LATEST UPDATE 4:
I have updated our Field Day info. Due to Fire Restrictions and Closures put into place, I have updated the event with the new info. Pay attention to which map you are using. I kept the OLD info just in case these closures get cancelled.
IF the closure gets cancelled, then we will fall back to original spot, since we all are agreeing that it’s beautiful, large enough for us, and just a great spot.
Here is the new map.
We will start off with the obvious. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are now in place.
Stage II Fire Restrictions implemented May 4. No Campfires. No smoking except in enclosed vehicles and buildings. No chainsaw use. No explosives, fireworks, tracer rounds or tannerite.
If you bring any guests, make sure they are aware of the Fire Restrictions. Absolutely NO Smoking outside of your vehicle. No Standing next to your vehicle smoking. You must be INSIDE your vehicle. Failure to obey this will result in you being asked to leave the campground and might get you suspended from the club or future activities. It sounds strict, but we like having our club on the local news, but not for starting a forest fire.
Operating or using any internal combustion engines, this includes chainsaws. Generators are allowed as long as they have an approved spark arresting device and are used within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is completely cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
Ok, now that the critical issue is out of the way.
I will be calling up to the Forest Ranger today to see what their plans are. There are a ton of people claiming that they are closing the Forest to camping. I do not see any info on any of the National Forests websites as of right now. I have checked Apache-Sitgreaves (the one we will be in), and they are not mentioning that at all. Same with Coconino National Forest. Tonto is the same way. This sounds to me like a bunch of people spreading rumors at this point in time. I will call just to be sure, but at this point in time, if you hear these rumors, ask to find out where they heard this info. chances are, they heard it from someone who heard it from someone, who heard it from someone else, and the message just got twisted.
Also, this year one aspect of being up in the forest is the ability to hike, fish, etc. Willow Springs lake is a popular fishing lake. A few of us will be bringing fishing tackle. I highly recommend that you think about this as well. We will be taking a few crayfish traps up with us, and if we catch enough, we might do a crayfish boil for the group. We are encouraging everyone to not only have fun with radio, but take time to explore and have fun in the surrounding area. Frank says this area is great for Geocaching, so make sure you find a good geocaching app, go online and download geocaches in the area, and lets do some caching along with everything else. Remember, you don’t have to just come to play radio, get out and explore and have fun.
For Field Day we are doing something different. We will not be going to a Reserved Group campground this year. We will be doing dry camping instead. The reason behind this is cost. Plus, the theory behind Field Day is to do a simulated off grid/Emergency Communications dry run, so lets switch it up.
Here is a link to the campgrounds we have chosen. Point Alpha will be the spot we will attempt to get, but if we can’t get that spot, then the fall back points will be Bravo, Charlie, etc.
You will need to pay close attention to the Facebook and Website as to our location. We will also be on the Metro link system off of Mount Ord, and will be monitoring the Rim Link.
We will have a simplex frequency that we will use for local communications.
If you use the following link, you will notice that we marked a few other locations of interest. There is a Hotel about 7 miles away. My recommendation is to make your reservations now. There is also a small grocery store. I wouldn’t expect this to be stocked like a grocery store down here in the valley, but I would expect it to have ice, drinks, and maybe a few other essentials.
This is a dry camp. With that being said, there are no facilities, no water, no garbage, etc. We will be digging a pit toilet. You will need to bring your own water up. We will be using our Generators. So if this is not the type of camping you enjoy, then perhaps coming up for the day or staying at the local hotel will be a better option for you.
We will have signs on the road to mark the road turn off, but you will need to be paying attention. It shouldn’t be that difficult to find.
At this moment, we plan on being a 2A or a 3A station, depending on how many of you bring your radios. If you plan on attending, let us know. We would like to know about a month prior, how many are planning on attending. If you are planning on attending and have a radio you want to bring up, (HF radio that is), let us know in advance. We need to know for a little pre planning. If you are wanting to go, but unsure, then just say so. It would be nice to see a few smiling faces.
Field Day 2018 is June 23-24. So plan it out now.