Field Day 2013

Field Day is always a great opportunity for the WGD Leadership to be out and about in the community visiting with folks and seeing how great the Division Amateur’s come together to operate in collective force.   Several of the Division Leadership members tendered Field Day reports.

Director Woolweaver spent the weekend in North Texas, in part with NTX SM Chris Brewer, N5GMJ.  Starting in the Fort Worth, Director Woolweaver crisscrossed the area from far West Forth Worth, North to Denton, South to Arlington and East to Sachse – exploring fourteen (14) Field Day sites and visiting countless people as it seemed like the entire amateur community turned out for Field Day.  While visiting the Lockheed Martin ARC, David and Chris assisted in the installation of an antenna mast.  Director Woolweaver was especially pleased to have an opportunity to meet Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez at the DARC and participate in the DARC Tech Net on Saturday evening.  For the 2013 Field Day event, DARC teamed up with members of the University of Texas at Dallas ARC, Dallas REACT, Dallas Makerspace and the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas to create a supersized event that enabled them to share knowledge and continue their efforts of team building, experiences and fun.  In addition to Sheriff Valdez, three members of the Dallas County Sheriff Command Staff and a City of Dallas Police Corporal attended the DARC event held annually at Flag Pole Hill in Dallas.

Vice Director Stratton concentrated on the South Texas/Houston area for his Field Day travels.  He visited eight sites spread from Katy to College Station.  According to Stratton, “It was HOT, but it was fun!”

Assistant Director Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW and his YL Barbara, KC5GFR visited multiple Field Day sites in the Austin area including Williamson County, ARC, Ham Buds, Austin ARC, Hay-Caldwell ARC and the Alamo Area Repeater Organization.  While Paul and Barbara were visiting the Austin ARC, Texas Representative Jason Issac (District 45-R serving Blanco and Hayes Counties) took time away from the Legislative Special Session, to see what Amateur Radio was all about.  Accompanied by President Lori Schmidt, KM5MQ, Jeff Schmidt N5MNW did an excellent job of explaining amateur radio and the details of Field Day activities to the Representative.  Paul and Barbara also enjoyed a great meal with the Alamo Area Repeater Organization and they wish to thank everyone for their hospitality that day!

John, AE5B and Carla, K5RLA Dyer, Assistant Directors in West Texas visited the Key City ARA in Abilene on Saturday afternoon and then traveled to Midland to visit the Midland ARC’s site Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

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