AH and 100 AH capacity and Inverter/UPS with similar battery capacity as backup power source

RIGS: TS 2000 HF/VHF/UHF Satellite station, Icom IC7000, Icom IC718, VU2ZAZ SDR HF Transreceiver
ANTENNAS : covering all 9 HF bands (80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 Meter bands), Top Band ( 160m), VHF 6m and 2m and UHF 70 Cm Installed in a sprawling 35 ACRE Mango Grove
1. VU2ABS Hexbeam - 20/17/15/12/10/6 m band
2. Homebrew Spiderbeam covering 20/17/15/12/10 m band
 3. Butternut Verticals covering 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 m band
4. Dipole/Inverted V for 40m/20m to be built and tuned insite as a training opportunity for the newcomer/inexperienced.

If sufficient volunteers are identified

1. Full size vertical for 80 with elevated radials
2. 160m Inverted L with elevated radials
3. 300 feet Beverage Antenna Low band RX antenna installed in 4 directions
4. VHF/UHF antenna for satellite working


Opportunity to see a complete HF station with Best in class antenna's with antennas installed without any space constraint.
To be part of antenna assembly and installation
Install, configure and operate the following
1.Computer Transreceiver interface - Audio In/Out, CW, FSK, CAT
2. Contest Logging - N1MM software
3 Station management software - Ham Radio Deluxe - Last free version and DX Labs Suite which comprise of software for
    3a. General QSO logging
    3b Trans receiver CAT control
    3c. Propagation prediction
    3d. Award tracking - DXCC, CQ WAZ ...
    3e. QSL management - LOTW, EQSL, Paper QSL
    3f Rotator control
    3g. Satellite pass prediction and tracking
    3h. Digital modes
4. SDR Software, Hardware installation configuration and operating
4 Digital modes - CW, RTTY, PSK31, JT65, JT9, SSTV

Web resources for the modern ham : Like pskreporter.info  dxsummit.fi  reversebeacon.net LOTW  Eqsl.cc
Clublog.org and many more ..

Have the opportunity to make atleast 1 QSO in every HF band and every mode.

Learn about propagation changes happening in a 24 hour period. More specifically Grayline propagation. Band opening/closing  to all continents in various bands

How to make, install and tune a simple dipole?

Soldering PL259 connectors to RG213, RG58

Lots of youtube / webinar video's available for viewing and copying/sharing for home viewing

Installation do be done as a pre field day activity. During the field day operating period, rooster will be prepared such that all stations are operational fully making as many QSO's as possible conditions permitting. Remember Field day is ALL ABOUT OPERATING AND MAKING QSO's

Register your participation by filling the form in this link

Any additional info needed pls contact as below:
* VU2MOA-Mohan-9840023391
* VU2ABS-Aravind-9283155706
* VU3VWR-Raghav-9840974543

* Simplex VHF Frequency : 145.500

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