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Field Day 2014 is here .!.

Has it really been a whole year since Field Day ?
(updated 20140629)
The club has had a lot of activity getting ready for the summer contest season, and this weekend will be a focal point. I wanted to start a new post, and let everyone know that WA4NZD will be active in the “1F” category, as our facility at NASA/MSFC is an informal auxiliary EOC that exercises to support both the Marshall and the Redstone communities. We will run one transmitter, which covers 160m thru 6m. We will also have an active VHF station to cover VO-52 satellite, 50MHz, 144MHz, 432MHz.
Surely you can find us somewhere. Work us everywhere you can.

Oh, and to find us, if you already have access to the base – please drop by to see whats a goin on. https://wa4nzd.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/quick-maps/

We hope to come back and update this post thru the weekend, so check back.

UPDATE: 20140629 – back for more . . .

The log indicates that KA0S was here until 03:45 local, and I was back at 08:15 after leaving at 01:00 CDT. WA2JQZ got here at 09:30, with fresh muffins and coffee. N4CNY just arrived as well, and is going to listen on 6m. Only one contact on 6 this morning, from Texas, and 2 meters has only been a little noisy.

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N4MSN, W4VM, KK4RPQ, KK4TJP, N4CNY, WA2JQZ, WB8ELK, N5AYD, WB5RMG

We had a pretty good crowd at times last nite, several distinguished guests.

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CW contact with W3CWC, via VO-52

Field Day dramatically increases the challenges, even for CW via satellite. WB8ELK finally pulls one out on our second VO-52 pass just before it goes LOS over the Pacific Ocean. WB5RMG makes sure it logged. Thanks to W3CWC for that contact, worth 102 points for us (including the satellite bonus) .!.

Another update to come later…
Thanks /;^)

Quick Field Day Update

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  /;^)

Sept.2 4pm monthly meeting

Please mark your schedules for the upcoming monthly meeting of the Marshall Amateur Radio Club. This month the 1st Thr is on the 2nd… We need to continue (start?) discussion of the desired updates to the By-Laws, and press Continue reading

Field Day 2010

This weekend is almost here ! Every year towards the end of June, ham radio clubs and individuals setup their equipment to exercise and demonstrate their capability to provide radio communications across the US and Canada. This year we expect over 35,000 licensed ham radio operators to participate in what we call simply “Field Day“.

ARRL 2010 Field Day logo

ARRL 2010 Field Day logo

We do this as part of our public service initiative to support Continue reading

It is for real now, FD 2010

I have uploaded a pin into the ARRL Field Day location map, to indicate the position of the MARC Building 4622. This map is on the ARRL web site, to help folks find Field Day sites Continue reading

Quick Maps

Quickly, here are some simple maps showing the location of Bldg 4622 at MSFC. Driving directions : Follow Rideout road all the way south to the end, turn right on Fowler Rd; Centaur is a smaller road that splits off to the left – you can see our tower and antennas. (From http://aprs.fi/wa4nzd )

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Rideout Rd from Gate 9


We also typically monitor the 147.100 repeater while we are there. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning in Progress

Progress is showing in the spring cleaning effort underway in Bldg 4622.

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Spring Cleaning in progress


As we continue trying to renew the interest in this historic club station, restoring some functionality is important; but having a Continue reading