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Field Day Information


The 2017 ARRL Field Day will take place on
June 24 & 25 (Noon Saturday to 3:00 pm Sunday)

Everyone is welcome to join the fun - we always need helpers (We usually start setting-up the day before),
operators, or folks to just hang out for a relaxing good time! Stay any amount of time, all are welcome!
Contact KCØHSV or KGØPP to join our Aloha site at the Cherry Creek State Park Arapahoe Group Campground this weekend!
[Note: Our "Aloha" site will be our primary Field Day location this year - not sure if we'll be activing our "Battleground" site, in Golden, so please stay tuned!]


Aloha Site Contact Info
Scott Garcia (KCØHSV) and Jim Pope (KGØPP)
email: KCØHSV and KGØPP
Phone (Scott): 303-680-4799

ARRL Field Day Location: Cherry Creek State Park (Cherry Creek Reservoir)
Location: Arapahoe Group Site
We'll actually attempt to reserve camping space from 1:00 PM Thursday, June 23, to, noon on Monday, June 27 - Please contact KCØHSV or KGØPP
Camping and Entry Fees Apply - Click Here for everything you need to know about camping at Cherry Creek State Park where our "Aloha" site Field Day operation will be located (at their Arapahoe group site).


ARRL FIeld Day 2014
The objective of the ARRL's national 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.
Audio Click Here for our 2015 Field Day announcement on radio station KGNU Boulder/Denver!
Click Here for our 2014 KGNU Field Day announcement!
Click Here for our 2013 KGNU Field Day announcement!


Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for the ARRL's info and rules for Field Day 2015...


Admiration from our competition!

Asterisc From: Hank Greeb
Date: March 30, 2012 8:01:32 PM MDT
To: wb9nlz@xxx.com
Cc: k0fei@xxx.com
Subject: Suggestion for QQ

I enjoyed the article about "QRP Field Day Tips" in QQ Winter 2012.

However, if you want the "real skinny" on competitive QRP Field Day operation, I suggest to solicit an article from the Colorado QRP Club, WCQC. WCQC routinely wins the Class 2A (Battery) category, and has placed 1st overall upon several occasions regardless of the number of transmitters.

All other QRP operations are small potatoes compared with the WCQC effort, and we could all learn from them. Why "celebrate" mediocrity at the expense of "the great masters?"

72/73 de n8xx Hg


Ham Radio "Field Day" Defined:

1994 - CQC's First Field Day with W0AH, KB0JFH, and Amber
1994 - CQC's first Field Day!
2004 - CQC's Rampart Range Competitive Site
2004 Competitive Site
ARRL Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands to the airwaves at the end of June, each year, bringing new and experienced hams together for a weekend of fun!

During Field Day Amateur Radio "Ham" operators throughout North America put their technical and emergency communications skills to the test over the "Field Day" weekend. Hams use this annual radio exercise to test the ability of both themselves and their equipment - All to ensure they'll be ready to volunteer their communications assistance during times of disaster and other emergencies.

The American Radio Relay League sponsors the annual Field Day event and invites all amateur radio operators to join the fun. Yes, fun(!) is the operative word here - Hams enjoy the Field Day experience on a number of levels that include camping, tinkering with portable equipment, installing temporary antenna "farms," adjusting solar panels or just enjoying the social interaction with friends, family and fellow Hams!

The Colorado QRP Club hopes you'll join us during this year's Field Day event! If you can't be here, in Colorful Colorado, then we hope to work you on all the bands throughout the weekend-long contest!

Roger J. Wendell
CQC Webmaster




CQC Aloha Site NØCQC - Our "Aloha" Field Day Site
Cherry Creek State Park
4201 South Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80014

Arapahoe Group Campsite

The CQC Aloha Field Day site is all about fun, ham radio, getting kids of all ages on the air, enjoying the park, family activities, and, occasionally, each other. Although it's no longer mandatory, we strongly encourage you to wear Hawaiian shirts while operating. We will be having fun on the air, and fun in the sun. Once again, we will be operating under the catchy callsign of ABØCD.

We'll be operating the Aloha Field Day site from Noon Saturday, June 27, until Noon Sunday, June 28.

We'll begin set-up at the Aloha site after 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, but will actually have access to the group campground a day earlier than that.

The other guys -- CQC's World Record-Setting Competitive Field Day Team -- usually operates out west of Golden, above 8,000 feet, but probably won't be activating that site 'till next year (See their info at the bottom of this page...)

We'd love to have you set up shop on the circle and spend the two nights with us. Daytrippers are more than welcome to stop by, mess around, operate for a while, and chew the fat -- or join us for dinner.

RV/TENT PADS - There are 6 RV/TENT pads with four electrical pedestals at each group site. Each site accommodates up to 36 people. Showers and restrooms are located in the group area. No amplified sound systems, including amplified musical instruments are allowed in the group camping area (so air guitar only with headphones for you wannabe rock stars).

There are no sewer hookups. The dump station is nearby.

We will not permit sleeping sites to be set up WITHIN THE FALL LINE OF A MAST OR ANTENNA.

FEE: $24.00 per night for RVs (Full Hook-up); $18.00 per night for tents (Basic campsite). This will help defray the campground fees, which the club is paying up front. Donations will be requested from Daytrippers.

RESERVATIONS - Email Dick Schneider ABØCD at ab0cd@arrl.net if you know you are coming and want to guarantee space.

CAR PARKING - There should be adequate parking for campers and daytrippers,

CAMPING FEES -- The club has prepaid for 2 nights - Friday/Saturday, June 25-26. Campers will reimburse the club based on the cost of single campsites: $24 per night for RVs (full hook-up) and $18 per night for tents (Basic campsite). No exceptions. PAY IN ADVANCE OR BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK WITH YOU TO FIELD DAY. You can send a check to the club - watch the website for info: Http://www.coloradoqrpclub.org">www.coloradoqrpclub.org.

PARK ENTRANCE FEES -- The camping fees do not include park entrance fees. Participants are on their own in that department. The daily fee at Cherry Creek is $9 per vehicle.

STATIONS - We'll be running at least 2-A BATTERY with 1 VHF station. Equipment and batteries are The Solar-Charged Battery is handled.

ANTENNAE - SUBJECT TO CHANGE - GAP Multi-band vertical, Mosley 2-element beam, possibly a multi-band doublet. We plan to have a VHF/UHF tri-band Yagi.

DIGITAL/SATELLITE - If anyone wants to set up a digital station, organize your gear, let us know, and bring it out. We'll give you one of the operating positions. If someone is set up to work a satellite, please bring your gear for a few orbital QSOs.

PARTICIPATION - Previous years have been a ton of fun! We've always helped get a bunch of kids on the air but have other fun activities as well. We encourage you to plan a family weekend around Field Day. You don't have to sit in front of a white hot QRP rig during your entire stay. Take the kids out on the lake, down to the swim beach, out for a hike, or fishing. The park has an RC Airplane facility, horseback riding stables, full service marina, boats to rent, great bicycle riding, hiking - gobs of stuff.

NON-CLUB MEMBERS - We will be marketing the event to non Colorado QRP Club amateurs, so get your reservations in early.

VOLUNTEERS - We need as many as we can get for set-up and tear-down, but if it's a toss-up between Aloha and the Rampart site - please pick Aloha! Just kidding. We can always make do, but we need as many hands as we can get with 1) setting up stations 2) setting up antennae 3) organizing logging materials 4) tearing down stations 5) tearing down antennae 6) policing the campsite.

TIME ISSUES - We get access to the group campsite at 1 p.m. on Friday and must be out by noon on Sunday. Last year, we actually pulled out later than noon with no problems from the rangers. It's very unlikely that the group site will be reserved for Sunday.

PARK RULES - Follow them. You know the drills here. 3.2 beer only. No gathering firewood (but bring some for the fire ring), proper pet care (can't hook them to a tree), you know, all the state park stuff. There are charcoal grills near the shelter. You can bring your own grills as well. Quiet time (headphones and CW) 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

WHY ALOHA? Well, in the Hawaiian language Aloha means affection, love, peace, compassion, mercy, goodbye, and hello, among other sentiments of a similar nature. The Aloha Field Day site is designed to encourage any and all comers to participate in Field Day. There is no competitive pressure to run 70 CW QSOs per hour. You operate at YOUR speed, and there will be plenty of hams available to help out. Even non-hams will be able to get on the radio. There is only one requirement: operators must wear a Hawaiian shirt! We'll have some available in case you forget yours. And, as in the case of all rules, this one can be waived.



Bring your Fun!!!




Not sure if we'll be activating our "Battleground" Site this year - please stayed tuned!
CQC Field Day Warriors WØCQC - Our "Battleground" Field Day site
(Serious Stuff!)

Co-Chairs: Paul Beckett, KF7MD (kf7md@aol.com)
and Frank Ivan, KØFEI (k0fei@arrl.net)
[Al Dawkins, KØFRP, Chairman Emeritus]

Paul and Frank are our Competitive site Co-Chairs and contesting Gurus!

This year we'll be at a new location a few miles west of Golden
Click Here for MapQuest directions.

The Colorado QRP Club and most of this Hemisphere's active amateurs!!

Our "Battleground" Field Day effort may take place just west of Golden

Friday-Saturday-Sunday June 23, 24 & 25 - 2017.
Set-up begins Noon Friday June 24th. Field Day Event: Noon Saturday to Noon Sunday.
Tear-down Sunday afternoon.

We'll probably be at a newer location just west of Golden.

We usually have available parking, car camping, and a porta-toilet. Antennas, rig and all
other gear and equipment will be independent of any permanent structures that may be found
at the site. Please bring your own food and other comforts if you're staying at the site.

STATIONS (This could change anytime before contest time!):
2A (2 HF stations)
primarly focused on 80-20m
Talk-in 147.225 Repeater, 146.445 Simplex.

CONTACT: Frank Ivan or Paul Beckett, our Field Day Co-Chairs, can be reached at KF7MD@aol.com and KØFEI.arrl.net for all kinds of additional information!

Bring your Fun!


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