Gentry Fire Tower Group Site 2019

Gentry Group Campground is located in the Apache-Sitgraves National Forest. General directions from Mesa/Tempe areas, take AZ-87 to Payson. Dirve east on 260 from Payson todwards Forest Lakes, continue about 3 miles, the turn south on Mogollon Rim Road, continue about 2.5 miles to Black Canyon Lake Camp Grounds and continue "stright" (do not turn onto the Black Canyon Lake Rd) and arrive at the Gentry Fire Tower and Group Site Camp Grounds on left. The Fire Tower is visuable above the trees.

MARCA Operating Information for 2017 ARRL Field Day

Location: see Field Day Map or click here.

MARCA will be operating as a class 2A field day station. Class 2A allows 2 regular stations plus a GOTA station, a vhf station, 6 meter station, and satellite station. We will operate phone, cw and digital (psk and others). There will be a selection of radio types, K3, KX3, ICOM, Kenwood, .... analog, digital, and SDRs.

Equipment setup will start on Friday afternoon (June 23rd) and finish on Saturday morning (June 25th). 

Don Aldridge is the official CW "copier" of the ARRL Bulletin. All interested in participating in this 30 minute activity are Welcome. Don will post the time of this event at the Vistiors table.

The actual FD operations begins at 11:00 am Saturday, June 24th, and continues for a 24 hour period, 11:00 am Sunday June 25th. 

After the operating period ends we will tear down and be ready to hit the road back to the “cool” valley mid Sunday afternoon. 

There will be a Visitor Information table with schedule of events, guest  visitor book, Amateur Radio information, and MARCA information.

A training class with an interesting hands-on project is being planned. The project is open to all attendees. The class is Saturday and time will be announced and posted at the Visitor Information table.  Duration is 90 minutes. 

A MARCA sponsored BBQ is planned for Saturday night. (bbq, hot-dogs with the “fixins”, beans, chips and soda). We also are planning on a large stack of pancakes, sausagues, and eggs on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. You should provide all of your other meals, snacks, drinks, water, etc. 

There is lots of camping space in and around the trees, so bring tent or motor home, sleeping bags and your normal “camping” equipment. If roughing it isn't your style, there is a small motel at Forest Lakes, which is close by. Also, a large group of the FD participants typically visit a local restaurant for a Friday night all-you-can-eat fish fry.

All hams, those interested in becoming a Ham, families, and friends are welcome. If you would like to participate, please email one of the committee members (listed below) with the number of people in your party, the number of hams and your approximate arrival time. Also, let us know if you are interested in bringing a rig to use or share or other equipment. Other equipment might be headphones, your favorite key or paddle, coax with PL259s etc. This year, the club has aquired sufficient deep cycle 12 volt batteries to operate all Field Day stations during contest period.

Join us for the entire field day event of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for the weekend or just come up for the Saturday operations and Saturday evening bbq.

MARCA FD Committee

Don Aldridge - wa7rll, 480-763-2006, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pat Stautberg - wa7zqk, 480-814-5095, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Boyce - kj7ky, 480-966-9014, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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