I like the new power restrictions put in place. As an another change, it'd be nice if Delta stations could only get points by contacting non-Delta stations. I operated as a Delta on Sunday this year after assisting our local club on Saturday. Also, get rid of the digital modes that can only do short canned messages like FT-8. They would be useless in a real disaster or emergency situation as no realtime information can be exchanged.
97 degrees in the AA5KC operating trailer -- That's STX for you in June. See you at WINTER Field Day!!!
How about we give thought to getting FD back to FD? As it is, it is nothing more than 'Just Another Contest Day'. There are 364 other days when ops can run from home and use their amps and beams to their hearts content. FD is supposed to be for field ops, not home ops. And it is supposed to be the world's largest EmComm exercise. At least it used to be, before ARRL decided to ruin it. What needs to be done? 1) Class D needs to be eliminated. The least guys can do is get a battery. They ought to have one anyway. 2) Since EmComm will take place almost exclusively on the lower bands, points need to be adjusted to give greater credit for 40 and 80. 3) The number of transmitters needs to be capped at 3. Are guys really going to set up 15 stations in an emergency? Groups can always split up and have more than one site. 4) Points ought to be awarded for participation in setup. No more having the professional crew come out and set up everything and have no one learn anything about setting up a portable station. 5) The only modes to be used are those capable of transmitting an actual message, not grid square. 6) Antennas should be limited to what would be used in an emergency - wire. No beams, towers, etc. 7) Elimination of all commercial power. No more class AC. 8) Maybe give credit for multiple, narrow band, digi modes, PSK, RTTY, those capable of transmitting a message. The idea is to give guys experience to learn the capabilities and limits of various modes. These are just a few ideas to make FD interesting and worthwhile. It is boring, and useless, to sit and copy 1D 1D 1D 1D 1D 1D . . .
QRP with solar charged 12 V battery at 60 %. Raspberry Pi display and keyboard used for logging (tlf) and keying (cwdaemon) FT817ND. Attic loop antenna. Stopped operating when battery at about 20 % capacity.
Hopefully I got this right. I just received my call sign the morning of Field Day, so had a lot to learn quickly. What was not clear from my reading the Rules document is whether all QSOs in the time period are counted, or only ones where both sides sent Field Day class/section codes. I did a fair amount of DX Saturday evening, including in my counts.
All classes of stations should be able to work the entire 27 hours if they choose to regardless of set up time. The current rule really has no practical gain and the adverse effect of limiting public exposure on a Sunday at open sites. - AD1L
Operated from high traffic public trailhead in Gunnison Natl Forest.
WE only HAD 4 ops AND OUR ON AIR TIME and our final score INDICATED SUCH. 2 OPS were new to N1MM and to the station so some training to gain experience in both areas was required. Then we had unexpected equipment issues develop. Within a few hous we decided FD for us this year was to be an 'operating event' and 'social activity' and not a scoring effort. With this approach we had a great time just 'playing radio' and sharing stories. CONDITIONS SEEMED A LITTLE POOR coupled with AN OVER ALL LACK OF PARTICIPATION. There was always room on any band unlike previous years. THE FOOD and hospitality from station owner Mike/N4GU and xyl Sherry WAS OUTSTANDING AS USUAL.
Battery power and solar only, 5 watts, everything worked great.
Great day and fun.
Operated as 1E NV on emergency power, LiFePO4 batteries 12Ah and 7Ah, charged with Power Film 60W foldable solar panel (daytime), at night with Honda generator. Band conditions poor at the beginning, significantly improved at night. 20m was wide open way past midnight. Thanks to the operators who slowed down for me on CW. Message handling was a challenge! VARA nodes heavily CONGESTED. had to wait until 1 hour before field day ended to get messages through.
This was a backyard Field Day effort for the benefit of my friend and prospective ham Jesse Boileau. We operated single band SSB on 10 meters with an old HTX-100 resurrected from my junk box. Jesse made a 10 meter wire dipole that we hauled up into the trees, and the rig was powered by a deep cycle battery with a small solar charger. Unfortunately, propagation on 10 meters was very poor during the limited time we had available, and only two QSOs were completed. Jesse did hear a few South American stations though, and that added some excitement to the mix.
I participated for the first time. It was a short time, but thanks to GreenCube I enjoyed ARRL Field Day.
The Weld Amateur Radio Society had another great Field Day. We continue to get a little better each year and we are looking forward to 2024! 73
my first fd in 1961 as a novice. havent missed many. thanks for the fun. K0II
Only 4 hours but wanted to contribute... 40m vertical and used same on 15m. No other bands IC-7300, AL-1200 driven to just 500 watts out FN66 far NE corner of Maine Tower going up in July/August for KT-36XA Tom, K1IM
It was a slog to start, R2/R3 Radio blackouts, combined with high heat indexes and bugs, then a downpour of almost 2" of rain but we made it through. Ran a digital (FT8) station on Alternate/Natural Power and learned the logging PC drew the most juice. 5W QRP with a mag loop was an experiment and is an area to pursue. A 4 year old showed up and copied CW naturally, What a gift!
As in years past ARRL Field Day was an exciting and fun event. It also served as a point of Amateur Radio interest for public visitors.
This was fun -- great chance to set up and test out the qrp station that I'll be using for SOTA. The pole on the right is the 17' SB Tactical Mini, with two 25' wires configured in an inverted vee, fed by window line to an MFJ 9219 qrp tuner. Rig was a Penntek TR-35 (cw-only), which did a good job in spite of the busy bands and some severe qsb. Ready for the summits!
DE K1YOR: I used a YAESU FT-450D, 100 Watts, and a G5RV JUNIOR in the NVIS, Near Vertical Incidence Skywave, configuration. It was basically horizontal. The average height was about 14 to 18 feet above the ground and broadside was north/south, and the ends were pointing east and west. Because I was inside, the antenna could not be extended in a normal fashion. I used rubber standoffs, and non-metal furniture to support the antenna. From my QTH near Richmond, VA, I worked NTX, LA(2), MO, EPA, MDC, NC, NLI, SNJ, RI, and IL.
Submission could be easier. Not sure what to upload to prove my 8 qsos were made with battery and solar.
We had a great time, despite a 45 minute monsoon in the middle of the first day. If you have shelter, the rain isn't so bad, until it begins washing through your shelter.
There may be a duplicate entry for our Club. On the inital submission in the call sign back I errorounly put K#CSG and didn't realize that until after the submission. When I clicked on the link to modify the submission. There were no entries. I re-entered everything, but don't know if it dupped everything... For the radiogram messages. I do not have a scanner where I'm at to scan and upload, so I took pictures on my smart Phone and then converted them to PDF. I can get them scan and re-upload if they are difficult to read. Just let me know at email@example.com
We had a great event with visits from many people who visited the park during field day. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed speaking with people and working on contacts. The kids enjoyed the educational activity and learning about electronics and radio. Special thanks to Pine Grove Furnace State Park and the staff for helping to make our event a success.
My usual FD group fell apart this year, so I did a few short 1E sessions, performing two tests 1. On Saturday, disconnected the BGE power mains at the new automatic transfer switch and the whole house generator kicked in. 2. On Sunday, disconnected the house from the mains and rolled out my portable generator to power the 110 circuits in the house using the old manual transfer switch. On the two operating shots, heard nothing on 10m to work.
First Baptist Church in Huntsville AL once again participated in Field Day with two transmitters (one using CW and one using SSB) on emergency power. We had 4 operators making most of the contacts with 2 making a few contacts each. It didn't rain until we were almost torn down then a short shower graced us with just enough rain to to wet the tents down. It was a fun day for all!
The Gateway Amateur Radio Club of Cleveland, Georgia, held their annual Field Day Event at the NoFo Brewing Company in White County, Georgia. This was our 2nd straight year conducting Field Day at this location and everyone enjoyed meeting new people and explaining exactly what ham radio is all about to people aged from 5 or 6 to senior citizens whom "always wanted to be a ham"!
The rain did not deture us from having a great time! Many drop-ins to watch and listen to the exchanges between stations. Worked mainly 20/40/80 meters this year as conditions were more difficult then previous years.
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QRN was typical for FD, but at least we didn't have to shut down due to local storms!
We had a very successful hands-on soldering workshop with 20 people participating, some of them were youth. The circuit board used for the workshop was designed by the club for this specific purpose.
The Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club operated Field Day 2023 in a county park as 2A VA using the club call K4RC and the GOTA call AI4WU. We had good weather and food, and lots of fun on radios. We had good participation on all stations, including our GOTA station.
We had a meaningful event at Pohick Regional Park with many people who visited the park during field day. Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed working on contacts and the tasty food. We want to thank the Pohick Regional Park for its excellent hospitality.
This year the David M. Fiedler Memorial Amateur Radio Club - K4WAR setup at the same public venue at Pointes West Army Resort for the 2023 ARRL Field Day. We had five members assist in setting up three stations that comprised of various antennas to include the G5RV, an 80M OCF dipole, a tactical vertical antenna, end fed antenna, and a mag loop. We made several hundred more contacts than last year due in part to some very active members operating throughout the night. The Augusta University emergency management team lent their Honda 7000 generator for use to allow us to operate on emergency power and allowed their largely unused generator to get some use in preparation for any future event. Fun was had by all and we even got several people to get on the air that had never made an HF contact before.
On the entry form, I missed entering the power on one band mode. This caused the form to erase all my supporting information files..... SMH
Despite the 100+ degree heat, The Cove Repeater Association (K5CRA) Enjoyed a successful Field Day 2023 and worked a good number of contacts all through the night.
It appears that the field day message is not getting counted or uploaded correctly. I attached it again in this document upload. It would be nice if you accepted adi files and had a more simple way of calculating score.
Our public location was the Vicksburg Municipal Airport located on US Hwy 61 South in Vicksburg, MS. We had two visitors stop to refuel their plane and visit our stations. A post on our Facebook page (Vicksburg Amateur Radio Club) was made by our board member Reba Causey on June 24th.
CLARA (Clairemont Repeater Association) hosted our first field day (at least for the last 23 years). We picked a park that was public, but limited to day use only. (We had to be completely out by 10 PM 06/24/2023). It was felt that we did not want to over-commit our volunteers and since I (W6DLR) have never hosted a "Field Day" event before decided we would do a partial day entry. Next year WATCH OUT WORLD! We had several demonstrations; #1). WE6ER "Dale" had a couple people help him assemble a special quad beam. While he and others were working stations many spectators asked for the "theory of operation" of the station and "odd" beam combo. #2). KI6RBW "Todd" demonstrated his "Ham-In-Can" which is radio setup for emergency communications battery-only operated. #3). W6DLR "Dave" & N6QG "Mike" demonstrated solar power/battery operations on the Icom 9100 system. #4). K6ITR "Steve" (Our club trustee) demonstrated his Field day "back-yard" tape-measure multi-band antenna and portable "wagon-station". We had a special visit from the local Lake Forest CERT member KF6GJC "Steve Root" and also Lake Forest's "Senior Management Analyst, Public Safety Division" Sharlyn de la Paz, come and operate one of the field day stations and take some photo-ops with us! We learn much; first of all, MAKE SURE EVERYTHING WORKS AT HOME!!! Again, next year WATCH US GO BIG!
Field Day is a great opportunity to get outdoors, gain experience assembling equipment in the rough, and operate a station under challenging band conditions. This year our club operated QRP in the 12A Battery category from Mora Hill in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, overlooking the Silicon Valley from an elevation of 500 feet. The weather this year was cool and pleasant -- 15 degrees below average for late June! We had an amazing team on Mora Hill this year, including: W9KKN, N5YJZ, W6IA, K0XI, K9DK, KF6EMB, W6ESL, AD6RY, AK6BY, KK6VF, KM6VHG, KB6NTW, KC7XE, KN6FGH, KN6ZMT, K6XM, KZ2V, KC6LBJ, W6VVQ, AJ6PV, W1MVY, WA2CRQ, and K6BBY. We had a Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station, three HF CW stations, three HF SSB stations, three HF digital stations, and five VHF/UHF stations including one with satellite link capabilities. Our GOTA station (W6ZZZ) was particularly popular with plenty of drop-in visitors including a good number of kids, and Mark (W6IA) single-handedly netted us eleven satellite contacts. Being outdoors also meant that we got to put up wild-n-crazy antennas that our spouses and neighbors would never allow back home. Antennas on Mora Hill this year included a pair of 4-band (10/15/20/40) yagi antennas for CW and SSB, and a traditional tribander (with 40m driven element resonator) for the digital tent. SSB, CW, and Digital each had a triplexer which enabled sharing each yagi between multiple transmitters. We also had separate 80m dipoles for each mode. GOTA had a multiband fan dipole and VHF antennas. In order to minimize interference within our site, we took care to have HF transceivers with well-designed front-ends in order to minimize spur transmissions and receiver pumping/de-sensing. Most of our site’s HF stations used Elecraft or Flex transceivers. We likewise set up most of our antennas in a line pointed at the East Coast, so the side lobe rejection helped reduce interference. Being QRP further helped control cross-mode interference on each band. Our digital stations benefited from Bobby K0XI's van which came with a self-contained 30 foot telescoping mast. In order to minimize interference between the CW and digital stations, we located the digital yagi about 200 feet from the rest of the site. The digital team was able to avoid long runs of coax by installing the digital RF hardware for both of their stations in the van and then running 200 feet of Cat5 Ethernet cable to the main site where the digital tent and the Flex terminals were located. According to the ARRL’s propagation bulletin, conditions were favorable over Field Day weekend with the exception of a brief period when the planetary K index rose to 5 on Saturday night. The sunspot number on Saturday peaked at 200 (wow!!!) with a solar flux around 160. There was plenty of action on 15 meters, and 20 meters stayed open the entire 24-hours. Sadly, 10 meters band conditions were a bit of a disappointment. Even so, our projected score of over 27,000 is almost 50% higher than last year's. It's never too early to start thinking about FD2024. If you have any thoughts, questions, or would like to get involved with next year's operation, let me know. - Jim, K6EI WVARA Field Day Coordinator CQFieldDay@gmail.com
First time operating from Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood, CA. Disk golf course right there, so lots of curious folks stopping by. Propagation great Friday and Sunday, but stunk on Saturday - 20 and 40 only. WX great until Saturday night when 50 MPH winds almost blew us off the mountain. Still better than operating out of desert in 115-degree heat. In fact quite cold this year. BTW Found submission portal to be buggy. Upload boxes clear when resubmitting. Had to re-enter things 3 times to make them "stick".
What a Field Day it was! K6PAC (the Club call used for Field Day) racked up a grand total of just under 400 contacts! Just those QSOs resulted in 1020 points. Now, we add in the Bonus Points for things like; Setting up in a public place (100 points), having a Public Information Table (100 points), sending a Message to our Section Manager (100 points), completing a Satellite QSO (100 points), a visit by an invited Served Agency (Cal OES) (100 points), Using the ARRL web-based site to report our results (50 points), having a Safety Officer on-site (100 points), and a Social Media bonus for our Facebook posting (100 points). Those 750 bonus points plus our QSO points, gives us roughly 1770 points for the fun (and the work) we enjoyed. Being a member of WPARC is satisfying. We worked the airwaves for 24 hours, trading off Bands, operators, and loggers. Fifteen Club members attended our Field Day event in some fashion. We were visited by three individuals and one potential Ham testee. Jay Ballinger, the ARRL ARES Emergency Coordinator for Sac Valley, was on-site with good words for our progress, as was former member, Alan (W6TLJ) Many thanks to Jim Price and Father Cliff for the site; thanks to our XYL Volunteers for lunch, and dinner; and, many thanks to Providence for the great weather. Next year's Field Day should be just as fun - even if the weather doesn't quite work in our favor. Thanks to all our participants for the good vibes, positive attitudes, and can-do enthusiasm.
This was my first Field Day. Great fun! Operated in 1B class with a Xiegu G90 powered by a Jackery power supply and solar panels from Harbor Freight. Used a 20/40m linked dipole and vertical whip with radials for 15m. Next year, I'll camp out, so I can operate into the evening. Bands were dead by lunchtime on Sunday.
Our band conditions where poor at best. I made 6 attempts to receive the field day message but could not receive it completely. I will upload all six of them. I did not have a program to receive the decode the MFSK16 digital signal. Despite the poor band conditions for us, we had a good time and enjoyed some very good food. Thanks for putting this on. John Knapp KD7HGS for K7SI
First Field Day in living memory with no rain! Sunny all day, great for the solar panel. My first FD using only battery power (although I did use the car to recharge the computer battery mid-way). Limiting power to 15 watts was no problem for FT8, at least on 20m - 10m. But reception was another issue, too many station on the air, including a lot of DX (some rather exotic to boot). For some reason, my set up refused to work on 40m so that cut down my QSO count, but 20m stayed open most of the time. No rubber clock here, timing was precise using GPS dongle on FT8 computer. Unfortunately, it did wander a tad on location meaning i could not upload 9 QSOs to LoTW due to slight discrept on 6 digit locator in the ADIF file. I did get my exact coordinates using a Garmin GPS but i was unaware that the dongle data was entered into every ADIF entry. And what the heck, nowhere does FD report even require a Grid Square!
A whole lot of folks had a whole lot of fun. And youth? The Holland ARC had twelve of them, setting up and operating. And seven of them are generals or extras!
Natural Power Station Calls = W2RTM, W3AO, W2RC,WT1A, W1VE on 20 Watts battery powered by solar charge.
The entry classes and power levels seem to penalize QRP operation from commercial power. You don't get anything for running QRP UNLESS it's from battery/etc. I ran QRP even though bad weather caused my portable operation to move to my home station and commercial power (solar, temporary antennas and thunderstorms out in a field are a bad combo...). I'd love to see a QRP bonus that is separate from power supply bonuses. Similarly, if my alternate power system can power a 500w transmitter, I should get the alternate power supply bonus.
Great fun! We setup in a new location from previous years, which was a good refresher for us. Lot's of fun!
The LAARA club participated in this years Field Day again from Guilford Lake, Ohio. We had a great time as usual. Our clubs youth involement is expanding, and the kids are doing great things with their radio skills.We operated almost the whole 24 hrs, with one of our youth (KE8VVB 11 yrs) operating the Gota station almost the entire time aswell. We had 15 participants/Vistors including 5 being youth and 3 of them are licensed. We also had the local news station WFMJ showed up to cover our event. The story turned out great and we are hoping that it brings in some more interest into the hobby.
I agree with other operators that: 1. With COVID (mostly) behind us and to encourage operators to get out into the field, its time to restore the rule prohibiting 1D stations contacting other 1D stations for points (and I'm a 1D station.) 2. Field Day is all about practicing field communication. Digital communication modes should be limited to those that allow the operator to communicate with keyboard to keyboard messaging i.e. RTTY, JS8Call, and the PSK's. Due to the inability of FT8 and FT4 to send anything other than standard sequenced messages, those modes should not be permitted (and I'm a diehard FT8/4 user.)
I love field day and i am all about working portable and battery power had a great time even though I couldn't make it the entire length of the event. my only gripe is being that this is supposed to be about encouraging operating portable or even just emergency power, you give out points like a contest and I am fine with that but why give 2 points for FT8 and only 1 for phone? the way the pile ups were it is hard to make a phone contact vs FT8.I suggest that needs to change. should be the other way around. thanks bill k8ob
2023 was another great year for our Solar QRP CW group. Many thanks to ARRL for such a fine event. K8RXB
It was a great Field Day!
For this year's Field Day, I updated the radio firmware to v1.09a, enabled the battery monitoring and S-meter features, and also added an automatic gain control (AGC) circuit. Unfortunately, the internal gain level potentiometer needs adjustment, so I couldn't use the new feature, and had to disable it in firmware. I also improved the small loop antenna since last year, making it a 4.1-foot diameter loop with 13 feet of #8 AWG wire placed 7 feet above the ground that faced North and South, but only made one contact with it in Canada. The SWR was a bit high at 2:1. The main antenna was my 18.5-foot long Slinky Junior dipole at 8 feet above the ground, which measured 1.5:1 SWR, and faced East and West. See the TinyTenna link for dipole details. The tiny radio was a QRP Labs QCX-mini 20m CW transceiver running 5W output. The portable iambic keyer paddle was a GHD GM702. The battery was an Anker PowerCore Select 20000 (A1363H11-1) power bank rated for 20Ah, 18W that I purchased at Walmart. Its output was converted from 5Vdc to 12Vdc by a Baofeng USB 12Vdc 1A power adapter (a DC-DC boost converter). I used a DC power connector adapter cable to convert a 2.5mm plug to a 2.1mm plug in order for the DC-DC converter to fit the radio properly. The overall results were not bad, considering that I operated only a third of the event time, the low output power, single band and operating mode, antenna size, and antenna height. I made 48 US contacts, plus 2 in Canada, and worked more than half of the 50 US states, running less than 5W into an electrically-small, linear-loaded dipole antenna only 8 feet off the ground on the 20m CW band. I operated for about eight hours total, averaging a contact every 9 minutes. The weather was hot, humid, and rainy this year with lots of thunder and lightning. I still plan to store the entire station in a small yet rugged travel case, an Apache 1800 (Harbor Freight 64550), which measures only 8.125"W x 5.625"D x 3.75"H. 73 fer now de Rob, KA2BEO.
I live in a condo in Philadelphia. Last year, my brother installed a stealth end-fed for me over the Fourth of July weekend. I just missed Field Day, so looked forward to it for nearly a year. Finally the time came! I had a great time. I ran a 1E QRP station on battery power. I made 54 QSOs. I have also learned about CW traffic handling, and sent a traffic message, as well as copied the W1AW bulletin. I posted on social media. I even made Field Day Chili. I have spent the last two years writing my own logging software, and got a chance to use it this year. I hope the Cabrillo export worked!
The ARRL messages for me on phone were very audible. I could finally hear the message in its entirety. however, I sure wish people who "own" the frequency when the message is sent, would stand by and allow us to copy it freely. I had to tune off after someone was testing 'AUDIO....AUDIOOOO" ON the phone frequency AT THE EXACT same time the message was being transmitted. WOW , they need a lottery ticket. HA HA
I LOOK FORWARD TO FIELD DAY EVERY YEAR! QRP 857D, LDG TUNER, 40M G5RV, RG8X, 470W SOLAR PANEL, HOMEBREW: HF SUITE CASE, REMOTE CONTROL HEAD / KEY ASSEMBLY; 100AH LiFePO4 THE BANDS IMPROVED OVER LAST YEAR'S CME; NO QRN AT ALL, QSB ROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. STILL THE RF GAIN AND CRYSTAL FILTER SAVED THE WKEND. 40-TX, NC, MA, IN, IL, WI, MO, OH, MI, EPA, WPA, NJ; 15-PR, TX, QUIET AWESOME SATURDAY, DEAD LATER. NEW THIS YEAR: W8FNW RECOMMENDED THE 40M G5RV FOR QSO'S QRP! DIO MIO! BIG HELP! MADE A SUPER DUPER BATTERY FROM SCRAPS, HAMFESTS, AND EBAY. USED ABT 10%. I'M GLAD ONE CAN FIX ENTRIES; AND SURF THE SOAPBOX. IT IS A JOY READING OTHERS COMMENTS, TIPS AND TRICKS HERE !
Eastford CT EOC
Operated entire event with 2 solar panels, solar controller and battery. So whole log is natural power. Photos uploaded below.
I used 3x120 watt solar panels and used them to charge the LiFePO4 batteries I powered my transmitters with. I used my Icom-728 for QRP CW with a 40m vertical wire antenna. I used my Icom-7100 and WSJT-X & GridTracker for QRP Digital with a 20 meter attic dipole antenna. This was the first time I operate FD with two transmitters simultaneously! It started out with a little stress, but I got the it going smoothly after the storms passed Saturday night. It was pretty exciting! 73, Robert
This year was my first Field Day where I decided NOT operate QRP CW and battery , but instead decided to try FT8/FT4 for the whole 24 hours as a 1D station, operating a Icom 7300 max 50 watts with a indoors G5RV style antenna... on 40/20/15 bands I was very happy with the results for my QTH. My average QSO rate was 4.4 mins between QSOs over the whole 24 hour period... I'm good with that for a total of 314 QSOs. Notes: - I did check and update my computer clock time before and about every 4 hours for my own peace of mind. - AGC off, manual control RF gain and Volume levels. - I used WSJT-X and Grid Tracker for FD 2023 on a Win 10 machine. Thoughts: Non-CW modes I feel are a good way to get non-cw folks interested in more HF... If they can learn how to use FT8/FT4 for contesting they can surely learn how to run other modes and apps for emergency situations. I've done QRP CW for years, my max speed is 27 WPM. This was a very cool to try out! Thank you all. Joe, KB7AVT
Field Day from the Buckhorn Wilderness!
Operated bicycle mobile. Rode 73 miles, how about bonus points for exercise? HA!
2nd ARRL FD
A Field Day setup for hobbits!
Enjoy the digital mode of PSK; in it for the fun, not to "win" the contest. Saw some that could not hear me, even although I could read them rather well. I was planning upon doing this from a EOC, but things took it from bad to worse, had to settle for the home station instead and used my own call and not the club call. Better than last year, when a thunderstorm took out the computer and the signalink, we could not submit anything due to being "struck" my mother nature.
Operated from camper at Piney Grove CG on Bay Springs Lake.
First Field Day since upgrading to General Class, after being QRT for a couple of decades. Had fun operating from Landmark Inn State Historic Site (K-6570) in Castroville, TX. Equipment used was a Xiegu X6100, Wolf River Coil Silver Bullet Mini w/ BD7IBI 5.6m whip, and Nucbox5 Mini-PC... Powered with a Renogy 266Wh power bank
First time operating at Kitsap County DEM Site. Worked very well. Nicely attended.
This was a great find last year on Marketplace, paired with an Eco Worthy 20AH LiFePo battery was perfect for my small setup to run an IC7300 between 80-100 watts. Absolutely recommend an alignment scale to be perfect on the sun when the clouds are scarce.
we started Field Day at County Courthouse (see photo) but later had to relocate to Emergency Services and Disaster facility because of thunderstorms fast entering our area.
A couple photos from KD0JXU's field day event at Hot Springs State Park (WY).
We did not log the Youth QSOs, as they were not transmissions from a licensed operator. We only logged contacts made by me, the station Control Operator for the event. Youth QSOs were made on 2M with other local area stations as a form of education on how to properly make contact with stations (oversight provided by myself and wife - also licensed operator not participating in the "contest" portion of FD).
Only worked the first hour and an hour before dark on Saturday. Our club didn't gather together, so this was solo CW portable on batteries . . . always fun!
I invite you to see all of KD8NOM’s pics at our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/KD8NOM What a great first FD from our kids and our special guests like US Congressman Troy Balderson ! TNX to all who participated, set-up/tear down and operated. Jim WX8J
Began set up at 1:00pm CST and promptly broke two wires on the DX Commander Antenna. Adapted, improvised and overcame! First transmission was at around 2:45pm CST. Operated FT4/8 on 5W from a solar-recharged battery for most of the OSOs during the day (20m) and then just the battery at night (40m.) There was a lightning storm that rolled through Wisconsin at night, so laid the antenna down and took everything else home for some sleep. Returned on Sunday and copied the ARRL morning phone bulletin and sent the Section Manager a radiogram via Winlink via a local RF gateway. It was a great day!
Used a K3/10 running 5 watts to a bevy of 3 dipoles: 90' up 60', 44' up 30', and 26' up 15'. All were fed with ladder line or 300 ohm foam TV line. A Johnson Matchbox handled the tuning chores. The 90' was best in general, and the 44' was useful on 15 and 20M. The 26' was useless, as 6 and 10M never opened up for action. Weather was a nuisance this year with QRN from T-storms within 100 miles for many hours of Saturday and Sat night. Sunday was much quieter. Had fun as always on Field Day! Thanks for your copy of my QRP sigs! 73, Dan ke0tt
I Operated an Icom 705 on Battery and Solar in Big Bear, California. Most contacts were on 40M on an inverted V dipole on a 1 to 1 balun. Some contacts on a 5/8 mag mount on 2M.
All of my contacts were on natural power. I ran 100% from my off-grid solar power system for all radio and computer equipment.
KF4UTJ 2023 field day dup sheet does not include the 5 solar powered contracts for bonus points per rules. Log was kept separately. Thanks Michael Swigert KE4YRI
This year ARRL field day Youth team made qso
First time in over a decade operating. Decided to figure out if I can still do this. Got out the old gear, bemoaned the fact that some of it is dead from time, got a new power supply and fired up the old Icom, which thankfully still works (IC-718, purchased the day I got my General in 2002). Since I live in a HOA zone, I can't put up a permanent antenna (easily). So I got a Cobra Ultralite Kid (used to have the JR at my old QTH) and managed to get one leg on the chimney of the house (!) and the other in a tree, and made about 100 HF contacts from 1PM to midnight. Had a blast, am glad I did this. I kept the antenna support line where it was so getting the antenna up again won't be hard at all.
This is my first field day individual contact and my first QRP ssb contact. It was a big deal for me and pleased to have done it! Under 2w from TX to MI! AND on ssb! Who would have thunk it? KG5WHQ
Running a Xiegu G20 at 20watts into an EFHW, VHF is a TYT TH-9800. Both are powered by a 10W solar panel and a 12Ah lithium battery.
Antenna took longer than anticipated to put up, so got a late start. Band conditions were dismal at first and improved nearing sunset. Twenty and Forty Meters were only bands that worked much for us. Operation in a popular beach park garnered lots of interest from the public.
A very windy and sometimes wet Field Day from the KH6RS location on the north shore of Maui, the site of a World War II Navy radio station. This year entirely battery powered from a Ford Lightning (charged to 131 kWh with solar energy before the start of FD). Ran 2A with a 4 el monoband Yagi on 15, a 2 el Steppir for 6-20 and a 40m invV. 500W on both stations. At the site for 50 hours used about 26% of the Ford battery and another 14% to get home. 4A next year if only we had more operators.
My first field day operating in a "real" field (i.e. not at home on battery power). Limited operating time due to other commitments during the day. Had fun and learned a lot!
If your SWR changes when you tilt your head, you've got RF in the shack! Managed to get a trap dipole thrown up in a tree... brutal heat in TX. Lots of fun was had!
This was my first field day and my first time running SO2R off of a single PC. Lots of problems between logging software mishaps and application crashes, I lost the first hour or so to troubleshooting... even though I spent several hours testing, but that's life. Enjoyed operating in the contest, though I did take a few hours off to do some work and visit our club's field day location and have dinner with them. Will definitely make some changes for next year. I liked that we could work from home, even though the weather was unusually nice this year (low 70s with a cool breeze). Usually, it's in the 90s! 10 didn't do much for me and 6 was unusable as usual for me.
I was visiting relatives in San Jose CA during field day.
100% Emergency Power, Alternate Power (solar)
Had a great time on Horn Mountain in Talladega National Forest. Ran everything including computer on 12 VDC battery with solar. Battery was touch and go and we would have ended early without the solar panel and a bright sun. Good band conditions with nice 6 meter opening.
This was my first Field Day, it was a blast!
I was lots of fun and enjoyment on 10M this year. I am glad it was open! KK4ZDZ
Terrible year, antenna failure.
Jeramy KL7EC Did a fantastic Video for our Field Day in Alaska! Check it out here --> https://youtu.be/8bwRqF_pBc0
FD 2023 at Cooper Lake South Sulphur Unit. KI5ULS upgraded to General last year and this was his first FD, so he setup the GOTA station under the guidance of KM5VZ. For our educational session, KM5VZ led an Antenna Class, where W8GNL and KI5ULS built a Dipole for 10M and made a contact. We then switched to an End Fed Half Wave 20M antenna to Get John, KI5ULS On The Air where he made 10 contacts under his call. Penny, W8GNL also spent some time on her FT891 while Bill, KM5VZ worked on his G90. It was HOT, but we all had fun.
ARRL Field Day 2023 was a big success! Plans to acquire and take over the fist come first serve site did not go according to plan. Due to unforeseen Circumstances we were one to two days behind our planned schedule. Even though a large group of campers took over the middle section of the campgrounds we were still able to all fit into the Horse camp section of this magnificent campground. It was somewhat of a tight fit but we made it work and all had a grand time. Field Day was totally off grid this year. We used 1500 AH of batteries and solar charging for the whole event. We did have generators at our disposal but not a one was put to use. Our location did present challenges. One was a known and we had a plan to mitigate it. However the two ways that KF6OBI came up with failed to do the job at providing us with some cell phone coverage. This may have been due to the location of the antennas for the devices in use. One of our new members setup his Cradlepoint and was able to acquire a marginal signal that allowed WiFi calling. But it turned out to be inconstant and marginal at times. There was also some interaction with this system which effected our HF radios in close proximity. As a club we will be looking into the reason why this happened and will find a solution to prevent this from happening in future events. Please join me in welcoming our newest club members. These two asked to join the GARS family during field Day. So we welcome Greg, KJ6ODG from Los Molinos, CA; and Mike, aka Smitty, WB1G from Rocklin, CA. To our GARS family.
This was the best shape I have heard the bands in for a long time. Here in Florida, 80 Meters was wiped out due to the thunderstorms in the area. My wife liked the fact I spent most of the afternoon and night in my shack. She said she could watch whatever she felt like on TV and as loud as she wanted.
Class was typo from the get-go as "1A" should have been 1E. Sorry.
First, my wholehearted appreciation to all that answered my CQ calls and worked with me. I would not have QSO's without all the help, and many times, patience. This event started for me a few hours late where I got started way in the afternoon after it had begun but I was able to get things started. One major issue that happened was a key portable xcvr that was my Go-To just would not tune nor transmit, making it effectively mute; receive was OK but I had to discontinue using that. I had two plan-b xcviers, including a QRP item that runs on about 650 mA during transmit and it was able to be heard outside the US which exceeded expectations. The other transceiver was an Icom 735 and that performed pretty well even with it being limited on power. I also got to do a 90 mile QSO over 2m band using FM mode thanks to a 3e yagi. So there was a number of significant items this year for my first FD event. I had a great time and was happy to work on SSB, FM Phone, and Digital modes this time around. 73 Everyone!
First ARRL Field Day. First FT8 contact ever (15M). First 40M contact ever x6. Used only 5W with Yaesu FT-817ND, one Bioenno 12V battery, and a homebrew 56:1 EFHW, semi-NVIS configuration, set up in a public park. Only 7 total contacts and all within Southern California (my QTH), but was a good experience and tested my ability to make contacts in the event of an emergency.
KP4QI: Operated the 2023 ARRL Field Day for the "Federacion de Radio Aficionados de P. R. (FRAPR), from the "Mirador Piedra Degetau"; a public facility located within the Cordillera Central chain of mountains in the Municipality of Aibonito, PR. The site is ideal for Amateur Radio communications as it is at approximately 2,400 feet above the sea level. FRAPR also operated the 2023 ARRL Field Day as "KP4FRA" from a second site: Parque Urb. Islazul, located in the Municipality of Isabela, which is on the North-western side of the Island.
This has being a wonderful experience full of knowledge, happiness and friendship. Being at the emergency office it was wonderful because knowing now what to do in real situations, what to fix and especially how to manage the radios. Having the mayor of the town taking of the ham radio and functions it really means to us too. Thanks to all !
Thanks for the QSOs. Note to contest sponsors: I set up for 1E operation: two 100-watt solar panels, and a 100 Ah LiFe3PO4 battery However, after making more than a few QSOs, I realized I had not disconnected from commercial power. Darn! I thought it best to continue with the 1E exchange (less thrash for others), and enter (correctly) as 1D Commercial power.
Very warm weekend but had good times with lifelong Ham friends.
Great event and our equipment worked well. We'll miss some early points just due to botching the class (we changed from 2A to 2B based on operators, but forgot to update a few things early). Lesson learned. Don't make changes last minute. :) We caught a little down-time in the early morning hours, which was nice. This was the first time using my triplexer splitter on the hex beam, but it worked very well and allowed both radios to work off that single antenna (between 10/15/20m), a good majority of the time. Band line filters did the rest when on the other antenna on 40m. The ole' generator ran well. (It is 25 years old now, but you couldn't tell)
We Really Enjoyed our experience this year running the Event. We Always seem to have to overcome a Hurdle in the event, BUT we manage to overcome it. We had approx 6 visitors, and got 3 youths to operate, which one claims to want to get her license. Operators were: W7BOB, N7EZQ, KG7CW, AI7RV, KC7MS, KF7NWL, KF7JPJ.
Second year for the Kentucky Colonels Amateur Radio Club to operate from EOC (Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department #3, Plum Springs KY). Very good turnout especially on Saturday evening for radio, lots of fellowship and good food (baked ham with baked beans and potato salad). Welcomed the mayor of Plum Springs, Frank Minton who stayed for about 2 hours observing the operations and enjoying the fellowship. Included are a couple pictures of antennas used during the Field Day operation.
First time participating and using the groups callsign, KY4HCA. We only were able to make one contact, but that was our first contact as KY4HCA. Looking forward to next year.
Good weather was unusual for the start of field day but definitely welcome. Our club has been able to hone the setup of the entire field day site to an art form, almost. The big thing we've done is simplify. Rather than multiple yagi antennas we've pared things down to a couple of simple triband antennas (driven element from old A3 yagis) and dipole for 40 and 80 meters. From KY 20 and 40 are our bread and butter bands so simple and fairly low antennas provided our group the needed coverage. Weather didn't hold of course and thunderstorms rolled through early Sunday reducing our operating time about 4 hours. Decent score for the shortened session. We provided an educational segment on RF exposure. The recent changes in FCC requirements was the impetus behind the presentation. Our FD antennas were evaluated and the exposure calculated.
Don't eat toast when it's moldy.
@POTA K-4566, K-4576, K-4579 in MO. Lab599 TX-500, Chameleon MPAS Lite, EmTech ZM-2 ATU, digirig mobile, 4.5ah LiFePo4 with Powerfilm solar panel and Genasun MPPT charge controller, laptop and station peripherals powered by 20ah LiFEPo4
HERE ARE PHOTOS OF OUR INVERTER AND BATYTERY SETUP WE USED AND ALSO USED GENERATOR TO CHARGE THEM THROUGH THE INVERTER.
I operated 1E from the home shack this year, using my portable rig battery (a 20ah LiFePO4). I turned the rig down to 70 watts, and was able to make 94 QSOs. I logged on paper to keep it a truly battery only Field Day. The bands were in rough shape on Saturday, but 15 seemed to pick u a little on Sunday.
Even though time was limited by family gatherings i still had a great time participating in this years Field Day event. Had my newest grandson as assistant this year.. 73 ken
First - thank you (all) for all the work that you do to process the results and organize Field Day. It was exhausting on our side, I can't imagine how much work it is there. I was surprised, given the seeming importance of RF Exposure rules, that the need to "run the calculator" and post RF Exposure guidance for a public event like Field Day isn't a requirement that needs to be documented, or if voluntary gets Bonus Points. Perhaps this should be a part of future Field Day events.
Great fun on the radio, great fun eating all the goodies, great fun enjoying our friendships. This year was the first year we use our second call N3LL in memory of Bobby.
I don't understand why ft8/ft4 contacts are worth 2 points. It requires no skill and it is not possible to pass actual emergency messages. Computer to computer contacts are contra to the alleged purpose of Field Day. If you have to placate the ft8 crowd, how about 1/2 point per contact. Or maybe set a max of 10 contacts?
Another great event!...have been doing FD for over 50 years... Best 73's Bill N3WM
Powered from 66 KwH battery in my Chevy Bolt
Only had a few hours to operate on Saturday but we had a great time and good food too. Win Win. Thank you ARRL, N4FRC team!!!
As an IT professional in a previous life, this submittal should have been relatively easy, but the upload app and its implementation is about the worst I've seen. There was little in the way of direction given with the FD packet, so we put together a fairly elaborate document containing photos, copies of completed logs and forms, etc, only to find out that each bonus category had a place for a single file upload... except the 10 messages we passed... those had to be compiled into a single file. We disassembled our document and got PDFs and photos ready to upload. I attempted to upload this 9 times before I was successful. After trying different browsers and operating systems, I started changing out the files, one-by-one til I found a photo.... 5.5mb... which is less than your limit of 6mb... that must have been the problem. A couple of suggestions for your programmers. IF there is an error, throw an error to the browser!!! Don't kick the user back to the starting point with absolutely **nothing** to go on. Give some instructions in your Field Day packet about how to assemble the required information. Perhaps, either give a copy of the web entry form OR at least suggest that the person who will submit visits the submittal form page to understand what he needs to gather. Far too much time was waster here based on the sparce info in the FD Packet. And... oh yes.... we had a blast.
The D class needs revisiting. Way over half of my Qs were with D stations. I feel like allowing D stations to work other D stations is watering down field day a bit much. Crank up a generator, pull out a battery, or go to a field day site!
IC-7300, 100W, 44ft doublet
What a blast! QRP contacts on 80/40/20/15/10. Great fun! Using K2 @ 5W and modified W3EDP 87 Ft End Fed w/ tuned CP. Shoutout to my pals at AQRP. 72/73 de Monty N5ESE
For the natural power bonus, I just uploaded our entire log! This year we used a 100w solar panel, charge controller and a riding mower battery that had plenty of capacity. It's the first year we didn't have to go through a bunch of second hand gel cells and change batteries every couple of hours, it was nice to just monitor the battery and not mess with it. We were all CW and Digital, no SSB and all 5w or less. It was hot and humid but we had a great time as always with WB5KSD, KK5SD and WD5ABC participating from our farm at Cumby, TX. Jon's FT-817 worked great again as usual. Thanks for all the people who listened for our peanut whistle signal from 49 states, maybe next time we'll get AK! I'm always amazed what you can do with QRP and CW, we got HI, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Chile. 73, Kerry, WD5ABC
The Houston ECHO Society and the Oak Forest Ham Radio Club teamed up this year to operate N5WAJ at the American Red Cross headquarters in Houston, Texas. Both groups worked together to make contacts as well as complete many of the Field Day bonuses. Winlink and traffic nets were used to pass messages. We were excited to copy the W1AW bulletin on PSK. Contacts were about 50 percent digital and 50 percent SSB. We had a lot of fun during the very early morning hours working satellite from the parking garage roof. We had a visit from the CEO of the Red Cross. I believe we had quite a successful Field Day effort. - Marty Blaise, AG5T, President Houston ECHO Society.
Mobile(1C) w/IC-7300, AH-730, 102" whip. Worked from K-3013.
Forgot I promised to house sit my daughter's home. Packed up IC7300 & Wolf River Coil with enhance 203" whip and off to Elk Grove CA (30 mins from home). Very pleased with the antenna. XYL brought down birthday dinner & cake a couple hours into start. Nice break. Had to drive back home to jump start her car several hours later. Another trip in morning to swap out the battery but she fell while trail running. Quick trip to get her home, minor injury to her knees but looks bad. Next year - camping in Pop-Up with my lovely XYL along - BUT away from home!
USED SKOOKUM LOGGER ON MAC FOR THE FIRST TIME. DEPLOYED HOMEBREW 40M MOXON ANTENNA BETWEEN FOUR TREES, AT A HEIGHT OF 30 FEET. 100% EMERGENCY POWER, PUBLIC LOCATION, PUBLIC INFORMATION TABLE, SATELLITE QSO, ALTERNATE POWER, W1AW BULLETIN, WEB SUBMISSION, SAFETY OFFICER BONUS
Irvine Community Television made an excellent video documenting the N6IPD Field Day site at the Irvine, CA Great Park. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ROpZDPe2Kg
In June 2023, Tom's Garage ARC operated in the ARRL Field Day as 2A SJV from Tecuya Peak (6,850 feet) in Kern County, California (DM04mu). We camped immediately next to a very busy dirt road, about two miles from pavement. The nearest town was Frazier Park, California. Our team included NB6E, N6MI, K6VCR, N7DA, KN6OGP, K1BTW, and Broden Weeks (not yet licensed). KN6OGP came down with a bug just before the contest, but his assistance with logistics and early Field Day planning was very helpful to the group. The first station was set up in a converted television news van (n6mi.com) with a 58-foot pneumatic mast. This was the 80 (long wire), 20 (3 element yagi at 60 feet), and 10 meter (sloping dipole) station. Our radio was a Yaesu FTdx101D. The van also housed a 2 meter and 440 MHz station using an Icom IC-9700 and two very short yagis. The second station was set up in K6VCR's trailer. This station ran 40 (two element yagi on a 50-foot army surplus mast) and 15 (three yagi on a 28 foot push up mast). The radio was an Elecraft K3. The GOTA station was set up on a table under a canopy (classic Field Day style). This station was operated by K1BTW and his soon-to-be licensed son, Broden (a high school student). N7DA (an RF engineer) served as the GOTA coach. Broden worked New Zealand and Australia on 10 meters when he wasn't pumping out contacts to the Field Day crowd under the watchful eye of K1BTW. We were visited by about a dozen travelers. After they learned that we were not spies and were doing good work, several signed our visitor log. N6MI and NB6E have operated numerous Field Days together since the 1970s, when they were in high school in Santa Barbara. N6MI and K6VCR have also operated many contests together over the past 20 years, including a dozen June VHF contests. N7DA (the "new guy") has operated multiple contests with N6MI and K6VCR, but we can't quite remember when he showed up. This was tour first formal contest with K1BTW (a new general licensee) and his son, Broden. The weather was cold at night (in the 30s) but excellent (sunny, in the 60s) during the day. We made 2,059 contacts from the two main stations. Our GOTA station made 209 contacts -- fantastic. Thank you for the contacts. 73, J. Scott Bovitz N6MI firstname.lastname@example.org
The FD site was at Dry Creek Ranch in Rio Linda, California. There was a class M solar flare which effected propagation on Saturday. The group operated 15m (PH), 20m (CW,DIG, PH), 40m (DIG,PH), 80m (PH). The club used 2 HEX beams, a 20 Vertical, 40m Inverted V & Off Center Feed 80m antenna. There were 41 total members attend.
I operated this year from a pair of AGM batteries charged through a pair of solar panels.
Under the Section of ENTRY CLASS: LIST OF CALLS OF OPERATORS We had 9 operators, but the space only had room for 3 call signs All OPERATOR CALL SIGNS: AE6BH, W6NWF, AI6ZG, KE6PY, KK6TV, K7YMG, N6EAJ, KF6SJ, and one non-ham minor
This event marks the 50 years since my very first Field Day. My radios and antennas are much better now.
Operated with a portable vertical dipole in the yard set up for FD and solar charged batteries. Using this type of antenna is challenging enough but a K index of 4-5 on Saturday made it worse. 350 bonus points.
Beautiful sunny Oregon weather... 1 hour lightning delay Sat afternoon. First time we have been rained on in over 25 years!
High QRN during daylight hours on 40m & 20m this year locally in SFL. Nighttime and early mornings were much better with strong propagation nationwide here in SFL. Rigs: QCX-minis on 40m & 20m and MTR5B on 40,20,15. Antennas: two EFHW, one 15m monobander and one 40-10m. Both up about 25 ft. Power: single charge on a 12v 13aH LiFePo battery. Logging: HAMRS on iPhone. Got all but about half a dozen states but had a blast operating on the back deck while fighting off fire ants and mosquitos. Lightning storms shut me down on Saturday afternoon and wind bent one fiberglass pole.
Well, in a few words, the 15m and 10m bands were terrible. However, my /p location was stellar with only an evening breeze to rattle the tent flaps. Next year!
Supporting documents for N8BC Field Day Entry will be mailed to the ARRL separately. They are Media Publicity, Public Information Table, W1AW message, and Safety Officer signed form,
IC-7100, hamsticks, resonators, and a 3D-printed key. Parked the pickup both in a high school parking lot and some at different school's baseball field. TU ALL GL 73.
"QRP Pals" ... five friends operating from my deck outside Amherst, WI. Setup: two KX3's and one VHF Icom rig. All five watts, battery power, solar panels. Low Moxon beam on 6M, one 40M dipole up ~35', and a 80/20M fan dipole up ~35'. AI5IJ (Rick) flew up from Norman, OK and quickly learned to operate FT8/4. Newly-licensed KD9RKG (Bob) made his first CW contacts ever during the last two hours. We shut down twice due to T-storms. We gave in to the "Dark Side" :) and made 36% of our contacts on FT8/4. Don't know how those modes would be helpful in an emergency. At least the FT ops don't have to listen to QRN/QRM. 15M and 10M were practically non-existent. We powered the operators on sloppy joes, hot dogs, potato salad, cokes, and Point Special Beer. I count this as my all-time favorite FD since my first time in the field in 1958. Thanks, all, for the fun! -de N9NE-
FD started with terrible S9+ RFI on 20m, 15m and 10m. One of our members drove home and his station also had RFI so we think it was atmospherics but not sure. The expected 6m opening that we saw the previous 2 weeks never happened. The usual south Florida torrential afternoon rain storm did happen. We also experienced a logger failure but were able to recover the lost contacts. We introduced 5 new hams to Field Day so that's a plus. So, RFI, heat and rain made for a typical summer SFL day and brought us close to what operating during a real summer emergency would be like, minus the air conditioning. We will be ready for next year!
It was a beautiful day, at a superb location, with great friends, tasty food, and a radio.
NC4OC Club members had a great time during Field Day 2023!
I visited 2 field day locations as a State Official of a serviced agency on Saturday. On Sunday I operated my battery portable solar powered radio. The Photos are from RARS Club in Knightdale NC
Great opportunity to get some new hams some operating experience and enjoy being outside for a while even if it did start out a bit damp! Our special thanks to the owners of the location! Our intended location fell thru due not wanting to hike in during bad weather and this worked out extremely well.
For southern states, especially Texas, outdoor activity is basically dangerous due to 120+F heat indexes. Please consider moving the Field Day date.
I don't have any documentation for separate natural power QSO's. All of our QSO's are from solar/battery.
All 26 of my Field Day CW contacts were made using Natural Power (solar charged battery) running my rig at 5 watts QRP. I setup at the McKeldin section of Patapsco River State Park next to the main parking lot to entice curious visitors to ask me about ham radio. I prepared a handout explaining what amateur radio was, and how to get a license with help from me and my ham club. I gave out my club's (Columbia Amateur Radio Association), business cards to those who were interested. I only operated four hours on Sunday. Most of that time was talking to friends and curious onlookers (only a handful) at the park which was the whole point of Field Day for me. I contacted 22 states plus Canada and Puerto Rico. My contacts spanned the entire US, so I was pleased with my omni directional antenna. I was running 5 watts into a quarter wave vertical. My call completion percentage was 76% which I felt was good. At the end of the day, I decided to try a couple SSB QRP contacts and was surprised to reach Nova Scotia and Illinois which I didn't bother to count. All in all, a fun day sitting under a shade tree on a sunny day enjoying ham radio. A day that was greatly enhanced by the fellowship of a couple of hams who came out to keep me company and keep me laughing for which I'm always grateful.
We had a lot of fun and learned a lot.
This was my first year participating in Field Day. Operated CW QRP from Eastern California. I am still a new CW operator, and while I am getting better, I appreciate everyone's patience. I was using my KX2 into a 40 meter EFHW set up as an inverted vee--seemed to work well. More East Coast contacts that I expected! Here is a sort of serious idea--how about bonus points for CW operators who stay at or under 25 wpm? While everyone I worked was super, a few slower ops for us newbies would be encouraging. Some pictures of my solo station in the Inyo National Forest, just east of Bishop, CA. It was a beautiful weekend for Field Day here.
100% FM VHF/UHF operation: 5 watts 10m thru 23cm. Activity was up a little from last year, but still way below 2020 (pandemic) FD levels. No QSOs on 10m or 33cm. Need to figure out how to get more FD stations equipped with 900 MHz gear, as converted commercial equipment is relatively inexpensive.
Returned to FD activities after many years away.Poor propagation to my area, with QRN es QSB. heard many European station but not worked because the just sent rst and number of QSO. And asked ur number of the QSO.
TNX FD 2023
Thanks for hearing my QRP station and getting me in the log! 73, Will, NQ2W
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As the Section Manager, I spend my Field Day driving to various field day sites. I went to every affiliated club that was having a known Field Day event. While sitting in Cloisters Park while visiting the Estero Radio Club's event, I decided to listen to 10 meters, my favorite HF band. I heard a ZL clearly calling CQ, looking for new 10-10 numbers. He came back to me on the first try. I gave him my 10-10 number and FD exchange, and I got a 1D, DX exchange. All from my car with a Little Tarheel II and IC-7100, while on the beach in Morro Bay, CA, crystal clear day. Fun time over two days, driving more than 600 miles. Can't wait until next year.
First FD for our little start of a club here in Brown County, Ohio. Next year we hope to go to a local public park and operate, and have greater participation. This was, in fact, a test to see how much interest we could muster as a small club. We are a rural county.
Our educational activity was giving instruction on wire antennas, NVIS, and ground wave propagation vs. skywave propagation, using vertical and/or horizontal dipoles, OCFD, antennas, and long wire antennas.
Our FD was more or less a wipe out! We had a small crew, 4 on average. We got set up OK, but as 2 PM was getting closer, and we turned on the TS-450 that one of the guys brought, the display was too dim to see, so we couldn't use it. We swapped it for the club's TS-440, but although I had run it a day or so earlier and made a couple of contacts, something was very wrong. The auto tuner couldn't get a match, there was almost no ALC and little output. We were set on a 40 m freq. on which the antenna was a good match. One of the guys said " how about shutting it off and back on ". While figuring that wouldn't help, I shut it off and when turned back on everything worked!!!! All that wasted the 1st hour of FD. We started racking up the SSB contacts when the sky became ominous. We soon had to scramble to get the gear safely away before the sky opened up. Later we set up again and operated until the mossies drove us in. In the morning we woke up to thick smoke and realized that we couldn't operate in that and we had to don masks and take down. The least successful FD I have ever been involved with. We got about 70 SSB contacts and I sent 5 IMS-213 messages by WL packet. We can only hope for better next year.
poor propagation on 40. nothing heard 15, 10m
Pathfinders Amateur Radio Club, Inc. VA4PAR 1A MB (Manitoba)
Please note I have made a mistake in my initial class choice, during the contest I used 1A for all my QSOs but I should have used 1D as I have noted in the club/group mane in the website form sent. So on the form I chose 1A and I was forced to say 3 participants although I was the only one using the station. This is my first FD entry contest and I was negligent with my initial setup. I am not sure how to best fix that problem. I am sorry for that mistake. Please let me know If you need further information to validate my QSOS and those stations with whom I worked.
We operated from Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park. VE-0897. Lots of rain and wind on Saturday night and we had to contend with raccoons in the night. Thank you to DNR Mclellans Brook for permission to camp in the day use area.
The Field Day 2023 of the Club Radio Amateur de Quebec brought together more than 88 people, including 32 people who were involved as an operator, logger, set-up crew and for the logistics of the event, 42 visitors to the site and 14 visitors on social networks. Thank you everyone! And thank you all for the QSO's! 73's! Gaetan, VE2GHO President and Field Day 2023 Coordinator
We also send Winlink IM0213R to RAC ARES manager VE3SMF, we also received 3 messages for FD ops from other canadians.
We had a great time! 14 Hams showed up including members of 2 other clubs. 2 new Hams were also on site.They both got on the air with success! Couple of things to note: -We actually recorded the ARRL Bulletin on a icom 7300. But due to heavy QRM we were unable to transcribe it.I was able to copy 50% at best. Next year will try to record it digitally. -The bands propagation conditions were fair during the day and average during the night. -Despite using two Band pass filters we had some minor interfering issues. The cause is TBD. Suspecting an older radio and possibly a PTT pedal. -We had a failure of one of our wire antenna (T2FD). It was exhibiting high SWR. We switch to our spare wire antenna without further issue. Thats FD for you. -We had to stop operating for about one hour due to thunderstorms. -We were lucky to be inside this year as the smog from the forest fires was heavy. Environment Canada issued smog warnings and telling people to stay inside. -We operated from our club EOC. It has emergency batteries and generators. In the heat of operating we completely forgot to test both of them to get extra points. Well will try it next year. -We are lucky to have a 50foot tower with a 6 elements tri-bander for 10-15-20m on top of it. But the club doesnt own a triplexer so we can operate 3 at the time. This is something that will be discuss at further club meetings. -We operated at a leisure pace, not contest pace. -Overall we are sastified of our operation. Improvements are required for one antenna, one older radio and possibly addition of a triplexer. Daniel Morasse VE2DM for VE2TA Club radio amateur de l'Estrie CRAE, Sherbrooke, Quebec.
A fantastic 2023 Field day really needs a 100W All solar category. Leave those fossil fuels behind.
Very disappointed that there was no activity on 2M 70CM 23CM bands. Conditions were not great on 6M.
I had 1 dupe on 40 meters ssb
For VE3LCA: 1) All radios (5W output) were powered from 12V batteries that were not charged during the Field Day event - spare batteries that were available were not used. 2) Public Location was at Conlon Farm Recreational Complex located within Perth, ON. 3) Public Information included an information board, handouts and a 2M portable station operating on local area repeaters. 4) 1 Satellite QSO was completed during Field Day by VE3KG's portable station. 5) 1st LNL-ARES Inc. Field Day in several years - very positive comments from club members. We will likely do it again next year - GREAT club event!
I had no DUPES.
A good time was had by all for the 1st Field Day for the reborn club. We had rain off and all night on Friday. Saturday looked better and the BuddiHex Beam was deployed along with the Chameleon Tactical Dipole and JNC Radio MC-750. We also deployed end feds and dipoles. Band conditions were not the best with propagation to the East Coast but we kept grinding away. The best times were had with social interaction around the fire pit trading DX stories and laughter. Several guests showed up including Clyde our new German Sheppard mascot to see what the QRZ QRZ was all about. Field Day also means bacon and cheese filled hamburgers on the grill for breakfast and Jack Daniels SWR spray. For us it became a social event as opposed to "we need each band captain to make 333 contacts if we are going to beat that club down the street" and a chance to try out various emcomm solutions.
LiFePo4 batteries were charged with solar power before the contest, not pictures available. All contacts were made on battery power. 6Ah Bioeno LiFePo4 20Ah Eco-Worthy LiFePo4 Charge controller: Allto Solar 10A MPPT controller Solar panel: Powerfilm 100W Foldable Solar Panel F16-6000 We did not need to recharge during the event.
Field Day 2023 was a great event and I enjoyed being on the air with my 1E QRP station operating battery (charged using a solar panel). My rig is an Elecraft K2 running about 4.5 watts and CW only!!
We happily ran the whole event including the logging computers on solar & battery power. The Generator was available as backup, but never used.
The five ICS-213 documents are 5x received by rf, and 5x sent (reply) by rf for total of 10.
Hello from Prince Edward Island. Several members of the Charlottetown Amateur Radio Club setup for Field Day at Victoria Park, where we operated as Class A - Battery. Six new hams made their first HF contact using our GOTA station, including two youth. We had invited and received visits from the Major of Charlottetown as well as two Members of the Legislative Assembly. For more info: email@example.com
https://www.youtube.com/live/mc7EdehIWVs?feature=share Presentation to Cottage Grove, MN City Council 5:20 - 13:15
All battery and solar and a fight against mother natures terrific thunderstorms!
Hello, I’m Thomas Gagnon, KBØDCO. I’ve been a member of the Crow River Amateur Radio Club since 1995. I decided to volunteer to coordinate this year’s field day. Our ham club hasn't done Field Day for a number of years. Our club decided to visit other ham radio club field day sites during the past few years. We held our field day in a public place at Butler Field Municipal Airport in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Our club vice president, Don Burgess KCØQNA, checked to see if our club could set up our field day event there like we did for the Minnesota QSO Party in early February. Setup and teardown went well overall. We had some severe weather that came through the area that made some HF contacts hard to make with the static crashes. We had five visitors that stopped in to visit with us. One of them was by a representative of an agency. He was from the Minnesota Department Of Public Safety. John Dooley KCØZEC, IPAWS Program Manager & Deputy, Statewide Interop Coordinator. Our club president, Paul Holm KCØHST, brought his setup to do PSK31 mainly on 20 meters. With Don and myself doing voice communications on the HF bands. There were some fun contacts made this year. Here to name a few of them were, from the South Cook Islands, W1AW HQ, Maui Radio Club Hawaii, and from Norway. Don even made a contact with W1AW headquarters.
What a great time with the PKARC!!
Heartland Hams Amateur Radio Club W0HLH club call sign. Rural Mills County iowa EN21cb.
We operated Field Day from Greenberg Island at William O'Brien State Park, near Stillwater, MN. The weather reports didn't look promising, so we decided not to take the canoe, and instead just operate from the mainland. But while driving there, the weather looked fine, so we decided to rent a canoe and activate the island as originally planned. I was on the air from about 3:30 to 5:00 PM local time, and the weather held up fine. It started looking like rain and we headed back. We had a few drops of rain, but it didn't start pouring until we had just left the park on the way home. We found a beach on the east side of the island, and set up there. I used the QCX Mini, running 5 watts on 40 meter CW. The antenna was an inverted vee supported by the trusty golf ball retriever, with one end tied to a tree, and the other end anchored to a makeshift stake in the sane. I worked 20 contacts. Best DX was Alabama, I believe. In addition to working Field Day, I submitted the logs for POTA, WWFF-KFF, and U.S. Islands. This is the first time the island has been activated, and since we went over the magic number of 15 QSOs, it will count as being "qualified" for that program. We circumnavigated the island clockwise, and it's bigger than I thought it would be. We went upstream in the channel west of the island, where the current was pretty tame. East of the island, it's mostly in the main channel of the river, and there was quite a current. The water was quite low in a few places in the smaller channel, and we did ground out a couple of times. In hindsight, I should have gone back the same way we came, since fighting the stronger current for a short distance would have been easier than paddling the longer distance.
Our Field Day was a joint operation by the Wyandotte County Kansas RACES/CERT group and the Jayhawk Amateur Radio Society (JARS) club. A very successful outing and a total of 28 participants. We held it at Pierson Park in Kansas City Kansas and were able to use the County communications vehicles for the generator power and air conditioning. It was also one of the outings we have had in the last few years due to the lack of rain. Thanks to all participants including the Davis family who camped out overnight with us. r/s Matt May, Director, Wyandotte County Kansas Emergency Management.
wanted make sure two cabrillo files were sent to you the cw/phone file and digital file I am not sure if the document upload handles two files Thanks W0EO RICHARD
Solar power was used during daylight hours. A battery charged by the solar panels was used as a "buffer". After dark (about 35 contacts) the generator was used for power. All contacts were made on emergency power
OUR FD is For Showing the Community we are here. Had a number of walk ins from the street. We also did a Search of the Lisc db and mailed 77 Invites to Franklin Cty Hams. The Post office returned 10 as Undeliverables. Seems Hams don't update their lisc address, or they are no longer with us. We had a Great Porch Crew to meet and greet everyone coming to see us. We also had a great K-9 greeting group. Excellent Food from the logistics Support team was greatly enjoyed. Thanks Ka1fkc Russ
fun FIELD DAY Used a QCX 40m rig at 3.5 watts and a 135' end fed wire with a 49:1 matching toroid transformer. Took some getting used to an SDR radio along with the N1MM logging program but looking forward to next year already. 72, W1FMR
My only antenna was a Lazy-H vertical dipole, 30 ft high, resonant at 1.8 MHz, and fed via common-mode-choked RG-303. The feedline SWR was terribly high and I estimated feedline loss to be 8 dB at f = 7 MHz. However, my low-pass L-network tuner presented load Z = (50+j0) ohms to my transceiver on every band. I could hear, and copy, many stations; but VERY few (the loudest) answered my calls; and I had to repeat my call and exchange many times. This was the most difficult and frustrating Field Day I've experienced in decades. I've done better with 10-watt, battery-powered transmitters. Next month I hope to erect half-wavelength dipole antennas for 80m, 40m, and the higher HF bands; and then I expect to enjoy operations on all the HF bands. My station (and my entire house with laundry & cooking appliances, well pump and central a/c running) was powered by a 48-kW Kohler generator. Ridiculous overkill but SOooo easy. I flipped one switch to disconnect utility power, and the generator auto-started.... The 1- and 2-kW portable generators and gasoline cans I've used for past field operations and MARS exercises sat in the garage.
As many saw, we were visited by a big black bear. W1AEZ brought some beignets (french donuts) which were hot and delicious. A few were left in the box for others and we all walked away. Then this big black bear saunters over, grabs the beignets box and walks into the woods with it. 10 minutes later he leaves the woods licking his lips. I guess he likes those french donuts! (This is the first time in 12 years at this field day location that we ever had a wildlife situation).
Field Day 2023 We had a good small turnout for the W1OCA Field day. We operated 2 Foxtrot (2 transmitters at the EMA – class F) low power for the duration of the event It is the second year at the EMA building with significant changes. A huge thank you goes to Norm KA1SG and Brad N1GZB for their efforts to make Field Day a success by getting our equipment up and running. Wayne modified the designs of Mark N1SNP (thank you for your work!) and Bob N1WJO (thank you for your work!) and with the help of Brad N1GZB, Norm KA1SG, Dan N1XYL, Mark KE1M assembled the main section of the console with radios. For our Saturday evening meal, we departed from the usual hot dogs and beans to Pizza from Doe’s Variety and a veggie platter from Hannaford. For Field Day radio operators we had: Running the first shift were Norm KA1SG and John WQ1W. The second shift manning the radios were Brad N1GZB, Gene N9IZQ, Marshall N1WFP. George W2GPJ and the duo Brad and Gene ran the next shift until breakfast, Norm, Robert KJ6RET & Wayne N1YIS finished out the event. On first glance at the logs, it looks like George W2GPJ made a majority of the 40 meter contacts during the time he was on the radio. Some notable happenings during the event were: • Brad had a chance to try out his new IC7300 and learn the various functions it had with guidance from Gene. • Brad made a contact with N3FJP the creator of the Field Day software we ran during the two days. • Steven Merrill one of our county commissioners visited the site and toured the building Sunday morning. • Almost everyone had a chance to run the IC756 and learn a little about its capabilities. Several of us worked phone with the IC-718. This unit is designated for digital modes once we have the room set up. • The sound deadening tiles worked well for this event. • The pass band filters from Dunestar worked very very well. Watching Brad and Gene was definitely a hoot as Brad learned the new features on his Icom IC7300. It was great to see Mark N1SNP and part of his family on Sunday during their short visit. I have to include a HUGE thank you to my wife Susan KC1DSO for all of her help before, during and after the event. She kept us on track with the event planning, meal planning and organizing.
Thanks for again sponsoring "Ham Radio's Annual Open House". 73 de CARA - W1QI; Candlewood ARA in Greater Danbury, CT.
5 hours of operating on 20 Meter CW netted 39 states and 3 Canadian Sections. Always a fun event event it my operating time is short.
This was W1TOM solo Field Day display in years. We were in good company as we hosted field day during The Blandford Fairgrounds Summer Family Fun Day Weekend. So the fairgrounds had plenty to do with a craft fair, touch a truck event for the kids as well as our ham radio field day display. If kids sent their name in morse code, they earned a certificate of achievement they could take home. Food vendors and ice cream stands for all to enjoy. All at an elevation of around 1,459ft. Used just homebrewed open end fed antennas to get the signals out on POTA styled radio station setups. Cya next year from the same location! We had a blast, and wonderful time! Thank you ARRL and The Blandford Fairgrounds!
The Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association in collaboration with the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency held the 2023 Field Day at the Trenton Elementary School, a public space, in Trenton Maine. We operated 3A using W1TU and KB1NEB for the GOTA station. The event was visited by a served agency: Barbara MacPike RN, BSN, CIC. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Mount Desert Island Hospital and Co-Leader of the Hancock and Washington County Medical Response Corps. The site was visited by an elected official: Andrew X. Sankey, Elected Supervisor of the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District. The first 77 CW QSOs were made using solar power. A photo has been attached. The GOTA station was continually supervised by Joan Hildreth, W1DLC. The public information table, originally on an outside table, was moved into the GOTA canopy during rainstorms.
W1WAB - Operated exclusively on 20M from home this year as 1D WCF. Conditions improved on Sunday and I ended up with 75 contacts -- 73 of which were digital. I also sent 16 Radiograms and a message to the Section Manager. I had a great time. Thanks to all who contacted me! 73 Bill Barron
This was an interesting and pleasant (but for the roar from nearby "air-show" planes!) event at a location we'd last visited about a decade or so ago. Thanks to the Orange County (NY) Parks Department for their kindness, and to our Members and Visitors for their participation! (See the attached annual "e-Pub" for further details...)
Another great W2LV field day. This is my favorite activity of the year. I worked more stations this year than the past few years combined. The highlight was working VK at 2am local time and being able to just have a nice QSO. de KE2L
From Noel W2MSA, 2023 Field Day Chair: Field Day was awesome, and I thank everyone who participated. This year everything came together well, considering the rainy weather forecast. I was very happy to see how many members showed up for the "emergency preparedness challenge" of setting up in the rain. Under the pavilion we were able to set up as 3A NNJ plus our 6M “free” station. The bandpass filters minimized interference between stations and the networked laptops worked flawlessly. Tarps were setup initially on the east side of the pavilion to deflect the rain coming off the roof, to protect our gear. We had a very nice atmosphere with a breeze coming through most of the time, not too buggy and not too hot. Everyone had a great time operating the stations, socializing, and enjoying each other’s company. Hats off to the overnight crew who kept our stations on the air all night long – you guys are awesome. Also, our food crew did a great job shopping for food, ordering lunch and cooking dinner. The publicity/Social media team did a fantastic job for our event, thank you. I have an attendance record of about 60+ people which include members, visitors and special guests that came out to visit us. We even got a Special Proclamation from the Governor of New Jersey, commending FLARC and Field Day!
The media publicity points are difficult - we invited a local TV news director, who came to our event and OPERATED and made many contacts but no story was run so no bonus points......
Operated Mobile from Lake Hopatcong using 20AH battery seperate from boat power with com 7100, external tuner and hamstick antenna mounted to swim ladder on the bow. A big assist from WA2VUN on antenna setup along with 2 25 ft long ground radials running down the sides of the 24 ft bow rider anchored in 2 different spots in the northend of the lake.
The Amateur Radio Association had a very successful Field Day. We had a front page feature article in the Elmira Star Gazette which attracted local and out of town visitors including the Mayor of Elmira Dan Mandell, a visit from Mark Pellerino (KE7GGC) the National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY. WENY TV also came up and filmed the event. A realistic "ham" cake was made for the event and was completely edible. See photos below.
Site was visited by Wayne County PA Commission Chairman Brian Smith and Commissioner Jocelyn Cramer. Photo submitted and URL for Wayne Commissioners is https://www.waynecountypa.gov/539/County-Commissioners. Site visited by Deborah Worden, member of Equinunk Fire Dept, one of our Served Agencies in Wayne County PA.
Had an amazing time this year, we held a Devanooga picnic and had a large part of the group show up, along with hang-glider and para-glider pilots using the field in front of us. See more photos here showing some pre-setup and testing, and the actual site: https://imgur.com/a/hWT7zhA
Satellite QSO was performed on TEVEL-4 with station N8URE (1B SFL), indicated as 144 FM in the Cabrillo log. The Cabrillo log includes all logged QSOs under the club station W3HAC. Three phone contacts made by the GOTA station (call: K2WT) are as follows: June 25 28.375 W4ATD 2A Alabama 28.390 K5M 6A Louisiana 28.402 N4OX 1E North Florida
We feel cheated that we are not allowed to collect the safety officer bonus. We were a completely portable station with generators, solar panels and batteries. We had ten people involved in this event and felt that it was important to have a safety officer. We really felt like we should have been able to be classified as 3A but being this was on someone's home property we had to abide by the rules. I ask that you reconsider giving us credit for the safety office. I could see if this was a one or two man operation but we were ten people. I have uploaded or safety office form.
I was running off battery with a connected solar panel. Photo 3 shows the battery box (40AH Bioenno) with the two cables to the right running over to the solar panel. Photo 1 shows the solar panel which is connected over to the solar controller (upper left corner of the battery box) and then through a meter into the battery box for charging. Photo 2 shows my desktop system with dual 15" gaming monitors (1920x1080) that run off a USB connection from the Rig Runner. Just to the right of the mouse pad is the computer (Mele Quieter 3) which runs on 12VDC (or 13.8VDC) and is connected with a cable to the rig runner. A little crowded, but it works!
This was our first year with a GOTA station. It was quite the success. The coaches had just as much fun as the newbies. We were lucky with the weather. Heavy rain around us, but luckily we didn't get that much at our site.
4 hr QRT due to thunderstorms. Very much fun, much fellowship. Food excellent. Breakdown in 1 hour.
Weather was much better than forecast! No thunderstorms in my area (FN20co) despite the forecast. In fact, no rain at all during the 'test. 20 and higher were worse than expected on Saturday night. Blame the sun. But 40 was awesome! Best ever. It helped to have two orthogonal antennas on 40 (E-W and N-S) and a rig (K2) with two antenna inputs so that I could quickly choose the antenna with the best signal. One was a double extended Zepp and the other a EFHW kit from the ARRL. Both worked exceptionally well. For the FD message, the only clean copy was using MSK16. PSK31 had a few errors and RTTY was poor copy despite good signals and minimal QRN.
2023 ARRL Field day was another great year for Mountain Amateur Radio Club, We have some out of town vistors,N3YAC Aileen and her father we started off the morning with a VE testing passing 2, 1 tech and 1 general. We had our towns Emergency Service Director Mr Pyles show up and our Sherriff Robertson. We want to thank Lavale Lions for our continue use of the grounds,WCBC Radio and Allegany Communications for the continue support on the radio and online.Most of all the ARRL for another great field day.
Great event. Combined NOARC (w4aaz) and Playground (w4zzb) Radio Clubs in the same facility. Great working with each other (logs seperate). The ladies had great food and drinks, lots of water for the heat.
This was our club's first Field Day Event. It was a great learning experience, a great practice session for portable/emergency communications and, it was fun.
Assembled the BuddiHEX (for the first time) in the cul-de-sac Saturday morning; neighbor walked by and asked about it... I explained ARRL Field Day, and what I and many others were doing... she said the BuddiHEX was "pretty"... quite possibly the first time those words have ever been uttered by a non-HAM neighbor 😀. Obviously not in it for the points, but FD is always fun (first FD, 1960). de W4DWC
W4KAZ 1B NC from Cape Lookout National Seashore. Full description at: http://w4kaz.com/qth/?p=3696 more photos at: http://w4kaz.com/2023_fd/ Thanks for the fills and qsos.
Had a great time operating this year, and a great visit from K4LCK. Good times!
This year was both harder and easier than previous years. We all decided to end early to focus on some family commitments, but also gave a nice introduction to the sport to some new folks. With luck, maybe we'll end up with some folks getting callsigns soon. Also to our surprise, running phone in the 100W category was far easier on the batteries than expected. Perhaps next year we can come back with an additional transmitter, leverage CW more, and participate from the start to finish time.
Well this year we were pressed for time because the church limited our time on sunday. It was a great day though. We had tons of help and we were able to do a good job on the contacts. 73 ae4xo
Five Flags Amateur Radio Association has completed another successful Field Day operations with a very good turnout. We had good weather and a light breeze, which kept it tolerable throughout the operation. We had the Local CERT team & the Escambia Search and Rescue also providing a good demonstration of Emergency Preparedness. Overall we had fun and looking forward to next years.
The ARRL WAS finally understood in a clear, slow and great voice. However, I wish those hams who wish not to participate in the field day message would not get on frequency and call "audioooooo audioooo " while the message is being sent.
Chuck Dennis W5CTD PLano TX This year I was limited to being able to participate in Field Day at home due to some medical issues and things that the XYL needed so I did manage to throw up my homebrew Buddipole in the back yard behind my apartment and I temporarily moved my 100 watt 12 volt Solar Pannel off the porch and onto the yard where it would get more sun. I was set up to operate E1 Emergency power only with 1 radio. My power out for USB was max 100 Watts. All Data contacts were max 25 watts. I began set up at 11:30 am CST on Saturday and completed all setup by 1:00 pm CST Saturday. I started off working PSK31 and had some success early on. After a number of good PSK contacts I moved to USB and again had some good success. This went on until I started noticing a drop off in my power around 6pm. The Solar panel was not able to keep enough of a charge on my battery to run a full 100 watts on USB. I switched batteries and this did help for a while but again at this time of the evening the solar panel was not able to maintain a sufficient charge on the battery so in short order the 2nd battery started showing signs of drop off in power. I was able to switch to Data exclusively and operate at a lower power and stretched my operating for another 2 hours but after that both my batteries were insufficiently charged to run my radio so I ended my participation in field day.
I had health issues and was unable to attend the club event but operated from home. I was wanting to add my contact to McKinney Amateur Radio Club, W5MRC for credit. It was not clear as to how to do that.
I added the CW/emergency power contact logs in the document updload section and the additional FT8 solar/battery power contacts in the photo upload section. I hope that this is ok. I am not sure what the proper way to upload them is. I hope this is ok and please disregard if it isn't.
Our newest club member, Katherine Jenner, past her Technician test earlier the week of Field Day. She worked 40M phone with WE9N, Elijah Dorminy, logging for her. Later she worked 20M Digital. We want to thank the City of North Richland Hills Fire Department for allowing us the use of the Training Center again this year for Field Day. Our 20M station was on the 3rd Floor of the 4 story training tower.
First, I would like to thank our Field Day Chairman, Steve Gomez KE5O, for his excellent job making our W5SSV Field Day a success—great fun, food, and fellowship, as always. We did have a visit from a local elected official, Groves City Councilman Mark McAdams, and the Deputy EMC from the City of Port Arthur Louis Havens. We also received media coverage from both a local newspaper and Television Station. We operated from our W5SSV clubhouse location as a 3E from STX. We also utilized our communications trailer at Field DayAll of our QSOs were natural power since we worked on battery power with solar and a wind generator to keep them charged. Johnny Carter did a presentation on a Super J-Pole and how to build a Collinear J-Pole. We used Twitter as our Social Media outlet tagging #ARRLFD in our posts. It was good to see some old friends and some new ones. Kirk Mahaney - N5WKM
All of our QSO's were Natural Power QSOs. I just submitted the cabrillo file a second time as the natural power qsos.
This was arguably the best Field Day! The weather was wonderful, and no obstacle was to big for our group of hams! We were in the parking lot of the Oakhurst Masonic Lodge (thank you lodge members!), so we could not sink stakes or antennas so we improvised! a raised steel staircase provided a place to secure the mast, with the addition of ratchet straps. Wooden wheel chucks insulated the mast from the piping. Cinder blocks secured the radials, with traffic cones, marking each for safety. Plus two long wires flew through the trees (what accuracy and throwing arm Paul_KF6TRJ has!) and a mobile dipole erected on a travel trailer, completed our array. We tried out the logging software from N3FJP, and things couldn't have been easier! We had three visitors from OES and three from the Red Cross. Mikhael-W6PE provided his Winlink setup and shared information about ARES.PaUL-KF6TRJA, brought his old reliable rig. Terry-W6HRY and Larry-KN6ACE were burning up the air on the Club's radio. Tony-AJ6PD worked his station from home, couldn't join us at the site but set up and joined us from home! A 17 yr old got on the GOTA station for her first taste of ham radio, didn't want to leave! A wife of a licensed Ham came as well. Made a couple of contacts and I am afraid her husband may have to move on over! We gave away copies of the ARRL Technician books, planting and sowing the seeds...Dean-AF6MC and Paul-WC5AT started the night shift; then John-KN6VDG took over for Dean. So Paul and John stayed up all night working the waves and swapping stories! Come 7am, Sunday morning, we fired up the 2M rig we brought just for the purpose... and The Early Risers Net ran from right there at our field day location! If you were standing around, you were given a Mic, and invited in! I can't say enough about this club and all of the participation! Hams, and their supporting crew members brought it all together. Each and everyone, a vital piece of the picture!
Our QTH for Field Day 2023 was on private property high in the Santa Cruz mountains. Operators were K9YC, W6JTI and W6GJB. Radios were a K3 for HF (CW) and a KX3 for VHF (FT8). Antennas included 2 el 20m and 40 dipole on a pneumatic mast at 55 ft, a C3SS tribander at 24 ft, an 80 meter inverted-V with feedpoint at 53 ft, and a 5 el 6 meter yagi at 10 ft. The stations were powered by three 100 Ah batteries, charged by a 300 Watt solar array, which was considerably more than we needed. The weather was cold and foggy overnight and mornings, but clear and pleasant by mid-day.
My first Field Day on the HF bands! Spent the weekend camping in the Sierra National Forest next to a lake. Couldn't ask for better scenery and weather. I'm still amazed at what 5 watts, an end-fed longwire, and FT8 can do. Can't wait to try this again next year.
SFARC operated from Georgetown Airport in El Dorado County, California again this year and had excellent participation and attendance. We operated all bands, all modes including (2) contacts via satellite, all on generator power. Weather was a perfect mid-70's for the entire event, and much fun was had by all. Out GOTA station was a success with one individual <18 years old making 15 contacts.
Even tho the bands were not in our favor in Ca., we had a blast. A couple of new hams made their first HF contact, kids exposed to ham radio and made contacts. All together Field Day was a LAFF. Learn Ask questions Food Fun Until we meet again....73...N6AJ
Running a Yaesu FT-891 at 5 watts with an EFHW antenna at about 11 Feet using a Bioenno 20ah battery at a park near my home.
We received a CERTificate from the California State Assembly Representative, Mike Gibson; a visit from Carson City Councilman, Jim Dear, Richard Norton of ARRL LAX; and CSDHPD, Hoang LeQuang
Photos available at https://photos.app.goo.gl/MCyHMvfxB46zhbtr7
Great FD. W6TOI was able to set up at a local park and Fire training tower. We had several visitors including a YL Ham from Scotland who really enjoyed working the event and said it has resparked her interest in Ham Radio. The local fire department brought there brand new communication vehicle to display.
The NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amateur Radio Club operated from Mount Gleason (a former Nike anti-aircraft missile site from the 1950s to 1970s) in the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County. We assembled a Spiderbeam at the edge of an East-facing slope and worked 15, 20, and 40 meters HF. The peak also offered us the vantage point to work as far south as San Diego and as far north as Santa Barbara on 2 meters and 70 cm. We ran completely on solar and battery power and slept in tents/vans. We had a number of mountain bikers visit us that day who we fed snacks and taught them about Field Day. All operators beat their personal bests from the previous year, and W6VIO nearly doubled our number of QSOs from last year. It was our best Field Day yet!!
Arizona Science Center supported FD with free admission to all licensed hams as well as allowing us a public info table in the lobby. Had more than 20 hams visit and a few my volunteer at the center with W7ASC.
Absolutely great time operating. Set up along the road going up to Mt Bigelow just north of Tucson. Several hikers, mountain bike cyclists, and campers stopped by asking about my antenna (DX Commander) and wondering what I was doing. Really nice to have conversations with the general public about ham radio. And it helped to have a great little assistant operator, Jett who was a great ambassador for me.
All HF phone contacts were completed with batteries charged by solar power, in the days prior to the event. I have no idea how we are supposed to provide documentation for that consideration.
Another successful Field Day for the Dixie Amateur Radio Club in St. George, Utah. W7DRC ended up with the second highest total in our Field Day history. Most of our QRP contacts were digital, and once we got past the afternoon blues, the contacts started rolling in. We ran CW, SSB, and FT8/4. Thanks to all who answered our puny signal and we're looking forward to next year. 73 to all.
Hassayampa Amateur Radio Klub (HARK) operated 4A from the "Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse" in downtown Wickenburg, Arizona. The Little Red Schoolhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and was the first schoolhouse built in the area in 1905. Rui Pereira, the Mayor of Wickenburg, proclaimed June 24, 2023 as Amateur Radio Day in Wickenburg. George Cameron, N7GRC and HARK President gave an interview to the Wickenburg Sun that was printed on June 21, 2023.
Started out with high hopes and got caught with a thunder and lightning storm over Diamond Peak, No contacts until late in the evening, 20M was good until after midnight and 40m at 10watts was decent. Total on the air was limited by the storm and as the storm moved away the static crashes still limited our contacts. Operation was at 6000ft about one mile from the southern edge of the Diamond Peak wilderness.
Radio Amateurs of the Gorge operated from the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM)
I set up at our family cabin up on the Mogollon Rim near Show Low. Used a K3, Goalzero 1500Z battery/inverter, 200 watt solar panel for daytime charging and a G5RV Jr strung up in the pines with pre-existing ropes and pulleys. Split my time between JS8 and FT8 on 40, 20 and 15 meters. Nice field day if a bit slow but then also had family to visit with during FD. Fun!
Totally fun Field Day 2023 this year for the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society at Washoe Lake State Park, Washoe Valley Nevada
We noticed an error we make that we believe we corrected. W7VOI 3A ID is The Voice of Idaho Amateur Radio Club; not the Voice of America.
Although it's more convenient for me to operate Field Day as Class 1D, I assembled my "emergency" antenna (a Bravo 5A by N6BT) and used it the first day of the event. Part way through the second day, I switched to my horizontal fan dipole and marveled at its lower noise level. That's the theory of vertical vs horizontal HF antennas and now I've experienced it myself! W7YG
I attempted Satellite QSOs. Many Stations were making MULTIPLE contacts on the same pass. Many saying their callsigns 3 times in a row and saying field day. I couldnt get in! I propose a bulletin next year Stating ' These FM Repeaters are operational on Field Day this Year. Only ONE QSO is allowed for Field day per Satellite. Make your one QSO per Satellite and then just listen in and only answer if you hear someone calling and no one answering. Use standard Satellite QSO ie "This is (your Callsign and GridSquare) and Answer qso's with (their Callsign and Gridsquare) this is (your Callsign and Gridsquare) QSL. I was shocked at how many obviously didnt read the rules and thought it was a free for all make all the QSO's you can and make sure you say your section & class! Maybe 100 point DEDUCTION for each QSO entered over the 1 per Satellite allowed???
After being involved with club based Field Day events for over 15 years, this was my first attempt at running solo. We were in a moderately primitive campground in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan with only power, no water, now sewer, no internet, and no cell phone. Since I have been to this campground, I should have anticipated the issues better, especially bringing my own GPS time sources and made sure that my antenna would be happy attached to the camper. After a slow start, I found out my headphone / microphone had a problem, I had a second mic so I got past that but my signal wasn't strong enough for reliably working SSB. So I switched to my backup mode, FT8. I worked a few contacts and suddenly my computer seemed to have lost it time. I couldn't reset it to the accuracy required for FT8. So I switched to PSK31 and worked the few station on that mode. The general results were that my score is similar to the first time I worked a VHF contest on top of Mount Cheaha in Alabama and I had no idea what I was doing. This is now a challenge so I will see if I can make another attempt next year (if my club will let me skip out again).
Had a blast. Kept loaded 410 shotgun for bear deterrent.
The Grant County Amateur Radio Club's Field Day was a learning experience. We had trouble with several antennas that were not working (high SWR on all bands). After several attempts we finally got a portable vertical to work. We had 15 club members show up during the 24 hour operation. We also was visited by the Grant County EMA Director Bob Jackson. Bob was impressed at what we were doing and said he had learned a lot about how the Amateur Radio Community could help in case of a disaster in the county. At around 5 PM local time we had a potluck supper of hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans,potato salad and desert. We were 3A and made 95 contacts during the 24 hour period. Had to cut our operating short because of bad weather (Thunder storms with lighting) entered the area around 11 AM. Other than that it was a fun time for all that were involved.
Field Day since 1959. This year class 1E, 50 watts, solar charged batteries, dipole at six feet. CU FD 2024.
SOTA on W6/CT-256 Sugarloaf Mountain and POTA at K-4546 Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Memorial using FT-857D and SOTABeams 20/40 Linked Dipole as well as an FT-60R.
Another Field Day adventure in the books! The portable operation took place from Ft Clinch State Park in NFL. While first day was largely rained out and intense local lightning produced severe static, a few contacts were logged using a "field expedient car-non-mobile" setup. The second day the rain was gone and the sun was out, perhaps too much as the NFL heat and bugs were augmented with plenty of humidity from the rain. The ARRL EFHW kit antenna worked well strung between two portable poles - its a keeper. Looking forward to 2024 already. Thanks to all who participated and 73, W9TCV
Submitting my entry has never been easier. In the bad old days I would spend hours going thru log*BOOK*s and dupe*SHEET*s to get the entry into the *POSTAL* mail within a month of the event!
More supporting documentation for emergency power, public place, and media publicity.
Waupaca County ARES/RACES spread the word about amateur radio to the City of Weyauwega this year! The group operated the full 24-hour period with three transmitters operating simultaneously and used three gas generators to supply power for the event. Throughout the event, 14 of the Waupaca County ARES/RACES participated this year in the outdoor event at a city parking lot in front of an IGA store and local restaurant. The first day was sunny and hot, but all the participants attending had a great time according to the group’s comments on the Waupaca County ARES/RACES Sunday night net. Bob Martin, KA9EOK, stated it was the “best Field Day he experienced in 20 years”. Waupaca County ARES/RACES ARRL 2023 Field Day Coordinator, Carol Young, invited over 125 Waupaca County Municipality Elected Officials to this year’s event and the City of Weyauwega Administrator, Jeremy Schroeder wrote about how he appreciates all the services that the Waupaca County ARES/RACES provides to Waupaca County. Other served agency officials that attended the event included a City of Weyauwega police officer and Assistant Fire Chief. Best part of this year’s Field Day was seeing the Waupaca County ARES/RACES put forth a “Team Effort” to bring awareness of Amateur Radio to the public and share knowledge with each other! Waupaca County ARES/RACES taught youth and adults that visited the 2023 ARRL Field Day how to install a Rattlegram App on their cellphone and send text messages via audio signals through the transceiver over the Waupaca County ARES/RACES 146.925 repeater to other Waupaca County ARES/RACES members that were in different locations. Visitors also had opportunities to ask members over the repeater other questions relating to amateur radio and learn how amateur radio helps with emergency preparedness. Waupaca County Post reporter, James Card, interviewed several Waupaca County ARES/RACES members and wrote an article in the weekly newspaper about the event. K9STN, Stan Piekarczyk was one of sixteen visitors that stopped by the event. The Weyauwega-Fremont Cub Scouts provided a cookout and bake sale at the event for the community. Overall it was a great time and great weather! Next year, another Waupaca County municipality will Discover the World of Amateur Radio for the 2024 ARRL Field Day!
Another fun Field Day, this year at Wildcat Mountain State Park! (K-1480) with the X6100. Saturday I used a low sloping EFHW, on Sunday a 17 foot telescoping whip on Buddipole & VersaTee A lot of patience and persistence was required to bust pileups with QRP power, but it was well worth the effort. More QSOs than last year! http://driftlessqrp.com
Below is a link to the local TV interview to KWQC by Club president Eric K9JOZ, https://www.ourquadcities.com/living-local/riverbend-wireless-operators-club-field-day/
This is my 14 y/o Granddaughter Riley. She worked a lot of FT8 over the two days of FD. My job was to control the transmitter ensuring the frequency, power and waveform were correct as she picked the station and logged the entries. She has been involved with FD since she was 8 y/o!
We had a good operation this year overall. We had to do a field expedient repair to the 40 meter beam early on Saturday evening but it held up until the end. We used an 85 watts solar panel to charge a Bioenno LiFEPO4 battery to make our natural power QSO's for the 100 bonus points. One of the crew also sent all out message traffic out over Winlink on 40 meters for another 200 bonus points. The pic is of our final totals. Thanks to Scott, N3FJP, for the amazing FD logging software and for working us and spotting WA1USA on the cluster! FD 2023 proved to be our best Field Day so far......on to planning for next year.
We operated on generator for Saturday afternoon. 20 was in good shape. 95 w, Flex 6400. Off-center-fed antenna made of 400 ohm ladder line, apex 20'.
Most of this year's Field Day was spent trouble shooting my two QRP rigs. The problem was eventually resolved when two brand new, imported, right-angled, coax connectors were found to be intermittently shorted due to a manufacturing defect! However, by the time I found the problem, I had decided to give up my trip and only made one "Test QSO" just to prove to myself that it "could have worked!" Better luck next year! 73 DE WA4A/Bob
I enjoyed this weekend with my Heathkit HW-8 and loop antenna for Field Day 2023.The new operating position in my camper yielded 208 contacts for the contest this year.WA4NKL Billy
The club manned a GOTA Station for the entire event (WD4PBR) including a qualified GOTA Coach. We did not have any operators participate thus we were denied any bonus points or allowed to indicate we had a GOTA Station via the electronic submission form. I would suggest that if a club goes to the effort to have and man a GOTA Station then grant the 100 bonus points. Keep the GOTA contacts as they are and modify the GOTA Coach points based upon the number of contacts made up to 100 points. The electronic submission form needs to match the paper submission form or visa versa. If certain documentation is not needed eliminate its requirement. I would like to thank Paul, N1SFE, for his assistance in the preparation of the electronic filing for my club WA4USN.
enjoyed the contest! Please accept my log file.
This was one of the most relaxing, and fun Field Days in years. On to 2024!
Because I was unable to get away this weekend for Field Day, I went to the “field” using the club call of WA6LE as a 1E LAX sitting under a tree in my backyard. Using a KX3 to a KXPA100 amplifier to coax rerouted from my fixed 3 element beam and dipole on the tower, and a separate 2 meter vertical mounted on a tripod on the grass, I managed 76 CW and 146 phone QSOs in eight hours operating time. Since Saturday was Armed Forces Day, I flew the Army flag and Navy flag in front of our house due to my XYL Karla’s KB6LAS and my service. Scott Los Angeles, CA
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
Another FD in the books. We were at our usual site on Table Mtn near Ellensburg, overlooking Wilson Creek Canyon. The weather was a little chilly at times and there were some close calls with thunder storms. Band Condx were tough for QRP at the start of the contest but drastically improved as evening approached. Some guys stayed up late and reaped a bounty on 40m and 20m. WU7H enjoyed some late night 20m DX to EU. Josh also enjoyed a QRP SSB contact with Chile on 10m in the AM on Sunday morning. Alas no real E skp on 6m CW or SSB. WW7D pounded away until the wee hours on 40m, boosting our score considerably. I had a 2AM run in with a ground squirrel that attempted to take up residence in the engine compartment or my Van that I was sleeping in. It did not have a chance to build a nest or chew any wires ,,,, Wheuuh. 73s Bill WA7NCL
Had fun operating from home on Sunday testing emergency power capabilities after the initial 24-hr operating period had ended using a 100Ah LiFePO4 battery. All 15 QSOs were on FT8 at 50W. Battery was only drained about 10% of its capacity during operation. Radio: Icom IC-7300 for QSOs; Yaesu FT-897 at 5W on 2m for Winlink message. Antennas: Chameleon EMCOMM II for 40m, MFJ-1786 magloop for 20 & 15m, and Cushcraft Ringo for the 2m bonus for message to the AZ SM via N7GV-10 on Winlink. Could not copy the ARRL digital bulletin on Sunday morning due to poor band condx. 73, Mike Bass WA9TKK
Quiet generator, good pair of very comfortable headphones and because of the dry conditions, the bugs left me alone. The result, a twenty-minute nap per band during Field Day 2023.
The rain held off, band conditions improved greatly, although 10m was a complete reversal from 2022 - nothing, and 15m yielded just (2) contacts. We had a great time and had three brand new ops on GOTA, plus VHF/UHF AND our first ever Satellite contact!
This was my first use of the X-Tenna that I purchased at Dayton Hamvention for just this purpose. All went well until the rain sent me indoors and shut the station dur to electrical storm As ray say there is always next year And. We will always have Paris Larry WB2UFO
Field Day event is always dynamic with last minute changes to weekend event planning. The GREAT Club normally meets in Tennessee (Whitwell Mountain at 2300 feet elevation). This year, a unexpected attendance change cause Field Day be held in Georgia instead. The Club was able to train potential HAMs as to understanding Software Defined Radios (SDR) and comparing Discone antenna to JPole in reception and noise floor (JPole wins).
1. All photos and documents taken by WB5AOH 2. All text documents use DOS style CR-LF line endings 3. I desire to donate my contest points to local club AUSTIN ARC (w5ka) 4. Photos recycled from previous years submissions, No Changes made in system.
Grandson just got his Tech license at this years Dayton Hamfest. His dad is also a ham. So we named our 3 man radio group the "Pokemon Radio Guys!" Matthew KE8YKY, Erik N8XHZ, and Jeff WB8REI. We had a great time, made lots of contacts, and ate lots of good food. Even had a birthday party for my XYL after FD, it was a BUSY weekend! Sounded like the weather might be a problem this year however we ended up dodging the raindrops and the humidity wasnt to bad. All in all it was a pretty nice day weatherwise. The mosquitos were few and far between. Looking forward to next year. Thanks for a GREAT time from all of you hams we made contact with! 73's Jeff, Erik and Matthew
I wish that all "CQ keying" boxes had a built-in "minimum time-out" function so that CW operators would be forced to have perhaps 4 seconds of "Receive" time between each CQ. Too many CW ops were only listening for around 1 second before hitting that "Send" button. Don Mix (W1TS) said it best in a July 1959 QST article: "If there is any secret to it all, it is to use the receiver more and the transmitter less." Give yourself a real pause between your CQs so you can hear a reply, and you'll get a higher score!
The club operated from Hard Labor Creek State Park this year and had a number of folks stop by when walking in the campground area where we were.
Contacts should be on 20 meters.
We were going to use 2 xmiters(2A)...but only used 1.. We were in 2A but submitted in 1A. We got too busy to use the 2nd transmitter.
Hi! For ARRL Field Day 2023, I operated using a portable station outside my house. I did this in 2022, but for 2023 I used different radios - an Icom ID-5100 and Icom ID-4100 for working FM satellites, and a Kenwood TH-D74 for packet via the ISS 145.825 packet digipeater. Other than the ISS digipeater, I only worked FM satellites, and we had nine of those for this year's Field Day: 1. AO-91 (available on Sunday morning only) 2. ARISS cross-band voice repeater 3. LilacSat-2 (CAS-3H, available on Saturday afternoon/evening) 4. PO-101 (available late Saturday afternoon for western North America, also early Sunday morning for all of North America) 5. SO-50 6. TEVEL-3 7. TEVEL-4 8. TEVEL-5 9. TEVEL-7 Having 9 FM satellites available during this Field Day may be an all-time record. Many thanks to David Greenberg 4X1DG, command station for the TEVEL satellites, for making 4 of them available during the Field Day weekend. The TEVEL-3 satellite was passing over western North America around the start of Field Day, 1800 UTC on Saturday (24 June). There were stations making contacts in the minutes leading up to 1800 UTC. When I saw 1800 UTC appear on my ID-5100's clock, and also on a Casio "atomic" wristwatch, I announced myself on the satellite - "WD9EWK, Field Day". Within seconds, I received a call from W6ZE, the Orange County Amateur Radio Club in southern California. We made our exchange, and both stations secured their 100-point bonus for a satellite contact in the first minute of Field Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp916GqZ7WE&t=163s (TEVEL-3, link starts this video at 1800 UTC) After TEVEL-3 went by, the 3 other TEVEL satellites passed over western North America in the next 35 minutes. On TEVEL-5, which came right after TEVEL-3, I recognized a few of the operators calling me from club stations. WD9EWK made quick contacts with them. These contacts may not have contributed to the WD9EWK Field Day score, but those contacts helped those clubs claim their satellite QSO bonuses. WD9EWK then worked TEVEL-7 and TEVEL-4, logging contacts on both of them, making for a good start to Field Day at WD9EWK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRldvezvtQg (TEVEL-5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVtf-PJLSwY (TEVEL-7) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDNncMz8MQ4 (TEVEL-4) About an hour after the 4 TEVEL satellites passed by, the ISS was passing over the southwestern USA and northern Mexico. I did not listen to the cross-band voice repeater on this pass, focusing on the 145.825 MHz packet digipeater. There was only one station on that pass looking to make Field Day contacts, AI6DO in southern California. Using APRS messages, WD9EWK and AI6DO completed a packet contact through the ISS digipeater. Later in the afternoon, the PO-101 and LilacSat-2 (CAS-3H) satellites passed by. I made contacts on each of them, and answered calls from other stations. After those passes, I looked to work the 3 other FM satellites - AO-91, SO-50, and the ISS cross-band repeater - on Sunday (25 June) morning. On Sunday morning, I prepared for the SO-50 pass around 1535 UTC. I was able to work KB6LTY in southern California for my points-scoring contact on this pass. I also answered a couple of other stations. Then I was hoping to hear AO-91 active as it passed by a half-hour later. AO-91 was on, and I was able to make a contact on this pass. After AO-91, this left the ISS cross-band repeater as the last FM satellite to work during Field Day. The ISS cross-band repeater is always popular. It transmits at 5W, 10 to 20 times the transmitter power of our other current FM satellites, making it easier to hear. Add in Field Day, and its passes are crowded. I used the pass just after 1700 UTC to get my final Field Day contact. About half-way into the pass, I was able to work N0IAN in Iowa to put the ISS repeater into my log. This completed my "clean sweep" of working all 9 FM satellites available during Field Day. Just after 1800 UTC Sunday, as many stations shut down their Field Day efforts, I heard KN6UWK from San Clemente Island in grid DM02, off the southern California coast, looking for contacts of any sort on TEVEL-4 and TEVEL-7. San Clemente Island is a US Navy base, and grid DM02 is extremely rare for satellite operators and terrestrial VHF/UHF operators (especially on 6m). On satellites, Adam K6ARK was on the mic as KN6UWK. It was nice to hear non-military visitors on the island for Field Day. 73!
This was my first attempt of a FD running 5 watts or less cw qrp. I had a great time and want to thank all the stations that heard me. Next year I'll do it again using battery/solar power to see if I can match or better my qso total of 136. 72 to all. Kieth wi0s
temporary rybakov antenna in an HOA
We set up at a cabin in Potter County PA. Active ops were AK3V and N3BUD. We had an individual interested in ham radio and AK3V's son who is an inactive ham present. Unfortunately neither were interested in operating this year. We had an interference issue that we traced back to the generator line. After moving it and separating coax lines and generator lines the problem subsided. With only two operators we lost a lot of points this year. And unfortunately we were so busy trying to get the inactive people to understand the purpose of Field Day, antenna construction, logging programs, we forgot to copy the message this year, darn it.
The Coffeyville Amateur Radio Club had a successful Field Day after a several-year hiatus. Club members set up at the Oakcrest Lodge in Pfister Park in Coffeyville, KS. The setup was manned for 24 hours and almost 30 people attended the event including many guests. Four radios were setup, with up to three in operation at any given time. Two stations were devoted to phone operations while two were setup for QRP FT8. Antennas included end-feds, a vertical, and a homebrew doublet that was featured in the May edition of QST. All antennas performed well, but the doublet was outstanding, breaking through many pileups and generating many great signal reports. Several new hams were able to get on the air, and Field Day has now lit the fire in them to get on HF at their home QTH. Visitors included state Senator Virgil Peck as well as local Coffeyville City Commissioner Bob York. A key part of the Field Day's success was publicity. Club President John Vest, KC0WAB, used his monthly appearance on KGGF-AM to promote the club's event, and a description of the event was read on the station's free community calendar frequently leading up to the event. This brought several curious non-hams out including two local newspaper reports who provided additional exposure for the club. This is a good reminder for other clubs to inquire with their local TV or radio stations about airtime availability for non-profit organizations. Club funds were used to purchase a meal for all in attendance for dinner, and no one left hungry after all the smash burgers came off the grill! Like all Field Days, it was truly a team effort with everyone pitching in and lending something. In all, 43 states and six different countries were contacted, and all considered the event a true success. James Copeland, KD0ICP Coffeyville ARC Treasurer
We held our first club fieldday at the Gold Dust Park in Villa Rica 646 Industrial Blvd, Villa Rica, GA 30180
Class C Stations should probably qualify for Natural Power and Public Location, if documentation is provided. For example, my contacts this year were all natural power (solar on Aux Battery normally installed; nothing special for this event), and the station was in public locations (Prospect Arena, Arvada, CO) for all QSOs.
My tiny Field Day site. One operator, battery only, only operator in the park.
Great trip to Lion Rock Washington. We had some intermittent freezing rain on Friday, but the weekend turned out beautiful. This was our first time using a drone to hang our wire antennas.
Handled dozens of NTS messages.
We spent a great day at the field day in a POTA park, we tested our station with LifePO4 battery, solar panel, the awning to protect us from the weather and everything well prepared, at the end we had a problem with the truck and we had to be towed home, nothing to regret and a lot of fun. This time we operated with the Yaesu FT-891 at 100W, LifePO4 battery of 36amp/h, solar panel of 60W, inverted V-dipole antenna at 6m height as in many of our operations, we also tried a vertical antenna for 10m on the roof of the truck but we prefer the dipole for the best performance it has given us previously. Francesco YV5LFY and Tony YV5RAB