If you are like many ARRL Field Day operations you have a Get On The Air (GOTA) station for guests.
We have done this every year I have been involved with my club’s Field Day and have had mostly good results. We usually have one Boy Scout troop stop by and make a few QSOs each. Also some technicians in our club like to operate the station during the late hours to get a chance to do SSB HF (yes we always have a control operator with valid privileges). Also it seems every year a new ham really enjoys the simplicity of the GOTA station without the concern over band sharing the other stations deal with.
Every year our GOTA is set up pretty much the same…
- Icom 746
- HF Antenna – Wire Dipole
- Computer for logging
- and that’s about it
Last year I posted observations about what the youth seem to enjoy most about our Field Day 2008…