Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association's Field
While some of the photos on the various HARA webpages
can atest to the fact that the club has for many years been involved with ARRL field day activities,
only recently has there been a renewed interest in improving the quality of the event for the
members. In recent years an annual field day committee has been formed to oversee the
event. One only has to look at the annual improvement in the club's scores to see what a great
job the committee does.
In 1997, after a brief absence from participation in the event, our group put together a successful
Field Day, with good participation from our membership and a respectable showing of contacts.
In 1998, with the addition of a beam antenna, better propagation, and better club participation, we
doubled the previous year's score. In 1999, with beam antennas set up for both our side-band
and cw stations, one year closer to the solar cycle peak, and with a successful full-time VHF
operation, we came close to doubling, once again, the previous year's effort, this time ending up in
the top 15 percent of our division nation-wide and in third place for Michigan 2A entries. In
2000, we once again improved our score and this time moved up to second place for Michigan 2A
entries. How long we can continue to better the previous year's effort is anybody's guess, but
one thing is clear: H.A.R.A. has shown its commitment to making every year¹s Field Day as good
as we can make it. Of course, the whole purpose of the event is not just to make as many
contacts as possible. It is the getting together, the camaraderie, and the pulling together of
local hams that make this event special. Let's hope that for Field Day this year and every year
that follows we can continue to enjoy the success and pleasure that this event has brought us.
Field Day 2001 Pictures