I was very disappointed in so few contacts I was able to make on 20M PSK31. I did not want to do SSB
because my hearing is bad enough as it is. I did not want to subject them to that constant din.
I am not using MiXw next year if I can help it. It was such a pain in the butt this year. I think
I will try HRD/DM780 next FD since it seems to be the most popular program out there. I have one
year to learn the ropes on that program.
My brother did better than I expected even tho I had to delete 10 of his contacts because the
exchanges were not complete. He has very poor eyesight.
got three in the log after participating in The Peace River Radio Association (P.R.R.A.) Field Day
fun in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Three Generations of Hams:
McGarity and Woodruff Family Participating:
AC3V - Art & Jane McGarity (Father & Mother)
KB3CAH Kate Woodruff (Daughter)
KF5HFR - Matt Woodruff (Son-in-Law)
Woodruff Grandchildren: Ellen, Anna, Lucy, Fiona
N3XXP - Mike McGarity (Son)
KB3VPA - Sara McGarity (Daughter-in-Law)
McGarity Grandchildren: Forrest, Flora
See Photo Attached: Grandchildren Operating
Actually had a power outage at home during field day that took some repairs to bring it back on
line. Sometimes even being on commercial mains is a struggle!
Please refer to the Crescenta Valley Radio Club website, www.cvrc.club for photos and videos of our
Field Day activities held at Verdugo Park in Glendale, CA.
Always amazed by what can be done with QRP power levels. Worked as far west as Hawaii, and as far
east as the Maritime Provinces.
Our generator powered the 40 amp lithium ion battery
I operated QRP mobile from a sailboat anchored at 9N2 Essington Seaplane Base. Using an Icom
IC-703+ and back stay antenna.
Until recently, I've always run QRP portable on field day using paper logs (I still do, and I never
had one dupe called on me this year). I've never had to use a dupe sheet, and computer logging was
(and is) out of the question (imagine operating alone out of a tent on a mountain top somewhere).
Therefore, I think the new requirement to submit some form of computerized log is a bit onerous.
I believe most participants are like myself and are competing against themselves, or trying out
their new improvised antenna, etc. Not everyone is at a large club station running log software at
every radio. If someone claims a category beating score by all means request log data in whatever
form, but for plodders like me, the motivation to cheat is nil, and the log requirements may reduce
participation - not a desirable thing in my mind.
Also, if you continue to require a dupe sheet, a template should be included in the rule package.
I will continue to keep paper FD logs for the foreseeable future.
Regards, Richard AE6JB
Thanks to all Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association members who participated and to Etna Fire
Department for the space. Great 2019 FD!
AF7HL Field Day 2019 on Table Mountain in Washington State
This year we had 6 participants, all Hams!
Paul AF7HL, Rich AC7MA, Charlie N7KN, Wayne NB6M, Sandy W7SKM, Bill WA7NCL
We operated 3 stations on 80m thru 10m mostly on CW but with some SSB as well.
Antennas used were an 80/40m doublet, a 40,20,15m doublet, and a 20,15,10m doublet.
Rigs used were various K3s, and a KX3 and KX2.
We kept with our traditions of using QRP and battery power.
No gas fumes and noisey generators, just the gentle musical sound of CW, wafting thru the mountain
This year we were blessed with openings on 15m and 10m which added
more activity for us and the chance for more points.
Everybody enjoyed the radio activities as well as the camp out camaraderie
around the camp fire at night. The weather was a little chilly but at 5200 feet
in the mountains of Washington, its part of the experience.
Each year we try to use the call letters of one of the new comers to our group.
Paul, AF7HL graciously allowed the use of his call AF7HL. We hope his on the air
reputation is still in tact.
73's and see you in FD2020!
I operate from my Mom's house as a home station, but since I need to setup all the antennas and
other equipment each time I go there, it's like a FD every Saturday. My O'Reiley marine battery ran
the radios all day and into the night, and was still at 11.7V when I shut down. Just like during
WPX CW a few weeks ago, There is enough 20-meter activity after sunset that I don't need to take
down the SteppIR, and put up the Cushcraft vert just to get on 40. I looked it up and found that 10
years ago was my first FD when I was recovering from appendectomy the week before. I managed to log
18 then, all on 20 meters phone with an FT101 and a flat-top dipole above my Dad's roof. Someday, I
hope to log 100 in any contest or operating event.
Setup was fast, 100w and 44ft vert with elevated radials. Worked well. Next year need guest ops. How
about a Hawaiian vacation? Aloha.
Ran all FT8 contacts, all battery power at 5W (KX3). Given the low power, lack of sunspots, and
limitations of operating location, this was a good choice.
Limiting factor was laptop battery life - really need to get a better laptop battery for main
laptop, a better laptop, or a second external LiPo pack.
Once battery / laptop issues are resolved, may try this out at altitude with my SOTA setup.
Operated battery portable from DM04AN29, vista point near Lake Cachuma, CA. A number of visitors
came by and asked about ham radio.
Bart, W9JJ has been emailed scans of our dupe forms and said he would put them all together in Adobe
for AI8Z to complete our entry in the contest Field Day 2019. We did manual Field Day logs and only
computer logged the FT8 QSO's. 6/25/2019 It was a great field day. Glad I was able to use FT8.
Jan Mussler N8SEW
Field Day 2019 Photos
I spent my entire operating time on 6 meters using FT-8. I actually had some 30 more contacts but
they were all 1D stations thus not countable. From SFL I worked PR and Canada - both 1D.
Our event was hosted this year at the Volunteer Fire Department. While we hosted it in their
building, no commercial power was used at all to make contacts. We're a small club and making
contacts while fun, was not our primary concern this year. Our commitment was to the public and to
setting up as well as comaraderie. We had a great venue and a great time was had by all. (A special
thank you goes out to the City of Blair, OK and the Blair Volunteer Fire Department)!
Was a important test for my gear using batteries and solar charger
As far as natural power QSO's is concerned we ran on battery power charged by solar for a good
portion of Saturday morning. I don't know what "documentation" you want of that ... a photo of
solar panels out at our operation site?
Greatly enjoyed FD 2019! Night time propagation was so much better than during the day. Thanks
for the Q's and see you next year.
Another great FD!
Conditions were rather poor on all bands, but turnout and participation in Field Day events at our
site was as high as ever...at least 60 hams and family members helped with set-up, tear-down and
social and educational events. Participation and public outreach are our goal, not score! Visits by
Lincoln City Councilman Bennie Shobe, Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management director Jim
Davidsaver, lots of scouts and kids and families. Great interest! Also visits by a couple of rounds
of thunderstorms which took us off the air a few times and added static to the otherwise terrible
band conditions. Nonetheless, great fun was had by all. Good food, good friends, new friends,
transmitter hunts, CW presentation, lots of informal educational opportunities. Can't wait for next
year's better conditions (fingers crossed!)
Served Agency - Marie Ballou with Ottawa County Emergency Management
Elected Official - Tom Claussen with Mitchell County Commissioners
Both signed in on our sign-in sheet and can be uploaded if needed
Not wind, nor rain, or thunder, nor hail...or even snow flurries could stop the Parker Radio
Association from participating in Field Day 2019. Mother Nature decided to test our capabilities
with only weather that only those from Colorado could love. We went from 70 degrees at setup to snow
flurries and 30 degrees Sunday morning. We also experienced heavy rain and even hail on Saturday.
Regardless of the weather, the PRA team prevailed with its own personal best Field Day in the
organization's 5-Year history. Members faced the elements with expert camping/tent set-ups as well
as on-the-fly engineered tarps and canopies to protect operators from rain/snow, while keeping them
warm with portable heaters in the operating areas. This will truly be a Field Day to remember for
the Parker Radio Association. Go K0PRA!
It was interesting to note how many home stations claimed to be operating on emergency power and
thus class E. Never heard Nebraska or Alaska, and also missed Puerto Rico plus 4 or 5 Canadian
sections. I wonder just how many stations there really were in GTA??
Thanks to Jeff, NY1P, a visiting operator who happened to bring his straight key and ended up making
most of our contacts. Thanks also to the Winchester Center Fire Department for hosting us again
A group of communications specialists from the 211th Military Police Battalion, based in Lexington,
MA, visited the Field Day site of the Police Amateur Radio Team (PART) of Westford, MA, to get
hands-on experience with field communications. Members of the group operated the GOTA station and
received training in antenna setup, operating procedures, and satellite communications.
FD operations were from the University of Arizona Radio Club station, under my call sign K2VNT
(while the UofA club was operating remotely with the club callsign K7UAZ). Thanks to U of AZ for the
use of their station.
This setup was used to provide a local demonstration of Amateur Field Day operations and was open to
visitors. We had several visitors and hams as well.
The equipment used was an Electraft K3 w/Panoramic Display, complimented by 3 mono-band Yagi
antennas on 20M, 15M. and 10 M. For 80/40M, an off-center fed long wire was used. The K3 station was
operating at about 100W using commercial AC power.
The CW contacts were made by Mike WA9TKK and the voice contacts were made by Jeff K2VNT.
The ARRL bulletin was received using an SGC SG-2020 radio provided by WA9TKK.
We did not make too many contacts but got to show Amateur operations to the public.
73 de Jeff K2VNT
All QSOs submitted were with battery/solar power.
Perfect weather for our all solar Field Day effort. Highlight was working W5RRR on the
satellites-how apt, close to the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.
The Guest log includes signatures from the Local Boy Scout Troop 88 of Carteret, NJ. As well as the
Borough Elected Official and Agency Representative.
Our Field Day site was setup at Seaman's Airport. We utilized a tent that was given to us by
Lackawanna County EMA that they obtained for us as military surplus. We provided 1 education
activity to guests that came to our site to see the operation.
I don't normally work CW, but one of the local clubs asked me to help with their CW effort, so I
did. After 8 hours of trial by fire, my CQ chops came back to life, so after I went home, I decided
to operate some more on my own, and I actually made about 50 CW QSOs! It wound up being really fun,
and a lot faster than Phone contacts!
The storms that rolled through required some down time due to lightning in the area and conditions
Saturday afternoon seemed less than ideal. The noise level was up due to the storms. tthat being
said we still had a great time working field day again this year!!
Just trying to hand out a few Q's on this "stealth" antenna built into a fence and only 6 feet in
the air! And sorry for 2 or 3 of you that my computer accidentally sent "A" rather than "D" in the
first five or so contacts. I had the "Run" and "S&P" exchange set differently due to oversight
(it's called being old and rusty! Lol!)
Kudos to K0LUZ for a great signal and super operating characteristics (including great code/QSO
presence). Wish he could have heard me down the street!
Hope to get another "real" station one of these days so I can get back into "real" contesting
efforts. 73 to all...
Steve / K4FU
The Amateur Radio Club of Columbia County, Inc held it's Field Day event at the Columbia County
Georgia EOC this year. Our County EMA staff assisted our club in making it one of the most
enjoyable Field Day's ever. We operated 3 stations using IC-7100s at each. We used tuned antennas
(full size: 15M dipole, 20M dipole, and 40M vertical) with band-pass filters at each station. This
resulted in no interference between stations for the first time ever. We operated FT8, SSB and made
several Satellite contacts using a fixed VHF/UHF satellite station and a portable satellite HT
setup. Guests were welcomed and given a guided tour and explanation of how the County EOC functions.
EOC monitor screens were used to provide visual information on weather, Logging, Panadapter, NWS
Chat, Lightening Strikes, Remote Station, Propagation Reports, FT8 screens and other "eye-candy" for
demonstrations to the public on how amateur radio interfaces with computers and emergency
communications networks. Food was served for all participants throughout the day. We only operated
one day due to scheduling constraints on the EOC staff, but this didn't hurt participation at all.
It was great fun and a great learning experience for our Club members, ARES members, Columbia County
EMA Staff, County Officials, and the general public.
We had perfect WX from our 3,690 ft high site on the VA-WV boarder West of Harrisonburg. Our group
included family groups and long-time friends who cooperated very well together.
The Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club (WAARC) operated Field Day 2019 as 2A VA using the club
call K4RC and a GOTA station under AI4WU. We setup in a James City County public park and operated
the 24 hours running one phone station, one CW station, one 6m station and our GOTA station.
While propagation was not as good as some years and it was not our best score, we had great weather,
lots of contacts, a great club effort and lots of fun.
One highlight of our Field Day was the participation at our GOTA station by nine year old Solana
Stevenson (shown making contacts in photo) and her mother Mari Ann Stevenson (back left), who came
with Solana’s grandfather and Mari Ann’s father Randy Altona, KM4YSN (back right), one of our
club members. Also shown front left is club member Chuck White, AI4WU, the GOTA coach. The photo is
by club member Dan Ewart, WG4F. Solana is very interested in amateur radio and hopes to be in our
next club Technician license class.
Our club recorded our Educational Activity. The video may of of interest to other clubs. This was an
SSB operating/contesting class. This class was recorded, edited and published on YouTube:
We also published a summary video of our 2019 Field Day operations on YouTube at:
Your document size limit is 6MB and our 11 formal messages proof will be way over that if I scan
them to submit.
Our Information Booth was located in our Emergency Management Command Trailer due to inclement
weather. I can upload copies of the fliers we used, but no one got a picture of the information
The other proofs I can upload without a problem. Please advise how to get the proofs to you and I
will get those in. Thanks!
Field Day this year was originally just going to be me (AF2T) and Anthony (WM3T) operating from my
barn. Since we are both members of the Franklin County Amateur Radio Club K4UK, the members of the
club encouraged us to use the club call, K4UK, for our operation. As the date approached, people
asked what we were doing for Field Day and were subsequently invited to join us if they wanted to do
so. We ended up with six operators for the K4UK operation, one operator (Chris NZ6T) who ran his own
remote operation from on site, and had four visitors. We rant two stations (a Kenwood 590SG on an
EFHW and an Icom 7610 on a GAP Titan DX) and Paul (KN4NLU) operated his QRP rig as our GOTA station.
Gavin (KE3L) and Pierce (KN4AJQ), our two youth participants, manned the stations through the wee
hours of Sunday morning. Gavin (KE3L) managed to put a satellite contact in the log Sunday morning
Our goal for the operation this field day was simple--operate and (above all) have fun. Between the
smoked pork and chicken (courtesy of the host, AF2T) and the experiences of a disgruntled and
acrobatic "trash panda" and my getting the call tongue-tied at 2am, everyone had a blast.
Personally, I consider this one a complete success.
Bryant Johnson, AF2T
Unable to find location to submit documentation for Educational Bonus. Rules state you must submit
lesson plan, but where?
K4AEN, W5FB, and W4TJE descended upon the hills surrounding Lexington, VA, where we operated under
our club call K4VMI, using our KX-3’s at 5 watts with battery power in an all cw effort.
It was tough going on 15, but 40 and 20 meters kept us busy, and we even made a few qso’s on 80
It was a great time, hopefully to be repeated in 2020 with more VMI alumni joining us.
This is not a contest and we use this event to spotlight amateur radio and also give our new members
a feel for setting up and operating a station. This year operating during a storm was added by
Mother Nature.Whatever score we get is a plus.
Article was submitted to the local newspaper for our FD activities. For what ever reason they
failed to publish it.
We had a table full of the Amateur Radio pamphlets available to the public. No pic taken.
Our county EMA Director as well as the Plainville Fire Chief visited our site and signed the log.
Education was three classes. One was knot tying. What knots would help the amateur tie off an
antenna. All making a pulley system that would protect your antennas that were in trees in windy
Also third was letting operators practice sending
I didn't get all that many points but I had a real good time. Maybe next time I'll do better.
Thanks to everyone involved in this contest. Steven Carlisle, K5atw
The weather was against us this year. The hottest day of the the year was on Friday during setup.
Man, it was brutal! Then waves of rain/storms/lighting starting on Saturday afternoon, lasting the
rest of FD.
73, Connie / K5CM
Muskogee Amateur Radio Club
It was HOT and HUMID down here in Central Arkansas!
Fred, N2JAS, from Pittsburgh, PA (anyone else travel 930 miles to a Field Day site?) managed to hold
up under the heat and helped put up all 3 antennas. His help was much appreciated!
Arkansas Emergency Services supplied a tent, generator and gasoline for us to "test drive" for them.
We have recovered a bit and most of us are ready for Field Day 2020.
I am fairly new to the hobby and love it. I liked to never figured out that my exchange for FT8 had
to have a 1 in front of it. That was really never made clear to me in the rules I read. I just guess
I am slow. The classifications were well thought out and really cool. I am glad that you had a Class
D. Maybe next year I will get out of the house.
I wish I would of paid more attention to the Field Day before it came, as I did not realize how big
a thing this is for operators. I promise I will be ready for next years! You guys did a great job
and I look forward to it.
Norman - K5PAP
I had a great time on the air during Field-Day, working it by myself as a 1D station; but I HATED
the online contest reporting system. I am totally blind with no sighted assistance at hand to help
me submit the form, and it is in my opinion an absolute BUMMER to complete using a PC with the JAWS
2019 screen reader. While moving around the screen, I could not easily tell when I had moved to a
different band; while entering the various power levels and number of QSOs, I could not know for
sure that I was entering the information on the band where it should be written. . I found a
column showing 160m, 80m, 40m, etc., read by pressing down-arrow to move from band to band; but I
could not reliably tell whether a power level was for CW, digital, or phone, and I could not tell
while using the tab key to navigate the form when I moved from one band to another. Thus when I
finished the form and clicked the submit the form, I received an error saying that a power level was
missing; BUT THE MESSAGE DID NOT SAY WHICH POWER LEVEL WAS MISSING! Since your form can detect that
a power level is missing, it should also tell the user WHICH power level is missing, thus
eliminating much of the fumbling around in an attempt to figure out whih power level was missing.
I called a ham friend, telling him that I was about ready to "throw out the whole damned report" as
I put it to him because I was so frustrated fooling with it, and not knowing which field was
missing. I had QSOs on 40, 20, 15, and 10M in CW and phone only. As far as I could tell, I had the
power levels entered; but my friend asked me to email him a screen shot of my form. He found that
in some cases, my power level for phone, as an example, were in the field for digital QSOs, where I
had no activity. He tried to direct me around the form, but as I told him, the world of screen
readers is a different world indeed, and I still could not tell with ABSOLUTE RELIABILITY the band
or mode in which I was writing the power level. Another friend came on the repeater with us, and
between the two of them, they suggested that I enter 100 watts in EVERY field calling for a power
level up through 6M regardless of whether I had QSOs there.
ARRL would help us who are blind if you revised the FD contest form so that each field read the band
along with the item, such as "40M CW QSOs", "40M CW Power"; "40M digital QSOs"; "40M phone"; etc. so
that a blind person using a screen reader would know immediately and reliably when he moved from one
band's line to another. I wish ARRL could work with other totally-blind hams who deal with ARRL
contest forms so that they could be improved to make them far easier for us to navigate reliably and
accurately. The error messages should be far more specific to tell exactly WHICH field is missing
or invalid. Remember that you folk with sight can immediately spot the missing field once something
is mentioned such as a missing power level somewhere on the form; but we who are totally blind have
no such advantage. We have to fumble through the form in an attempt to find which field is missing.
In my case, a couple of the power fields were "missing" because I had unwittingly written the CW
power into either the Digital power or the phone power on an adjacent band. That error would not
occur if each field carried both the name as it does now but also the band to which it applies.
While I would not wish any long-term blindness on anyone, I would love to see some ARRL contest
personnel operate for a day or two with a computer like the type we use - no mouse, no monitor, only
a keyboard and a screen reader providing synthetic speech (even if we have a monitor and mouse, they
are totally useless to us who are totally blind).
On the positive side, though, I will certainly thank you for creating the form so that it could be
completed using ONLY a keyboard and screen reader if the blind person could know reliably which
field he is in at the moment. But after dealing with the current Field-Day form, I was ready to
totally abandon the submission of my activity to ARRL and merely enjoy the on-the-air Field-Day fun.
Thanks to two good hams who stepped in to help me - and talk me out of my original plan to abandon
the whole thing - we got the entry done, and I received a score of 320 points. Still, I wish you
would give serious attention to the improvement of field identification for persons using screen
readers, especially because such labeling improvement and specific error identification would not
detract from the visual appeal or usability of the form, and might even be a benefit in error
I enjoyed Field-Day, and I plan to operate it and maybe other ham contests in the future; but I
won't try to submit any more forms by myself unless some degree of improvement can be acomplished on
the forms for ARRL contests. I would hope that there would be blind hams in the Newington area who
could also look at the Field-Day form - and perhaps other ARRL contest forms - to make it easier for
us to report our activity in contests once a contest ends.
Thank you for Field-Day and for ARRL's administration of the various ARRL contests.
Hard rain overnight and a tornado warning early Sunday morning put a damper on our Field Day
activities. We had a good time, though, and learned some lessons.
My next to last QSO was W0FD!...
Where was Alaska? 15m Was open for FD! Now for 10M!
(I had to submit a picture of a local Bossier Parish Sheriff office who visited for my 100 bonus pts
7.2.12 in the "safety officer" area...Need spot for picture in the online form.
Jon, WB5KSD and I operated FD at our family farm again this year and increased our number of
contacts despite worse conditions and a couple of hours less operating time. It's always amazing to
me what you can do with 5 watts. This year we used a 20m elevated wire vertical and a 40m loop fed
with 300 ohm twin lead. Thanks for listening for our little peanut whistle signal!
Kerry, WD5ABC (but for FD we were K5T for Texas)
K6AA Field Day - San Pedro, CA - 4A LAX
About 30 participants and we all had a blast! No blood spilled, nobody electrocuted, no sprained
body parts, and nobody went up in flames - always a good thing.
Not too much inter-station interference, OK band conditions (those that were open), but a lot of
sudden QSB on signals.
3-el tribander at 45' and a 40/80 fan dipole - apex at 42' - for CW, Beams for VHF, vertical and
dipoles for 40 and 80 SSB. TransWorld antenna for 20M FT8.
We ate well, had fun, laughed a lot. A great FD once again! Thanks for all the QSO's!!!
Ray N6HE for United Radio Amateur Club K6AA
I operated from my backyard using a marine battery and a Renogy 100W solar panel. This set up
powered a FT-857D transceiver and a LDG YT-100 antenna tuner fed to a Buddipole antenna configured
as a horizontal dipole on 15M and 20M.
The CARES Field Day was combined with the Cupertino Preparedness Fair for a second year. We also
were joined by the Morgan Hill Volunteer Fire most of whom are hams.
The uploaded ZIP file contains all of the supporting documents for K6KP / CARES Field Day. See the
contents for more details.
All photos being referred to in the Field_Day_2018_READ_THIS_FIRST_20190706.docx can be found at:
Please let us know if you have any difficulties accessing the photos. None of the photos have youth
under 18 in them.
Darryl Presley (KI6LDM)
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OPs K6LL W6RW N7TY AE7DW K7VBG
OAUSA's annual Field Day and Summer Fest event on June 21-23, 2019, at the Mt. Pinos Campground in
the Los Padres National Forest. Mt. Pinos is located just a few minutes from McGill, and as before,
it is located about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles and is within the ARRL Santa Barbara
A family event involving three days of camping in the mountains (elevation 7800 feet), an official
ARRL Field Day competition, several trail runs, great food and drink, and an opportunity to relax in
the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest. We also offered all levels of Amateur Radio
license testing on Sunday.
Hundreds of miles of off-pavement 4WD trails, including some of the more challenging, (Miller Jeep
Trail) as well as many hiking trails were available for those who wanted to explore the area, all
covered by our Amateur Radio Safety Net
The campsite was accessible by paved roads and all were welcome. We had a great visit from the ARRL
Santa Barbara Section Manager Jim Kitchens NS6X we thank him for coming out to visit our Field Day
I tried, but the solar minimum with zero sunspots was not helping. 4 meager contacts on HF was it.
There's always next year (and the solar cycle can only get better).
Much confusion over FD NOT being the LAST full weekend in June. We lost many operators this year
due to family schedule conflicts along with the confusion this caused. Participation less than 50%
compared to previous years within our club on account of this.
I was the operator of K6QLF STN-3 running on a 42' Catalina sailboat
docked at the Aeolian yacht harbor specifically for this Field Day.
I posted a 3-part BLOG (with PICs and other useful links) on the
WQ6X Contest BLOG: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.com
Each Field Day gets weirder and weirder - I love every one of 'em.
VICTOR VALLEY ARC, K6QWR, operators on FD 2019. Apple Valley adult educational center campus.
As a added event for FD, we had a wedding performed Saturday afternoon.
Mike MicGinty, W6MVM and Marie Ann Beebe, K6IOY were married in a short ceremony.
All TCARES participants and other quests were present for the ceremony and working the radios came
to a halt during the ceremony. Afterwards we all went back to the radios including the newlyweds.
A good time was had by all on Field Day by the Kingman CW OPs. The event was ran from Fireman's
Park which is located next to the Kingman Junior High School. This was our club's first Field Day.
Weather was beautiful with light winds, clear skies and daytime highs of around 85 degrees. The
club ran two stations, both being Yaesu FT-840s. Antennas included a ground plane vertical and G5RV
Jr. up 28 feet. We had six operators taking turns working both the 40 Meter and 20 Meter bands
throughout the weekend. All in all, it was a very successful event considering it was our first
attempt at Field Day and we are already looking forward to next year's event!
Wyatt - KF7YHB
Not too much time available so I decided to run 1E from home. I had a 7AH battery that would
support my K2 nicely, so I went QRP. Tougher than other FD efforts I've been part of.
An uninvited guest named Murphy attended our first outing in a local city park. The City was
extremely supportive of the Field Day activities and granted us permission to stay in the park all
night as opposed to the normal 10pm curfew. However, no one thought to disable the sprinkler system
at at midnight water was soaking us. Fortunately, quick action of a couple of our guys got the
computers and radios out of harms way but that ended to action for this year. We were coming back
the next day to take antennas down. One was a wire vertical with 16 radials and a tuning box
clamped to the bleachers of a baseball diamond. Our one fellow left at the park to watch the
antennas reported that Sunday morning the city garbage collector saw the wire vertical and judged it
a bomb. After some explaining, all was well. Great fun with Ham Radio! Can't wait for next year!
The Bear Mountain Group comprised of five ops and three grand kids. Ops were Marilyn K7YL, Ken
AE7WE, Eli K7ELI, Steve W6EOD, and Brian a EE from Beaverton Oregon and grand kids Alexandra, David,
and Cameron. All of us had a great time as the noise floor was s-1 and better on all bands. Nights
were cold and snow in the deeper shade at 6000ft elevation. Great scenery, Alexandra and DAvid made
their first ever contacts on Ham radio early Sunday morning.
We were happy to have two new (Young Blood) operators working actively both days!
Thanks Troy and Alex.
Hoping for another op or two, we ended up with just me and my wife, Judy, supervising. We had hoped
to attend Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, but that didn't happen. Nobody else in the club wanted to
lead the effort, so the two of us took the RV to the Jemez Mountains and had a great time. I should
have changed N1MM+ to "1B"; oh well.
We setup in an area that turned out to be a no camping zone. However, after seeing the "Amateur
Radio Emergency Communications" banner of the side of the trailer, the ranger gave us the OK to
spend the weekend. We setup the Inverted L I had used on the county activation trip to and from
HamVention. With the antenna launcher safe at home, I climbed about 40 ft. into a couple of pine
trips to lift the fan dipole.
In spite of their being "no HF propagation" (the current consensus) the RBN proved I was
getting out. There was deep, rapid fading on all bands. Either antenna could be better than the
other, especially on 20m. The noise level was surprisingly high (S3-S5) in spite of being away from
civilization. It was not self-generated, but perhaps from nearby campers.
My planned nap Saturday morning didn't happen. By 2:30 Sunday morning I was cold and tired, thus
missing out on the hoped for 24 hours straight through. With the QSO rate slowing down below
25/hour, the warm RV bed called loudly.
We earned a few bonus points which helped make up for taking seven hours off. I thought it was
interesting few callers would wait for me to complete a contact when I had a "pileup."
This was true whether I had a quick exchange or not. I'm betting they spent more time tuning and
waiting to work another op than if they had waited to work me.
SSB was too painful to spend much time there. With just a dipole or end-fed, I never got a run going
on SSB. Obviously, the SSB ops hadn't seen Bill's, AE6JV, "Please Copy" badge with the red
circle and line through those words. We need more contesters to coach FD ops in making fast
I thought the CW bands were relatively empty compared with previous years. I'm betting many of those
ops moved to FT8 this year. I noticed that bandwidth was full of signals, many of them nastily
over-driven. I suspect using FT8 with an extra rig or two will help some groups ramp up their scores
in this and future years. Will we have a category for single ops with multiple transmitters next?
With smoke from a fire in AZ plus a local prescribed burn, I was prepared to disconnect the antennas
and rapidly leave the area. Fortunately, the smoke withered away and the local burn remained under
control. Teardown was much faster without the beam and AB/577 to take down. We returned home in
record time and were much more rested than in recent years. Still, I missed the fun of the multi-op
type event. 73, Bill, K8TE
DRAKE ARC. A good time was had by all. It went really well. We Had a new ham in the contest and he
did really well.
Thanks for doing this
First time working FD using CW. What a blast. 73
Antenna is rain gutter and downspouts.
Our Field Day Location is on a farm approximately 1 mile west of Somonauk, Illinois. Normally, we
use a concrete silo as one anchor point for part of our antenna system. Tents/operating positions
are then set up accordingly on flat ground near the silo as well as near one of the fields.
This year, the weather forecast of possible thunderstorms forced a change of plans; we ended up
deploying our antennas closer to a machine shed and operating out of the shed instead, except for
our CW station. We ended up taking down most of the antennas on Saturday around midnight, and
deploying a couple of portable verticals on Sunday morning to finish things off.
One thing that never changes is the tradition of Saturday night pizza and beverages of choice. Being
close enough to town for delivery is a big bonus that allows more time for socializing and
Despite the last-minute changes, we still managed to have just as much fun as previous years and are
already looking forward to next year!
Not smart enough to figure out how to send cabrillo file from my computer, so must resort to U S
Mail. Photos arrived Sat July 20, Envelope readied for mailing, but Post Office automated assistant
seems to be inoperative ! Now must wait until Monday July 22 to mail in logs.
FIELD DAY 2019 @ KA2BEO
This year was my 26th consecutive ARRL Field Day event. The weather was hot and humid, but a bit
windy on Saturday. I operated for about 8 hours total, only a third of the event. Once again, I used
a minimalist approach. The station consisted of an MFJ Cub (MFJ-9320K) on the 20-meter Ham band. It
is a small 2-watt (1.6W measured) QRP CW transceiver that was powered by a 12.6Vdc battery pack. The
20-meter antenna was an 18.5-foot long dipole that I made out of two Slinky Jr. toys. I call it the
TinyTenna, and my plans to build one are on the web (http://www.natradioco.com/TinyTenna_RLD.pdf).
The antenna was placed about 10 feet high, and even at this low height, the small linear-loaded
dipole was surprisingly effective. I operated using only CW (Morse code), and worked much of the
east coast, from Canada to Florida. I worked much further west this year (to Colorado) with less
than 2 watts. The band conditions were spotty again this year with much QSB (fading). The total
contacts were down slightly from last year, due to the shorter operating time and some dupes. I
contacted at least 19 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, while using less than two watts and
a very modest antenna! This Field Day was fun using my simplest setup yet. 73 de Rob, KA2BEO.
Field Day this year was a remarkably fun challenge. I operated mountain top portable totally off
grid with a Yaesu ft-817 using a tee ne key, a battery and a fold out solar panel to float the
battery. the view from the 1500 ft summit shadowing NH's lake Winnepesaukee was spectacular,
watching the sunset then the sunrise while operating totally in the heart of nature. Certaintly one
for the scrap book.
Field Day 2019 was a great time as a 1B QRP operator. My Icom 703 and lifepo4 batteries charged from
my solar panels worked great. I was lucky enough to get a couple of guests to show up and see my set
Take it from a summits on the air guy (SOTA). It's amazing what 5 watts and a wire can do.
This was my first quasi-serious Field Day in many years. 2019 saw me participate from my new QTH in
FN02nx. Also, new for me in 2019, is my use of FT8 AS WELL AS 6m. In 31 years of being an amateur
radio operator, this was my first time utilizing the MAGIC BAND...and magic it was, thanks to Joe
Taylor's "Super Mode". Not only did 6 appear as busy as 20m during a typical contest, but I picked
up 2 new states in my goal of 6m WAS. Saturday night, I picked up the bulletin 4 times...once on CW,
and then digital with RTTY, PSK31, and MFSK. The latter was the best copy...solid print with no
Looking forward to more 6m...more FT8...and next year!!
73 de John KB2HSH
We participated in the event along with the islands of St Thomas and St Croix. Our neighbors to the
East, Tortola also held similar activities. We setup 3 different antennas and had 2 High Frequency
radios. We had both new and existing HAMs participate along with some people who were new to radio.
We operated only using emergency power via batteries and solar. We provided demos of equipment to
the public. We utilized radio equipment that was donated to STJ Rescue by Duane Stout of KY,
equipment donated to the STJ HAM club by past active STJ HAM members Mal Preston and Paul Jordan.
Also personal equipment was used.
Another fun year of running 2E, ~100w, all Q's 'Natural' Solar Powered. It always astonishes me on
how long I can run varying power between 75-100w for the Field Day period using a very modest solar
I think next year I may just have to run a full 24 solid and see what happens. The addition of FT8
made things even more fun! 73.
I started out running PSK-31, but there was much less traffic in that mode than in prior years. As
I suspected, most of the digital operators were running FT8. I had not previously used FT8, so I
had to learn fast! Fortunately, it is quite similar to JT65.
I was pleased to see several DX stations participating in FD, and even managed to work one of them.
Maybe that was thanks to the capabilities of FT8, but I never heard so many in prior years.
WX was stubbornly cloudy all day, which limited the power my panel could generate, and therefore
somewhat limited my operating ability. This is an example of the "less than ideal conditions" the
FD bulletin talked about! :-)
Both KB7SKY (Jason Maddux) & KB7SKZ (Jason Francois) was used for Field Day. 100% Battery/Solar
Power was used on top of Mt. Graham in Arizona. 9,700 foot elevation.
Operated bicycle mobile with an Icom IC-706 and Lithium batteries. See qrz.com for photos. Almost
all CW contacts were made while in motion. I rode about 85 miles total over the weekend lugging the
bicycle, rig and battery up and down hills. Now my legs hurt!
Had a great time! It has been years since I participated in Field Day (like the 1970's).
It's obvious that FT8 has taken over the digital world. I didn't hear a single RTTY signal on any
band. RTTY is my favorite mode. I like to operate in a mode that requires the operator to turn a
I arrived at Lincoln Land Community College about a half hour after the start of Field Day. I parked
my Dodge Dakota near some trees in a median that divides the parking lot into sections. It was a
pretty nice day though rain was in the forecast. Temperatures were quite comfortable. I set up a
ground mounted vertical for 15M on the dirt median. I strung up a 40M dipole (center was
approximately 18 feet up, ends were about 8 feet up). The dipole was oriented N/S initially and
later changed to an E/W orientation. No significant difference was noted. The vertical seemed much
noisier than the dipole. I used an FT-817 transceiver (5 watts output). The FT-817 was powered by
two Ravpower USB battery packs that were connected in series to provide 10V for the FT-817. Each
battery pack was connected to its own Ravpower folding solar panel. The solar panels were laid on
the parking lot. I chose to sit on the shade as much as possible. No contacts on 40M were logged.
The dipole “worked” on 15M and some of the 15M contacts were made using it. The band was
frustrating because of the fading that would quickly occur in mid contact.
All these contacts are being counted as natural power QSO’s.
We had a great time with Field Day 2019 on the National Weather Service Midland Forecast Office
Our antennas included two verticals for the CW stations and a temporary 80 meter loop for our
SSB/Digital station. We used a 6 meter beam for the 6 meter station and an off center fed dipole
for the GOTA station suspended off a portable tower trailer. All equipment was run off two
generators and a solar charged battery.
Our local elected official was Constable Charley Hall from Precinct Four.
Our invited served agency official was Pat Vesper Meteorologist in Charge of the MAF office. We
were listed on the Midland Amateur Facebook Page, on the W5QGG web site and on the NWS MAF Facebook
and Twitter pages.
And our educational activity was setting up and running FT8 for the non-digital among our operators.
There were several at the table for this one.
In closing, the temperature for tearing down and packing up was more bearable than the 108F we
experienced last year.
We had several operators new to HF show up and make lots of contacts. One came out of the
communications trailer saying "I'm no longer a virgin". Mission accomplished!
I am unable to submit a log for the 4 calls as I don't own any logging software. I hereby certify
the following contacts:
1) KD8RXD 7.140 2A MI
2) W3YA 7.447 4A WPA
3) WC2FD 14.247 3A NNJ
4) W3DDY 14.297 1D EPA
I don't want any credit but I want to make sure these operators get their due credit.
I believe I qualify for the 100 point alternative energy bonus, as my generator was Natural Gas
powered, and not petroleum powered.
Our Solar Power/battery power set-up. CTRI Contest Group, KE1S
Location: picnic table, 10X10 tent, family farm, Gretna VA
Rig: KX-2, external 3X 18650 Li-Ion holder, KXPD3 paddle
Power: 3S-1P 18650 LI-ION battery holder and solar charger
Logging: N1mm+ on Win10 laptop
Lighting: LED Lantern
Mode: CW QRP
Comments: The most courteous ops of any FD in last 35 years! Beautiful weather. Even the mosquitos
KE5TRB is the call for the Oak Forest ARC in Houston Texas
This year we decided to make a big push for OUTREACH to our community.
We had visitors included scouts, neighbors, city council member, county wide CERT coordinator...plus
a great time introducing some of the neighborhood residents to antenna raising and a Morse code
It is the consensus of our club that even though the Mode FT8 is a positive technological advance in
communications, it provides no method for passing any significant information which could be used in
an emergency situation. Other Digital modes allow for the transmission of pertinent informational
data which can be used to pass more than a signal report. For this reason, we feel that FT8 should
not be scored at the same value as other digital modes. We realize that the purpose of field day is
as indicated in the rules – “To work as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and
10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and in doing so to learn to operate in
abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to
meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the
capabilities of Amateur Radio.”. Although we did use FT8, it was apparent that it was mostly an
automatic process which required minimal intervention from operator. For this reason we feel that
although FT8 provides a gateway to entice young people who are into modes which incorporate
computers into the hobby, it really does not help with the emergency preparedness requirements. For
this reason, we feel that while FT8 should be allowed, the scoring of FT8 should be adjusted
The weather and poor conditions in Kansas City tested all my QRP portable operating skills and
taught me more. If one type of Antenna won't stay up in bad weather, figure out one that will! I
guess this is what FD is for.
My first field day. I am disabled and this was fun. Next year will try to stay up longer. 73,s
Our mean reason to set up stations for field day was so people could learn how a Ham station was
suppose to be set up. and we had people come thru just to help set up and to learn, which we did.
Everybody I talked to enjoyed this part of it.
This was my first field day!! I logged a few contacts from home 1DVA using my home call, before
heading out to the club field day. I'm hooked - ARRL field Day is own my calendar for now on!!
James and David set up field day on a hill top in Hays county Texas with two transceivers running on
battery and solar power. They were interrupted by a thunderstorm Saturday evening but continued
operation after the storm passed. For antennas, they used a Hustler 4BTV vertical antenna and a
Windom strung between two trees. Contacts were made operating on Digital, CW, and Phone as well.
This was James's first field day, and a great time was had by all.
Setup 7 different 1B stations this time. Even more fun than our regular multi-Op station setup. Hope
everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
Dupe sheets are in an Excel(tm) file, one tab per band-mode, sorted by callsign. Time is corrupted
due to use of an old laptop with discharged clock backup battery for logging.
All power was from LiFePO4 batteries. The batteries were charged from commercial power before Field
Day started. One of the batteries was also charged from solar power during Field Day.
Our operation used the field north of the Shell gas station along Tyee Drive in Point Roberts. This
is a public location as many people came here to buy gas, coffee, and breakfast during Field Day.
Some of them wandered over to see what we were doing, which is part of why we selected this site.
The photos of our guest book include entries by the "elected official" and "served agency"
We used two social media to alert our community to our event. The first is the original social
media, "ham radio". We discussed Field Day on multiple local nets and at local ham radio club
meetings. We also announced it in 3 non-ham radio email list social media platforms that serve the
Point Roberts community: electronic Point Bulletin (ePB), PAWS-Interface, and Point-Interface.
Please contact me if you would like copies of the announcements that went out.
This was KG7PR's 2nd ARRL Field Day effort. We're not aware of any other Field Day effort ever
occurring in Point Roberts prior to our first one last year.
We used the same homebrew 20-meter Bird-Yagi-Uda on a 44-foot fiberglass mast that served us well
in Winter Field Day this year and it served us well again as you can see by the dominance of 20m in
our QSO totals. We also used a homebrew fan dipole obtained from an SK estate via one of the local
clubs. We were unable to obtain the helium or hydrogen we needed to raise our 160m vertical antenna
- maybe next year.
One of this year's operators zoomed from knowing very little about ham radio to an Extra Class
licensee in February to April this year. Her first QSO on HF was a week before Field Day. She made
many more HF QSOs during Field Day.
We're eager to do this again in January! And next June.
Operated on battery from the backyard and it was hot and miserable!
Called sporadically on 15 and 20 during the daylight and no responses, bandscope was blank! Dipoles
on 25ft push-up masts. Could not operate during dinner and finally got 8 contacts on 40m. All West
Coast. Surprising that one was from Alaska. Two were from the island of Hawaii. Never heard the
field day ops from my island of Oahu. Heard 1 80m phone from Palo Alto but not workable. Urban QTH
and no sunspots = tough times Aloha 73
Many thanks: to our sponsors for their generous donations, to our club members for their
participation, to our setup and clean-up crew for their heart and soul, to our radio operators for
their QSOs and to our cooks for their delicious food!
All contacts were made via natural power supplied but the solar panels and batteries.
Wretched conditions because of QRN from Midwest storms, coupled with poor solar activity. Last
year, we worked 30+ hams on 10 meters. This year it was five. Last year we had a 135' inverted-L,
this year we opted for a 40-meter dipole fed with window line and a tuner. Next year we'll have
lucked out with a great camp-site at Matthews Arm Campground, a high elevation in the Shenandoah
KX3 to a long wire fed through a home-made 9:1 un-un, 5w, CW and RTTY (although I was only able to
make one RTTY exchange). I set up my portable QRP station in a small clearing on a local estate. I
thought I could easily set up the station in less than two hours but was fiddling around with the
antenna so much I lost track of time: I almost didn't make the opening dit! As it turned out, the
antenna became an "inverted L" with the vertical leg about 30' and the horizontal leg going south
about 50' to a tree limb a little higher. I forgot the counterpoise initially and put it on around
midnight, but the antenna did o.k. without it.
I only operated about 20 hours of the 24 allowed mainly because of lightning storms that came
through about midnight and because of the battery power for my laptop. The radio battery
(lithium-iron-phosphate - Bioenno) would have lasted the whole time and even longer. Even with an
external Dell battery power-pack that recharges the internal battery, I ran out of laptop power at
about 11:30am local time on Sunday. Still , I think that's pretty good. I would have gone on with
the laptop operational but I was pretty well tired-out by then so I didn't attempt paper logging.
Bands were ok starting. 20m started out pretty strong and 15m was ok too. In the early evening 40m
was noisy and going into later evening 80m was almost unbearable and stayed that way. I didn't plan
to use 160 with my antenna but I did get on and almost made an exchange. Thanks to that other ham
for trying. As Saturday night went on, 40 started to pick up and became less noisy and 20 stayed
alive. I worked many eastern US and Canadian stations, some mid-west stations, and even some western
stations (SD, SK, etc.) in the early evening Saturday. Sunday morning before sunrise I started
hearing Hawaiian stations calling on 40 but couldn't work them. They were loud, too! 15 and 20m
started to pick up and, in the last fifteen minutes or so of my operation, I checked 10m, which
seemed to be dead previously, and it was alive and kicking. I made my last 6 exchanges then on 10m.
DX did not seem to be working for me; other than Hawaii, I remember only hearing a couple of DX
stations - European - the whole time. Not terribly bad for about 80' of speaker wire.
This was my first solo portable operation like this and it was great fun. Thanks for the q's and
sticking with my qrp signal!
Where do I submit photos of Generator, Batteries and Solar Panel ?
These were included in my email submission!
Attempts at pasting photos here were NO JOY!
Family event. My son Douglas KI7LLD, my Brother Estell KI7OFN and myself KI7OFL had multiple radios
all running off battery. (2)857d, 450d, FTdx3000 and a 74D at 5w. 6m beam pointed north, 6m
vertical, 2m ELK and the MFJ-Big Ears as well as an inverted V. Great time with family, enjoyed the
6m most but enjoyed making each and every contact. 2nd year participating, learned a lot. Was also
working SOT while up on this mountain. Really looking forward to next time. 73! Bud KI7OFL
I Participated in this years ARRL Field day 2019 from Home using Emergency power, using Solar Power
and AGM battery using a 9:1 UN-UN Antenna.. Had ensured I had proper grounding and also used
sufficient counterpoise to achieve low SWR. Having experienced earthquakes recently, I hope the
awareness is spread the importance of Amateur radio and how communication using emergency
unconventional power can be used to communicate to near and dear ones.-KJ6KCG
How do we send photos?
Thanks for the fun!
Eh, I just threw up a couple crappy antennas and got on barefoot for a few minutes. No biggie. Of
course I was watching TV, checking my e-mail, and armchair copying 105 wpm while doing the dishes
and laundry at the same time(tongue firmly in cheek).
Field Day 2019 in many Thunderstorms!
This was my first field day experience. WOW ! What a charge to the power supply.
As always, had a blast, hope to have better location next year.
I thought for Field Day 2019, I would try my new QCX-40 QRP transceiver using 40 meters using CW
only (this is a QRP Mono-band CW only transceiver). The antenna was a center fed Zepp. The station
was powered by a Harbor Freight 3-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Starter which supplies about 12vdc
along with a small LED light. At this low voltage, the QCX output power was 2 watts. I only had a
short time to operate late Saturday afternoon; the band was busy, and I was able to "search &
pounce" making "Q's" with this little rig! The QCX is a remarkable kit QRP radio, full of features
that made it possible for me to enjoy this years Field Day, with the short time that I had. 73, de
Karl, KO8S (Michigan)
how do I submit a photo of my generator?
Had a great time! We don't worry about points or winning any contest. We just enjoy each other's
company and having a good time!
This year's FD setup was off to a great start. The weather was really nice, clear skies, light
breeze and mild, comfortable temperature. With the three stations setup, it was time to get the
computer logging going, which had been tested the night before, connecting the laptops to the rigs
(2 KX3s and a FT-818) the connect them to the local router for networked logging. Then, the whole
Murphy family came for a family reunion. After quite a while of frustration, changing out
components, etc. for absolutely no explanation, it all started to work 10 minutes after the official
start of Field Day. The bright sunlight was providing lots of power through the solar panels and
charging the battery bank, we should be good through the whole night it would seem.
We had three stations and two antennas at the start, a dipole up about 50 feet and a GAP Voyager DX.
These were connected to a new triplexer for 80-40-20 meters. We had an A/B switch to switch
between the two antennas. I thought this was a good solution for a FD operation with multiple
stations set up in a small area where we didn't have a lot of room for multiple antennas spaced out.
Later in the day, an EFHW antenna was added to the antenna choice. We used bandpass filters with
the triplexer which helped to cut down interference. We were able to have to stations on 20-meters
at the same time, two different antennas, one on CW and the other SSB. Since one was on the
vertical and the other the dipole, this worked out fairly well.
There was lots of food and beverages to keep us going through the whole weekend event. Discussion
were had on the next year's setup with improvements for antennas and station arrangements. It
seemed strange to not have a thunderstorm over head at some time over the weekend, which has been a
common experience in Northern Ohio the past many years. We all had fun, enjoyed the weekend on the
air and are looking forward to the next year's QRP battery/solar powered Field Day, perhaps with
more QSOs and bonus points.
KU3X was once again an all CW, QRP operation this year. Power for the entire contest was from a
small solar panel, and a solar charged battery. The solar panel provided plenty of power during the
day for our KX3 and 5w. The battery easily carried us through the night. 40m and 80m was
disappointing compared to 2018. We worked KH7X on 40m and 20m, and KH6RS on 40m and 15m. Amazing
what 5 watts can do.
Not like being out in the field but still a ton of fun. I sat a can of Off on the operating table
just to make it feel like a real Field Day. Found a nice sparodic opening on 15 Sunday morning
about 11:30am (local time) and enjoyed the Q's found there. I really put this 'big' antenna farm to
work for the 24 hours. Thanks for all the Q's and I'll try it again next year from a field
Rig = TenTec Jupiter @ 100 Watts
Antenna = Mag Loop (40 thru 15) and an Isotron-80 in attic 12' above garage floor
I have the KX4Z.sum file from the N3JP software if you need it.
Power was from 40-70 watts for all contacts, and either generator (4kw gas) or Solar power (250 watt
panel, MPPT controller to 12V battery) was used.
The contacts that were done with solar power were:
FOLLOWING CONTACTS WERE MADE USING SOLAR POWER (250 WATT PANEL DRIVING MPPT CONTROLLER CHARGING 12v
(these contacts are included within the n3jp lists of contacts in their database) power level was
60 watts give or take
Rec Age ARCI Bnd Call Category Check Class Comments PC Name Contest ID Cont DXCC Country County
R County S CQz Date / Time Fists Frequency Future1 Future2 Grid R Grid
S IARUz Initials IOTA ITUz Lighthouse Mode Mode Name R Name S Operator Other 1 Other 2 Other 3 Other
4 Other 5 Other 6 Other 7 Other 8 Pnts Pwr Prec Pfx Prop Mode R Conf By S Conf By R S QTH
Grp Rcvd Snt Sat Name Sec # R # S SPC SPC# ST Station 10-10 Off TrnID
65 40 W4RSC 4A BACKUPWIN10 ARRL-FIELD-DAY NA 291 USA 05 06/23 12:47 GLG 08 DIG DIG KX4Z 0 W4 N N GA
GA GA BACKUPWIN10 0
64 40 WX4E 3C BACKUPWIN10 ARRL-FIELD-DAY NA 291 USA 05 06/23 12:39 GLG 08 DIG DIG KX4Z 0 WX4 N N
WCF WCF FL BACKUPWIN10 0
63 40 KA4J 5E BACKUPWIN10 ARRL-FIELD-DAY NA 291 USA 05 06/23 12:36 GLG 08 DIG DIG KX4Z 0 KA4 N N TN
TN TN BACKUPWIN10 0
62 40 N5PD 1D BACKUPWIN10 ARRL-FIELD-DAY NA 291 USA 04 06/23 12:34 GLG 07 DIG DIG KX4Z 0 N5 N N MS
MS MS BACKUPWIN10 0
61 40 N5BIP 1D BACKUPWIN10 ARRL-FIELD-DAY NA 291 USA 04 06/23
12:28 GLG 07 DIG DIG KX4Z 0 N5 N N NTX NTX TX BACKUPWIN10 0
60 40 KB4RG 1E BACKUPWIN10 ARRL-FIELD-DAY NA 291 USA 05 06/23 12:23 GLG 08 DIG DIG KX4Z 0 KB4 N N
WTX WTX TX BACKUPWIN10 0
59 40 W5ZU 5A BACKUPWIN10 ARRL-FIELD-DAY NA 291 USA 04 06/23 12:08 GLG 07 DIG DIG KX4Z 0 W5 N N NM
NM NM BACKUPWIN10 0
58 40 N4AF 2A BACKUPWIN10 ARRL-FIELD-DAY NA 291 USA 05 06/23 11:52 GLG 08 PH PH KX4Z 0 N4 N N SC SC
SC BACKUPWIN10 0
The instructions said we should submit the list but gave no way to do that.
Gordon Gibby kX4Z
KY4KY Field Day started in the pouring rain. We were delayed 2 hours getting antennas erected due
to lightning. Still managed to get on the air by 2PM EDT, albeit with completely modified operating
locations. The weather guru talking heads, thankfully, were well off the mark. They had promised
us lots of rain throughout the day and night. After the early morning deluge, we were greeted with
cooler temperatures and no rain. Of course, we had to have a small boat to get to the antennas.
One of our events during the year was a non-traditional materials antenna contest.... make your
antenna from parts not including wire, aluminum or copper tubing. The winning entry (an adjustable
dipole made from plumbers strapping) was used as the 20m antenna for the GOTA station and worked
All in all, a very enjoyable though soggy field day operation. KY4KY/W4KBR
The FCARC 2019 Field Day effort at Poets Seat did not match our superb 2018 and 2014 scores, but
with an estimated final score of 4312 points this seems to have been the third best year in the
fourteen years for which scores have been reported on our website. Considering the state of the
ionosphere (no sunspots seen for a month, HF propagation was lousy) and windy weather which caused
premature antenna failures, we did well.
For many years we had used Dick Burnham's AC1L call as our Field Day call. Dick passed away at age
97 about a month before Field Day. We used N1AW's callsign for the CW and SSB stations this year.
As in past years we used KB1MSU, callsign of the Greenfield High School Amateur Radio Club, for the
For the first time ever we made a significant number of contacts using digital modes (and all of
these at the GOTA station). W1AMD demonstrated equipment and techniques for satellite contacts and
digital modes and CW demonstrations supervised by N1YL constituted a serious educational activity.
Well we had the GOTA STation up and running before 2pm. Afew minutes after 2pm, it threatened to
rain, and we had to take the GOTA Station down. It was being powered by a Honda Generator.
The NorthEast Amateur Radio Club enjoys our club activities especially during Field Day.
PHOTO: W1BOF, George (left) and K1WHS, Dave, make Field Day contacts at the N1QX station with a
vintage radio position, using a Central Electronics transmitter and a Collins 75A-4 receiver. Both
ops spent a lot of time restoring and readying this equipment for the New England Radio Discussion
Society FD event. (Photo by Alex, AI2Q).
SOTA Mountain top, off grid. Many ticks!
Our stations started out to be 4A but after we got started it looked more like we were going to be
3A as one station setup didn't show and then we ended up running as a 2A since we only had enough
people and stations to run 2 HF stations. Since we had already started our QSOs as 4A we continued
to use 4A so as not to confuse anything, but we might have made one or 2 QSOs as 2A. We apologize
for this mistake and only did a couple that we know of.
Please find our accompanying documentation to further corroborate our involvement in Field Day
-President Marc Araujo
it was a great weekend very weather and using the buddipole and go boxes with a ft 857d ldg z-11 pro
tuner.battery power and solar. see you next year.
Finally got my feet wet...first field day. Figured it out on my own! Wasn't bad at all, but next
time I hope to have mastered some logging software. Thanks to all of my contacts...73 N3JLR
My first FD in many years. I am disabled. And I am very rusty on the air. But it was fun trying to
get some contacts. I was set-up outside using a Yaesu FT-857 and a BuddiPole. I heard a lot of
stations but was not heard. It was still fun for the few hours that I got to be outside for a
change. Can't seem to find the log page to confirm my contacts!
My emergency power was to be the 16kW-h Li-Ion battery in my 2017 Chevy Volt backed up by its ICE
(internal combustion engine) if needed. First, a little about the archetecture of the Volt: The ICE
is not connected to the drive train but rather runs a generator to power the two electric propulsion
motors. Both that generator and the Li-Ion main battery are selectively connected to a 300VDC-12VDC
inverter that powers all of the accessories in the Volt as well as charge its 12V battery. The
Volt's inverter is capable of 175A, so its output is my source to extract power with a 1000W
12VDC-110VAC Pure Sinewave Inverter from Samlex. When the Volt is "running", it is programmed to
shut back down if not driven for two hours or so. To defeat this, it is necessary to set the
e-brake and set the shifter in neutral. For safety, and to prevent theft (vehicle ready to be
driven off!), I backed it up close to the garage door and parked another vehicle in front basically
blocking any movement. An extension cord brings my Samlex inverter's 110VAC to the kitchen to power
the K3 and laptop. First problem: The Samlex sits on a platform in the rear of the Volt exposed to
the sun through a huge rear window. When I went out at 1:30PM Saturday to turn it on, it was too
hot to even touch and of course would not start due to its heat protection. I cooled its heatsink
down with a wet cloth and started the Volt's A/C which would obviously be needed during the hours
when the sun was at its strongest. But now I would definitely need an assist from the ICE during FD
due to the A/C's heavy draw. All of this configuration thoroughly confused the Volt! At the end,
the ICE had been running for roughly half the FD hours, yet the Volt reported full driving range and
a full tank of petrol. Sunday afternoon when I filled the tank, it only took 0.6 gallons at a cost
of $1.50, so the ICE provides a very efficient gasoline engine generator. Good to know during
Field Day went well. I was able to run much better on 40M than I recall from previous 1D
operations. When I got around to testing 15 & 10 Sunday morning, I felt like I owned the bands! I
was even called by an S9+ VE8 on 15M, but there were also periodic lulls on both bands. Just wait a
couple of minutes and signals were up again. The station setup worked perfectly and the only
interruptions were to check status of the Volt and to take a five hour break when the operator ran
out of gas!
We were at Odenville public park pavilion. We handed out ARRL and FEMA preparedness brochures on our
public info table. We had Ed Tyler post more pictures of us in Alabama ARRL facebook group.
We were there from 7am-10pm promoting amateur radio and preparedness.
As the primary digital station operator at N4CVG, I had a few complaints about the way digital
contacts were handled. The WSJT-X software needed to operate FT8 was not capable of operating PSK31.
In fact, its logging capabilities was so limited it would not dupe on the fly. It was cumbersome to
off-load contacts to the N3FJP logging software that our site was using. I was running FLDIGI on a
dedicated Raspberry-Pi for PSK31. It also has an internal logging capability that CAN Dupe on the
fly, which I used. But without being able to dupe between FLDigi and WSJT-X, it was not practical to
make contacts on FT8. DI hope that by next year, they will have a common interface to such logging
programs as N3FJP to dupe on the fly between FT8 and PSK31, with both being considered digital mode
contacts. Since I chose to only work PSK31, it didn't take long to work all the stations on any
given band and and that number was down from last year. Don't think I heard a single RTTY station,
even though I called CQ on 20M RTTY. So the work begins now to resolve this logging issue.
Despite these setbacks, everyone had a good time. The rain stopped before the contest started and
did not return as it has in all memorable years before.
Twitter and Facebook were utilized here to announce/advertise our Field Day location and set up.
A brief video of our PSK-31 set up in use is available on our YouTube Channel also. Search: N4EMP
NC State Senator James Perry visited our location and even participated in a QSO. We have video and
it is on our facebook page.
Set up on Friday went very smoothly. Operations started on Saturday at 2 PM. We kept a check on the
weather using a weather radio. We operated up until 6 PM at that time we started taking stations and
antennas down. We had major storm approaching our location. We also did not have enough operators
for Sunday to help with tear down so we decided to end Field Day operations completely. Turned out
to be a good decision since the storm was very intense and Sunday also turned out to be a wash out.
Used Chevy Bolt and 950 watt inverter to power rig, computer, and fridge. Used 7.3 kWh over 24+
hours (about 11% of car battery capacity). First Field Day. Fun!
Spent time observing and supervising the North Arkansas Amateur Radio Society's Field Day operation
but was required to leave the site to provide care giver time to my wife who has recently under gone
cancer treatments. So was unable to participate as an operator for their N5N 1A efforts. But was
able to operate some from my home QTH as 1E battery for a total of 28 hard won contacts. The
weather in our section(Arkansas) was a factor due to thunder storms with accompanying high winds,
lightning, and torrential rain. I Was able to make contacts between the rain and lightning induced
static and successfully tested my ARES Emergency Station under the most rigorous conditions
imaginable. You have to participate to learn what works and what doesn't under different types of
conditions. Life isn't all sunshine, some storms once in a while help us learn what we are made of!
Wow What a Field Day! 73 from Joe N5QYC
Band conditions were rough. Had a few visitors during period where making QSOs on phone was very
difficult to impossible. All in it wasn't a terrible field day, was able to demonstrate the ability
to operate 100w on HF bands on battery power only, and was able to demonstrate techniques for urban
area antennas to others interested in the hobby.
We were located north of Cave Lake Reservoir, Nevada at an elevation just over 7,600 feet. Our
antenna was a basic horizontal wire dipole using three Buddipole tripods and 18-foot masts for
support. We experienced gusty winds from time to time and everything had to be three-point guyed.
In the late evening/early morning the temperature dropped to the low to mid 30s. The surrounding
mountains over 8,500 feet were still snow capped and help bracket a scenic 360-degree panoramic view
of the area.
Propagation poor, mostly Western US contacts, but kept busy enough to have great fun. Maiden field
day voyage for my "Wren" dual band homebrew transceiver. Homebrew solar, homebrew antenna. IMHO, CW
requires skill and should have higher points than digital modes. ARRL could foster building skills
by multiplier for self-assembled kit or homebrew rigs.
An ode to Field Day from N6MI.
Field Day is not an operating event.
Field Day is erecting a moldy tent.
Field Day is hitting antennas (like Van Damme).
Field Day is coffee all night and high bedlam.
Field Day is code, phone, and new modes galore.
Field Day is chili and beans all over the dance floor.
Field Day is the late night shift on 40.
Field Day is the search for radio club glory.
Field Day, of course, is no time to rest.
Field Day, at its best, is a true contest.
We will see you soon, Mr. Mosquito.
(Hey, could I have the rest of that burrito?)
The Poway ham's participation in this year's Field Day was unique. For the first time in some 35
years we were able to secure a location in Lake Poway Park, one of the most visited parks in
Southern California. Not only were we able to demonstrate ham radio to many park visitors. Our
effort combined with a camp-out for scouts which we also hosted,and a public presentation by a Poway
emergency preparedness non-profit, the Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps (PNEC). We used the scout
camp-out to help scouts earn their radio merit badge with several PARS hams serving as radio
technology coaches and radio transmission instructors for the scouts. All scouts in the scout troop
sponsored by a local church earned their radio merit badges, two stated they would pursue their
technician license, and many PNEC guests spent considerable time learning about ham radio. Two Poway
City Council members are now very supportive in helping PARS pursue expansion of this event for 2020
Field day with our hope that we may also secure City sponsorship. Poway has become highly supportive
of ham radio volunteer efforts in the City emergency operations center preparedness. 73 de NN3V
The 2019 N6R Field Day operated for the 19th year at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and
Museum by members of the Ventura County Amateur Radio Society and the Simi Settlers Amateur Radio
Club. Library visitors were able to see and talk to all stations as well as our PIO. Visitors were
surprised at what this community can pull together for disaster operations. We look forward to our
20th year at the Library in 2020.
Yet again, too many class 1D stations calling CQ!
The FT8 operators found 15m open both days while nearly zero SSB stations took advantage of the good
My friend Jeff N7DS and I operated from the cabin near La Pine in Central Oregon
as we have done for the past dozen years or so. We alternate callsigns each
year. The wx was perfect: low 70's during the day, no rain or electrical
We have evolved to a set-up that works well for us. A Spiderbeam 250' out in
the woods covers 20-15-10, a 40M Inverted-Vee end-to-end with Spidey works with
minimal interference and an 80M Inverted-Vee close to the cabin gives us 5 bands
to play in.
Indoors, we use a triplexer with Spidey, a BP filter for each band and a full
set of coax stubs which eliminates the last of any inter-station interference
(credit to George W2VJN).
Jeff ran 20M most of the time and I wandered around the other bands with a bit
of time on 20 Saturday evening. The bands were not that hot IMHO, but there was
always a band open somewhere (Jimmy Buffet playing in my head!) so the fun was
non-stop and I had some great runs on 40 and 80.
I bet Jeff prior to the event (I didn't say "contest") that I would
even work a handful of Q's on 15 (seemed unlikely at the time) and ended up with
113 -- so I have a quart of ice cream in my future!
Tnx for the steady stream of Q's (and to Jeff for handling the cooking). Listen
for us next year as NE7D -- did I just self-spot?
Posted pictures and comments on Twitter using https://twitter.com/n7ekb.
Josh Nelson (KE7MTF), Thor Wiegman (N7JCT) and Patrick Rachels (KD7WPQ) operated on batteries from
Heyburn State Park.
Josh was on a Ham stick dipole, Patrick on a omni using a Ham stick with a small ground plane and
Thor using the antennas on his vehicle.
Abby Nelson, Josh's daughter (8 years of age) operated 2 contacts on 15M with all operators present.
She's been coached over the years by her father and is just now starting to feel comfortable with
using a 2 way radio.
ARRL field day was a leisure weekend of making contacts, bicycle rides and camp fires!
Each year we make more contacts than the last due to equipment modifications and improvements.
Improvements being fewer pieces of equipment in some situations, more pieces of equipment in other
Antenna improvements have been the most challenging but we do make it work.
We hope to have more distant contacts next year.
On a side note, I'm not sure how to make or use this Cabrillo log or dupe sheet.
Josh and Thor logged to paper, Patrick (Myself) logged to the QRZ.
Rather than bang by head on the wall trying to figure out how to format it for submission I'd rather
skip submitting it all together.
If log submitting is going to be this difficult I may not submit logs at all.
If you want a scanned copy of the paper logs I can get those.
If you want a copy of the adif file from the QRZ I can get those too but I don't understand how to
make a Cabrillo log or dupe sheet.
Bob1, K6YN, Bob2, K6ON and Ted, K6XN, operated from our cabin this weekend using an Icom IC-775 DSP
transceiver and an Icom IC-756PRO2 transceiver from power provided by batteries, solar power and a
pair of Honda EU2000i generators as needed. We operated at a 5000 foot elevation in the Tahoe
National Forest driving a four element antique KLM 40M beam we restored, a four element KLM KT34
four element 10/15/20M beam (we also restored) and an inverted 80M inverted Vee antenna suspended by
some very tall pine trees. We basically just had a lot of fun and enjoyed Ham Radio, our friendship,
great meals, rag chewing and we also took time to walk our dogs in the forest several times a day.
As always we learned new skills and knowledge about our equipment, operating CW and SSB using hand
keys and also using laptops and celebrating ham radio! Thanks for all the QSOs!!!
Special thanks to Laine, K6XXN, ( K6XN’s XYL) for providing the Team with a 7 ½ pound prime rib
roast and outstanding beverages ( and other things) for the Team’s traditional outstanding
Saturday Night Field Day dinner at the cabin!
Thanks for the QSOs, 73 and KB, K6XN, Ted, Trustee for Station N7PR
We are a small club in the Rocky Mountains that has a great time and make a few contacts between
I had a lot of fun. I operated at my brothers 5 acres in Elgin TX with an FT-817 Digital.
Another successful Field Day brought by the team members of the Newark Amateur Radio Association.
Additional supporting documents have been mailed to the ARRL to verify Bonus Points claimed.
My callsign: N8JEN 1D OH
Remote callsign: W1OP 3A RI
I tried to create an ADIF file, but gave up, just the one contact. Thanks.
This was my first earnest participation in FD, mostly for the experience and to build some 'op
chops'. Definitely learned a lot and it was a great time.
N9AU 2A WI MM Expeditionary Force
Ops: N9AU, WB9Z, NV9L,K9GS, W9LR, W9NJY, W9XT and safety officer Julie.
Decent conditions except for the usual thunderstorm QRN.
6M nothing to get excited about..just a few short openings on digital.
2019 marks the 62nd continuous FD operation for Ron, N9AU!
See you next year!
Our submission still shows pending documentation.
I had to borrow a friends scanner to be able to upload them. However, I didn't have access to ARRL
website to determine the individual upload criteria. If you could please scroll thru the uploaded
documents you will find multiple pages with each upload with all the required docs for the bonus
73 Randy KA4SQN
Our three-man team came together with a plan in place with very little experience with field day and
we made it happen.
NJ2SP (SPARC) was founded in 2014. All members are also members of CERT ARES. Every year we obtain a
Amateur Radio Procamination from the town council and we conduct our Field Day in Spring Lake Park
in the center of town, We invite local clubs to join us and we have a grand time.We were visited by
Bill Hudzik, Huson Division Vice Director and members of the OEM and city council.Because it's in a
park we set up an information boot with in addition to ARRL literature we run a looping video about
Amateur Radio and provide cold water to our park guest.Our radios are Elecraft KX3 QRP units an most
of our antennas are home brewed.Field Day is an event welook forward to every year. _W2OU
Brief, solo operation with battery power. It was fun but I wish I had a longer time to operate.
Conditions were poor for my location in Alaska. Only heard four East Coast
stations and worked two. It was fun putting Alaska on the air. Hoping for better conditions next
Only 10 hours of operations due to passing thunderstorms but many club members got some good
on-the-air time, some new to competitions.
been off field day for a couple of years it was good totake part this year had lots of fun working
Used a Yaesu FT-897 w/ AT-897Plus Auto Tuner. BuddiStick Antenna. Battery Power. Built a Battery Box
on Wheels with 3 33ah Lead Acid deep cycle batteries connected in parallel. 100 Watts SSB Phone and
50 Watts FT8. Operated in a park near my home QTH. This was my first Field Day operating Portable
and first time submitting a log. Learned some lessons for next year.
We had a great time operating class 2A with a group from the NC East chapter of PVRC - Jim(K4QPL),
Dan(N3ND), Ed(K5OF), Don(W4BBT) and Eric(NR4O). We ran 3 transmitters, 1-CW, 1-Phone and
1-VHF(6M-Digital). The 6M transmitter being a free VHF station was setup just for fun with
arm-strong rotated Moxon built just for FD. Each generator powered station had a K3 and 3 dipoles
for 80M, 40M and 20M varying in height from 30 to 50 feet. We got off to a bit of slow start after
finishing up the dipole installation and adjustments just 15 minutes before the 1800 UTC start time.
Both stations operated simultaneously for the entire 24 hour period allowed with only short breaks
for operator changes and generator servicing. One of the ops commented that we avoided any visits
from every ones friend Murphy. For me personally, one of the highlights of the operation was working
KZ1M. This is the Eastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Association memorial club station for my dear
friend Jim Dalterio(SK) Sunday afternoon. I last operated field day way back in 1993 before
relocating to NC with him and the ECARA club. A special thanks goes out to ECARA for making my day.
A special thanks to Jim, K4QPL and his son for allowing us to operate from the Grey Goose Farm. It
was a privilege to have my call used for this FD operation. I look forward to doing this again.
Lastly, thanks to all the ops that braved the elements in their respective locations to provide all
the QSO's during the weekend. Hope to hear you all next year. 73, Eric - NR4O
Had a great time. This was the first time I tried CW QRP for the event. In the past three years I
used psk31 but this time I went with with CW QRP on 20 meters only and worked more states and
contacts that ever before! I used the same equipment/station setup as in the Winter Field Day event
back in January with the WFDA guys. C U next year! Jim NV5S
Not totally clear as to what and how to submit documentation to support bonus points. I have added
our letters to elected officials and others along with photos of additional items claimed.
I entered as I had just repaired my G5RV and was looking to see how it was working, but also had a
chance to have my boys observe and one operated as well. It was fun and challenging from my QTH.
Look forward to next year!
Marine portable operation from MV Weasley anchored near Ladner on the Fraser Riiver delta. Rig
IC-7410 at 50-80W powered from battery and engine generator. Antenna 24ft vertical with AH-4 tuner.
Another article came out AFTER Field Day - https://bit.ly/2LRa0vh
Field Day 2019 YouTube Video
The photograph submitted shows one of the batteries at the feet of VE1KK.
We used about 6 lead acid batteries to power our station. This was our first year operating in a
Provincial Park. We had a lot of interest from other people using the park and we are planning to
use this location again.
Our newest radio ham, VE1MCL made his first HF contact on Saturday and more on Sunday morning. My
daughter Clare (8 years old) had QSO'S with W1NRG and WW1IE.
50 participants: 10 operators, 22 set-up crew, 18 visitors.
the first time operate 1E .. :)
As always FD is the best test for endurance!!!
We set up the activity at the University hospital centre parking place. We use a special RV built
especially for ham radio activities, called PRAME. A generator was used part of time. We have been
visited by Honorary Colonel of 52nd Sherbrooke Field Ambulance, M. Michel Carpentier. The 52 Field
Ambulance is a medical unit of the Canadian Armed Forces Health Services. It was again a real
pleasure to organize that Field day. We had a lot of fun. See you next year. 73
Setup VE3FRX in workshop on acreage of VE3CV at EN93el, near Varna, Ontario. Hung a 120ft doublet at
60feet from two trees using fishing line and slingshot. Ladderline feedine fed directly (using 3
8ft rebar/PVC insulator supports) into antenna tuner for use on 80-40-20-15 meters. Rig 1 was
Elecraft K3 running 70 Watts (Op VE3CV). Rig 2 was Elecraft KX2 running 10 Watts (Op VE3XKZ) using
Transworld portable or portable vertical antennas. Power provided by Champion Gasoline Generator
rated at 6500 Watts. All digital contacts using WJST-X 2.01 for FT8. Best weather ever for Field
Day with sunny 23C (73F) and cooling breeze off Lake Huron to keep all the mosquitoes away! No rain
or thunderstorms...a first!
Thanks to all the great Ops for the Qs.
Great weather greeted us. It made operating much easier. Thanks, ARRL for organizing this event.
OARC 2A ONE
The 2019 Elgin Amateur Radio Society really had great weather and fun at the Sheddon Sports complex.
5 watts QRP CW is still a great mode for Field Day!
Combined my summer hobby (sailing) with my winter hobby (ham radio) by working Field Day from my
sailboat Carina, at anchor in Humber Bay, Lake Ontario.
GOTA coach Geoff Smith VA3GS.Natural power QSO's were by the digital station and are included in the
40m DIG log.Final log uploaded,errors fixed
The weather was typically FD, complete with wind and rain. VE6ZC operated from Jasper National
Park, Wabasso campground (DO12ls). My score is an accurate reflection of the propagation conditions
that included one-way propagation!
We set up at "Filberg Park" in Comox, BC. We ran on solar power charging batteries at one of our two
stations for the daylight hours on day 1 and then switched to a generator to charge the batteries if
required until 10:00PM. Due to local area rules we had to turn off the generators and switch to
charging the batteries (if required) from commercial power.
We had support from St John's Ambulance and Comox Valley Search and Rescue for the event and were
visited by local Comox Valley Emergency Services personnel at various times during the event.
Operated from Nancy Green Provincial Park in the West Kootenay area of the south-east part of the
province of BC. Had heavy rain and lightning most of the day Saturday. Used a home-made G5RV up
about 80 ft.
My club (Richmond [BC] Amateur Radio Club) was running from our clubhouse, using commercial power --
hence, Class D.
I couldn't find a way to put the Club name into our Field Day entry, so I posted it under my own
name, with the Club's callsign.
It would be nice if the ARRL let us submit _as a Club_, even though we were a "home" station.
Pleased to activate 900 MHz in VE7 land for field day!
- We promoted our FD on the @vectorradio twitter account
- Took place at Queen Elizabeth park, a major public park in Vancouver BC
- We operated 100% on generator power
- We operated SSTV along with other local clubs
- We ran a directional antenna workshop, and had some RDF exercises
- We operated on satellites, including making one QSO on SO-50
Very interesting contest. We operated VE8YK as a 1F NT station QRP. First time using FT-8. We
only operated about 12 hours. A second station operated locally under c/s VE8MN. We understand
they fared much better but they did operate longer. Overall very fun. FT-8 was great once we
figured out how to use it. It mitigates the really poor propagation issues here in VE8 land. 73
W0CGM - We had a great field day this year.
I enjoyed having a station completely on battery-solar power including the lights in the camper. I
used a 32 ft vertical and a 4 to 1 unun with the frame of the fiberglass camper as radials on all
bands. The tuner of the K3S easily matched on each band and I thought I got out well for running
only 5 watts. Saturday was thick clouds and the solar panel put out about half an amp but by 9:30 on
Sunday morning when the sun came out the battery was fully charged and stayed fully charged all day.
Didn't plan on doing FD this year as I was busy cutting hay, and with the cool weather and rainy
days, I am about 2 weeks behind schedule...but got enough rain to end that for the weekend so I
loaded up my gear and headed to the top of the mountain on my property. Took my hammock and dog long
for an overnight camping trip.
My goal was to make 50 SSB contacts using my KX3 at 5 watts on 20 meters using a QRPGuys tri-band
vertical. Mission accomplished. 26 unique US sections and 2 Canadian sections...not bad for 5 watts
on a quarter wave vertical.
Here is a link to my FD sunset picture from my operating location...
Band conditions Saturday were complicated by storms in Kansas causing static crashes especially on
40m. By 6:30 I had to shutdown and disconnect antennas due to thunderstorms nearby which continued
thru the next morning including a tornado warning at 5:30am. Resumed operating about 9:30am Sunday
morning. I worked the higher bands as much as possible. My favorite 10m was problematic with the
band in and out sometimes by the minute which made it a somewhat frustrating challenge but fun in
the end. I hope everyone operating in the field stayed safe thru the severe weather in areas. See
everyone next year!
What fun !
submitted by W0EO
photos - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WchQP8MFJ5R8yySFzmTVJyS2Po_7Z56b
I cam I saw I did.On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner referred to the most famous speech ever
given by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called the Gettysburg
Address a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long
remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said,
and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech."
There are five known copies of the speech in Lincoln's handwriting, each with a slightly different
text, and named for the people who first received them: Nicolay, Hay, Everett, Bancroft and Bliss.
Two copies apparently were written before delivering the speech, one of which probably was the
reading copy. The remaining ones were produced months later for soldier benefit events. Despite
widely-circulated stories to the contrary, the president did not dash off a copy aboard a train to
Gettysburg. Lincoln carefully prepared his major speeches in advance; his steady, even script in
every manuscript is consistent with a firm writing surface, not the notoriously bumpy Civil War-era
trains. Additional versions of the speech appeared in newspapers of the era, feeding modern-day
confusion about the authoritative text.
CMARA had what I believe was the best FD ever. We used the Aldrich Astronomy field, had fantastic
food, 6A with at least 10 generators running, all Inverter types, a GOTA station and a Welcome Tent
with public information available.Saturday night we had a fantastic camp fire accompanied by WA1JXR
Having just gotten out of the hospital the week before FD after triple bypass surgery and unable to
get to the main station in the basement, friends hauled up my KX3 and Elecraft AX1 portable antenna
(stands about 4 ft. tall with a 10 ft counter poise) to my outside sun room, I was able to make 35
QSO's using 5 watts. It was not easy and I did not break any pileups, but each QSO was a thrill.
QRPing can be very trying, but very rewarding. The fun factor increases by the thousands when you
aren't trying to get to the top of the scoreboard.
FD 2019 was a real lesson in responding to a fluid situation. We lost 2.5 hours of air time to
severe T-Storms that started and ended with hail. Our CW station had its power supply burn out, and
we continued to feel the loss of our long-time FD leader, John King WA1ABI (SK). Still everyone was
well fed, nobody was hurt, and fun was had by all.
Our Field Day event used 100% Emergency Power in the form of Gas Powered Generator, 12 Volt Car
Batteries and a 70 watt solar panel.
We held our event at the Ledyard Fair Groups which is a public location along the street in the
center of town.
Our event and the Public Information table was visited by 17 people who signed the sign in sheet,
along with some we missed having sign in with all the excitement. In addition, Our Theme for this
year was food and fun. We enjoyed grilling some steaks, burgers and dog's.
Submitted by: Joshua Burke K0JEB
with my right arm in a sling after shoulder surgery the best i could do was left-handed ft8. but it
The Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association (W1TU) in conjunction with the Hancock County EMA held
its Field Day at the Trenton (Maine) Elementary School. In addition to prior publicity in regional
newspapers, our site was visited by WABI News, Channel 5, from Bangor, Maine. The film reporter,
Ryan Mains, made a GOTA contact. The film report was aired that Saturday evening.
Operated from home as 1D WCF making just a few PSK contacts. Spent most of my time at KE4ZIP club
stations where we had a big turnout. This photo from our two newspaper articles.
Dead bands? Not with FT8 on 15 m. An evolution in ham radio.
Inside Emergency Operations Center with air conditioning and isolation from summer Florida rain
storms. Fun, Fun, Fun!
We decided to set up Field Day on the front lawn of our local library. Due to library
restrictions(only able to operate during daylight hours)we removed all of our equipment Saturday
evening and returned to set up again on Sunday morning. During the month of June we set up a glass
showcase in the library along with a poster that had QR codes for readers to watch the topic info on
YouTube using their smart phones.
My brother (KD7WWS) and I hiked 2000 ft up to the top of Canfield Mountain, right next to Coeur
d'Alene, Idaho. We used a 12v battery to power my FT-857D running 5 watts into a random wire
(through a tuner) cut approximately for 80m. We could hear a LOT of stations, but had a hard time
being heard, especially in the pileups. 80m meter sideband close-range contacts ended up being just
as fruitful as 20m sideband. FT8 malfunctioned at first, but we tried it again with success towards
the end of the FD exercise. For a 5w station, FT8 is hard to beat. As we hiked down the mountain, we
debated whether the 5x multiplier was worth the difficulty: we might just carry enough to operate
100w next time. It's also debatable how much the 2000-foot advantage really helped on HF: we might
opt for an easier hike next time, maybe on a hill next to the lake. In any case, we learned a lot
about portable power and its limitations. We'll be more ready next time!
The new WPA club coordinator (john) arrived with Joe, w3bc, and the first thing he said was "hey I
see your using your hex beam on the ground, awesome, how many contacts have made that way?"..seeing
the expression on my face, he quickly moved to qualify he statement, "oh don't mind me, I have been
known to light up anything with a tuner, the lamp post fences, etc" I quickly explained to him that
we were having some issues with masting and had not got it on the air yet....later, after he and Joe
left, I quickly grabbed a loose coax that was attached to a radio and instructed KC3LXJ to get ready
and try for a qso....20 meter hex beam, on the ground, making contacts for the next couple hours
till almost sundown when we decided to at least put it on a short mast.....that hex beam is always
been our club's favorite antenna, and now, thanks to John, even more so.....
W3ARO Field Day 2019 video https://youtu.be/K_-x4r0CTu8 also documents visit by Wayne Co
Commissioner (elected official) Joseph W Adams.
Our final contact Sunday afternoon was also the best DX - KH6RS (Hawaii) on 15 meter CW from W3CWC
Being handy capped by chronic back issues and much pain, I decided to operate Field Day via
TeamViewer to my PC and IC 7300 USB interface.... The CW contacts were difficult so I focused on FT8
digital. My 4.5 hours in the recliner was not so bad and at least I got in some Field Day time.
Be BACK next year! pun intended!!!
It was a great pleasure to run our 2019 Field Day event especially for informing a lot of the
civilians and campus students of our capabilities for emergency Ops. The people were so receptive
and wanted to learn more of what we have done especially providing emergency communications for our
Red Cross. With Fox News requesting an interview, it really has helped our Club and the Red Cross to
show what we can do in our community or state emergency operations. All the man hours and training
has really shown us that anyone participating regardless of age can make a difference. Senator John
Edwards came and operated a radio. He has been instrumental in helping our state and operations in
ARES. I thank you for your time. 73! John Bourgeois
We had a great time operating at the Cedar Grove Community Center. Everyone really enjoyed the
low-country boil on Saturday for supper, as well as the Sunday morning brunch. FD is always a great
opportunity for us to get together and share stories and ideas.
A weekend of firsts for W4INK during 2019 ARRL Field Day:
This was the first Contest/Field Day operating event I've participated in outside of a club
I had originally intended just to pass traffic and make a few phone contacts on VHF/UHF as I'm a
newly appointed Official Relay Station. I also wanted to test my Emergency Power since Hurricane
Season has arrived and I haven't really had an opportunity to stress test my emergency power
equipment. I had a friend (non-ham radio operator), come and assist me set up for Field Day. We set
up a 100W solar panel and connected it to the charge controller for my Bioenno 80AH LiFePO4 battery,
which is stored inside a PowerWerx PWRbox.
I also made the decision to put up my MP1 SuperAntenna vertical that I hadn't yet tested out. The
FT8 contacts I made with this antenna were my first HF contacts from my home QTH. The only other HF
contacts I'd ever made were during the FL QSO Party when I operated as part of the N4SER team. All
of the FT8 contacts made prior to 2200z on 06/22 (6 contacts) were powered by natural means (Solar
Power + LiFePO4 battery w/ charge controller). At 2200z on 6/22, I hooked up the Bioenno Battery
charge controller to vehicle power in order to keep from draining the battery while I was performing
my NTS duties on our local and section level NTS nets between 2200z and 0200z.
I organized, served as the NCS, and served as liaison for a special local ARES Field Day traffic
net, which I held at 2300z on a local repeater. I received 7 messages during this local net from our
local ARES club members. Between 2200z and 0200z I received more than 20 radiograms from different
stations in our section - 8 of these were addressed to KT4WX, the ARRL section manager for the WCF
section, who was unavailable to check into the section level net at 0030Z because he was still busy
with the WCF Field Day caravan. I was asked by the Section NTS net manager to accept traffic for his
station and I relayed it to him the following day.
I thought 2019 ARRL Field Day was a very successful "first contest" for me, even though my QSO
numbers were not as high as I'd hoped. I've also been bitten by the HF bug so I am excited to
participate in other upcoming contests and make improvements to the HF side of my station.
73 to all, de W4INK.
For the first time in a long while, the weather was great. (We're still very thankful for the
ability to begin setup on Thursday.) Our teams learned from last year and used 'contest' grade
radios with roofing filters. Some 15M interference shows we have more to learn. The phone team
replicated the CW team's antenna set up with a 40M driven element, 80M turnstile and 20/15/10
triband yagi all mounted on an AB-577 portable tower. The 40M phone operators actually made more
QSO's than the CW ops! (Great job!) The digital guys operated three stations using verticals. A few
local Girl Scout troops provided dinner on Saturday evening! The girls were able to earn a badge by
taking a tour of the site and talking to operators. Hopefully we can make this arrangement next
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What terrible bands conditions we had to deal with. S9+ was the noise level when the contest
started. but fell to workable levels later into the evening. The DeSoto County Emergency Coordinator
Brian Newhouse helped with Fieldday as he is a licensed ham as well. The attached newspaper article
has his photo and callsign in it.
We Had a Blast this year at Field Day! Look for us on the Air!!
73's - The Misfits ARC
Operators: KM4UDH, KM4UXN, KG4IFR, K4IZ, N4TT
We had a small group of 4 in a remote location at Fort Mountain St. Park, GA. We had severe
thunderstorms both Friday and Saturday night with high winds on Friday night. It was a great
learning experience in adverse conditions. The big surprise was that an new ham (only got license
on Friday) actually looked us up! This is what Field Day is about...
26 participating members of the 4th Regiment, Tennessee State Guard participated in Field Day 2019.
Members setup and operated commercially available and homebrew antennas connected to radios
manufactured by Yaesu, Icom and Kenwood. All contacts were made using 100% emergency power.
Special Thanks to our hosts at Red Clay State Park and to Erin Medley and her park rangers for their
continued support of our mission. We encourage all persons reading this to continue to support the
The Panama City ARC building was severely damaged in hurricane Michael. We were able to get repairs
completed and we used ARRL Field Day as an open house to the public and city officials to promote
amateur radio. The article submitted shows the ribbon cutting by the officers and City Commissioner
This year, W4UA's Field Day Operation was dedicated to the late Sam Hall K4AME(SK), a long-time club
member and friend to all.
More photos and info on W4UA Facebook page at:
I noticed an error in my summary. It shows a digital QSO which is wrong. I meant to show the QSO
under the phone column.
Great contest and a log of fun practice during low sunspot cycle. I do wish that LOTW users with
HRD or other electronic logs could just upload the QSO's like they do outside of the contest for
automatic use in verifying the QSO's vs exporting a separate duplicate sheet.
Please have a look at our 2019 Field Day video at
https://w5fc.org/2019/07/02/arrl-field-day-2019-videos/ and you can always check out our social
media at https://www.facebook.com/groups/147078168651225/
We had good antennas up, but the field day message was not available due to band conditions. I feel
that is unfair, and the field day message should be transmitted in the south, and west of the rocky
mountains, as well as central USA.
Social media is available at Facebook /w5jas
Additional photos are available at our club web site www.w5jas.org under the drop down for photos.
All of our artifacts are in the multi tab Excel spreadsheet attached to the logs
Lots of smoke on Saturday evening from a planned USFS burn. Temperatures at 8,700 feet asl were 38
degrees F at night and 78 degrees F daylight in grid square DM65qs. Our Granddaughter camped with
us. WB5LYJ and I had a wonderful time. The NC-20 (QRP 20 meters xcvr) and Icom IC-706 MKII worked
well. Can't wait until ARRL Field Day 2020.
Severe weather forced early shutdown. Common sense prevailed!
Our annual Field Day this year fell on June 22 & 23, 2019. We set up operations in Hewitt Park.
As has become our preferred method for this event, we began arriving at Hewitt Park around 10:00 AM
Saturday to erect an "emergency operations center" with three radio stations capable of world-wide
communications, without relying on commercial power. Following a nice lunch of chicken tenders
provided by our local Bush's Chicken (THANK YOU, VERY MUCH!), at 1:00 PM, we began operating those
stations continuously, for 24 hours—wrapping up operations at 1 PM on Sunday.
We documented our contacts using the N3FJP logging program. Clint AE5CA wonderfully set up all the
logging computers, connected to each other via a wi-fi network, enabling 1) a real-time analysis of
our scoring from all three stations (two contest stations and one "Get-On-The-Air," or "GOTA"
station), and 2) a live video feeds and 3) wireless PBX telephone connection to each station! Ain't
Clint's wifi system and computers were designed to support several large-screen monitors displaying
an impressive array of information. But due to the strong summer winds blowing through central Texas
this year (good for making the summer temperatures bearable, but challenging for public displays,
banners, papers, antennas, large-screen monitors, and so on), he opted for just a couple essential
displays: 1) the N3FJP logging display at the GOTA station and 2) real-time video from all the
stations (see photos below).
We welcomed several honored guests: Texas District 56 Representative "Doc" Anderson and his wife,
Chief Tatum of Waco Fire Department, and Major Taylor and Wayne Branscum from Salvation Army. As
Hewitt Park has grown in popularity, we had many local residents stop and inquire "What's going on
here?" The GOTA station, giving visitors and new hams a chance to "Get On The Air," had
exceptionally good success this year, making as many contacts as each of our other stations. In
addition, Clint AE5CA delivered a Radio Merit Badge class to seven Scouts, including two from the
first BSA Girl Troop in Waco. Thanks to the opportunities to get on the air at this event, five
Scouts earned their badge on the spot!
Our "Superman CW expert" John K5IMC was unable to devote as many hours to Field Day this year, so
his usually mammoth contribution to our event scores was somewhat diminished this year.
Nevertheless, HOTARC had a fun and safe Field Day 2019, enjoyed quite good band conditions, and had
a greater-than-usual GOTA station scores this year.
Operating from home with KX3 with solar charged batteries. 5W FT8 and CW with a bit of SSB. Tried
looking for RTTY contacts but everyone was on FT8.
We have more photos documenting our activities but no space to upload below.
Attached are pictures documenting our Facebook page, FT8 class, visitor log, and site visit by an
elected official and ARES (served agency). We operated in Wilderness Park, Redondo Beach, CA, and
had a lot of visitors. Some of the park employees made contacts on our GOTA station and expressed
interest in getting licensed.
W6JTH had not been active in Field Day since 1983 (QST cover, Dec 1984). But discovery that Peak
7373 is near the I-80 high point at Donner Summit (CA) rekindled interest. Realization that both
operators would be in age group 73 during the test clinched the deal.
KI6WX had been busy with hardware, so only operator skills were rusty. We backpacked an Elecraft
KX1 and Yaesu FT-4X to the summit for CW and FM then added a K3, computer, and 55-AH battery later
Scores were not impressive, but it was fun to get out again. Despite snow on our peak, the
temperature reached 73°F Saturday. W6JTH moved into age group 74 three days later, so the
conjunction of 73s is over.
DSCN6175.jpg: W6JTH (left) keys the KX1 while KI6WX and dog Kayle relax at 7373 ft elevation 5 miles
southwest of Donner Summit (CA).
DSC_0125.JPG: W6JTH operates CW with the Granite Chief Range behind. Granite Chief bounds the Squaw
Valley resort, site of the 1960 Olympics. Support dog Kayle helps with logging.
This years operation of W6TRW 7A LAX was a Joint effort between
20 Local Boy Scouts earning Merit Badges by operating the GOTA
K6 station this year W6TRW Field Day 2019
A Special Visitor from the FCC was by Lark Hadley Regional Director Region 3 Enforcement Bureau from
the Federal Communications who gave a seminar on Directional Finding and Triangulation techniques
activities in finding unidentified signals which was a real treat for these 20 Boy Scouts
My daughter recently obtained my late father's call, W7BCT. We operated from a cabin near Ocean
Park WA. Unfortunately the generator quit so we reverted to mains power and operated 1D. My father
received the W7BCT call in 1931. With a little luck we will be able to keep the call on the air
through 2031. Was only able to get the G5RV up about 30' combined with band conditions limited our
Due to a 'communications' error, we discivered our entry had not been previously submitted.
We just made the basic submission in time, but no documentation of Bonus activities completed was
available at the time.
At least we got the contacts in the results.
A good time was had by all.
Field Day 2019 was an exciting and fun event for our members, many of whom had not experienced one
before. This event was a step forward from our last Field Day, and the challenges motivated
everyone to do their best.
Among the changes from past events:
1. We ran a digital station (PSK).
2. We ran three stations (normally, only 2).
3. Time was set aside to build a simple dipole antenna for 80-40-20 meters. Nearly everyone
participated in this project, and the antenna was successfully used throughout Field Day on all
4. For the first time, the club set up a wireless network using AREDN protocols, and successfully
operated a networked log to record all contacts.
5. We set up a dedicated Public Information Booth for both the public to ask questions, and to brief
invited officials while operating at Rooks Park near Walla Walla, WA.
This was our first successful attempt at doing Field Day. Most of our members are Technician Class
and almost none of those has had any experience with HF nor with a contest. We only operated 6.5
hours as we were running on batteries and solar power, both of which were depleting. Bigger and
better next year!
I was unable to upload all documentation required for the Alternate Power and Formal Messages
Handled sections. Turns out I cannot use this addendum to upload 18 Formal Messages and 3 Solar
Power documents. If you need them, please let me know
The McMinnville Amateur Radio Clubs Field Day location is on a ridge just outside of McMinnville.
The location is surrounded by 100 foot plus height Douglas Firs. Usually with our throwers we get
our wire antennas about 40-50 feet up. This year, one enterprising member built an air cannon that
used a pancake air compressor as the reservoir. Using a generator we were able to fill it to
pressures that allowed us to get our wire antennas up to the top of the trees. Our 80 and 40 meter
contacts had a significant improvement this year. It was a marvel to see our antennas so high in the
air. Not the mention the fun we were getting on sending our support strings up that high in the
This year's event went really well. I think you will see a large number of FT8. My personal opinion,
not that of the club, FT8 / FT4 probably shouldn't be worth the same as CW. CW takes skill and
practice. PSK31 takes time, the FT# modes you can sit back, drink a beer and let the PC do the work.
Field Day was fun this year. We brought a few hams that hadn't experienced Field Day before. We
built dipole antennas from scratch and used a slingshot to hang them from a tree branch.
The Pacific County RACES is participating in 2019 ARRL Field Day as W7RDR in Class 2F plus GOTA
(N7RKS) at the Pacific County Alternate EOC in Long Beach WA. The second transmitter and GOTA
station will be outside in a public space to support the Pacific County First Responder Safety Fair.
We look forward to this event every year, and now with CARS absorbing the CVRC into one family we
hope to have twice as much fun!
Used JS8 mode for all Field Day contacts. Manually logged to N3FJP FD logger. Ran whole house
generator and use up 5% of the generator propane tank for Field Day. I have the Cabrillo and ADIF
files if needed. Fun time on and off during day and early evening Saturday.
Operated remote at a primitive cabin in the Snowy Mountains, Fergus County, Montana. Equipment was
IC-7300 powered by parallel car batteries continuously charged by solar panel. Gasoline generator
was available but not used. Antenna was OCF dipole at about 40-50 feet. Contacts made on 80,40,20,
and 15 meters, both CW and SSB.
From Bellbrook, Ohio - W8DGN Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club Field Day location at Sackett Wright Park.
We ran 4A OH, and had a mixture of Voice, CW and Digital modes active on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6
The weather cooperated for us and we had a large turnout.
Everyone had fun and we had several people inquire into joining our club and trying to get their
One of the things we need to look at for next year is how to reduce antenna interference, especially
when operating digital, CW and voice on the same band at the same time.
Great fun! We used a W8JK beam made of wire and PVC tubing, hung in the trees favoring east-west
for 20 meters. It's always hard to tell, but it seemed to get us a lot of contacts and a few
stations said "599."
We had a few contacts with other university stations and had many newcomers and children operate.
Our most "Field Day" piece of equipment was a foxhunt tape-measure Yagi for 2-meters mounted high
atop a 24' painter's pole. That got us into a distant repeater for radiogram passage using a
We had many pleasant meals and a collegial debriefing afterwards with the starting plans for 2020
Field Day. Onward and upward!
We didnt take pictures of our solar pannels. forgot to.
This years Seneca County Amateur Radio Field day was the best in recent history. Great team effort,
good fun, food and radio.
W8ORS members - Field day at War Memorial Park, Martinsburg, WV
The U-M Amateur Radio Club and ARROW joined again for Field Day 2019, operating class 4A (four
transmitters, no commercial power) and one GOTA (Get On The Air) station. We operated again from the
park just north of the Ann Arbor Airport.
The radios included three Elecraft K3s, a Yaesu FTdx5000mp for one SSB station, and the UofM
club’s Kenwood TS-590 for the GOTA station. We used contest filters on all the radios, which all
did well in the intense multi-multi setup with minimal co-interference.
Our antennas were held up with 40-ft. masts built up from 10, 4-ft. sections of those surplus
fiberglass poles used for camouflage netting in the Gulf wars. These are handy and lightweight, but
require 8 people to put up a mast — four on the guy ropes, one on a ladder to raise and hold up
the mast while the sixth guy stuffs mast sections up from under, and the last two to stand about 90
degrees apart and determine when the whole thing looks fairly vertical before tying down the guys.
We use two sets of four guys, one set at the top of the mast, and the other half-way down. We had
two CW dipoles, one a multi-band 80, 20, 15, and 10m (note the absence of 40m), the other a
single-band 40m, placed end-to-end to minimize pickup. Two more antennas for the SSB stations, one
an Alpha-Delta CC multi-band, the other a 40m “super-loop”, again placed end-to-end. It takes
six masts total to put up the four dipoles, since we separate the SSB and CW dipoles on either side
of the parking area where all the shelters are set up.
When we ‘pulled the plug’ on Sunday at 2pm ET, we had more than 2000 contacts. We worked to
obtain as many bonus points as possible, but did leave some on the table, including the visit from
an elected official, visit from a served agency, and the satellite contact. We usually manage
everything except the satellite contact, although some years in the past, we snagged that one, too.
While totalling up all the points will take some time, I think we did pretty well again this year.
Thanks to everyone who helped to make this a fun event.
From Jay, WB8TKL, ASM:
One of the key goals of Field Day is to hone our skills at deploying
ourselves into the field with little or no commercial infrastructure
available, such as permanant antenna structures or commercial power. And
to do that as rapidly as possible. To that end, at the last minute on
Friday, I volunteered myself to send 11 NTS Radiogram messages via Packet
radio which would gain us an additional 200 points.
I gathered all the neccesary gear - radio, power supply, Raspberry-Pi3
with TNC-Pi modem (with JNOS and PAT already installed), 70-feet of Heliax
Superflex, and all the MS44 aluminum military mast sections to set up a 25
foot mast and tripod (shown in the opening photo of this article) toppped
with a Ringo Ranger vertical. Everything was gathered and packed into the
car in under 45 minutes.
The mast and antenna went up with help from Quinton, another ARROW
member. The station was completely set up and a data connection was made
into both the Michigan AMPRnet TCP/IP network as well as the Mi7 Winlink
network, inside of just 30 minutes. FAST DEPLOYMENT is what is needed in
times of communications emergencies.
While waiting for the official start time of 2pm, I began composing the
11 Radiograms. The first was addressed to the ARRL Michigan Section
manager, Jim Kovocheck K8JK. This message is worth 100 points! Then
composed 10 more messages worth 10 points each, addressed to various
friends and Emergency Coordinators (EC) that I knew had email accounts on
Hamgate and BPQ nodes all around the State. All 11 messages were typed in
delivered withhin 2 hours - that time intermixed with a LOT of
interruptions while I answered questions about our operation and about
Amateur radio to various public as they wandered in to visit our
The DATA modes are a fun way to operate and an excellent way to move
important traffic error free. A small mistake I made had prevented me
from using the Winlink setup, but that was later fixed when I got the
station back home. Again, Field Day is where we "work the bugs out" so
that we can operate without error if and when called out for any real
We took it easy and used many opportunities to mentor newer Hams. We had a lot of fun. We weren't
in it for the points this year.
Bands were rough this year but I had a blast operating completely off the grid from my camper at the
Black Lake Campground in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest! Can't wait till next year, I
already have ideas of how to do even better!
Till next year!
73 de W9HDG
We have had media coverage since one of our members, W9RTO works for the local FM broadcast station,
WPGW in Portland, Indiana and has had spots running about our club and Field Day as well as its
location for several weeks. However, there's no way to document that, so if we don't get points for
that, it's understandable. It's also possible that Duane (the guy running FT8) had made an error on
his log since it was all electronic. We're not aware of any 440Mhz FT8 contacts that should have
been made and the contacts probably should have shown up on a 20 or 40 meter band (depending on if
they show up on someone else's contacts or not).
2019 FD brought to you by the WVRA - our event was held at St. Anthony's Retreat Center in Marathon
City, WI. There was a softball tournament and retreat going on in the area, so signage was well
25 members and other hams attended, as well as about 20 individuals from the public.
Presentations about CW and discussions provided by Jerry W9GLG and Jim K9LCK.
Local TV news from WSAW and WJFW were on hand to document.
PSAs were aired 2 weeks prior on WSAU 550 and WRIG 1390
Local officials included Michael Martens, Wausau City Council, and Phil Rentmeester, Marathon County
Dir. of Emergency Mgmt.
Safety Officer - Mike Wild KB9DED
We, The Fox River Radio League had yet another great Field Day at Leroy Oaks in St.
Charles,Illinois. We operated 7A which did not include our VHF/UHF and GOTA Station. We were blessed
to have about 45 people come out to help setup, run and take down our stations. Our FD chairman
AA5TN Gordie made arrangements for an awesome lunch and dinner that included pork chops. We did have
a little rain overnight, but nothing too bad. The Aurora Illinois EMA Director Tom Hardin,KC9SHU
graciously provided our generator and Steve Gottlieb the Director of West Chicago EMA provided there
Emergency trailer for VHF/UHF operation. Both Visited our site. We were also visited by Kermit
Carlson W9XA, The Central Division Director for the ARRL. Our Welcome tent was always busy, having
people learn how to send their names in Morse code. Dave W9BOO also demonstrated FT-8 Reception.
This year in addition to 3 CW stations and 3 Phone stations, we had our Digital Station run by
Michael Bingham WX9SPL utilizing FT-8 for the entire duration of FD. All worked well. Our GOTA team
was again well represented with John W9JDM as the GOTA Band Captain and Priscilla AE9PM and Ken
KE9NM as GOTA Coaches. There enthusiasm for helping non and new hams is stellar. After everyone went
back to operating on Saturday evening, we were happily surprised by about 25 kids from a local scout
troop. They visited several of our stations and were shown how HT's worked and watched as contacts
on CW and Phone were made. All the band captains did a great job and we are excitedly looking
forward to next year.
I could not ind any place to upload my proofs, so I am uploading them here.
Highlights of FD2019 for me: working New Zealand and hearing many YLs on the air de Anne, WB1ARU
SETUP: WA4DOX installed DX Engineering MBVE-5 non-resonant 43-foot vertical antenna on Saturday,
June 22, in order to operate during the second half of ARRL Field Day 2019 on Sunday, June 23.
Since the installation of the antenna was very time consuming, the antenna performed with surprising
results considering that there had been no time to install the radials.
DESCRIPTION: WA4DOX Operated ICOM 718, 5W Portable 1B (Battery) from FM06 in Henry County, Virginia,
using one fully charged Ever-Start U1-7 230 CCA Lawn Tractor Battery which continuously powered the
1B1B Station on Sunday, June 23, for 10 hours 44 minutes from 0935 UTC to 2019 UTC.
Set up on the inlaws' back porch in Largo, FL again. Typical sweltering Florida summer. Tried a new
HF antenna - a G7SEK back-garden multibander. Was having no luck at all so swapped in my usual
twinlead fed 40m dipole. STILL not much. Huh, guess it was the bands after all. Got some movement
later in the day, and a slew of Texans on 6m Sunday afternoon. I had the FT-100 out of my car for
VHF, but the Kenwood started getting cranky and I ended up finishing the event entirely on the
little Yaesu. I really missed the narrow sideband filter on the TS-430! Hopefully by next year I'll
have a better portable radio setup worked out, as the Yaesu's a pain to dislodge from the car, and
the Kenwood's power hungry and getting a bit long in the tooth. Something like a uBitx or MCHF with
a 20-100W brick is what I'm thinking about.
I participated in Field Day. To give the different clubs. A bonus station. I participated because of
me, physically disabled. I do it from the home station.
LOCATION: Clover Park, a beautiful public park in Santa Monica City next to Los Angeles and the
Equipment: Phone:K6LMN HF,VHF.UHF-IC-706IIG, Ground mounted vertical + J pole 2M,440, IC-38 for
223.5, 5/8 vertical.
CW: N6IET, Elecraft KX2 + 40W power amp, Buddipole 20 ft. above ground.
FT8: digital parked truck with big vertical on back, Yaesu 991A, reduced power
All stations solar powered + big batteries. Ran all day Saturday until sunset with great sun but
Sunday no sun so K6LMN (no CW, no FT8) ran on big 12VDC battery.
Submitted by K6LMN 7/6/2019
Set up in Clover Park, with many curious visitors, mostly because of solar panels and big antennas
and tables. Basketball, baseball, soccer games going on all around us. Visitors log in sheet
included in mail in.
FD Bonus included in mailed documentation.
PUBLIC INFORMATION form of club info at each station. Also big FD banner on HF table.
INVITED PUBLIC OFFICIAL was Nick Furnari KM6ZFB, Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management, who
was invited by our club president K6SMO. He reviewed our 3 stations and approved our setups.
CONDITIONS: Weather on Saturday was perfect; Sunday very overcast, no sun. Band conditions were
AWFUL! All lousy on HF, 6M, VHF. FT8 saved us from total wipeout. Near Santa Nonica airport and
office buildings and power lines so noise was S9 on most bands.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION like logs and photos will be mailed to ARRL Field Day Entries ASAP.
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
Had a great time from home this year working only FT8. Set a goal of 50 qso's per bands 80 through
10 and did well overall. 10 meters was a problem though as propagation just wasn't there for me.
Band conditions were crowded but quite usable on 20, 40, & 80. Was surprised that 15 and 10 had so
little activity though.
Learned once again the value of this contest. No matter how prepared you may feel you are for
emergencies this test will prove it. For me I found I had two generators I had planned to use were
not winterized properly, Audio connectors can fail during transmission, 80 meter coils can heat up
and change your SWR and Windows10 can really mess with your configuration during a WSJT-X
Still I had fun and look forward to next year. 73's
We've never had an EOC before, and had just moved into our new one, so it wasn't complete. Ham
station was already set up though (priorities, naturally). We had several folks show up for the fun;
we flung up a quick and dirty OCF dipole and a small portable vertical. Managed to squeeze out some
contacts despite the less-than-ideal antennas and very questionable band conditions.
Even so it was a lot of fun, and the milkshakes from Wittich's (provided by WX8Q) were top-notch.
Next year: EOC complete, a decent 80-10m OCF dipole up in the air, and maybe an all-nighter (by
someone other than me).
The total in the Cabrillo log should have been 6118 not 6120.
The FT8 contacts were logged via the N3FJP logging system and were added to the end of the N1MM
Photos were sent via earlier email.
80 meters was dead.
40 was great early Sunday Morning.
I still had 58% charge remaining on the
battery at end of event.
I forgot about this weekend being Field Day weekend until I saw a story about it on the local news
Sunday morning. Glad I was able to make a few contacts from the home QTH. Thanks for the contacts.
Had fun and had good success (with 52 contacts) on Field Day. Made a nice 160
meter cw qso to MD, and a 10 meter ground wave qso to WPA Club station W3LIF.
The 15 meter band opened this time - for a nice change. Unfortunately, the 6 meter band remained
The propane powered portable inverter generator I used made S9+20 noise on 80m, and S6 noise on 40m.
Fortunately 15m opened up where the generator made no noise.
This was our first 2D WI. Thanks for all the qso's. Hope to cuagn next year. Donna WB9TFF and Gil
Adding a note to the max file size allowed would be a great help.
A Fun time was had by all at the 2019 WCARC Field day event. We had visitors from the local
newspaper, Fire department and many others from the local community.
Operated portable from the beach house at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Surprised at the few RTTY stations
on the air. FT8 was king.
I had a great time this year. I operated mobile 1C for a few hours between visits to two local
clubs FD sites.
73 John WD5IKX
Had a blast working 2019 Field Day from home. This is the second time I have participated in Field
Day from home since being away from amateur radio for 11 years. 2018 I mainly operated CW and was
QRP using my QCX40 on battery from my deck. This year I was going to operate from my deck using my
uBitx and battery power but just before starting I had issues with my 40 Meter EFHW antenna. This
caused me to move indoors to my Yaesu FT-757GX station, 80 Meter dipole and commercial power.
Still had a lot of fun. Went thru a lot of coffee and paper!
I do miss the good ole days of participating with the Plateau Amateur Radio Association (PARA), but
somewhere between 2006 when I got out of amateur radio and when I returned fall of 2017, the local
But, you can still have a good time participating by yourself. I think next year I may go to my
deer camp in Greenbrier County, WV and do Field Day from there.
Here are a few pictures of me when I first setup with the uBitx before the antenna issue. Then
pictures of paper logs and coffee from in the house. Transposed the paper logs to ACLog program
after Field Day was over.
Looking forward to next year.
WD9EWK operated from the Cataract Lake Day-Use Area in the Kaibab National Forest, near Williams AZ.
This was a one-day effort, only on Saturday (22 June 2019), and the day did not disappoint.
Temperatures never exceeded 75F, the coolest Field Day Saturday I have seen in northern Arizona in
many years. I work Field Day in a leisurely manner, making some contacts on 3 HF bands and 5
For HF, I used my Elecraft K3S at 50 watts, along with a Buddipole dipole on its tripod and mast.
Most of my HF time was spent on 20m and 40m, but checking higher bands for any sign of activity
throughout the day. This paid off late in the day, with a single cross-country QSO on 10m SSB with
W3AO. It took 2 or 3 minutes to get the information exchanged, but it was fun. That was my first
Field Day QSO on 10m in a few years. I never heard anything on 6m, not even the FT8 activity I
remember hearing last year.
On the satellites, I used two other radios - an Icom IC-2730 2m/70cm FM mobile for the FM
satellites, and a Kenwood TH-D72 for the FalconSat-3 satellite's 9600bps packet digipeater. I used
my Elk Antennas handheld 2m/70cm log periodic antenna for the satellite activity. My first Field Day
QSO came a few minutes into the event on the SO-50 FM satellite, a quick QSO with K8OU (operated by
John K8YSE, using his station in the Phoenix area). I also made QSOs on the AO-92 FM satellite
almost an hour later, using the L/V mode (uplink on the 1.2 GHz band, downlink on 2m). One of those
AO-92 QSOs had a complete Field Day exchange; thanks to Ryan AI6DO in southern California for that!
I made other QSOs in FM on the AO-91 and PO-101 (Diwata-2) satellites. The FM satellites were
generally busy, except for AO-92. Not many had the equipment to work AO-92's 1.2 GHz uplink, and I
only heard 4 other stations on the pass I worked.
The FalconSat-3 satellite, originally built for the US Air Force Academy, functions as an orbiting
mailbox/BBS system and packet digipeater. Unlike the digipeaters on the ISS and other satellites,
FalconSat-3 is a cross-band full-duplex system - uplink on 145.840 MHz, downlink around 435.103 MHz.
Even with the additional complexity, it can still be used to make Field Day QSOs using APRS messages
sent between stations. I worked 3 FalconSat-3 passes late in the afternoon, logging at least one QSO
on each pass. Other than the AO-92 pass with limited activity in the L/V mode, working packet via
satellite can be the easiest way to log Field Day QSOs via satellite.
The final activity for this Field Day was copying the W1AW Field Day bulletin on 20m late in the
day. After that transmission, it was time to pack up and drive home. Once again, a fun day on the
I posted pictures, along with audio from the satellite passes, in my Dropbox space at
http://dropbox.wd9ewk.net/ (look in folder "FD2019" for those files).
Until next year... 73!
Many thanks to the 26 ops able to dig my peanut whistle sig out of the CW din of FD. A big ALOHA to
KH6J who did so on 20 CW, no less. Sri W9AA. I tried yall on 20 CW. Suspect it was John on the GOTA
station or one of his chil'en calling CQ FD about 0415z on Saturday eve, local time, using a
straight key (hi). Too bad we could not complete a QSO. Yall had a great S7-S9 sig, as i recall.
Then again ... i am older . . . LOL (hi). Until next FD, 73 all and God bless yall & yalls kin. J,
I was Host and President of the Club and allowed my members to set a super friendly tone, We kept
the Public and Guests in mind from the planning stages through the event including sending thank you
emails to each guest after Field Day.
It was so important for us to serve as ambassadors for Amateur Radio and showing off our Fledgling
Radio Club being just three months old, We had wonderful feedback from Guests that were seasoned
Hams, telling us that it looked like we have been doing this for years (nope Just Every Month). I
couldn't be prouder of My GOTAhams.
Hi all, Couldn't do Field Day with the local club this year. My wife has been ill & I needed to stay
close for her. So I set up Patio Portable from my back yard.
I made up a 10-80M OCF & a used a small home brew dual core balun. Supported it with a 30 ft.
jacktite pole. Ran my Ft-817 powered by a 7ah battery with a small solar panel for charging. I got
run off the back patio a couple times by storms &
used up half a can of bug spray. I operated when I could & had fun with the limited time I had
available. Makes my 39th consecutive Field Day! Can't miss Field Day!
Mark WG8Y/qrp portable
Site was visited by SGT M. Elsberry of Brooks County Sheriff Dept. , a served agency. Did not know
how to include photo of visit.
I was surprised that I made contacts on 15 meters.
The battery held up well - it only dropped by 0.16 volts from the start of operation to the end.
The attached documents are my dupe checking list and a non-Cabrillo format Log Sheet. The attached
picture files show the battery setup and radio powered by the battery.
5 Watts is always frustrating but fun (all ears and no mouth!!)
See photo on sheet 1 of my W1AW message doc and 'share the frustration'.
Jim, WQ2H / WK2XAH
The Field Day site selected was the Pine Mountain Gold Museum near Villa Rica, Georgia. This public
area is the site of a real gold mine. While traces of gold metal can be found, the mine has been
exhausted long ago. We set up a "Buddy pole" as well as a venerable G5RV dipole. The stations were
FT8 running on 40 Meters and one phone contact on 20 Meters before the station's power supply
failed. Of course there was no backup PS.
We had a non-ham visitor and proceeded to give him a class on Amateur Radio operations as well as
explain the effects of propagation on radio signals.
Unfortunately, severe thunderstorms with high winds caused us to tear down early as antennas can
become lightning rods.
Band conditions were terrible most of the time. We successfully battled severe thunderstorms! Ops
were K5KVN, K5KAC, K5PO, WB0RUR, K5OY, K5GJT, KG5CCI
Last year, I'd challenged myself to learn CW enough that I could log some CW QSOs during field day.
Thanks to support from AC6AC and the CW Academy folks (too many to name here) and K7IP, I learnt
enough to do just that.
Had a good time with K7IP. We initially tried a Buddipole, then a kite antenna, which worked very
well with the length & winds on the beach at Ocean Shores.
As usual the FD event was fantastic. We had a new QTH near Ranchita California, and for the first
time we were all wearing extra layers (even in the daytime) on Friday. Although the bad conditions
were a little challenging, the food was better than ever! FD is always a great time to come
together and have fun with radios while enjoying the company of others.
The Charlotte Amateur Radio Society, Punta Gorda FL wanted to do something different. That's hard
as most have about half a century or more as hams, so we got W3IGM to graciously let us use his 45
foot cruiser, PERFECT LADY as the venue. Considering the space available, we set up as a 3
transmitter '3C' entry(why can't 'C' class get the solar power bonus?), something none of us had
done before. Setting up, loading stores(Deli Platters and drinks), he has a great and interesting
time which could only have been better if there were some radio propagation. Using mobile type
antennas with low power with the worst propagation I can remember(digi sigs bleeding and wobbling
across the waterfall (doppler?) and echoing CW like everything was from across the North pole.
Anyway, great time, great friends and ready to do it or something even more interesting next
year....73 es DX de K3FHP
Had a good time after the 2 gigs I had to play Saturday, but seemed to be pretty good on 40M late
night, and early morning. Had Fun! Thanks for all the QSO's with this station in Wyoming. See you
on the air! Tom WY7KY