Lenn Park will be known across the Nation!!!
Culpeper Amateur Radio Association (CARA) in conjunction with American Radio Relay League (ARRL) will be hosting a Field Day, which will take place on June 27 and 28, 2015 at Lenn Park in Culpeper County, Virginia (18063 Stevensburg Road, Culpeper). This is a North American event which will include all 50 states and Canada.
Members of the Culpeper Amateur Radio Association (CARA) plan to be operational and on the air for a 24 hour period beginning Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 0000 hours Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or 2:00 p.m. Saturday local time, and stay on the air continuously until 2400 hours GMT, or 2:00 p.m. Sunday.
Field Day is an opportunity to demonstrate to the public, invited guests, and our respective governmental agencies that under emergency conditions or when a natural or man-made disaster strikes, amateur radio operators within our respective nations can communicate, without commercial power, and operate under these conditions for a sustained and uninterrupted period of time.
During this 24 hour period we make as many on air contacts across these two nations as we can. This is a way of demonstrating that we can set up a series of working amateur radio stations and make contact with other parts of our two great nations. We will let our friends and colleagues know who we are, where we are, and pass traffic (verbal or written communication) nationwide if needed. We will make other international contacts during Field Day, but our primary focus is North America.
We plan to have six or more stations operating at any given time. These stations will be powered by batteries, generators, and solar power.
There will be:
- Two voice side band stations (operators speaking into a microphone).
- Two stations sending and receiving Morse Code (operators using the International Morse Code, or CW).
- Two stations using different forms of digital communications (operators using Radio Teletype (RTTY), or other digital modes).
- In addition to these six stations, we will be using VHF/UHF for local and state wide communications, similar to what we would use in the event that our locality or state needed emergency back-up communications.
This year we hope to communicate with other amateur operators by bouncing radio transmissions off of satellites in earth orbit, and communicating with licensed amateurs radio operators on board the International Space Station. We will have a dedicated station specifically for the public so that unlicensed or newly licensed individuals can give "ham radio" a try. We invite you to "Get On The Air" when you come to Field Day this year!
Members of the Culpeper Amateur Radio Association hope you will come out and see what we can do. After all, when all other modes of communications have failed, amateur radio is still on the air.
Call signs for this year's event will be W4CUL (our local repeater) as well as K4CG.
We hope to see you on Saturday or Sunday, June 27th or 28th, at Lenn Park in Culpeper for Field Day!
Mike Murphy, KD7PUF
SUMMER REGISTRAITON is now OPEN!!!
Be sure to check out the full schedule of Summer offerings. Available activities include: Summer camps, arts & craft classes for kids & adults, Dog Obedience, Horseback riding (ages 4-12yrs), Hot Hula, Square Foot Gardening, and many, many more.
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Kings Dominion Discount Tickets are here!!
Discounted tickets to Kings Dominion are now available for purchase. For dates & pricing click here.
Wicked Bottom Cross Country 5K and 1/2 mile Fun Run was a great Success!
Beautiful weather made for a great event. Over 20 kids participated in the 1/2 mile fun run and over 140 participated in the 5K. The results of the 5K can be found here.
This event was made possible by the generous support of Battlefield Automotive Group of Culpeper - the Main Supporter
In addition to generous donations from:
Beer Hound Brewery,
CJ's Soft Serve,
Found & Sons,
K&M Lawn and Garden,
Luigi's Italian Restaurant,
Ole Country Store & Bakery,
Old Hickory Buildings,
Shawn's Smokehouse BBQ,
Safren Sales Inc.,
Tropical Smoothie Café of Culpeper, and
X Press Copy & Graphics.
Special Thanks to the Friends of the Wicked Bottom for their support with door prize donations, services, and time.
Career Training Solutions - Specialists in Adult Education (provided free massage)
Chipotle of Culpeper
C.A.R.A. - Culpeper Amateur Radio Association
Culpeper County High School Fine Arts
Culpeper County Sheriffs Department
Culpeper Department of Tourism
Denise Alexander (yoga)
Doug Schmit “Sax Man”
Girl Scouts Daisy Troop #931
Herbal Connection, Inc.
Jimni Laser Engraving
Lucio’s Italian Restaurant
Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
Town of Culpeper - Dept. of Public Works
And most importantly ALL THE VOLUNTEERS!!!