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The Lynchburg Amateur Radio Club invites you to visit with us at FIELD DAY 2016.

Field day is upon us June 25-26,2016 from 10AM Saturday to 2PM Sunday

We will start approx. 10am on Saturday

Objective of Field Day:

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.

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History of Field Day:

The first Field day was June 4, 1933.

Read more about it in this well researched article Click Here

This is going to be a great weekend and it’s open to the public. If you would like to learn about Amateur radio and even try making a contact on the air this is your chance.


We look forward to working with and seeing each of you at Izaak Walton park.

Coming from Lynchburg:

Take the 29 bypass from 460 to 130. Exit 130 and go LEFT proceed to the light and make a RIGHT on Dixie Airport proceed approx 1/2 mile to Possum Island and make a RIGHT. Proceed approx 2 miles to the end of Possum Island and make a RIGHT on S Coolwell Rd Proceed approx 1 mile to Issak Walton Rd and go 1/4 mile to the entrance of the park. once in the park , slowly proceed to the clubhouse. Want Google directions? Click Here


Note: If you would like to help us take down the antenna’s and learn about the process of communications setup and take-down please join us on Sunday at 2PM.

Club Meeting & Auction – November 13,2015

Join us for the club auction and meeting this Friday evening at 630pm in the Lynchburg Public Library meeting room.

If you are interested in selling anything please bring the item or items with this form: Auction Form

There will also be a club officers election take place. If you are a member and didn’t get the ballot let us know.



Field Day June 27, 2015

Field Day
Let me start by thanking everyone for the time and energy that you all put into the club for various events. As most of you know we only have a week and a half until Field Day!!! For those who have committed to being there thank you. We need all the volunteers possible to make this event (contest) go smooth. Please mark the dates on your calender and contact me with any questions you may have. Field Day is June 26th, 27th, and 28th. We will be at Izaak Walton Park on Friday from 2pm till probably 4 to 4:30pm for beginning setup and Saturday from 8:30 am till 1:59pm for final setup and testing. At exactly 2pm Saturday, Field Day will begin and end Sunday at 2pm. We have lined up many great operators and could still use more backups. We also could use people to help setup towers, antennas, and radios. I am including a list of who we have where. If you would like to operate or help, you can contact them accordingly. There will be a dinner Saturday evening for all those involved.

SSB / Phone station – WA4RTS Geep Howell
CW station – KC4D Bill Perkins
VHF station – KD4EMU Dave Mears
GOTA station – K4YCR Henry Wyatt  & NN4RB Rick Brown

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to help or participate.

Field day chairman – K4IEE Buck Clark

LARC Auction – November


LARC Auction Information
The annual LARC auction takes place at the November club meeting, along with election of new club officers and directors.

[box type=”alert” style=”rounded”]ALL ITEMS FOR SALE MUST BE HAM RADIO RELATED!!![/box]

Please do not bring crafts, guns, ammunition, or anything that doesn’t receive, transmit, send out audio, key, hang up in the air and radiate, etc.
You can download an Excel spreadsheet from this page to list your sale items. Print it and bring it along to the meeting. Or, you can download a PDF form, complete it by hand and bring it to the meeting.
Sales rules are included in the file. Please read them carefully and make sure you follow them.


All unsold items must be removed by the seller at the end of the sale. Please plan on remaining at the sale until your lot is completed.

As this is a fund raising event for LARC, a portion of the sales proceeds are retained. Or, you may donate materials to be sold. Receipts for donations that total $50 or greater are provided. LARC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation and your donation may be deductible. Please consult your tax advisor before making such a deduction.

Auction XLS File

Auction PDF File

Field Day June 27, 2014

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Amateur Radio Field Day 2014

LARC’s annual Field Day 2014 event will be held at Izaac Walton Park this year. The park is located off Business 29 North in Madison Heights, VA. Directions and a map link at the bottom of this page.

Here’s the schedule for the weekend”

FRIDAY, June 27 — antenna setup begins around 2 pm at Izaak Walton near the clubhouse. Come out and watch the tennis ball launcher go 300 feet in the air, able to leap tall trees with a single shot. DRIVE INTO THE PARK SLOWLY, SPEED LIMITS ARE ENFORCED!!!!!!!

SATURDAY, June 28: 0800 — set up crews will begin placing stations, generator, tower, masts, network wiring, etc.
1000 — deadline for lunch sandwich order for workers from an eatery to be determined
1230 — Lunch picked up
1300 — Lunch delivered, everyone take a break
1400 — Field Day starts, feeding frenzy on launch time
1800 — Picnic supper for participants and guests
Contesting continues through the night

SUNDAY June 29: Someone gets a breakfast biscuit order and heads for Hardees
1400 — Operating ends, start tearing down
1600 — we should be finished and GONE, another one in the logbook

The following folks are our committee and subcommittee chairpeople:

Field Day Co-Chairmen are Jim KJ4GVJ and Geep WA4RTS

Public Relations Anna Bonda W4EQU
Safety Rick Brown NN4RB
Scoring and Rules Dick Hiner W4HMK
Geep WA4RTS — Phone Station
Antennas Bill Perkins KC4D CW Station & ops
Tower Crew Dave Mears and everyone else
Food Kay Brown N4KCB

VHF station & ops Dave Mears KD4EMU
Power Doug Harrington KG4DEZ

GOTA station Rick Brown NN4RB


Every year Amateur Radio operators from all over the U.S. and now several other countries set up stations to operate once a year for a 24 hour period at the same time under simulated emergency conditions.The idea is to set up remote stations with antennas, equipment, emergency power and anything else that is needed to operate a station in an emergency situation.The goal is to test your equipment and get knowledge, practice and experience operating in emergency situations.The best part of all of the is that we have a lot of fun doing this.

We contact hundreds of stations not only all over the country but many times all over the world.We use many different modes of communication using HF or High Frequency which many people know as short wave.We also use some VHF, Very High Frequency and UHF Ultra High Frequency equipment at times along with some Satellite communications and several digital modes such as packet radio and PSK31.

Though we gain a lot of experience, the best thing we bring from all of this is is the fun and fellowship we get from being with other ‘Hams”

Come join us and experience the fun firsthand. June 27-29, 2014

Directions to Field Day Site

From Lynchburg: Take Route 29 North Business through Madison Heights. Do NOT use the bypass. Continue through the business section of Madison Heights to SOUTH COOLWELL ROAD (Route 604). Turn RIGHT and continue for approximately 3 miles to Izaak Walton Road (Route 663). There is a sign that says (appropriately…) LANDFILL.

Continue about 3/10 miles down this road to Conservation Lane on your right, and the park entrance — the map says this is Izaak Walton Park Road, but the sign says Conservation Lane.

Continue SLOWLY down this road — the park officials are VERY strict about speed limits, so please observe them .

Continue down the road past the caretaker’s cottage on the right and a sign that says “Visitors Parking” until you go past the skeet/trap range on the left. The clubhouse is directly ahead on the right. Park on the asphalt, leaving room for everyone, please.

From Amherst: Take Route 29 South, NOT the bypass, and continue into Madison Heights. Turn LEFT on South Coolwell Road and follow directions above.

General Map Izaak Walton

Izaak Walton Close Up Map