Field Day 2011

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Sure has been a busy month . . .
Here it is Friday before Field Day 2011, and I haven’t a thing on the web site talking about our plans. I guess we don’t need a lot of plans….

Our club station will operate again this year in the “1F” category as an EOC. This location is actually returning to active duty as an ‘auxiliary EOC‘, that can serve as a backup for the operational centers at both MSFC and the Fox Army Hospital. We only have minimal equipment and antennas just now, so this category suits our needs. We mostly want to provide a place for our members to operate and get a taste of Field Day. No serious score-chasing here, but we will operate on whatever bands we find other stations that can hear us. We will also be looking for bonus points for contacts via satellite, packet email, ATV – whatever we can do. It will be fun, and an adventure. Our main air-conditioning unit is still down, but we have obtained a small portable unit which should take the edge off the heat. Considering most Field Day operations are conducted outdoors, having a solid roof that sheds rain will be a good thing.

Anyway, WA4NZD will be active on the ham bands this weekend – so give us a call if you hear us. Or stop by and say howdy if you can. We will try to keep an ear to the 147.100 repeater for talk-in.

Thanks /;^)


[Posted by WB5RMG 2011/07/06]

Time rushes by so quickly anymore.

Seems that Field Day was only a few days ago, but here and gone . . .
We’ll try to get the logs uploaded to eQSL and submitted to ARRL quickly.

We had a good time, worked 99 stations total. Not a huge count, but the object was to get some folks to come out, exercise the equipment, our skills, and have some fun. We met all those objectives, and learned a few things about ourselves and others in the process. Field Day is a valuable lesson – we’ll probably do it again next year (maybe the air conditioning will be working by then).

 

Here is the photo gallery from the event. Please add your comments.

AI4QT brought his radio

AI4QT starts us off on 20m with his radio

KJ4WIN made the most contacts

Andy – KJ4WIN , first Field Day with his own callsign.

Brian - KO4FV, with Andy logging

KO4FV making more contacts, KJ4WIN logging

Brian - KO4FV and the mighty Kenwood

Brian – KO4FV and the mighty Kenwood

Brian logging with N3FJP FDLogger

KO4FV catching up the electric log

Ghee and Emma logging with Brian

Brian operated more, with Ghee and Emma logging

Mad Max is busy, all tied up just now

Mad Max is busy, all tied up just now . . .

Alan - WB5RMG enjoying the 6m beam

Alan – WB5RMG enjoying the 6m beam

Why 6m is fun

Alan – WB5RMG explains why 6m is so much fun

WB5RMG is still on 6m

WB5RMG is still on 6m

6m was very active

Emma – KB1BTZ logging 6m for WB5RMG

still working 50 MHz

Field Day is just better with 50 MHz active

Ghee - WL7C and Emma - KB1BTZ

Ghee – WL7C and Emma – KB1BTZ (on 6m)

having fun on VHF

Enjoying VHF on Field Day

Bruce - KG4HLZ debugging the satellite system

Bruce – KG4HLZ helps debug the satellite system

Alan - WB5RMG trying to get on VO-52

Alan – WB5RMG trying to get on VO-52

Don - N4MSN on 6m

Don – N4MSN makes 6m contacts too

John - N4CNY was a member in late 80s

John – N4CNY made contacts for us on 40m.

Thanks to everyone who came out to help activate the club station, and to all those that made contacts with us. Lets do it again soon … /;^)

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