Next year I'll need to know how I send my SM message on Sunday! Do I do it via a repeater, one-to-one with any station or does it have to be an NTS net? Also, don't be scared to call CQ FD! Rather than chasing pileups, you may start one!! :D I'd also like to know if there's a way to get the logs from everyone at FD. Even if ARRL does it, it would be good to analyze the details and determine what bands were open at what time. I'd be happy to dig into it for you. I had luck on 80/40/20 but maybe others...especially people with real antennas <HI HI> could help us understand the propagation over the weekend! 73, Larry AA1EA
This is my first time doing Field Day and uploading a form.
Las Moras ARC (AA5KC) was in no mood to endure the STX outdoor summer heat, so we operated indoors as a 3E and remained . . . hydrated. ;)
I enjoyed Field Day though I operated QRP in my shack this time as a 1E class with solar power. Only 224 Q’s but 8 hours of sleep. I mostly used my 28 yr old MFJ-9020 at 4 W on 20 m and my SW-40+ at 2 W on 40 m. I made some Q’s on 20, 15, and 10 m with my FT-818ND at 5 W but it started triggering the low battery cut out of my home brew solar charge controller so I switched to the more lean (and more fun) rigs. Turned out later the trigger point had simply changed over time to about 11.9 V! My ant was my everyday 20 m long Inv-L hidden in my trees. I was just a few Q’s short of a clean sweep (not that it counts). Surprisingly, I didn’t work a soul in my own section (NTX). The highlight of Field Day was working Ontario, Canada and Ohio from here in north Texas on 146.52 MHz FM via a rare 2 m sporadic-E opening! I was using only a vertical dipole in my attic. The 2 m contacts were not counted as FD contacts though. 73, AA5TB
15 meters was not much use on Saturday; did not check on Sunday. 20 meters was not as active as hoped on Saturday but sounded much better on Sunday. On Saturday, I was getting across the Atlantic according to the RBN but was not getting many responses. 40 meters in the evening was good, as expected. Had some other time commitments so was not able to be on much. On Sunday, my antenna refused to tune and had all kinds of problems with it. Spent hours doing tests and end up adding extra wire to the inverted-V. Still did not tune very well so spent more time on the tuner. Finally, re-wired the connections between the radio and tuner and things started acting better. Sunday, the little bit of time I had, seemed better than Saturday. Lots of other 1Ds and 1Es. Maybe next year, more people will be back in the field. Thanks fer the Qs es have fun!
It was wonderful to see this much activity on the bands.
Operated with my son, KM4TZD. We had a great time until the generator went silent with over two hours of contest time left. Repair efforts failed. We are already looking forward to next year. This is by far my favorite contest. 73, Blair, AB4V
My N1MM logger treated my second QSO with KJ7CBO as a duplicate, but the first was 2M FM and the second was 2M SSB.
It was really hard getting myself up for FD this year as my best friend and Field Day buddy Mike Shye ( K0AYF ) passed away with COVID-19 in mid February. So I dedicate this years effort to Him.
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE MY POINTS TO JERSEY SHORE ARS SUBMISSION
My family and I were driving back home to Ft. wayne, IN from vacation in ND over FD weekend, so I decided to try operating as a "1C" in motion. We made contacts from ND, MN, and WI on 20m and 40m, with most of the contacts being made on cw. Equipment was my Yaesu FT-450d transceiver, a set of K9LU "bulldog" paddles, a small notebook for logging, and several Shark hamsticks mounted on a roof-rack mount on top of the van. I used several short pieces of wire as "radials" taped to the roof of the van, and that seemed to help the entire antenna system, both from a radiation and from an swr perspective. I worked over 50 sections on 20m, and between 20 and 30 sections on 40m. The 20m hamstick was the Shark "mini", roughly 3 feet tall, whereas the 40m hamstick was the fullsize 40m Shark. Power output was 30 watts, running off of a LiFePO4 battery from BioEnno Power. I was able to work FD for roughly 7 hours using that set up. Thanks for all the qsos everyone! 73 de Jim ac9ez/m
I enjoyed my first field day and had a great time getting on the air with my first HF rig. I set up an EFHW and met alot of people despite the hot and humid weather.
Our station was located inside a shelter structure and on the grounds of a public park, appearing as "Downtown Square" on Google Maps at, 200 E 3RD ST, Crookston MN 56716. This park location is sited on the former grounds of Crookston Central High School, designed by architect Bert D. Keck. It was demolished in 1998 after the high school was moved to a new facility on the north end of the city, adjacent to the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. An addition to Central High School's eastern side, built in 1957, created the additional space required to support more programs and permit grades 7-12 to be located in one building. This addition became Central Junior High School after the 1914 building was razed, and it itself closed in 2001, when the junior high joined the senior high at the new north-side facility. However, the 1957 addition still stands adjacent to this park. The flagpole beside the park shelter structure is the original flagpole for Central High School, undisturbed from its original location. https://www.mnopedia.org/person/keck-bert-d-1876-1962 https://www.mnopedia.org/multimedia/crookston-high-school-crookston-minnesota KD0UWZ - Chad, and AD0FJ - Andrew, graduated from this historic high school, home of the Crookston Pirates, in 1995, among the last few classes to do so. AD0FJ wishes to commemorate this building and all who inhabited it during its long service. We operated our station on its grounds in tribute to all past, present, and future Pirates!
I had a good FD operating from my home shack. Mostly digital and a few SSB QSOs. I lost an old ham friend, W0YJ, this year. So, I dedicate my 2021 FD to him.
Please Check Log only as this year I ran over 150 Watts.
Enjoyed 2021 Field Day with 2 radios for HF (SSB & Digital) and VHF/UHF Satellites (FM & SSB). First time using my new call - AF5D and working some satellites during ARRL Field Day. 2 meter SSB propagation was open from TX all the way up to MI during 2021 FD. Logged some 2m SSB contact with WA8CEW (EN91), N8PUM (NE66) and K5TR (EM00) from my QTH (EM12) but too bad that they are not participated in ARRL Field Day.
Congratulations on another great event. I really appreciated the Class 1D waiver. It helped those of us who were unable to compete at the club Field Day site to make a meaningful contribution to our club's activity.
Operate from Willson Peak in Henry W Coe State Park, California, SOTA# W6/NC-182 I have published my pictures during FD in https://www.instagram.com/kazuterasaki/ Using natural power source for making all contacts. KX2, 60W Solar Panel, 12V 9Ah LiFePO4 battery, 40/20/15/10m EFHW antenna, QRPGuys AFP-FSK Digital Transceiver III kit, Windows tablet PC Backpack total weight was 55lbs
Enjoyed setting up a solo 1B portable station among the redwoods in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Informally educated some passing cyclists on ham radio. Operating time limited to a few hours Saturday afternoon, because park closes at sunset.
Temps reaching 100s in the Pacific Northwest made for a sticky hot day. However, it was great that there was full sun since my station was solar powered. Tough sledding with my 5 watts and a compromise antenna. Next year will be using better antennas to get as much of those 5 watts out.
I was at our club location for Field Day at the park, our ARRL district manager showed up. I used an Elecraft KX2 at 10watts with a Bioenno solar panel and made CW QSOs for the club using the club callsign, after I left for the day I used my callsign at my QTH.
Thunderstorms and rain in keeping with Field Day tradition added to the challenge. We stretched ourselves using new modes and techniques this year including use of the WinLink message system for HF message traffic to our SM and fellow amateurs.
Another great year at Field Day. Lots of participation, some good eats. we also had lots of guests with questions and three new folks that made their first Ham contact, including two youth. The only real gremlin was at our digital station and some RFI issues that worked out in the end. Fortunately, the weather was kind too and we only had about 30 minutes of rain near the end.
Operated using Generator
Snaps of me working my 1st Field Day. Oh what a grand day it was. Bringf on the next one - I'm hooked.
Sure enjoyed the FD.
Our largest and most successful Field Day yet! Play Radio, Have Fun, & Keep the Squelch Loose...
Had a great time! I was set up with generator power in a field pasture near a river. Only access to the pasture was across a dirt field road. Unfortunately the weather cut short my field day effort as heavy rain fell for most of Saturday afternoon forcing me to shut down ops and get home while I still could. It hasnt rained here for 2 months. But the skies decided to open up over SC MN on Field Day...UGH.
Had to miss our club FD as we had to attend an out of town funeral. On Saturday night used my iPad to operate remote for 38 QS...
We certainly enjoyed Field Day. This year, Western Placer ARC participated with more members scattered throughout the area.
Working with G5RV junior ME, VT, and VA. 100 watts.
-=--=---=--=-=--=---=--=-=--=---=--=- The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others. -=--=---=--=-=--=---=--=-=--=---=--=- We are overwhelmed with the support that the Garden School community showed this weekend in support of the Science Expo and Radio Field Day. It was impossible to keep up with all the guests and volunteers but it is estimated that we had close to 35 volunteers from students to parents, to alumni, and administration that donated their time, money, and expertise to help make this event happen. You, the volunteers, interacted with probably close to 80 guests, some from our school and others outside. They built Morse Code Lights and Legos, made bracelets and rockets, investigated and made slime, learned about 3D printing and emergency radio communications, took them on tours, sat down and talked with them, and so much more. Special Thanks A special thanks to Gerard Pilate (N2WGF) and Matt Berman (K9NYS) who without their expertise we would not be able to run the Radio Club.
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. N3UM, W3GB, and new member Mike W5MPB operated 3E in Field day 2021. With non-ham obligations plus adding a 3rd operator position, we did not start till 1835Z. On 40 and 20 M by 22Z, N3UM and W3GB got 237 Qs, 71% of them running. Just 28 of the 237 Qs were SSB, with runs slow and short, QRN from storms to the W, and nearly no SSB spots. After 22Z W5MPB got SSB Qs on 10, 15, and 20 M. We took short breaks to eat 22-00Z. After 00Z N3UM ran for 161 of 200 Qs on 80 M CW, and W3GB did well on 40 and 20 M CW. At 03Z QRT we had 508 total Qs. Sun. 1225-1522Z N3UM got 157 Qs on 40 M CW, 76 in runs. From 13-18Z W3GB ran for 84 of 89 SSB Qs on 20 M and 12 SSB on 40 M, while W5MPB got 35 SSB Qs on 15 M and 2 on 10 M. E skip and less QRN made these Sun. SSB results much better than we got on Sat. N3UM ran for a last 67 CW Qs on 20 M 17-18Z. We got 289 fewer total SSB Qs than in 2020 with ~equal BIC hrs, 195 fewer on 20 M. Besides condx, was it less activity? Unclear. We and others noted that in 2020 our percent 1D+1E Qs was way up and our percent A+B Qs way down from 2018 due to covid waivers. The table shows our 2021 Q percents ~halfway back to pre-covid. 2018 2020 2021 1D+1E 28% 72% 51% of K3CCR QSOs A+B (all) 60% 23% 40% “ “ “
Had really fun at home field day, it's 100F+ out in Texas and running full 100w on battery only with both solar charging and generator as backup.
I didn't plan on operating in "compete" mode this year, just casual. Wound up operating for about 8 hours total. I did just CW, trying to keep my chops up. One thing I did this year that helped was to print a legend to paste onto my computer keyboard since that is how I was sending CW. It helped!
Whoever read the ARRL FD Message Friday night needs to slow down. Impossible to write down what he said! I recorded it after that but I think that is cheating! People need to give call signs more often instead of "QRZ". Wastes time to finally get call sign. Also say phonetically, especially similar sounding letters. Other that that I had a great time as always.
We recommend that 1A stations be allowed to operate a GOTA station and obtain GOTA points, rather than restricting that to 2A or larger stations. We didn't have sufficient licensed operators to run a second 24-hour transmitter, but we had several senior hams who would have greatly enjoyed assisting non-hams and recent hams to get on the air (and, indeed, did so!). There does not appear to be any clear reason why 1A stations cannot operate GOTA. We recommend that the Safety Officer checklist be updated to include that they took appropriate precautions against COVID-19, since (given the Delta Variant and other variants' explosions) this will no doubt continue to be an issue in 2022. Requiring vaccinations from all participants would be a bare minimum, and is what we did (in addition to masks and vaccinations for all visitors).
Was time to test out my portable generator anyway - very easy to operate as 1E but didn't have much time. Next year, please return to home stations not being able to work home stations - let's make it easier for the portable operations to find freqs to call CQ on. FD is often where new or potential contesters first get to experience how much fun running is - home stations have 51 other weekends of contests to call CQ. John K3TN
This submission is from my personal effort. I am crediting it to my club There should be others like this. I claimed to be category 1A but 1E may have been more appropriate.
Propagation conditions were fair from NNY. A good E opening Sunday afternoon provided for more contacts. Only FT8 mode this year.
The child named BearHoffmeyer was at FD with Dad Chris, KO4NIR. He remained quiet during the MESH educational activity, then asked if he could get a snack. Upon returning home, Bear assembled his own "MESH" set up, using what was available from his toys and household items. He insisted that Mom make contact from downstairs via his "MESH Network" Turns out being quiet did not mean he was uninterested.
de K4EBS, John, Ruckersville, VA. This was my 51st year for Field Day (I missed a few years between 1970 - 2021). It is my favorite ARRL radio amateur event. Antennas used were a home brew 20 meter dipole and a 40 meter NVIS. Radio is ICOM 725-A. 73, John
We had a great Field Day. I am looking forward to next years event. The food was good and the bands were in pretty good shape. Six meters was open for a long time and that allowed us to rack up a bunch of Q's.
For 2021, transmit power was dropped to 3W, and I still beat last year's score. I'm amazed so FD ops were able to pull my CW signal out of the noise!
These are the hand written copy of the W1AW Field Day 2021 Message. see photos below.
The Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio club (WAARC) operated Field Day 2021 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 24 hours running one phone station, one CW station, one 6m station, a satellite contact setup and our GOTA station. After a storm passed while setting up, we had great weather, lots of contacts, a great club effort and lots of fun and good food. This year we focused on having new club members set up, as well as operate, and log, some for the first time. A highlight of our Field Day was the participation at our GOTA station with more activity than ever before. There were two young ladies, an 11 year old (recently upgraded to General) and a 17 year old (recently upgraded to Amateur Extra), and both were really enjoying making contacts. We also had other new members working the GOTA station for a very successful operation. And of course, there were also both experienced and newer members putting time in on the two main rigs. We had great club participation for both setup and operations.
Very enjoyable event with decent attendance especially with youth participation. We had 10 youth (age < 18) attend and 7 of them were coached to making at least one QSO. We had fun showing off the radios and everyone was enthralled when we made a QSO on the AO-73 satellite ! As predicted, it turned into a FT8 affair but everyone enjoyed themselves. It was amazing to see 10M and 6M come alive ! 73, Jamie WB4YDL President RARC
We worked hard to plan an event that would interest the public as well as to help support other organizations in the area. We partnered with a local food bank, Food Raising Friends, that provides meals for children during school breaks in which they normally would not have received a nutritious meal. To encourage people to donate, we offered a raffle ticket for each item donated for prizes including hand crank weather radios and a 43” 4K Smart TV (donated by 2 of our ARES team.) In total we received close to 300 items for the food bank. Some who didn’t know about the food drive even left to bring back an item to donate. The winner of the TV ended up being a new ham that was taking his license test to upgrade from technician to general, which he passed.
Been a ham since 1972 and this was my first Field Day! Using emergency power at the home QTH was fun, but next year I want to get into the field with the local club. Thanks, ARRL! There seems to be an infinite number of things to keep me interested in amateur radio.
There is one duplicate in the file I uploaded. W4YK. Twenty nine QSOs are listed and I have deducted one of the duplicates for a total of 28. It was fun. Hopefully, next year in the field. Ron K4UTL
Field Day 2021 marks K4WAR's first field day in several decades as the club made its resurgence this past year. Over 20 participants and 11 operators gathered over the two days in the backyard of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6445. There was enough space for the members to install x2 G5RV dipoles and a single wire sloper antenna. The club ran off a deep cycle battery and a generator. Noteworthy visitors included the battalion commander of the 442nd Signal Battalion, Tom - WO3Y, and father/son ham team (TJ - KO4FFA and Thomas - KO4HKC) that came by to operate the IC-7300 placing over 30 contacts on the radio.
Call signs were entered on a spread sheet and sorted ascending to check for dups. These spread sheets will be included in the mail-in packet.
All messages were sent by WINLINK. Message 5 is the SM message. Messages 1-11, minus 5 are the 10 additional messages. It was great to get out in public again, after last year's individual-only participation.
I'm really happy with my low-quality, highly-portable end-fed antenna this year: https://twitter.com/k5dru/status/1409644768510971910
Some things i noticed during the contest that could be better: 1. Stations should always work dupes. If t he other station does not have you in their log, your entry is a busted call!!! 2. Always use phonetics. Use STANDARD phonetics except when trying to clarify something that the other station just does not get with the standard phonetics. 3. Don't QSY until the contact is confirmed by a thank you, 73 or QSL. IT IS NOT A CONTACT UNTIL IT IS CONFIRMED! I had several stations leave the frequency before i could complete their information, resulting in a busted call. 4. Say your call sign when slowly calling. When you say it fast, it is hard to copy, especially as operators start getting tired! You know your call sign--I don't. I have sat on a frequency waiting to get the full or correct call sign way too many times because the other station just said it rapidly. When I gave my call sign slowly, i rarely had anyone ask for a call sign clarification! 5. I am sure there are things i need to do better and learn.
This year was my first field day, and it was by far - more difficult than I imagined. I was plagued with poor antenna altitude, computer software challenges on a completely digital operating plan, and intense heat while camping outdoors in a public park. All that being said, it was a great time, we made a few contacts, finally resolved the computer software issues and was able to complete our learning events and formal message submittals.
Had a great time and reached all of my goals! Thank you for all of the QSO's and was very happy to pass on FD operating parameters to a lot of casual operators and newbies! 73! Ed K5OF in NC
Our FD group, organized by K5WA, has been operating 1A or 2A for many years. In the past A few years back, we elected to switch to a "Gentleman's FD" where we operate 1E or 2E on existing antennas, supported by a generator. I think we're just getting too old to setup 4 40-50 ft Rohn 25G towers with monobanders and one tribander. The typical FD weather in S. Texas is 95F+ with heat index numbers at 105F. We're still pretty good CW ops and enjoy the once a year get together. Now the biggest problem we face is walking 120 yards at night from the operating shack to the house and dodging snakes.
I scored 850 this year vs 553 last year! Yesterday was spent dodging a tornado, praying for no flooding, and poor radio propagation. I ended up with no house power at night due to the storm that rolled through, so I was glad I already had emergency power up and running. LOL...Today was much better. Just spent all day intermittently dealing with the toddler's destruction and calling on FT8. There was a lot of action east and west. I flipped the antenna quite a bit, and worked many people backwards.
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Covid enhanced Field Day! Yay! What can I say at least we roughed it a little. Had to stay out of our home for a couple days EXACTLY in time for FD! (due to enamel painting) Stayed at a hotel in Alvin... great fun operating N1MM with a HP 650 i7 laptop! And those damned iPhone earbuds kept falling out- I probably had the gain up too much but XYL slept through it miraculously (I stayed out of trouble). Anyway, Eric killed it as usual with consistent 180/hr runs. Billy could not join us (W5HWZ) due to severe allergies (our SSB op 1). Benjamin K5AW did a fine job with SSB and getting logs correct. We had the NG generator ready to go JIC at the radio QTH in Angleton. I think this is the future of HF radio -- using remote capabilities and reliable private links to the transmitter sites. Next year, we will operate remotely from Rockies! Wire antennas and gel cells. 73 and a big THANK YOU to everyone that worked us (or attempted to! due to my clunky laptop ineptness). Pat KJ5Y/ Eric KJ0D/ Ben K5AW
First time out in the field. Lots of other operators along this ridge. Great time!
I have been convincing my wife over the years that the fourth weekend of June is "Family Picnic Day" -- Our 15 month old had a great time at her second Family Picnic Day!!
Typical Field Day for me, the solar power went down on Thursday so I went from 1E to 1D also had an antenna blow down, but still had a great time!
Great Field DAy! Lots of activity even for a QRP station. I'd like to see the exception continued that allows us to participate from home with our favorite club. It would allow people who can't get out to still do field Day with their friends. I also saw some virtual clubs. What a great idea for stations with no club in the area. Doug K6JEY
It was nice to see the clubs and individuals in the field this year. It was a very enjoyable field day. 73 to all.
First month operating. First contest.
The Lamorinda Area (City of Lafayette, Town of Moraga, City of Orinda and the adjoining areas, including Canyon) Radio Interest Group operated a 3A station at the entrance to Briones Regional Park in Lafayette, California in the ARRL East Bay Section. Contacts were made on 40 meters, 20 meters, 10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters and 432 MHz, all on SSB, with a few FM simplex contacts added to the 2 meter total. We were visited by a served agency official, Lamorinda Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dennis Rein, KJ6QWU, as well as ARRL East Bay Section Manager Mike Patterson, N6JGA. Batteries charged by a generator provided power for the HF stations while the VHF/UHF station was powered by a battery charged from a solar panel. --- N4DLA
111 degree heat really put a damper on it this year. Heading for the mountains or beach next year!
More stations gathered in groups this year. (more ?A stations on. Not many ?F stations though). One station was 7D - ?? Keep the rule of limiting E & D class to 100 watts. Friday night CW bulletin - NOT! 73, K6TD
I made available copies of the "What is Field Day" .pdf, available to folks. Spoke with about 10 people total, only one of them wanted a handout. I used a Yaesu FT-991A, with a center fed dipole, cut for 40m. Set it up between two trees at the park!
Listening is a big skill to learn. When you add "noise" and multiple unrelated transmissions on the Freqency...one is talking about a learning format. Welcome to FIELD DAY...K6WK, Michael.
ATS-4B and a End Fed Random wire. Not real competetive!
First time in years I've participated in Field Day. Fun!
Another awesome FD from 10,000 ft. in the Utah mountains.
We scrambled and after losing 3 different portable locations due to forest closures we were offered the QTH of W7JET to operate. We ran 3 transmitters. 1 Kenwood TS-890 (W7JET's primary station) and 2 Kenwood TS-590s that belong to the club. We use a combination of W7JET's antenna system as well as 2 antennas erected by the club. The operation ran the full 23 hours. Brian's shack cat Bandit was the mascot that made sure it met everyone that attended.
Had a great time on my first Field Day. Simultaneously did a POTA activation for Wallowa Lake State Park in Oregon. Fully portable at 5W, achieved 17 contacts (14 FT8 and 3 SSB). Posted this photo on the POTA Facebook page.
Our first outing as K7OSP. We had a great time, and intend to print and send Field Day specific QSO cards to our contacts. One of our members, W0KNI, memorialized our 2021 ARRL Field Day adventure on his YouTube channel at the following link. https://youtu.be/jajwEYmsaGY Enjoy! 73, Dave, K7RNJ Trustee, K7OSP
We had a great time, even with the high temperature during the day. Lots of water for everyone and three kids got some real operating time.
My "Lazy Man's 1D Field Day" effort this year - set up spare rig on back porch, connect dipole with coax extension from shack, and operate. Lots of 1D-to-1D contacts, assume next year that won't be a thing. Nice to hear some young kids on being coached through QSOs via helpers in the background!
Thank you to all who attended our field day and all the stations we made QSOs with. We were not able to operate a GOTA station as originally planned due to torrential rain and storms, but operation in less than ideal conditions is what field day is all about, right?
Super Field Day !!! I have included a picture of myself with an 'Invited Public Official' and 'Invited Served Agency Official'. Also, a picture of our public location setup. A picture of our Youth Operator with her father was rejected because of file size.
An E skip opening to Texas on 2 Meters! Fun, but what a waste not have that happen in the VHF contest!
This was my first time participating in field day and it was an absolute blast! This will definitely become an annual thing for me.
Good exercise with many talented operators. Disappointed to wait through qualifying runs, and a long DX bulletin, to discover that the W1AW Field Day message was not sent on CW at 7 PM CDT as scheduled. Spending time operating FD with my daughter (her second) was definitely the highlight.
Field Day 2021 was great. Already planning for next year.
First FD was 1959 in Floyd County, Indiana. Surplus Command Set (ARC-5) transmitter on CW. Hot 1625 final tubes explode nicely when cold rain drops hit them. And, this was during solar Cycle 19. I will always remember that and the pride the club members had in their abilities to make it work no matter what happened. Not many hams left in this county (Gibson) now; the club I belong to is in the next county south. I now can no longer do the 'field' part of field day due to medical issues and age, so I will be '1D' as long as I can still operate. Only antenna feedline I can currently access where my HF rig is set up on the main floor of the house is for the 40 M inverted 'V'. It will radiate on most of the HF bands if you don't think too much about the VSWR and the resultant coax loss. Remember: improvise, adapt, overcome. Hoping will be able to work next year's FD
I had a wonderful time operating QRP from Philadelphia. I planned since last year to run as a 1E, and this year I did!
Enjoyed the sunny weather on both days (especially for my fully solar power supported rigs)!
I had fun I got to work one of my favorite contesters W6AFA He was the 1st contester that I worked in my 1st contest, that I ever entered many years ago, and I also worked N2RRA... I worked a person in MAUI it took me about 45 minutes to 60 or more just to work him, but with patience I Was able to work him KA7RRA
Bands were bad Saturday but Sunday was great! It took me half the time on Sunday to make the same number of QSOs on Saturday.
This year the Milwaukee Radio Amateurs' Club operated Field Day as separate stations because of COVID-19. I set up one of our portable antennas in my backyard and entered as 2E. We ran a 24hour Zoom call that allowed our members to socialize like we normally do during Field Day.
All Q's made by Solar Power.
AN ENJOYABLE 24 HOURS!
Excellent activity + excellent conditions = Great Field Day! Many thanks for all the contacts, and it was great fun to operate FD again in the 1B category this year. Operation was CW for the first 22 hours, and SSB in the last 2 hours of the event. There are highlights too numerous to mention specifically, but working KH6RH on 15m about 30 minutes after the event started, and W1AW on 40m Saturday night were memorable moments. Of course, Field Day always has its set of unique challenges, like running out of gas during a QSO! After sending my exchange to a station that answered my CQ, my radio powered down, and the generator was out of gas! After refueling and repowering the radio, my contact vanished, so unfortunately I lost that contact! And another station had promptly replaced me by calling CQ on that frequency, so time to find another frequency! That's Field Day! It was great to hear 15 and 10 meters open again! The short skip on 15 and 10 on Sunday morning made it very interesting, and made a large number of otherwise unreachable stations from my QTH in VA workable! I did, however, run into problems loading on 10 meters -- the radio shut down after increasing the power above 25 watts! So, I was limited to 20 watts, but I was nevertheless able to work everyone I heard! In short, it was a fantastic event, and I look forward to next year!
Field Day 2021 for Sun Country Amateur Radio Society in Marion County, FL was hosted by CJ Heise- KM4ZQE. One of the portable antennas was "installed" & "suspended" from a crane for the entire event. The crane was secured in a fenced-in area adjacent to our 3 operating stations.
Kate (KD9EIP) and I (KB9JVY) had fun trying to make contacts. We worked it avout 5 hours before going QRT. Hopefully band conditions will be better next year.
Our club experienced the most participation in Field Day 2021 that we have seen in years, if ever! While only a handful of hams were able to set up stations, many folks showed up to assist with operating. I've heard many a ham comment since that they felt it was the best Field Day they've attended, usually with a great big grin on their face!
For Field Day 2021 I chose to operate from my home QTH as a class D station. I successfully made QSOs on two transceivers, an RCI-2950dx on 10m and a Yaesu FT-2900 on 2m. Antennas are an iMax 2000 up about 20' for the HF band and a homebrew 1/4 wave groundplane up about 12' for the 2m band. I had allot of fun over the weekend as I also tried to make contact through the ISS repeater using a scrap-built handheld yagi and a BCH-270 HT. I was not successful but I learned alot and it gave me a goal to reach for by next year's FD. Field Day was an exercise in exploring my own capability and that of my station. and I look forward to the next one and the one after that.
Used Field Day this year as an excuse to get the station at a family member's house set up better. We had a rig outside to test the best locations for a vertical. We also setup a dipole and learned that one of the rigs had an issue while trying to tune it. So all in all, a great learning experience for this years Field Day.
I was delighted to make a few ssb contacts on 15 and 10 meter bands this year! Looking forward to improving conditions for amateur communications in this cycle.
Why are the number of ARRL sections worked used as a multiplier. Such a figure would supply anyone examining the file to see which areas are "reachable" during an actual emergency event. I want to thank the ARRL for organizing Field Day. I did Field Day with my grandsons and I do not think they will ever forget it. A great bonding experience to be sure.
Very interesting band conditions. I heard many stations transmitting on the same frequency which created a lot of QRM.I worked two stations on the same frequency literally 5 miles apart. many operators talk too fast. How people get KC2HSR out of King Charles2 OSCAR SEIRRA RADIO is beyond me. My primary goal was to get new members on the air which was accomplished.
We were operating at First Baptist Church of Covington, TX. Operated using many methods from a trapped 3 element beam @30ft to OCF Dipoles and 40m EFHW antennas. We were able to reach all over the world, even Japan on 5w and a wire! Had a great time with testing and we had an upgrade to General Class and 2 new technicians! Had a good class on antenna building and to-go boxes. Demonstrations on the effectiveness in Amateur radio in an emergency power situation sending a message to our local FEMA ETO (ETO-06) via winlink using 80m.
It was a challenging but rewarding event. Friday setup was a very warm 88. We had a great turnout for Saturday spaghetti feed, the weather was very hot (101) and we shut down Saturday evening before even hotter weather expected on Sunday (104).
On Field Day this year I had planned an event with a local group that worked with kids. Unfortunately, they cancelled the night before due to forecast rain, so I went out to Walnut Creek recreation area by myself and set up my station at one of the public picnic areas. The sky was overcast and it did start raining shortly after I began, so I knew my solar charger would not be of much use. I operated late into the evening until my battery failed, but was only able to make 4 contacts.
This is my first time doing Field Day and uploading a form.
We had lines of thunderstorms with heavy lightning and heavy rains come thru beginning 2230 UTC 26 June. We had to shut down and disconnect four times overnight. Lots of practice. The educational exercise was demonstrating soldering PL259s on LMR 400 coax and developing a SOP for shutting down the stations and generator for thunderstorms.
MCARC / KD5DX pictures of Field Day operations
no DX heard on 50MHz no USB phone heard from field day sites above 6m rules or instructions could need to be clarified for stations which operate using different configurations during the contest duration. Stations which are not located at a single site with a single configuration during the contest period can exchange different station types which can cause confusion in logging software E.g. 1C stations may also operate as 1D during contest period, but logging is confused by the software logging applications, causing on-air clarification and forcing decisions to have a station be this or that I operated from my residence and also while mobile, but this reality is not accounted for in the contest logging software or clarified in the rules I used several different radios during the event, with various power capabilities and antennas; the QSO logging reporting fields are constrained. For my station, all radios were on batteries at all times, and I reported 1E, even when rules might report I am 1C. Modern emergency operations are more dynamic than single fixed station operations.
This field day was a great learning experience for me. I set up a tent 18 miles from my QTH. My rig is a Yaesu ft-857D, with my buddiepole antenna. I started out setting the antenna as a dipole, then changed over to a L configuration and eventually set it up as a vertical and stayed with that till I ended. I brought 2 batteries. I was able to operate till my batteries ran out of power in the early morning hours on Sunday. I tried to operate on the digital mode, using my Wolphi link cable and my phone app in both RTTY and PSK31, and was never able to get a clear message and I am not sure why. I am going to work on that more to figure out how to use the digital mode. I only operated on the 40 and 20 meter bands. 73 KD7AKE
Ogle Park, Vevay Indiana Had 25-30 public visits Officer Lane visited and monitored for a couple of hours... Sheriff of Ohio County sent regards Paper article Had two educational classes - vertical antenna theory (Al Peter AC8GY) and Fox Hunting techniques (John Panzer, KC9VZA
Elecraft K3/10 running 5 watts to one of 3 antennas: 90' dipole up 35', a 33' dipole up 30', or a 31' vertical dipole. Each one had advantages at different times of day. 90' was mainly 80, 40, and 20M. 33' was mainly 20, 15 and 10M. The vertical filled in the weak nodes of the dipole patterns. I only had 8 alligator clips in service this time, down from past Field Day forays. Lots of gentle rain this time, thankfully no lightning in the area. Had a few wind gusts that strained the temporary antennas, but they stayed up.... must not have been big or high enough. C U next time, 73, Dan ke0tt
Hello, and thank you for all that you do to make Field Day an annual success! I just wanted to note here that all contacts in this submittal were made using solar power and batteries. However, I do advertise on my QRZ page that I have a generator onboard my RV, so I thought I'd submit proof that no generator hours were accumulated during Field Day and all power was in fact supplied by the solar panels installed on the roof. You'll find two photos attached here, one before and one after Field Day, that show the hour counter with an iPad displaying date and time. Not that anyone would say anything, I just like covering my bases. 73! KE0VIM
This was a pretty casual solo operation at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham MA. I spent Saturday experimenting with equipment and didn't make any contacts, though some attempts were made. I did make some contacts on Sunday after figuring out what went wrong the previous day. The station was battery QRP into a low Par EndFedz for 40 and 20 meters; the highest point wasn't much more than 10 feet high. Propagation with that low antenna clearly favored nearby stations; the most distant contacts logged were ONS, WPA, and VA. I heard WI and NFL but did not complete contacts with either.
Another enjoyable FD from home. Missed NV, WY, AK and PAC for a clean sweep! I really appreciate the Class 1D waiver. I hope the ARRL will consider allowing all classes of stations to communicate with each other for future FD operating events; there are numerous reasons why many amateurs either choose not to, or are restricted from, participating at club FD locations. The waiver provides the flexibility of participating and making a meaningful contribution to a club's aggregate score.
This years event was a much smaller and simpler one than in years past. I am certainly glad to see the club beginning to gather for these again though! Much better than the widely dispersed Field Day of 2020! Cheers! and looking forward to better times in the coming year! - Darwin Winkler (KE5RFZ)
This was a tough year for FD at my QTH. Power line noise will above S9! Despite the noise, I had a lot of fun working stations on phone, cw & digital. The meal was also FB at kk6mpt's FD location on the beach! 73 all Jaye ke6sls
Ran FT8/FT4 for the full period. Need more operators to select FT4 to get the QSO rate up. FT4 works on more bands than just 20m but saw no FT4 activity except on 20m. Used ARRL 40-10 EFHW kit that I assembled just before Field Day. Pushed it with 100W and found 150W was too much, toroid got too hot and SWR went bonkers. Looking forward to next year with the lessons learned.
Chief Operator N7EMT
first time on my own, with no prior planning and during a heat wave. and all my station gear was in storage to start with. station gear: yeasu ft-840 MFJ 993 tuner Signal link USB interface Fldigi running on Ubuntu Linux.
We has first joined ARRL FIELD day Every members exciting
We did a reduced operation from normal years but at least it was better than (nothing) last year. It was good to see people we hadn't seen in two years! It was a beautiful day and good experience for all.
my usual field setup; last used for a FD ~15 yrs ago! rig KD1JV's AT Sprint 2 on 12V rechargeable AA battery pack (1.4W on 20m; 1.8W on 40m); ant long wire (approx 20m) 40 ft up in tree, tuned w/ LC network (KK5PY's TeNeTuner)
Submission form wouldn't accept Cabrillo files from N1MM+ ????
I want my points added to the aggregate score of K8TIH, the Wood County Amateur Radio Club
2021 ARRL Field Day at my home using emergency power using Bioenno Power 12V 15Ah, 180 Watt-Hours to power my Yaesu FT-897D radio radiating from a COMET-NCG H-422 40 / 20 / 15 / 10 Meters HF Rotatable Dipole on a Basketball Hoop.
This was my first time setting up and participating. My station is solar only. I sure hope I've sent in the information correctly.
Worked 20 meters both days. Conditions were great plenty of contacts all over the place. Had a great Field Day. I had been off the air for 6 years until 2 days before Field day.
Please note: I was having so much fun that I ran a bit over the 24 hour time limit. So, I didn't claim the last 6 QSOs in my score, but they are included in the uploaded Cabrillo file.
My first Field Day, and I had a great time. Battery power only with IC-705 @5W, Raspberry Pi, and a 20m wire dipole at 21ft.
xeigu g90, cha emcom ii efhw, 7.5ah lifepo4 battery, buddipole power mini, 13w solar and a vibroplex bug at south sulpher unit state park camping without power.
All contacts were made using alternate power (battery/solar).
Portola Valley Amateur Radio Club, PVARC-KM6DLG, operated Field Day 2021 as part of a larger Emergency Radio Communications event organized by the Portola Valley Emergency Preparedness Committee. Joining PVARC was the WPV-CERT organization, Woodside Fire Protection District, and the San Mateo Sheriff office. We operated from 11 - 4 and had over 200 visitors from Portola Valley, Woodside and the surrounding areas during the event.
Had a lot of fun working 1B portable. Was able to make a lot of QRP contacts from a crowded suburban area despite high noise floor. QRP works!
Operated at ridgecrest intermediate school with information handouts
Had a great time working my first Field Day event from Winchester Lake State Park in Idaho
The COVID-19 pandemic really put a damper on group participation and I am happy to see the D class rule waived for this year. In fact, many of the stations I worked were 1D like myself. Going forward, I see greater club involvement next year with COVID so far in the rear view mirror that we will hardly remember it.
Educational activity, HAMRS and how to export logs to POTA- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRBeD9DrSlA ARRL Field Day 2021 from Texas - Ham Radio Field Day KN5TR https://youtu.be/ziNAuMW-oQc
Good fun, nice to hear everyone enjoying the weekend on the air and with each other. During the event I tried making a coax dipole for 220 with TV 75 Ohm RG6, but the shield was too tightly bonded to the insulation for it to work. Good to have learned this lesson before a real need arose. I appreciate the patience shown during the stock antenna 220 contacts made! One out to 11 miles, HT to mobile, fun! I recorded the CW bulletin then "read" its spectrogram in Audacity, worked good! Context clues helped fill in the deep fades. The 100Ah battery dropped only 12%, powering the IC-2730, and a laptop.
This was my first field day, having just got my General license 2 years ago. I took advantage of good weather and set up my field day QTH in the Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia. I was totally without power, water and facilities for my campsite, operating the entire campsite on battery power. My trusty slingshot hit its mark and allowed me to get a 66 foot vertical wire into the tree. I used a small MFJ tuner to tune up the 40 and 20 m bands. I was at QRP of 5 watts per the rules for the entire weekend. I operated CW and phone modes with no contacts on CW, but 14 QSOs on phone. It was a blast to be all alone in a primitive area, making contacts via radio with such a minimalistic setup.
Field Day 2021 is a wrap for me, KO4EOD. This year the primary objective for me was to understand the capability of the solar powered emergency power supply. All went well or better than anticipated, so I declare the event a success. What I learned most was how important it is to control the duty cycle of the rig, and lower the TX wattage to the minimum necessary (as we should do anyway). Relying on battery supply this is critical. I also learned that the solar panel placement & orientation is very important to maximize efficiency. The radio worked as anticipated, and the experience gained of the solar power supply for our home was priceless. The unit is really meant for the refrigerator, led lights and fans during a power outage, but nice to know it can run the radio equipment as well. For next Field Day, I will do some things different with the power strategy (ie; more panels or increased battery capacity), and likely go to a remote QTH and do some Phone instead of all digital. Cheers and 73's to all!!! de KO4EOD David in WCF
MY FIRST FIELD DAY... AGE IS 11. PASSED TECH LAST COVID YEAR AT AGE 10. WORKED 6M, 10M, 15M AND HAD MANY PILEUPS ON 6 AND 10 DOING SSB "CQ FD". THEY WERE GREAT... SEE YOU NEXT YEAR... 73... JOSEPH
2 radiogram phone contacts reported on latest updated version. Documentation uploaded on the reporting form. I just realized one of those two radioigrams was a radiogram to Diana Feinberg, AI6DF District Manager LAX. This should have been listed separately, for extra credit. Same documentation as already indicated on prior updated report. Same documentation as prior report, also again listed below Malin Dollinger KO6MD
NP3O ARRL PR Section Manager visit to Site, KP3AY Radio Amateur Emergency Response Group's Coordinator for P. R. Telecommunications Bureau (NTCPR)'s visit. and FRAPR FD site's Educational Chat.
I corrected a mistyped callsign and reuploaded my log. The correct call sign is K6PUD (it was first uploaded as K6PVD). This was on 20 meter SSB at 2021-06-26 2035.
My operating time was limited to just 3 hours. I was using a KX2 and a 21 foot vertical via the internal tuner. My power was just the internal battery, using just 776mAHr of charge to complete 90 QSOs.
Best FD ever at KS0JA. Bandpass filters and multiplexers with minimal antenna setup helped us older hams with an easy setup. Great grounding and Choke baluns on all radios equaled no interstation interference. Great radios, 590s x 2. FTDX101D x1, vhf FT991A.
All operations performed were powered by 1 12v battery being charged by a 100w solar panel.
Great FD even with very short notice and prep time. Temperatures here in Oro Valley AZ were in the 100's but a nearby swimming pool helped out. We did solar with a 20AH battery to make the five contacts but forgot to connect to shore power after. Battery with solar lasted 8 plus hours until the IC-7300 began lowering the output power. In all it was a great event with a home brew 134ft long wire antenna which was only 4 ft above ground for 90% of its length. A Mosley 33 was also in use as well.
Boonville City Council member photos of FD Event from their twitter and Instagram. https://twitter.com/BoonvilleIn/status/1408880032517431300
Thought I could fill in some of the dead hours with a little SSB for a change. Not a good idea for me. 3 Q's got me back to CW real quick. Lots of activity with all the 1D stations working the 1D's. Made for lots of fun. Mom Nature made the 'Gation Proper' and put in some short skip on 20 & 15 to add to the fun. This was a real treat.
First Field Day as a General. Last year was at home on UHF and VHF but this year, why not try and do this. A very fun event with a lot of learning. We used solar power During the Event. 2-100 panels and a Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Plenty of power. I used my home station TS-590SG Put up a 143ft random wire with 9:1 unun and it worked pretty well. Late start due to morning rain squalls and setting up same day in a public park. I was unprepared for how many people came by to see what we were on about. Lots of interest in the hobby from people of all ages. I will hopefully be better prepared next year, perhaps with some multimedia as many of the questions from the public were somewhat technical and perhaps the dreaded PowerPoint would be useful. I would have made more contacts but there was a lot of interface with the public and that was kinda cool.
Rain off and on in various amounts Friday, but managed to have all antennas set up by that evening. The rain and clouds actually made it more comfortable than setting up in the heat or hot sun as many of the other participants must have had to deal with. Conditions on mid day Sunday were great with very loud short-skip. The last hour wound up with the best rate of the whole Field Day.
What a day!! Plans with a club group fell through, so had to work it from home. No biggie, be a 1D in AL and see what happens. Used the Yaesu Ftdx10 at 100 watts and a G5RV in an inverted V. Not the biggest gun out there, but it worked. Was able to make contacts all over and even broke through in some. Until....0200z...antenna tuner gives up the ghost. Simple fix earlier today and wish I would have done it last night. To all those who were contacts thanks for the QSO's!! Had a blast and looking forward to Winter Field Day. 73, KY4HV
Field day is always loaded with learning moments. This year our event went back to a full 24 hr effort after last years abbreviated 12 hr event. Our satellite operations were very well done by Jim WB4VOC. Jim brought the whole kit and kaboodle to do sats this year. Great set up and great job. Murphy, of course, is always hanging out. This year, he conked out one of our key CW ops with a bout of low blood sugar. That with the heat (it hit near 90F) was a concern so Shelby had to bow out this year. Another op, though, had other plans change, so Glenn was able to join us and man the CW station for several hours. Matt KK4ZDZ stepped up and managed the Digi efforts this year. It's a first for our club going beyond the traditional of CW and SSB. Bruce KD4ULD did the heaviest lifting on the SSB station, spending several hours BIC.... Of course, field day isn't complete without a good feedbag. Ed KC0EIB provided the grill and managed chef duties for dinner and breakfast. Ed also handled much of the pre-field day work, notifying the media, contacting local elected officials and served agencies etc. All in all, a successful effort pulled off again with minimal problems and nothing that couldn't be circumvented.
38 years ago, when I was fresh out of college my Dad (W0RCZ, silent key) and I started a family tradition of operating Field Day. Participating in that first family Field Day enticed my brother NR0R to get a license. He rapidly progressed from novice to extra, back when the 20wpm code speed kept me at advanced. 2 of his old college buddies (K6FLY and WD0ERU) assisted as they have in many years. One thing that made this year unique was some coercive trickery on my brother's part. He arranged, with help from N0JJA, for me to take the extra class exam that the Platte County Amateur Radio Group sponsored as part of their Field Day Activities. He thought almost 4 decades as an Advanced class was long enough. Given less than 2 weeks notice to study, and telling anyone who would listen that my call was going to be used on Field Day this year as an extra class licensee, added to the pressure for this year. My brother accomplished his goal and my call sign was used this year. 73, N0AWE
First contest with a recently acquired and updated K3. Logging with N1MM+ and the K3 was easy and fun.
Glad to be back after pandemic. We had a great time and we're looking forward to next year...Bill N0UMP
I always enjoy field day but lost my best friend two years ago so operating by myself always makes me feel his loss. worked a lot of D class stations again this year. I made a modest 325 qs this year but that's all my old body can do.. hi hi. 73s
First Field Day as a #HamRadioDad Forgot to get a photo of the baby at the radio with me. Would have been a great photo though!
Associate with KS0JA, Jackson County ARC. I worked remotely from my club this year as a 1B
Went well. Many thanks to the league for making this possible. 73 Bruce Nolte, N1BN
What a great time! So glad we could operate from home and aggregate the club score, and so glad that next year - with any luck - we'll be back able to get together in person for FD-2022!!
All QSOs made using solar charged battery.
73 From AF1UD, WA1JXD, N1WWZ, KB1FQV, KB1WQK, AA1MH on Soapstone Mountain in Somers, CT
FD from 1D CT and had fun with all CW! Next year looking to get back to the outdoors.
FT8 helps make 2 transmitter, single op attainable for some of us less skilled operators :) 100Ah battery still at 80% capacity after 18 hours of operation: QRP radios, power efficient laptops and battery operated fans are key
Please find attached a report of our activities and further pictures from our participation in Field Day 2021. Thank you, 73 KR2HWK
Very Good Field Day. Used my trusty FT-857D, and 88 ft long doublet, with link coupled tuner (McCoy, QST, April 1955) that worked great. My Honda 2000 generator was flawless in operation. N3FJP logging program was/is great to use. Very good support from Scott and Kimberly! Propagation was great this year, I covered the south east and south mid-west, using the antenna at 15ft elevation. Let's do it again next year! Thanks to all fellow/Ladies Amateurs! Dale, N2DM, "Skinny-Atlas Falls", NY
The multiplier for QRP should be more than for <150watts.
I collected evidence (photos, etc.) to support claims of visiting elected official, social media posts, test of EOC generator, etc., but was surprised that there was no opportunity/requirement to upload them. I have done so using the Photo Upload capability.
operators: N2LBR WA1KKM
Our Field Day 2021 event was held at the Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, NY on June 26th and June 27. About 25 members participated in the yearly event. We had about 50 non-ham visitors asking about our large antennas, vehicles, and Ham Radio.
SOTA w6/ns-195. 2m and 70cm with ELK Log periodic and home-brew jpole.
I accidentally marked the QSOs as Digital. They should be PHONE. Thanks!
Did not see where to put the names and call signs of our participants. 1. Jerry Knowlton - W1IE 2. Bevin alexander - K4ALE 3. Harry Ford - N3MM 4, Spencer Southward - W4SOU 5. Jimmy Quattlebaum - W4QQI We also had a significant computer failure in which a significant number of QSO's were lost.
New ham, John Godman, Jr. (KC3SCC) just got his technician license and participated in his first field day. His dad John (W2LYL) is teaching him the ropes. We had to pry John Jr's hands away off the radios to get some shut-eye! He stayed up outside of the tent trying for 2m contacts while we slept! He seemed to forget that he had a cell phone for the whole time....
It will be good if next year we go back to the old rules. As a QRP station, I work everyone I can, but for a "Field activity", you should at least get out of the house.
Setup in the backyard and ran from a 100w solar panel with a deep cycle battery. The equipment for this year was an ICOM IC-705. Used a Chameleon F-Loop at first and then switch to a 80M OCFD in an inverted V configuration with the feed point at 25 feet. Attached are photos of the setup, along with one of my county's elected Commissioners Kevin Boozel visiting my site.
The GOTA station contacts were made a 14 year old girl and coached by KN4CTG. They Safety Officer Checklist was thoroughly went through and signed. The person did not make any marks on it though. We can submit another one if needed.
2021 Field Day - Mt Mitchell NC June 26-27 2021 Solar powered low power station Operating from atop Mt Mitchell NC for ARRL Field Day 2021 as N4ENC. The station consist of a Yaesu FT818 operating at 5 watts or less and a couple of hand held VHF/UHF radios. We were powered 100% by solar and battery. I met some very nice people during this field day. Our "safety beagle" Bo is seen inspecting the operating location as we were setting up. I had the opportunity to visit the Carolina Airstream Club WB4CAC field day site (and give them a few extra points).
First Field Day since 2017. Decided to load equipment on bicycle and head to a local school playground.
Although I stayed hunkered down instead of going to the social event back home, it was still what I would call an OK outcome, especially Saturday night after 40 opened up and Sunday on the high bands. I build a "K9YC" choke for the generator part of the way through that made a huge difference. Hopefully next year will be more normal and the "Delta" and new "Lambda" variants will be tamed.
It was very nice to get out in the "field" as our club has been working F class for some years prior. First time I have experienced using an 80M EFHW in the field for any length of time and I am very pleased with its performance. Both our HF stations were using the EFHW antennas and we feel we did well for the amount of operating time. One station had to be shut down for a long while because of the weather. Honda generator was used most of the time and we substituted another brand for a short period until we discovered it was adding noise to the 20M band.
Mobile operation conducted on northbound drive from Virginia to Connecticut, with QSOs conducted in DE, SNJ, NNJ, NLI, ENY, and CT as indicated in Cabrillo log.
First time working FD from the home QTH. Worked only digital this year with contacts on 6,10,15,20 and 40 meters. Bands were in fair shape for 6mtrs on Saturday, with a dozen or so contacts, then moved down to 10 meters, for an hour or so, bands were slow so moved on down to 20 for the bulk of my contacts. Saturday night late moved to 40 with fair band conditions mostly stateside. Sunday I did a 4 hour sprint with 40, 20 and finally some 15 mtr actions. Thanks to everyone who participated. Next year I'm going to venture out in the RV with solar generator and lots of battery power and try to operate the whole time portable. Thanks for all the contacts this year. 73 Steve N4SFC
The noise level was horrendous and I racked up only 75 points with 1B-Battery and 5 watts from St. Simons Island, EM91hd -- but it was all fun and, hey, I'm at the beach!
Please note that we had an individual work from home for Field Day. His call sign is WA5CAV. His contacts were submitted by Timothy Dempsey, N5CM. Timothy sent WA5CAV's contacts through his email at email@example.com Timothy received a confirmation code of 22BRG1YS. Please confirm that WA5CAV's contacts/points were added to N5AEX/Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club's contacts/points. Thanks Scott Wren, KD5DFL
The sun was good to me this year. A 100-foot dipole and 100W and a good workout for the bug.
It was great to combine my "1C" Field Day activity with a Parks on the Air activation (K-3577) at a local beach!
Good fun, fewer hours this year, just operating with fan dipole quickly hung in the trees about 20 feet up in the back yard using 5 Watts on solar on my KX2. Amazing how far 5W goes on CW with contacts made from Southern California into east coast states. That said, I could hear more states than could hear me. 15M worked fine until around 5PM pacific time and 20M worked fine too. Had just a few 40M contacts; would have been more, but I didn't hang a 40M antenna. The antenna tuner in the KX2 did a fine job allowing some contacts from the 15/20M fan dipole on the 40M band.
N6MI (Tom's Garage ARC) operated "2A Santa Barbara" from Frazier Peak (8,013 feet) in Ventura County California. Our team included N6MI, NB6E, K6VCR, N7DA, KN6OGP, and K1BTW. We were assisted by a high school student, Broden Weeks. Mr. Weeks (of BNinja Production) made a documentary of the Field Day operation for distribution during our post Field Day talks to ham clubs. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a presentation to your own club.) We operated stations in a converted television news van and a trailer. Our GOTA station used a portable table under an awning. The team was thrilled with the great cooking of KN6OGP; Mike made his first contacts (ever) during Field Day. Photos of contesting adventures of the team are posted on N6MI.com.
This was my first field day event on my own. This was a learning experience, AKA, my First Rodeo!
N6R 2021 was a success through the help of AC6A, KI6OQ, KJ6LXJ, KK6UE, KQ6NO, WI6O, AG6AG, W6NCT, KM6GUE, K6AVI, NQ6X and numerous others in the Ventura County Amateur Radio Society and the Simi Settlers Amateur Radio Club
Icom 706MKIIG into a 51' Palomar end-fed antenna. This was my first Field Day in quite some time. All FT8/FT4 this year, hopefully will try SSB or even CW next year.
My daughter, KC8GRS and myself ran 1E from the home QTH. I like to run CW and she likes to run FT8. It works out great! We used my FT-857 with a Raspberry Pi that self configures as its own WiFi hotspot. The one photo below is how my daughter likes to run FT8 - the weather was perfect for this setup! In the evening it was my turn to run CW. To conserve batteries, I ended up running 5 watts - turns out it was a great experiment! Next year we will probably run 1E QRP.
Thanks to Gary WB2RPW for his great remote CW effort.
Club event cancelled due to rain, operated from home.
My first field day. It was also the anniversary of my first time getting on the air. 365 days of being an amateur radio operator took me from tech to extra. I managed to introduce 3 other people into the hobby, got a visit from the east bay field manager, and was hopefully an ambassador for the hobby.
Tested QRP, emergency home-made end-fed run inside the house and digital (FT8 & FT4) only QSOs (saves my ears!) this year. Operated until I was satisfied that all the equipment had been tested sufficiently. A much larger score could have been had by operating longer and a night but FD isn't a contest, yeah, right...! Put a few cycles on my batteries, tested charging them with 20w and 60w solar panels. The TP/Solar 60w outputs good amount of amps for charging the Optima 75 Ah battery now 10 years old used again this year. Several other LiFePO4 batteries cycled and charged several days before. Enjoyable as always.
Due to my work schedule I only had a window of a couple of hours at the tail end to participate. I set up my Buddipole on the back deck and fired up my trusty KX3 and dove right in. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I was very impressed with how everyone behaved themselves on the bands. I am already looking forward to next year.
First event or contest entered in over 40 years as a ham. 30 watts and a dipole but had a blast.
Great fun operating from an AirBNB (35 WIRE UP 7 FEET - 15 watts) and then from Bay View Park (3 watts (battery) and a vertical at 7 feet) Had a blast! Reminded me of why I got into the hobby 43 years ago.
This entry represents activity from the class 1D station and should be combined with the club station AD9L
Well we set up antennas on Friday morning and all went well. We set up three antennas; 40 meter inverted "V", 20 meter inverted "V" and a multi-band vertical 40 -10. Saturday we had a great deal of difficulty with the computers talking to the radios using N1MM. When we stopped using WIFI connectivity for the three computers all of our problems went away but we lost hours at the start trying to fix the problem. Seem despite the station problems everyone had a terrific time. The mayor and her staff really enjoyed themselves and the mayors daughter made a contact!
Our best activation ever.
The WX cooperated save for one near miss T-storm overnight. Cool for set-up but not so much for teardown. 6m somewhat opened up close in- all 24 Q's on Natural power. A decent, steady pace on CW with nearly 1600 in the log again for a 1A. Not too bad. Our secret weapon: The Silver Bullet tower trailer.
Still learning the ropes, and still green on the mic. Spent more time visiting and observing AC6X working SSB and W6ARA on CW in the hills above the Pasadena Rose Bowl. I operated QRP from a backpack mobile rig (icom 5100a, dialed down to 5W PEP) on a small lipo battery and solar panel with a classic Arrow handheld dual Yagi, elevated on a 20' mast. Logged by hand with my border collie, Apollo, checking for dupes. Thanks to ARRL and all who participated!
Overall a fun weekend. I found two things disappointing. First, it appeared that there were far too many stations running 100 watts - into their KW amplifier that sat between the radio and the antenna. Second, there were far too many 1D stations calling CQ and/or working each other while totally ignoring the weaker stations on the band. As I understand Field Day, the point is to test field operations, not to show that your home station is capable of winning yet another contest.
Murphy struck again at NP2N/W0 (see June QST, pp. 64-65). Remote connection let us down. Only one QSO!
I ran 1E this weekend. I expected to have my generator until it broke.. FUEL EVERYWHERE... Ran on battery charged by solar at reduced power the rest of the time... Since no power for computer keying... ran manual cw the whole time I was able to run. Not enough power for phone and no computer keying for DIGI modes. YIKES.
Operator Joseph (age;11) had a great time using Grandpa's (NS2x) station during times when 6m and 10m were not open. Most of the time Joseph spend working pileups on 6M/10M SSB. 73... hav-a-gud'n... Greg NS2X
I am an EC and visited the Field Day sites in my county. Pictures are uploaded to my server as follows: North Hills Amateur Radio Club: https://bobmente.smugmug.com/Field-Day-2021/North-Hills-Amateur-Radio-Club/ Steel City Amateur Radio Club: https://bobmente.smugmug.com/Field-Day-2021/Steel-City-Amateur-Radio-Club/ Wireless Association of South Hills: https://bobmente.smugmug.com/Field-Day-2021/Wireless-Association-of-South-Hills/ 73 de NU3Q Bob Mente Allegheny County EC Western PA Section
This year, I was doing FD from La Mauricie National Park in conjonction with POTA Great event, with 275 qso's and 76 sections worked! Nick VE2NCG / VA2VT
It was fun never figured I can make this many contacts with 5W.Had a 20 ft old "Radioworld" fibreglass mast with a 30ft-ish dipole which of course never resonated anywhere in the bands but the MFJ 939 did a super job with my good old FT 100D and the battery from our travel trailer.Problem was I did paper logging so took me a long time to transfer that to proper format.So hear you in the band next year.73 VA3FN john
Wishing you all good health, good times, and good DX!
Given the weekend Weather Warnings for Southern Ontario, I opted to move up to Class D from the Class E Operation I used during FD2020. So instead, my strategy for FD2021 became to use many more MODEs than I used last year; and 4 Bands. I added SSB, CW, RTTY, and JS8; to my solitary use of FT8 in 2020; to get more of a general feel for each, during this FD exercise. While I had built experience with these Modes during 2020, on Saturday I faced a different kind of storm - that of unexpected Windows updates and resultant interface failures. Trying to run Digital mode became a nightmare for most my first day. With technical issues mostly behind me, Sunday's experience was to discover a significant traffic imbalance between Modes, making me wonder why there was a one point penalty for traditional SSB Qs. I found it considerably harder to find SSB contacts, than FT8 or CW; and the time & effort required to acquire a Phone contact was harder. One might get the feeling that SSB is being shun, as an Operating mode. While my Qs numbers are low; I think the distribution between Modes suggests a trend, driven by the rewards.
Operated from Seymour Mountain in the 40+ Celsius temperatures. Only managed to operate for 6 hours before having to take down the antenna and seek cooler temperatures. QRP operation using 2 Element beam antenna with adjustable elements for each band. Elecraft KX3 and Kenwood TH-6A. All powered by battery/solar. Used dry ice to keep the KX3 cool under the extreme temperatures.
This was my first ever Field Day as an amateur radio operator and I must say that after my first QSO, it was exciting and addictive. For years I have been mike shy, preferring to build and listen, now I have a different view of the hobby. Can't wait for the next opportunity to talk to other HAMs as far away as my equipment will take me.
Because of COVID, our club is operating from our homes. Don't have much antenna space so I strung up a 20m dipole, rig used was a TS-50 running 100w. Conditions were not good Saturday but did improve on Sunday and did manage to make 46 contacts all on 20, operating from a noisy location sure points out the advantages in operating from a more remote location. 73, Al
Other than Class A & B stations, there was a lot of confusion regarding the length of this event and how long an operator can operate. For example as a Class 1D station, could I work from 1800z on June 26th to 2059z on June 27th or is operation restricted to a 24 hour period? Thanks for another wonderful event that enabled participation despite the current pandemic. 73 de Harry VE3HZ
Experience from home station was made better by a Zoom call with other club members. Still not as good as being there. Sad to miss 2 in-person events in a row so we're looking forward to next year.
Rain was forecast for the whole weekend, but we were able to set up and take down in the dry. There was lots of rain in between!!
15, 10 and 6 were dead to me. Should have spent more time CW, but I like to talk to people sometimes. 80 worked, but no one answered.
Additional Photos Submitted: 1.) 2 pictures of the Icom IC-7300 decoding, displaying and recording the W1AW RTTY bulletin. 2.) 1pPicture of operating station.
Myself and 4 other 1Bs worked the event from Island Lake up on the Aberdeen Plateau in the Central Okanagan of British Columbia, Canada. My station, as well as the other 1B stations located around the campsite all worked via solar-charged battery power - no fossil fuel was used for the entire event! With temperatures in the high 90s at 4600 feet ASL, we spent more time in the lake than on the air - LOL! In contrast to the usual club xA station, it was fun to run a bunch of 1B stations as everyone got to do their own thing and showcase their individual station to the other HAMs and campers. This was an excellent advertisement for amateur radio as we made sure all of our visitors were greeted and given a little orientation as to what we were doing in each of our 1Bs. For a detailed event summary and pictures, please visit http://norac.bc.ca.
100% emergency power documented in file uploaded with Natural power QSOs box and with photo uploaded in Photo Upload area below. Public location documented with file uploaded with public information table box Radiogram doesn't say # participants (1) or number ARES members (0) because there weren't any of either above the minimum number required to send the message. Site visit by elected official documented with file uploaded with public information table box VHF and UHF QSOs list uploaded with unticked Safety officer box but not acknowledged after updating my entry, so I've uploaded it again below. VE7UTS operated ~9 of allowed 27 hours. Started setup at site after event started. Misc VHF and UHF radios and antennas. HF radio is FT-890. Forgot microphone at home, so only ran CW on HF. 20m antenna is HB Bird-Yagi-Uda. 40m and 80m is longwire attached to rear of antenna tuner on top of car. Used keyer on 20m and straight key on 40m and 80m because RF from longwire messed with the keyer. First 900 MHz Field Day QSOs that I know of in this area!
This entry was submitted with the wrong call sign please see submission for:VA7VF 22or5ysc as a cross reference. http://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php?call=va7vf&id=22or5ysc
I had forgotten the power cable for the KX3 and whips for my Buddipole. So I reverted to my HT - A Kenwood TH-6a, with the Arrow 3-elem beam. I was in Nanaimo, BC. To my astonishment I worked K7GYB (1BWW) who was on Mt. Baker, and also KL0NP and WE7CAT (2BWW) on Mt. Olympus. That's about 100 miles in both cases. 5W FM!
In my natural power photo, you can see the solar panel on the back of the truck, on top of the tonneau cover.
The Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society, on the shores of Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada, operated a Field Day 2021 station with callsign VE8YK. This year we tested out a new trailer mast with an HF YAGI antenna about 30 ft into the air. The antenna performed well on 15, 20 and 40 m. About 414 QSOs were had with the majority being SSB followed by FT8. The Field Day message was copied well in all three modes. Some CW and PSK31 QSOs were also made. It was a hot day for the NWT at about 29ºC. There were 4 operators - VE8MN, VE8WD, VE8MT and VE8IR.
The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) began preparation for ARRL Field Day in May 2021 withe a call for committee volunteers by club president Chris VO1IDX. Myself Dave VO1LM and Ira VO1IRA joined as co chairs. I took on the role of Field Day Coordinator and Ira took on the extra roles of sending the message to the NL Section Manager and Co food Service Officer. We planned two stations for 2A NL with a Kenwood 570 in a trailer radio shack and a Tarheel mobile on a fence with six radials for SSB phone and cw, as well as a FTDX3000 and HP laptop timed by a GPS receiver and ham sticks running FT8, all powered by batteries all charged by NL Hydro water derived energy. I recruited a Safety Officer Earl VO1AZ, who used the, ARRL checklist and contacted NL Dept. of Health for Covid protocols and set check point at the entrance to our site at Provincial Pippy camping, education and recreational Park. I recruited a Communication Officer Kerry-Lynn VO1KLX a new ham who prepared a press release. made email and telephone contacts with tv and radio media, posted news releases on media websites, made several comments about Field Day on Facebook and Twitter social media, setup an information table with the innovative use of a large PR code for a link to the SONRA website on smart phones to save paper blowing the local high winds. I also recruited Charlie VO1VZ as an all important Co Food Services Officer who came up with the trailer at the last moment to serve as a radio shack. President Chris acted as spokesman with the tv and radio media, negotiated the site at Pippy Park, and recruited Mayor Danny Breen of the city of St. John's NL to open Field Day at 1800 utc June 26, 2021 with a CQ cal on 20 m phone. Vice President Doug VO1DM liaised with Government of NL Fire and Emergency Services (FES) grab and go radio kit and the attendance of Canadian Armed Forces Officer Currie acting with FES, to attend Field Day with two of his colleagues. This visit generated a proposal for a joint communication operation on 2022 Field Day. Joe VO1BQ was recruited to copy the W1AW Field Day Message. This is considered the best field day we have had in many years of raising awareness of amateur radio in NL. We have lessons to learn about holding a better field day next year and plan a exit meeting to discuss. L. David Mclennon VO1LM
Nice to see so much activity on CW segments. Great to have 15 and 10 meters open on Sunday. Hope to be portable next year.
I felt 20 and 40 meters at 5 watts battery and solar power went well. I used a only a 32 ft vertical mounted on the draw bar of my fiberglass camper. The frame of the camper was my counterpoise. I am looking forward to next year and hope it goes as well. 73 Ken W0CZ 1b nd
Grandpa Gary Meyer (W0DYD) and grandson, Jonathan Kemper (W0DYE) shared a weekend together operating 2021 field day (2E) in Little Sauk, MM, in a tent in Jonathan's backyard running on a new emergency generator. We also managed to squeeze in a couple of fishing outings a mile away before and after FD.
I wrote my comments and tried to send them an found that the message was non-reply only and lost my comments. Since I couldn't take a picture of the station in operation on Field Day I took a picture of how it looked on FD--the only difference is the radios and my computer on their internal batteries, the power supply switched off and the back-up battery available--it was only powering the manual tuner's light. In retrospect I did use 2 transmitters--the HT was used for 3 FM contacts only. I could have used the IC705 but was listening on .52 and heard 3 local contacts. I guess perhaps I should have entered as a 2E---so dock me 3 contacts.
Copied the broadcast on 20-CW (with some QSB and a fair bit of FD-QRM). Due to clueless FD-related QRM could barely hear, much less copy, the voice broadcasts. Very glad for the CW version. Broadcasts were copied on an old Collins 75a-4 receiver.
This was our inaugural Field Day event as an ARES unit. Our primary focus was not about points but rather to follow the 3 'F' principle: - FOOD, - FUN & - FELLOWSHIP. It was a great time and we look forward to doing it again next year.
When we first planned the weekend, we were going to do it out at a campsite in the forest nearby, but then a few days before the start of the weekend, the State of AZ closed all of the forest campsites due to the wildfires all around the state; needless to say, we were disappointed, but then, since our club itself was going to holding THEIR Field Day Event at a different location, I asked our Club Station's Manager, Frank (K8FB) if we could use the club's station instead, to which he agreed (I have normal access to it anyhow) (www.w7yrc.org/club-station) I have to give a couple of my ops some 'props': Chris, N7HVC, did very well learning about FT8 and how it works as well and he worked some SSB (under my call, of course as I was his C.O.) on 15 & 20m and worked through a few "mini-pileups" with ease. For a Technician working on his General, that's high praise. When he started the day, he was of the opinion that he didn't want to do digital, only phone, but now he's 'kinda liking' the digital aspect of the hobby. Ernie, K7IOG is a General that hadn't been on HF in quite a while; after a short, shaky start, he was working pileups on 40m nicely. When he left that evening (Saturday), he admitted that it was "the most fun I've had in my life". John, AB9JS assisted with logging and made quite a few calls himself.
Please see the YouTube video I posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLn-eQhYmAQ&t=62s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBwtBwo59Ao Youths are on this video with the permission of their dad KC1OYG and mom KC1OYH
We were pretty happy with this field day. We've been unable to use the club station during the pandemic, so first time operating much on HF in a while (actually the first time for a couple of our newer members). Field day setup was also wonderfully kludgy. We just threw together what several of us had on hand, drove out to Larz Anderson park and strung up a few dipoles near the top of the hill. Everything was powered from a single large lead acid battery we had knocking around which somehow lasted through the entire event. None of us wanted to stay there overnight, so we broke things down and set up again Sunday around noon. Despite everything being super haphazard we actually had a delightfully low noise floor for a location in the middle of Boston (well, technically brookline). Seems like a spot we'll be likely to return to in future years, perhaps with a little more planning. 73, Daniel, KC1EPN
17 QSOs (only 1 Phone!) from home 1D station at WCF; as most of the day spent at Kings Point ARC. But it was fun to operate socially as a club after the COVID restrictions of last year.
Setup by the old Erie Canal near Rome, NY. Very peaceful and quiet location. Probably best location yet. Awesome way to spend an afternoon.
Field day 2021 is over is was scaled back from years past but we all had a great time The Great South Bay Amateur radio club's emcom trailer was once again out in public welcoming visitors such as the Town Of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and the Assistant Supervisor Tony Martinez. We also were visited by a few served agencies Town of Babylon Public Saftey and Several fres officers and members as well. The bands were just okay but the cw and digital station did a good job getting those contacts. Our operation was much smaller in size but with our tower trailer and several portable antennas, we were able to demonstrate how effective we are.
With 3 weeks remaining to FD Weekend, OCARC Member John Paolucci, KD2PTX volunteered to serve as FD Committee Chair. John's efforts resulted in a very-pleasant, productive event at our traditional Cronomer Hill Park location in the Town of Newburgh, NY. As "W2HO" license-trustee, I was extremely happy with our site team's cooperation and on-air performance, and look forward to another good Field Day there next year as we celebrate our Club's 50th-Anniversary! (s/) Michael J. Shovan, WB2KHE
15m never opened up for us until late morning Sunday. 40m had a S9 noise level all day Saturday, but NICE conditions Saturday evening. Unfortunately, our 20m CW operator burned out the final in his venerable HW8, so the 40m operator pulled double duty. Still in all one of the best scores ever! de WA2DTN
I had a great time running a 1E digital modes Field Day station on batteries and solar power. The station consisted of an Icom IC-7300 running at 50 W RF power and a laptop computer running Ubuntu Linux. The radio was powered by two 40 Ah 12 V Valence LiFePO4 batteries supplemented with four 100 W solar panels. The computer was powered by four 10 Ah 12 V Dakota-Lithium LiFePO4 batteries. In 16 hours of operation, about 60 Ah was used from the Valence batteries and about 25 Ah was used from Dakota-Lithium batteries. The software running on the computer was CQRLOG for logging and controlling WSJT-X running FT8 and FT4. The antenna used is a MyAntennas.com off-center fed dipole for 80 m to 10 m. -- David, W2LNX
Radio Central ARC and the Boiled Owls of New York have had a long standing FD partnership for many years. We operated as one club and enjoy each others company as well as each others resources and skills. As usual we all had a great FD.. Tom KA2D
After attending virtual meetings for over a year it was great to be able to get together with our fellow club members. Ken WB2KWC
The W2XTV A. K. A. Atlantic Region Repeater Legion Repeater Club (ARRL) participated in Field Day 2021 which is its 8th year at the Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, NJ site. This location is about 450' AMSL and a former Nike Missile base. This years Field Day was dedicated to the memory of an old friend and local HAM, Glen Johnson WB2MPK, who recently became a silent key. Band conditions were mixed on Saturday, but on Sunday, the bands were jumping! Even 10 & 6 meters. Rain blew through at times but the gear stayed dry :) We had some radio/PC connectivity issues that were worked out for Sunday that made logging easier. Antenna farm again consisted of: G5RV, Desmond's tri band dipole, End fed multiband antenna, & 2m/70cm wire J-pole. Some issues getting the G5RV up in the trees but no one fell or got hurt, whew! Participants were: Kyle KC2UBI, Matt KC2UBJ, John K2HMM, Donnie KD2ROH, Mario WQ2F, Desmond WA2OQV, Rich KD2WJR, and Dave WA2SVM. Thanks to John for being patient with the student participants. NEW: Special participants were students and the advisor from the Clifton, NJ High School Robotics team who came out both days. It was great that the students got to experience HAM radio and hopefully will get their tickets. They plan to return at next years Field Day.
FT3DR into X300 at 30' Called CQ on 146.55 and .58. I figured I would at least get the close clubs but they never answered. Worked 1 station before giving up and going to the pool. HF antennas are down :(
We rotated CW operation among multiple keys, including right- and left-handed paddles. Sometimes the unique sound of the bug or straight key was enough to stand out from other signals and complete the contact.
After asking for help from KC3CC - Cameron County Amateur Radio Club and getting no response, I decided to operate portable from a location near my home. I tried to use QRUQSP logger, but i lost my wifi connection on Saturday and just shut it down after only a few contacts. 20 / 40 meters was in bad shape Saturday afternoon. I spent more time waiting to make contacts, most home stations were running a lot more power or beam antennas and the other field days stations had a hard time hearing my puny little 50 - 100 watt signal. 6 meters opened up Sunday morning which gave hope of making a few good contacts on 6 and 10 meters. I actually did well on 40 meters Sunday, but I went to church first which made it hard, if not impossible to find a place to operate. I mostly searched and pounced. I Id' with 1D - since I could see my house from the site. But then my friend W3CGE showed up and helped with logging and I was able to make a significant number of contacts after the 2pm shut down time. I suffered a significant amount of QRM at that time by these so called experts that thought they knew the rules. Since I only operated 5 hours total, I was eligible to operate till the cut off time of 4PM EST ,, What I don't understand is all the cheating that was going on. All the morons with amplifiers and beam antennas that thought that they could make a name for themselves if they operated from home with big stations. " Isn't the point of Field Days to operate somewhere in public and use this as an opportunity to recruit new members into our ranks?" I'm sorry folks, but this isn't a contest to see who can make the most contacts. Might I suggest that they operate CQ DX or any of the other big contests if they wish to show off their operating skills! I worked several young ladies during this contest, but they did not have a voice which could be heard, with SSB you need someone with a loud bass voice that can break thru the static and noise. I worked several people that didn't even know their exchange and even more that were just looking for new grids on 6 meters.. Its only common sense that if its Field Days weekend that everyone would be calling CQ Field Days.. Sunday there were several nets on 20 and 40 meters and people trying to rag chew. It was frustrating to have to listen to them thinking that they were FD Operators when all they were was CB'rs that were hanging out on a frequency. There were a lot of Alligator stations, all mouth and no ears! Amplifiers and G5RV antennas are not a solution for a poor situation. They might work for day to day operations where all you want to work is only the loudest stations, but they suck when you are trying to work them and they cannot hear you.. Many people bought old broken radios and tried to operate and were off frequency so bad I couldn't make out what they were trying to say. Maybe they ought to find themselves an Elmer and get advice before they buy someone's old crappy radios and maybe they should take them somewhere, anywhere, even a cb radio shop to have them checked out to see if they are on frequency!
Utah what happen? We tried all day to find a station from Utah and never once were we able to work anyone from Utah.
I enjoyed Field Day from my home shack. Lot's of activity with good band conditions. I started Saturday with RTTY & made 20+ QSO's before that fizzled. I occasionally went back to RTTY during the weekend to look for activity & in reality, to give my head a break from the headset. Working FD in primarily SSB mode has highlighted my need for an amp. Pile ups galore. Onward & upward! 73 Dave W3MAM
A couple more photos showing the setup. Powerwerx 160W folding solar panel feeding the battery box. Yes it is just in a window but with the sun shinning, I was getting a little over 1.5A of current! My cable isn't long enough to run it outside. The computer is a Raspberry Pi 400 running HamPi. I was using it for WSJT-X and FT8. The monitor is a gaming monitor that runs on 5V from a USB cable. The Raspberry Pi 400 also has power from a 5V USB cable. That's why the RigRunner has two USB cables plugged into it. The Kenwood TS-590SG was USB connected to the Raspberry Pi 400 with the Blue USB cable. Just that and a wired mouse completed it! The battery box has a 40 Amp/hour Bioenno battery. I probably only needed a 30 A/H one, but wanted to run the computer as well as the radio. I didn't do a huge amount of operating, but the battery ended the second day with just over half of it's charge left.
This was to be a Class 1D QRP entry on commercial power, but reading the rules does not have such a category -- so it is 1D Low Power.
Wow, conditions were very good on the HF bands. No activity on 10 meters this year, but plenty of activity on 80-15M.
For the first Field Day after lockdown, we did alright! Greater than 70% of our members were already vaccinated and as a group we had reached "heard immunity". Multiple new antennas were made and put out in the field. For the first time in a long time, we had at least two radios out of the three running all night. Great food was enjoyed by both catered and brought in by family members. Location was at the Oakwood School in Greenville, NC where we have built a student radio station and tower for non FD times. Check out the blog at https://w4amc.com.
Operating Field Day from home is fun plus proximity to a real ceramic convenience is a bonus even if it is not running on emergency power!
Field Day was great! A lot of new Ham operators got on for the first time. We had a test session and he passed his test. Yeah!
We had big fun
Thanks to a stay in the hospital due to cardiac issues, I only made 86 contacts before I ran out of steam...Please don't tell my cardiologist.. But nothing was going to get me from missing FD 2021
Perfect weather for the weekend of a very part-time field day outing to Cape Lookout NC. Operated on full battery power with a 100ah LifePO4 battery and 200w of solar input. Computer logging was disrupted by sleeping laptop causing logging program to send the log to the bit bucket right at event start 2pm Saturday. Plan B, use different logging program, WriteLog to the rescue. The antenna plan was to test out using a 40m end fed half wave. The briar patch at the camp site had it ending up deployed in direction that favored Europe rather than the US, but such is life. The driven element(with a small loading coil inserted at the base) was used with a folded counterpoise to put the station on to 80m. That worked well. 10m and 15m disappointed, but not really a surprise there. Tnx fer QSO's de w4kaz
Radios Swedish QROlle home brew, IC706 and Elecraft K3s. Antennas full size dipoles abt 50ft up in trees and a 5 element spider beam 55ft up on pneumatic mast. Power 100W solar and golf-cart batteries (2x6V)
After dealing with COVID-19 restrictions for 2020, PCARS Was back in full swing for Field Day 2021! The club went all out at its 2F location. Hot dogs were cooked up for lunch, & this was the 1st lunch at Field Day in years. Pizza was delivered for the evening meal & evening/overnight operators. We were blessed with very little or no rain, but as always, the brutal Florida heat was present & we made sure that there was plenty of water on ice, to keep everyone hydrated. Among the visitors that came to the site was Mickey Baker N4MB, ARRL Southeast Division Director, on his way south after a long day. Mickey met with the club members that were present over pizza, & everyone enjoyed Mickey's visit. As far as operating goes, we encountered some technical issues, vs band conditions. Once our issues were resolved, the teams went to town. 15 Meters especially opened up yesterday in the afternoon & we got quite a few contacts on 15. 10 opened long enough to get just a few contacts. The GOTA station rocked with 211 QSOs, the Satellite Station got 26 QSOs, the 6 Meter Station got a mere 9 QSOs. The CW & SSB did the rest!! All in all, the group had a great time & everyone was glad to be back, working Field Day as it was meant to be worked. As always, lists are generated on what we can do better or different for next year. We will be looking at things for next year's Field Day. Looking forward to Field Day 2022!! K5LD PCARS 2021 Field Day Chairman
This Field Day, the Calhoun County Radio Amateur Radio Association put the emphasis on operating in a public space at the Oxford, Alabama Civic Center while regaining personal contact with old friends, new hams, and a few of our served agencies.
W4UC Field Day Operations this was a major success, we had over 40 Operator & guest attend with one of the 6 County Commissioner stopping by to wish us success. We hosted a Blood Drive for the community as well. Our operations at Ashton Bronsaham Soccer Complex had many of the soccer Spectators stop by out of curiosity of our operations. Our information booth had many visitors checking out what Ham Radio was all about. We are looking forward to doing again next year. 73 DE W4UC
There are two pages to the ajarc_2021_fd.pdf which has the message to the section arrl official and the second page that has the 10 messages that were transmitted. Here is a link to the club field day pictures: https://ajarc.org/field-day-2021/
Just had Sunday to operate this year. My station was 100% on battery power from home using FT-991A with a EFHW 148 feet long wire antenna. Power was provided by Bioenno Power 15Ah lithium iron phosphate batteries. Looking forward to all the scores being published. 73! W4ZTH
From W5BMC - Morgan City, La. We surely had a great time making more contacts this year than last. However, what I need to help work on, is being able to make more contacts in the mid west to west United States. We seem just to be able to hit central and northeast U.S., but it could be to time zone differences as well. 73's to everyone...see you all next year.
Numerous activities prevented lengthy calling but club members pulled together to setup and operate with emergency power with less than 3 hours prep time. We were visited by Red Cross Rep to confirm operation and local ARES DEC. Extreme heat prevented more mobile location. 73, Paul AE5OJ
Helena Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2021. Please see photo log below for our activities. Making contacts around the world enjoying fellowship and a world class fish fry.
All contacts were made under natural power (solar) at Field Day camp site.
Field Day 2021 at the Klien VFD Fire Training Facility. All had fun, good company, good equipment, great food!
It was a great event. Most of us have not seen each other face to face in over a year. The Mayor of the City of Shavano Park visited as we were setting up. A reporter from Texas Public Radio took interviews and published a story on the event. The new open air pavilion that the city built was fantastic and the weather was dry and cooler then normal. The equipment worked well and everyone stayed safe.
First time back to the Emergency Communications Center in a year! Had to do a lot of prep work to MAKE IT WORK, but that is exactly what we did. 7 3 de W5SLA 3F LA ..
I think I made a mistake, I wanted my score to be given to K5SAR, Shreveport Amateur Radio Association Thanks so much Ronnie W5SUM
Anyone who thinks CW is obsolete should tune across 20 meters on Field Day. Signals every Hertz across the band. Challenge to find a spot to CQ.
Had a fun Field Day 2021! Experimented with a new 3 element wire beam for 40M. It worked great until one side fell down!
Age = 80 permanent generator is easier on old body than a leaky tent
Had fun using the local Fire Station at Coteau Fire Department in Houma,Louisiana. First year using this great facility. set up by 1700UTC, murphy hit us twice by trying to get the digital to work right and the antenna rope broke at 2100UTC but other than that, generator got some great exercise, had a returning ham bring his home solar panel setup to operate to last bit of field day on it while we were starting to pull down.. Overall great success
We kept paper logs at each station. The paper logs were entered in the N3FJP Field Day Contest program after Field Day was over, so the times and dates will not match Field Day hours and dates. Donald West, KB5PWL
Our field day team consisted of K9YC, W6JTI, W6GJB and K6EU, operating as W6BX from Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz, California. We operated 100% QRP CW using batteries charged by a solar panel. Being less than 1/2 mile from the ocean, mornings were foggy and afternoons windy. The operators were comfortably out of the weather in W6GJB's contest trailer, which allowed quick setup on Friday afternoon. Antennas consisted of a foldable 2-element 20 meter beam, interlaced with a 40 meter dipole (also used on 15 meters), and an 80 meter inverted-V, all supported by at 55 feet by a pneumatic mast. Look for us in October for the California QSO Party, and next May, as N7N, for 7QP. Best 73.
A great time had by all that participated. We look forward to next year.
I am not sure that all of our logs uploaded. I have included them in the area to upload files shown below
The San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club (W6SD.com) will be using the special event callsign W6S during Field Day 2021 in celebration of the Club's 75th anniversary.
It's great when your Pacific Division Director and your ARRL VP drop in on your Field Day Site! Congratulations to our youngest club member Shane K5SML who's Field Day Photo earned him a Heil Pro 7 Headset from Bob Heil... Shane is looking for his next Contest...
This site is BLM land just north of the CO-WY border, about 9.5 miles SW of Tie Siding WY. About 8800' in elevation. Location posted to QRZ W7C page. It was supposed to be a portable solar/battery powered QRP effort, but cool, cloudy and rainy weather set in, allowing for only about 30 minutes with the solar panels. So generator was used to charge the batteries for the most part. Operated a little over 18 hours, with 3 FT8 QSO's and 247 CW QSO's. Winlink was used in the field to notify AARL WY SM of the activity via Radiogram. ARRL FD bulletin was copied in the field. CQ didn't net much, so all QSOs (except FT8) were S&P. Radio was G90 into a Chameleon Emcomm III portable endfed antenna. N1MM was logging software using a Winkeyer USB into an Acer mini computer. Great fun!
Last years's FD (2020) I did from four ARRL sections as 1C category I'd never operated from in the past - NTX, OK, KS, and NE. The driving killed me. This year I operated from only two new ones - SD and ND. I already have preliminary plans for two new ones next year. To celebrate, I spent three days at Medora, ND going through T.Roosevelt NP and seeing Medora shows. Good vacation.
The last three years we have failed to contact a station in Maine. This year we got Maine! but we missed Louisiana, for goodness sakes! Conditions were challenging, but we had loads of fun! Turnout this year was phenomenal and we even gained a could converts that hopefully will be getting their license soon!
I hope the dup sheet uploaded correctly along with the emergency power and public park statement. If any questions, please call Heather Hinckley, K7HEH at 406.399.0721.
Experimental setup using solar panel and a 116 Farad Super Capacitor with Analog Devices buck-boost regulator set for 13.5 volts. Antenna was 20 meter vertical half wave dipole with an under-the-tire mount and 43 foot MFJ fiberglass mast. Had constant Arizona sunlight, so probably COULD have run much more power: perhaps 25+ watts SSB with different radio. In retrospect, a small Lithium battery would have been more appropriate and less expensive than the Super Capacitors.
Another amazing year and facing new challenges. This years FD was aligned with one of the hottest days in Western Washington history at over 100 deg. Several personal weather station near where we were operating recorded temps as high as 107 deg at 4 pm local time. The heat helped stay the evening and overnight chill as it remained nice in the 70’s. To help with the heat, fans and 2-icebox air conditioners were made to serve on the field. “You haven’t worked FD until you have worked the Pig!” Most of us felt like bacon at the finish. W7PIG
Another year using Remote Radio for field day. I live in Oregon and operated 1D GA. A big thank you to Ray, N4GYN, for use of his Remote Radio station this year. Also thank you to Pat at South Texas Remote DX Club.
Always fun. At family cabin using KX3 at 10 watts with end fed 40m dipole up in pine trees. Used ropes and pulleys already up in trees so ran 1D AZ. Tried JS8 as a mode but few contacts. Finished with SSB on 20 and 40.
Our Club, Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club, conducted ARRL Field Day 2021 at Idaho Parks Lake Cascade Osprey Point Park Yurts. And the Parks put out a Flyer to over 500 recipients. We had 10 Visitors and numerous Park Rangers come to our location. We had 21 participants involved with this event. We utilized our newly completed comm trailer which had two HF positions using Icom 7300's and windows 10 computers. There were enough close by tall pine trees to facilitate our 4 dipole antennas, 15, 20, 40 & 80 meters.
I use a wire antenna and thought I wouldn't be able to get signals 'out of my own backyard,' but I was wrong. Working on 100 watts was far better than I had imagined.
Been a long time since I entered field day. Four old broadcast radio guys, including one broadcast Hall of Fame member in Terry Lafferty, W8WLW. Not a lot of contacts but a whole lot of good camaraderie!
This was my first Field Day. As I have health issues I just stayed at home, missed the first day due to not feeling well, but had a bit of fun Sunday trying out my new FTdx10 base station. Hopefully next year will be better for me and I can get outdoors. Looking forward to Winter Field Day. 73, Stephen W8DBC
Southern Michigan Amateur Radio Society W8DF Field Day at Fort Custer Recreation Area, Augusta MI. Three trailers housing 4 transmitters. Three military surplus portable masts topped with 10, 15 and 20 meter multiband yagis and one 10 thru 80 meter Butternut vertical on the ground. #ARRLFieldDay2021
Public 4A-OH operation at Sackett Wright Park in Bellbrook, OH (EM79xp)
University facilities are still pandemic-closed to overnight activities. The club decided to run a lower-key Field Day at the faculty advisor's home (it helps when both advisor and advisor spouse are active hams with a working station). We had fourteen participants, ran an educational session on slide rule use and a license exam session, coached many new and not-yet hams in making contacts, built a temporary station to supplement the permanent one, and had a very good time. Next year, COVID-less, we will return to running a class "A" effort. We hope!
You can view my shared album on the web: Field day 2021 K8IO https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0f532ODWGC4Npk
Bad weather couldn't keep us out of the field. Our first in person event in over a year.
Operated all CW this year using the Elecraft K3, 100 Watts, 43 ft. vertical, 10-80 EFWH, 20 meter vertical delta loop. Worked 45 states and had a max rate of 90 QSO's per hour. There was a tornado warning and severe WX that shut me down for a couple of hours. So, I unplugged the HF rig and grabbed the HT and joined the weather net. I can't wait to do it again next year!
Digital contacts should not be given the same points as CW. This does not encourage operators to use CW for emergency communication which should be a priority.
The All Things Amateur Radio Association was formed in Fairfield County, OH only days before Field Day. We formed on June 22, 2021 as a group of like-minded operators who want to have fun with all aspects of amateur radio and take amateur radio to the next level. One of our operators, KE8HZZ, is the trustee for the Ohio Baptist Emergency Amateur Radio Service allowed us to use the callsign W8OBC for our Field Day operations this year as we as a club had not received our call from the FCC yet. We had a blast as our first Field Day as a new club. Most of us have prior FD experience with other clubs. We are looking forward to operating again next year!
Running 5w is going to be a challenge for any station. But running 5w into an 80m wrap-around attic antenna on all bands was especially challenging, even with the FT modes, which I ran exclusively. The 158 contacts that I made were fought for. The batteries (2)100aH marine batteries in parallel held up overnight just fine. They were down to about 50% capacity when the sun took over Sunday morning and started charging them. Unfortunately, I missed out on about the last 2.5 hours, because the Op(me) ran out of steam and had to take a "fast" nap, which turned into 4 1/2 hours of sleep. FD over...LOL. It was interesting to see how well the solar/battery system worked here. At 5w, the 200aH battery capacity was just about right to get me through the night. The Flex 6500 is not too efficient at low power. Last year when I tried this at 100w, I exhausted the batteries by around midnight. Had fun, even though making QSO's was difficult at 5w on crowded bands. 73 de Gary - W9BS 1E 5w Battery/Solar in SFL
Wonderful Time! Made Only A Few Contacts But Officially First Time Ever Activating Our Club Call Of W9TTN. 73 Until Next Year! W9TTN Field Day Team
First solo field day, only operated for a cumulative 8 hours. Had a blast!
Why is the log entry form so ridiculously complicated. Geez!! Why not just upload a Cabrillo file like every other contest?
Another fun FD for us. We worked every state and province except the extreme northwest, and RI!! Hope everyone had as much fun as we did. de Anne, WB1ARU & Tony, WA1ENO
Youth participation. My 12 y/o granddaughter. She has been doing this with me since she was 8 y/o.
Enjoyed operating from home with my Yaesu FT-818ND. Contacts were hard to come by with the 6 watts I was running but managed to pull out a score of 196, thanks to 20 meter CW and the Social Media bonus points. Ham Radio is a great hobby and National Resource. 73 Dan WA2CLP
First Field Day that I ever had a QSO from 160M to 6M - all the bands my radio would operate on. Lots of stations, lots of fun.
Enjoyed challenge of 5W only, all on solar charged batteries. Best band was 6M !!
This data is from one our our club members, Richard Lundy, WA5CAV, who was unable to come to our remote Field Day site. He operated from his home station using his call. Our club operated 5A from our remote site using our club call, N5AEX. We ask that the QSOs from WA5CAV be added to our club score which will be submitted separately from these results. Thank you and 73, Timothy Dempsey N5CM
After running four transmitters on a pontoon boat as class 4C in 2000, It was time to try multiple transmitters from a Cessna 175. Steve WA5FRF and Sandy K5DSQ, both hams and pilots took to the air for Field Day 2021. We operated simultaneous 2m and 70cm talkies interfaced to noise cancelling aviation headsets. While it was 102 degrees and humid on the surface, we operated Field Day for 2.5 hours from 10,500 feet at a comfy 55 degrees. Farthest contact was over 150 miles - easy when your antenna is 2 miles high.
We tried 100% solar power, 100 watts this year, wish there was a category for that ! I think points should be given for number of participants on the sign in sheet, like 10 each
The White Rock Lake ARC partnered with a local Dallas CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) group and the White Rock United Methodist Church to create an improvised FD operation, using equipment provided by neighborhood hams. The can-do spirit and improvisation were really excellent: the site's main dipole fan used masts provided by two different hams, a rope provided by a third, and a wire antenna from a fourth.
This was our group's first Field Day. We had a blast at the public park on top of Ola Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest near Ola, Arkansas. We are looking forward to next year!
For the fourth time I operated Field Day from a remote dispersed campsite in the Los Padres National Forest at 7400' in the mountains overlooking the Central Valley of California with views of the Sierra Nevada's in the distance. But this was the first Field Day I used a club callsign of WA6LE for the SOTA LEOs although I was the only operator as a 1B SJV. Running an Elecraft KX3 to a KXPA100 amplifier, I had 358 contacts on phone and CW, short of the 400 that I was striving for. Almost all activity was on 20, 40, and 75/80 meters with a G5RV antenna or 20 meter endfed dipole. Six meters did not open so only had 2 local SSB contacts and only had 3 QSOs on 2 meter FM. The weather was in the 70's during the day but chilly at night requiring extra fleece, a knit hat, and gloves. No campfires were allowed. The full moon gave some extra light. I tried out an Iceco refrigerator and a Yeti 1500 watt power station for the first time although I also charged my 40 Ah batteries via solar. I copied the W1AW message on 17 meter CW as usual. After studying up on the NTS net protocol, I was able to send a Radiogram to my LAX SM AI6DFon an 80 meter CW net. One of the highlights was 4 minutes before Field Day ended on Sunday, HA9RE answered my "CQ FD" on 20 meter CW which was one of the few times I had ever worked Europe during Field Day. 73 de Scott
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
This was my first Field Day as a licensed radio amateur, and even though I operated the Class D category, it was a very exciting and special event. I can't wait to get outside next year and operate in a group setting with others. Thanks for the event! Cheers & 73, Tom - WA7FLY
It was way too hot to operate effectively as both Saturday and Sunday set all-time record high temperatures for our city.
A very hot weekend in Western WA... actually a record heatwave! Glad we weren't operating on Monday at 100+ F. Kept in the shade mostly under trailer awning during days and had great relief during evening hours. Nephew Ryan had just received his Technician call KJ7ZNX from the FCC the day before and was making contacts contest style during FD. I think he had some fun!! Mark WA7RJ
Have enjoyed FD since the early 60s when I was a novice. WA8KAN
I probably shouldn't have been 1D since my station isn't permanent even though I operated on my own property and used commercial power. Oh well, Field Day 2021 was a blast.
Had lost my Hex Beam a week and a half before FD. Had to struggle with my two wire antennas, so 15 meters was out, but that is Field Day, right. Enjoyed FD as it was my first one since 2003. Stayed up all night, just like the old times. Really enjoyed it and looking forward toward next year.
uploaded photos of the solar PV system are same as sent previous year, and have NOT changed. One new hand sketch diagram photo of the one-line diagram of the power system is new, but further describes the system that has existed for years. All text (.prn) files are simple ascii text with dos/style (cr/lf) line endings, converted from unix/linux (lf) line endings native to the OS in use here. 9 photos total, sent in 3 batches.
Spa Amateur Radio Association (WB5SPA of Hot Springs, Arkansas) members were proud to be able to host a visit by Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) to discuss the value of ham radio and to demonstrate our stations in person. A big thank you to Representative Westerman for taking time out of his schedule to come visit us on Field Day!
Second year as a Class C station. Can run 70CM through 160M from the Jeep.
Good to know just how long my batteries are good for. I can hold out longer than a contest!
My small score underlines the importance of "Antennas, Antennas, Antennas!" But "points is points" and fellow club members pushed the club score up. And regardless, it was a rewarding endeavor.
I have always operated Field Day "in the field" mostly from mountain tops for over 50 years. Occasionally I have operated with different clubs and emergency services organizations, usually in public places. However, this is the first time that I have ever operated 1D from my home QTH. I missed Field Day last year because of “2020” and thought I would give it a try from the home QTH this year. I just never felt that operating from the conveniences of home was a real Field Day operation and just would not be very much fun. Well, after this Field Day, I have to stand corrected. This was actually a lot of fun. I enjoy doing some Contesting and Special Event stations and this Field Day was like a combination of the two. I will be looking forward to next year’s Field Day with a whole new attitude. Field Day still ROCKS!!
The photo is evidence of the Natural power used for all 2 Meter QSOs. Suggesion: It could add a lot of interest / Fun to have a QSO multiplier for each ARRL section / RAC Provence worked. From the LAX section I worked three other sections on 2 meters. On 20 meter I managed some Northern california and Washington sections, and 3 Canadian Provinces. On 40 meters in the evening all the way to the East coast for EPA and MDC. If adding sections / provinces was a Goal, I would have spent some time on 15 and 80 meters, probably even 10, since sun spots are up a bit. This at a home station with only an inverted 'V' with 1/4 inch connectors to quickly change bands. DGB
This was a great Field Day with many eyeball QSOs for the first time since entering the COVID era. It was a GoKit based Field Day. We are already looking forward to next year.
The Whitley County Amateur Radio Club had an awesome field day this year with a great turnout of operators and guests. Our GOTA station was a big hit and was operated almost non stop for the 24 hour field day with several potential new hams in the very near future.
Operated QRP for the first time in Field Day. It was a blast. My low expectations were dashed. KUDOs to those who pulled my signal out of the noise. The antenna was a 80-10M fan dipole up 30 feet. Next year will be better. 73 & Best DX, Charlie - WD5BJT/QRP
Used Field Day 2021 to test out a homebrew 40 meter EFHW antenna I recently built. Installed the EFHW antenna 20 feet up in the trees in my wooded backyard during the first hour of Field Day. After making 5 contacts on 20 meters CW I decided to focus on 40 meters CW during the rest of Field Day to see how well the antenna played. Wound up making 625 contacts on 40 meters CW including New Zealand, France, and Germany which was a pleasant surprise. Total operating time was 12 hours, and was very pleased with how well the 40 meter EFHW antenna worked. Hope to be back out in the field for next years Field Day. 73, Don (wd8dsb)
3 Horizontal Dipoles (80m 40m 20m) @ 30 ft Rigs: IC-706MKiig/Ft-891 3 Deep Cycle Marine Interstate batteries 3 Voltage/Current inductive pickups A. 1 for main supply B. 1 for IC-706 monitoring C. 1 for FT-891 monitoring 2 Lenovo laptops run off battery with portable car chargers 1 Raspberry Pi with 2 Temperature sensors, 1 for each rig mounted on heat sinks (Mounted behind Rigs) 4 Four ft 5/8 copper ground rods 1 ft apart Started raining Sat afternoon at about 4 pm and rained on off until 11 pm 19 Hrs of operating time with no more then 4 - 15 minute breaks (phew) 3 hrs of setup/take down time (I quit at 8am, exhausted lol)
I was stuck at home for Field Day 2021 due to chemotherapy, but I had a blast working all digital modes regardless. This was the first contest where I worked FT4, and that mode was terrific; at one point I was seeing QSO rates of more than 60 per hour. Despite being limited to only a few hours of operating total, it was all great fun.
Gotahams WG6OTA had Four different stations. One station was a Vintage Military station making contacts using a RTTY teletype machine. Our youth used Legos to engineer brick models and Snap Circuits to learn electronics. It was important to cover all electrical cords with commercial covers helping keep the public safe.
This was our first Field Day as a new club and it was very memorable. Rain and storms in the area challenged the integrity of our temporary shelters and at one point drove us to suspend most operating until the heavy rain passed early Sunday before daylight; except for one station that stayed on the air from the back seat of a pickup truck (with an LIFePO4 battery on the floor and coax cable run into the back sliding window). In all, we had a wonderful time and came away more prepared. We conducted an educational activity using VOACAP to perform a propagation analysis to give our members a better idea of what band conditions would be over the 24 hour period. We a club meeting and took a club photo with our new shirts, and many of our new members had a chance to experience working data modes that were new to them. It was a challenge to operate four transceivers on battery and solar alone, and to work with only QRP power, but with three stations staying active on FT8, FT4, and PSK31, and the fourth on CW, we managed to make 501 QSOs. In between rains, we even had a few guests come see us, and a reporter from the Tahlequah Daily Press and came out and interviewed members and took pictures for a feature story that will run next week. In all, it was all that we could have hoped for to be more ready to help others when all else fails.
Enjoyed field day at home with my wife (N7KEC). Each of us had a station operating on emergency power.
We had a bit of a heat wave hit the Pacific North West for this year's Field Day. Keeping ourselves and equipment cool was a challenge. Even at our site elevation of 3200', temperatures climbed to just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with extremely high humidity. Overall, we had a good time.
My first entry into FD, despite playing in a few past ones. Revived a 2W QRP rig, and encased it with proper controls, in time to operate on 40M into 282 delta loop up 35'. Pleased to have worked coast to coast while operating in hunt and pounce mode for as many sections as I could work. Thank you all for the good reception.
Set up shop this year on Grand Island, MI which is a National Park Recreational area located in Lake Superior just outside of Munising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There are minimal facilities, no vehicles or electricity just hiking trails and an awesome views of the lake. The background noise on 20 and 40 was literally S-Zero. Ran QRP Battery with an EFHW Spark Plug antenna and had a great time. Operated primarily Saturday until sunset. Bands were OK Saturday. Caught about 45 minutes of operating on Sunday with much better condx, or at least it seemed that way. I'd go back in a minute. Spectacular place to have a Field Day.
Had 2 ops that have never been on HF in an exercise before, that was entertaining. We had a good time, and a few laughs along the way, but that's what Field Day is for.
Operated from an RV in Southside, AL. Battery-powered, charged by commercial power. Antenna is 64-foot, inverted-L end-fed with homebrew 64:1 xfmr.
All QSOs were QRP and made with 5 watts using a 20m dipole at 25'. The phone contacts were pretty challenging... CW was a lot easier. This was my first attempt at QRP operation and each of the QSOs were very satisfying.
The Laguna Mt. WFD group enjoyed field day in person thanks to the diminishing pandemic conditions and fully-vaccinated attendees. This year our field day was located on a beautiful property at 5,400 ft elevation near the famous Palomar Mountain Observatory. In additional to the home brew hex beam, the team constructed two new antennas - a 40m extended double zepp and a double delta slot. We also enjoyed fantastic meals cooked slow and delicious over the smoker. Everyone was very happy to be back in-person enjoying conversation, food, and of course, the amateur radio bands.
Thanks for another fun Field Day. Our club was happy to be able to do a hybrid event this year, with a field station (smaller than usual), and a number of home stations operating independently, all connected via video conferencing. Looking forward to next year!
Many thanks to my team members: W3IDT WA3AER WR3R N3FZ and NY3A! 73, Jim WX3B
Educational activity .... I gave a brief tutorial for site visitors describing antenna types, radio propagation, CW operation, and general ham radio requirements.
I worked 2 days in The ARRL Field Day: 1st day with 3 friends operating with LifePo 12.8V 36 amp / h battery, 60W solar panel, my 15m Delta Loop band antenna and a Yaesu FT-857 at full power. 2nd day: 1 friend elsewhere, my car battery, the same antenna and radio. Only I operated for ARRL Field Day event