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Field Day Safety Guidelines Print E-mail
Written by W4SAR   
Saturday, 13 June 2015 22:38

Safety Guidelines for Field Day

We will be operating in the open in a rural setting. We will be dealing not only with outdoor concerns, but also dealing with electricity, RF energy, very heavy batteries, and pointy pieces of metal. So to keep it safe, please mind the following guidelines:

  • Be prepared for any kind of weather, our Field Days have had anything from muggy, oppressively hot days to chilly nights. Bring adequate clothing for the conditions.

  • Watch out for each other, and be alert for the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If someone is feeling nauseated, feels faint, seems slow to respond or is not responding appropriately to questions , or feels chills when it is hot, that can be heat exhaustion. Get them into a cool place and have them rest and drink fluids under observation until they recover, and urinate at least twice.  If they FLUSH RED AND STOP SWEATING, that is a red flag for heat stroke, cool them down immediately by any means externally - ice packs, cold water- and call 911, this is a dangerous condition.

  • Shelter is very important, a large tent or an elevated tarp will protect you and your equipment from direct sun and rain.

  • Stay hydrated! Dee, KU4GC will have a cooler stocked full of water and soft drinks, indulge yourself!

  • Be aware that the brush lines may have Poison Ivy, watch where you step. Ticks and mosquitoes are a couple of the unlikeable examples of wildlife you will run into. Use a good quality insect repellant containing DEET to keep them off. Be sure to wipe any DEET off the insides of your hands as it dissolves some plastics, and you might etch your fingerprints into your microphone.

  • When raising antennas, first off, be sure you have adequate help. If you are stacking metal, helmets and gloves should be worn. If shooting pilot lines with a bow and arrow, have a spotter to keep the target area clear of personnel.

  • All guy lines and feed lines should be clearly marked with fluorescent flagging tape or surveyor’s flags.  At night, guy lines at risk should be marked with “glow sticks”.

  • When moving batteries, don’t be shy about asking for help.

  • All battery terminals should be shielded to avoid short circuits.

  • All wiring harnesses must be fused. All stations will be securely connected to grounding rods.

  • Band Captains are urged to keep both a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit at their operating position.

  • In the event of an approaching electrical storm, shut down the station and disconnect the feedlines. If lightning, high winds, hail or other hazards are approaching, most likely the best option is to take shelter in a solid structure or your vehicle.

  • Report any injuries immediately.

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