I'm new to posting on the QRZ forums, but I've been a "lurker" for a while now. As a fairly new operator and someone who has never participated in a Field Day event, I was hoping to get some good pointers from fellow hams on how to organize a Field Day event that focuses on obtaining points as well as attracting new folk to the hobby and rekindling inactive hams. A few months ago at our regular meeting, my "home" club appointed me chairperson for the event (I showed up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with a list of ideas... now I know better ) We got a "committee" together of around 13 people but only six have been actively participating. We've not got much of a budget and most of our materials have been donated. We want this to be a true community event... we don't want to charge money for anything. So many club members, vendors, and businesses have been so kind to give items to us! What we want to accomplish is: - Have an info table with various literature on ham radio as well as resources for new and current hams - Set up and use 2 HF stations and an HF GOTA station - Have some interactive demonstrations/classes/activities (like how to properly solder coax and Morse code name bracelet craft) - Provide refreshments for all those who participate/attend - Have lots of small "goodies" to pass out when people participate, and since I've been given some nicer stuff, we'll do free drawings for those. - Advertise, advertise, advertise... we want to reach everyone! The event is June 28-29, 2014. I'm afraid I'm at a bit of a loss on what to do next. Here's what we've accomplished: - Secured the use of a local park (with the OK to camp overnight two evenings): we've been allotted three pavilions with picnic tables and utilities, a good sized operating area, a small parking lot, and use of the nearby restrooms - Figured out what antennas and radio equipment we need to work the chosen bands - Secured a good amount of "goodies" to pass out as well as some nicer items to give to those who enter in the free drawings (so the items go to people who really want them) (making a "sponsors" sign is on our to do list) - Made a list of supplies needed that has been passed around the club meetings (most of it is taken care of, but we still need a few odds and ends) - Done some minimal advertising on a couple community calendars online - Compiled a list of local hams that are not affiliated with our club (to invite) - I have names, call signs, and addresses, but I'll have to dig up phone numbers - Invited a few people via word of mouth... nothing formally, yet - Voted to get liability insurance and we're in the process of doing so - Appointed people to run subcommittees (unfortunately, there are a few with no takers, so they fall upon me.) Right now, I've been working on trying to get some good prices on hot dogs and maybe some local grocers to donate some... I haven't been very lucky so far. Does anyone have any suggestions, pointers, or concerns on what to do or what we've done so far?