The Macon County Amateur Radio Club, NØPR, participated in the 2013 ARRL Field Day operation. Field Day is a test of emergency communication capabilities and is an important training exercise for Amateur Radio operators. The Field Day Site was located off Jupiter Road at Long Branch Lake State Park. This year the Radio Club contacted more than 641 Amateur Radio Stations from all over the United States, Canada and U.S. territories.
There were 12 Amateurs who helped set-up and operate a total of three complete radio operating stations using a large variety of antenna systems. In addition to these stations, there was a separate complete Amateur Radio station designated for new Amateurs known as GOTA. This station was used to help them become familiar with High Frequency Emergency Operating procedures. All contacts were logged on computers to prevent duplicate contacts.
This year Paul Poteet, ABØC, operated a special digital station that utilized PSK-31. Paul provided a program on the operation of the mode and made a significant number of Digital Contacts. Many of the visitors at the Field Day site stopped by to learn more about Amateur Radio and the Field Day operation. In 2013, Field Day began Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m. and ended on June 23, at 1 p.m.
Field Day helps train and preparation operators for an Amateur Radio response during disasters and other emergencies that would make normal communications unavailable or unreliable. Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Floods are just a few of the situations that would require the skills and equipment of Amateur Radio Operators. The Amateur Radio Emergency Services program assist Law enforcement, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Emergency Preparedness and many other served agencies that need additional communications help during a crisis.