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This was my first and god willing not my last Field Day with CVARC. It was the best! California to
Wyoming on 6M was a thrill. Thanks ARRL and thanks to Daphne and the CVARC leadership for a job well
done. The best!
Request: that a 5 or 10 Khz section be allocated in the CW band during field day events for slow
code operators, 13WPM or slower. Currently the CW band averages(quick observation) about 18 to
25WPM. The area which could be used may be similar to the SKCC events.
Thank you
We had 18 participants from our club and set up at the entrance to the March Field Air Museum in
Riverside, CA. All visitors to the museum passed by our operation prior to entering. We fielded many
questions about amateur radio in general and gained a new club member.

We had a visit from the Mayor Pro-Tem of Riverside CA Steve Hemenway. He delivered a proclamation
from Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson declaring the fourth week of June 2024 as Amateur Radio Week.
Great field day as always! Helped my club with antenna/tower setup, then came home to operate 1E
using all Solar/Battery power from the home QTH (outside, on the deck). WX was hot and balmy 90-100
degF, but I kept cooler in the shade, with plenty of hydration. The sun kept the solar panel fully
saturated, and kept my 18Ah LiFePo4 battery charged up well into the night.

Bands were surprisingly good this year, using my 40M EFHW and a make-shift connection to my Hexbeam
for the 20/15/10 QSOs (pointed directly West, no rotation needed throughout the event). I focused on
making Phone QSOs this year, not for the points, but for the western states I needed for my WAS band
endorsements, anyway. Low noise, and plenty of stations calling CQ (in fact, too many to try calling
it myself).

I started out scrolling the 15M band on my Yaesu FT-450AT, then switched to 20M for the evening, and
stayed on that band well into the night (~1 AM or so, when my battery dropped off below 10.5 VDC and
the radio shut off). In the morning on Sunday, after I let the battery charge up a bit, I continued
making contacts on 20/15/10, until I realized there were many stations calling CQ on the 40M band
with no QSOs. At that point, I switched to my EFHW, and picked off QSOs 1-by-1, reaching my highest
rate of 45 QSOs/hr at one point.

The fact I ran all Phone QSOs, with full 100W power, as well as the laptop charger on my battery,
contributed to it draining completely at night. In past FDs using this same setup, I was making more
FT-8 Digital QSOs, at ~20W, which meant I was able to run the battery way longer. For future events,
I will consider purchasing a bigger battery or a bigger, more powerful panel, to keep the battery at
a higher level of charge as the evening starts.
wow must have been a flare 10m non existent
psk31 contacts at a minimum (remember how wild it got)
ABSOLUTLY NO RTTY ACTION why ? Dont drop it just give an incentive to use like a greater point value
to pry folks away from ft8/ft4 lets balance this out somehow !
I am grateful that the tradition of Field Day continues through the effort of regular guys and gals
volunteering their time and equipment to help everyone have a fun weekend. Glad I was able to upload
my meager results here, but as a member I am disappointed for folks that all these contacts cannot
be uploaded to LoTW and I question the vague statements made by the league its now long term
Extremely laid-back operation while camping at Four Mile Creek State Park (NY) POTA US-2055
Had a great time this year; it was limited but I still had a blast.  Only two exceptions:

1. I suppose QRM on the W1AW Field Day bulletin could be considered a preparedness exercise.  This
means I should thank everyone that volunteered to "help out" for the Sunday morning 40m CW
transmission, instead of some other (and very much less charitable) attitude about it.

2. Also, no Field Day would be complete without having to stop and fix something.  I lost a couple
of hours on Sunday but at least I was back for the last 2 hours or so.
Thanks to all ops who used digital mode FT8 & especially FT4 for contest. SSB condx here were poor.
FT8/4 QSOs were rolling in. Lets continue to run digital modes as an option in the contests that
allow them and please use FT4 for higher Q rates! At my QTH, digital gets thru when SSB won't.
Shades of the good old CW days. 73.
Great Field Day in spite of my PC failing and rain with thundershowers.

Set up QRP portable outside using a Sigma-Eurocomm SE HF X-80 antenna on a hitch mount with only 2
radials for 80M.  (neat antenna btw. 1.5 or better SWR 6m to 160m (narrow on 160))

PC failed when I started operating which required paper logging.
Then the rain.  Moved the station inside to my workbench.  Ensured the FT-450 was set on QRP and
started a bit late.

Where do photos get uploaded?

Even with rain and clouds the Solar panels were able to keep up the entire weekend.  The controller
did not switch to battery power all week end. Due to thunderstorms I did not operate over night.
ICOM 7300, 41' EFRW antenna set up vertically.  I was in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands
in Texas.
Many thanks to all operators who worked me. This is my first year being able to really enjoy Field
Day as a CW operator. All that practice paid off! See y'all down the log in another contest.
73 Bob AI7FF
Trying to upload pictures of My Totally OFF Grid power system that only has input from Solar and
Wind.  The output is isolated from the grid and feeds the branch circuit(s) that I select.  For ARRL
Field Day it is branch circuit J which is my Amateur Radio Station.

My Solar panels oldest to newest left to right from 1991 to today 6/23/2024.

My 3 phase Rectifier with 150 Amp. capacity to convert the wind turbine variable frequency A.C. into
D.C. I make my own connector terminals from copper pipe.

My The 24-year-old charge controller with diversion load to shunt excess power when the battery
Voltage goes higher than the set limit.

My 28,000 Watt-hour battery bank. They are the deep cycle type. Notice the 1-inch copper pipe buss
bar & 0000 AWG cable. It can handle more than 200 Amps continuous.

My 2500 Watt 12 VDC to 120 VAC true sine wave inverter.

My 10-branch circuit transfer switch.
But I don't see a provision for that. Anyway, they are posted on the FD Facebook page with the
The submitted photo is a portion of the 28 Kw solar system installed on my QTH roof. Photo of 22 Kw
home generator not submitted - Generator is reserved for use during nighttime. 

Bob   AJ4LJ
I had the wrong class. always 1d.This is for the other guys.

Can not copy file to this.


OK hope it works
Field Day prepares participants for anything. Our SteppIR (3E) antenna failed SWR tests requiring a
backup antenna solution (an all band wire fan dipole). AK4I group enjoyed a wonderful event using
our alternative antenna configuration.
All QSOs this year were made from my QTH as I was recovering from a heart attack and decided not to
brave the 100+ degree F heat outside. All contacts were made with my Kenwood TS-520 hybrid receiver.
CW contacts were made with a straight-key CJB26012B and head-copy. This is my 2nd Field Day since
becoming a ham and the firsts since punching my Extra class ticket. Looking forward to next year. 73
and TNX to everyone who worked me!
Greetings and many thanks to the entire ARRL Team.

 Best regards 73 Jose EA3EE
Only too glad to give the Guys & gals a few points, condx's across the pond were not very good, lots
of very weak signals. by looking at the entries received so far it's going to be a great success. 73
de Derrick G3LHJ
Great experience as other years. It give us new challenge to success our own objectives. This year I
improve my EFHW antenna, and my battery pack, improving contacts, and documenting with pictures
operation site. Using Winlink and other challenge.
I enjoyed the contest.
Makoto Tsuda JH1HHP
This year I had prepared and had paid leave to attend at 1B, but due to heavy rain, I had to change
to operating from home. Very disappointing. Next year I want to participate with 1B.
TNX ALL. All QSO made via IO-117.
Operated from 5 different POTA parks, 4 of them new-to-me. Very hot day to operate from a
non-running car in SE PA, especially when no shade could be found. Sweat dripping on my laptop
keyboard, and a wet shirt. I assembled a hot weather kit of a towel, extra water, and extra shirts
-- but left it at home. Almost all S&P, ~75% FT8 25% SSB, 40m only, mostly just Saturday with a
short session on Sunday morning.
I operated class "D" from my home QTH.  This was a last-minute decision.  I have antenna
restrictions at my home QTH.  I used a MFJ-1788 Magnetic Loop Antenna and 100 watts.  I made 309 CW
contacts.  The magnetic loop is mounted on a 4 foot tall umbrella stand.  I was able to touch up the
tuning on the loop as I was calling the other station.  This was easy on the higher bands.  All of
my contacts were "Search and Pounce."  This is my 50'th year as a Radio Amateur.  I still love being
a ham radio operator.
We had a GOTA station with a coach set up as well as a VHF station but due to poor weather and heavy
rain had to tear them down due to flooding of part of the site. (No thunder or lightning at
The Parker Radio Association's 10th ARRL Field Day! Amazing turnout and lots of fun, laughter,
educational activities and reminiscing on the the PRA's 10th Anniversary.
-K0W FD2024 Station operated all digital contacts using a solar panel charging a set of rechargeable
NiMH batteries throughout the contest period.
-The station operators met and invited USFS Ranger (Brant Wobig, Forest Service
Arapaho National Forest-Clear Creek Ranger District) to visit our station. We have a signed
visitors' log to that effect.
-K0W operated with two HF antennas, a G5RV and an OCF Windom antenna, both strung in the tree canopy
at our campsite.
-We have photos of the campsite, solar panel with batteries, visitor log, but cannot locate a photo
upload option within the soapbox location.
Another great year of field day everyone had a great time and everything worked well with no major
I worked the following 1x3s: K9A, N0A, N2A, N3A, W6A, W8A, W9A, N1A,
N1A, N4A, N0A, N8A, K1C, W4C, W7C, K4E, W5E, N2F, W9F, W0H, K2I, K0M,
W1M, W1M, N4N, W7Q, K1R, K4R, N0R, W3R, W3U, N7V, K4W, K4W, and N3Y
which spell ACEFHIMNQRUVWY.  Or maybe I missed these: BDGJKLOPSTXZ.
My first Field Day!! I have fun here at home!!
Where do the photos upload?
I only ran Field Day for 12 hours. I needed sleep, food and the occasional run to the store on
insistence of the XYL.

But most important is the fact I ran it QRP (5 Watts) and only CW. I was running a Xeigu X-5105 into
a ZS6BKW antenna in inverted V configuration up at 50 feet.

I wish I could have ran the whole thing like I did for many years since a novice in '84. Yet, I
cannot ignore my age (65) and health. I am just thankful that I was able to operate it at all.

73... Bob de k2kI

I hope the League changes the QRP entry to include running 5W on "Commercial Mains" instead of
Battery only as it sits now!
Perhaps it was the heat and humidity, and so-so band condx, but this became something of a forced
march.  As a 1B entry, I used a single, battery powered, 5 watt, xcvr (Yaesu FT-818ND), and switched
between two antennas: a 17 ft ground mounted vertical with radials, and a 58 foot EF wire at ca 20
ft with 9:1 unun at the feed point and a small tuner.  At times, the bands were bedlam and - nothing
new - there are some who treat the event like a contest.  This year, I carried on out of sheer
bloody-mindedness, more than anything.
The heat, humidity, thunder and lightning couldn't stop our Parsippany-Troy Hill RACES group (K2PTH)
from having fun! Can't wait until next year!
Operated from a local park.
I did help Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club setup only. I did not operate with them because the heat
was a record 99F and too much for me.

I operated from home, but pop-up storms knocked me off the air during prime times. I had FUN
WOW, Like many experienced we had unusually hot weather which did not help with our efforts. We
finally gave up around 1100 AM Sunday morning beat and exhausted but happy to have had year # 41 at
this site. Dave KC3AM.  K3WJV was the call used this year.

The Fulton County Amateur Radio Club participated in ARRL Field Day for the second time since the
formation of the club in 2023.  This year we had 21 participates.  During the VE session 2 of the
clubs youth members upgraded to General the morning.  Following the VE session the member enjoyed a
potluck meal and an educational session once field day started on the use of Winlink as Club
President Ben Rudy, KO4LFZ sent out messages to the Ky Section Manager and other nearby clubs.
Field Day came upon us quick this year. There was not a lot of planning because of several
circumstances. We are pleasantly surprised at how nice and relaxed the atmosphere was. We had a good
number of visitors and were able to take the time to explain how it all works. Very enjoyable Field
Day this year!
2024 GARS Summer Field Day 22-23 June Summary

Attendance:  22 signed in with 10 as guests.  We had a visit from the Fire Chief Kevin Rulapaugh
KE4NUF and Shannon Boal K4GLM a Waldo City Commissioner. Three guests went on the air and made
contacts (David Heeder K4ABJ, Jelani Young, and Diana Benton KQ4SJV.

Activities:  Attaching a crimp-on PL-259 connector to RG-8 coax cable, (we made up two cables with
crimp-on connectors) and a solder-on PL-259 connector (we made one cable with solder-on connectors).
 Demonstrated Coax cable analyzer and tuning a 6-cavity duplexer. We provided instructions on
amateur radio to all visitors. The newly demonstrated connector attachment came in handy when two
connectors needed to be replaced.  We finally got our first aid kit mounted to the wall near our
fire extinguisher (yeah!).
We had several amateurs and guests making contacts throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Not everything ran smoothly:
On Saturday we did not make as many contacts as we had hoped.  After investigation we found two
connectors and a bad coax cable.  Also going on the roof, we found the Hex beam was damaged.  The
connection between the rotor and the beam was broken so the beam was pointing mostly south.  There
was also a cracked spreader arm on the beam.  Terry Gordon went on the roof and managed to secure
the connection between the rotor and the beam with a pin and (yes be surprised “Duct Tape”). 
This temporary fix got us back on the air in the right direction.  We did not want to use our
multiplexer and filters, so we only ran one radio on the Hex beam and used the two dipoles for two
other stations.
Time for lunch:
We had an excellent feast for lunch.  See are menu below.
Smoked pork butt (Thanks Karyn)
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese (Thanks Lorilyn)
Homemade Chili (Thanks Debra)
Homemade Corn Bread (Thanks Barbara)
Homemade Tossed Green and Fruit Salad (Thanks Carol)
Soft Drinks (Thanks Shannon and Debra)
Barbecue and Hot sauce, chopped onions (Thanks Shannon and Debra)
Spring Water (Thanks Ken)
Coffee, Bagels, and Cream cheese (Thanks Barry)
Cookies, Grated Cheese, Rolls, crackers, and butter (Thanks GARS)
Around here, Field Day always provides an opportunity to make and try a new antenna design. After
spending the opening hours of FD-2024 completing my latest radiating gem—still lying on the
ground—a thought occurred, “Why not try a long wire already hanging in the trees in new ways?”

Dale, K4GSX
Huntkey USA, Inc
@ 800.975.7909
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Winter Position
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How to Use the Power Panel
Connect the power panel cable to the solar input port.
You can use the four eyebolts to anchor the power panel to the ground.
You can use handles for cable management and predrilled 6mm
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site visit by 911 official for Covington / Newton county 911

training session 2 people plus myself
The Cherokee Amateur Radio Society had a spectacular Field Day! We had a record number of contacts
this year with pretty good band conditions.
We believe Field Day is all about learning, so we always encourage new hams to get on the air and
build new skills. This year we were successful with that. Many people made contacts with modes they
had never used before. 

We also had a very special educational activity. 24 members built a Power Pole Distribution board
with an integral voltmeter. This project was a huge hit because it not only gave Hams the confidence
to build a project, but it was also something they could put to immediate use in their shack. 

Youth participation was very special. We loved having kids involved. 
We have pictures to share with the Ham community. You can see a lot of them on the club website at
Your Filed Day Online Submission Routine SUCKS!
My son, W5WMU, and I, K5AIA, enjoyed our first ARRL Field Day together. We patched together a field
day station in the back yard and then proceeded to sweat it out profusely starting promptly at 1:00
PM local.  Which, by the way, is the start of the hottest time of the day here in south Louisiana.
My granddaughter also joined us for the action, although she headed for the air conditioning much
sooner that we did.
It was a great time to share with the family, and we are looking forward to next year!
Bryon K5AIA
James W5WMU
Each of our "dignitaries" made a contact and we gave them a "QSO" card commemorating their contact.
I submitted NTS messages in two separate submissions.
One file had 2 NTS messages (1st submission).  The second file had 1 NS message (second

Please contact me if both files were not retained.
My first Field Day after moving to Oregon.  I also operated as a remote CW op for W4IY (Woodbridge
Wireless)--my 28th consecutive FD with that club.  It was great fun!
Field Day: what an event it was!  This year we 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.  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

Our Field Day score in 2022 and 2023 had placed us at #2 out of roughly 4,000 entries nationwide --
second only to W3AO on the East Coast.  This year, we were in a good position to beat our previous
QSO totals.  But NOAA observed a M9-class solar flare (peaking at 1301z Sunday morning) which
triggered a R2-moderate radio black-out. The sudden drop-off in signals caused some of our site's
operators to wonder if their rigs/antennas were still working properly.  Needless to say, we came in
a bit below last year's QSO totals, but still with impressive results.

Antennas on Mora Hill this year included a 4-band (10/15/20/40) yagi, a 2-element wire yagi on 40,
and 2-element quads on 10, 15 and 20.  In order to minimize interference between the CW and digital
stations, Bobby located the digital tent's triband yagi and dipoles 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 terminals were located.
2024 Field Day  K6LMN  1C LAX
6m                 2m thru 70cm 
IC706 at 5 watts    Kenwood TH6A HH
1/4w whip at 5ft    5 watts FM
12vdc battery       Gain whip on HH

Band conditions were dead mostly dead on 6m but upper bands busy

K6LMN sick with COVID-19 Sorry for limited operation.

Later checked into hospital.
Also sorry but I am 86 years old. Been a ham since 1955
73s & TNX de Roger K6LMN
Field Day was a successful event despite the 111° F heat this year.  We had 20 members stop by or
spend the day at the Ridgecrest City Center.  Many came to chat, but only 5-6 wanted to operate,
despite our best efforts to offer to let them use one of three stations.  We had seven visitors (two
grandchildren) including one of our City Council Members, Solomon Rajaratnam, as well as our Section
Manager, Steve Hendriks, KK6JTB, also a SARC member.

The City of Ridgecrest allowed us to block off the circle in front of city hall so we could set up
our antenna trailer, an RV for cooler operating conditions for an FT8 station, and daytime access to
the Kerr McGee Center for cooling down and bathroom access.

While contacts were limited, especially phone, we (mostly Dennis, W6DQ) made 172 digital (FT8)
contacts using the antenna trailer tower and 22 phone contacts on solar powered battery and mostly
on a Buddi-Stick, but a few using the antenna trailer tower.

Jeff, N6LIP, and Julie, W6FIA, kept us fed throughout the event all day Saturday and Sunday morning.
 Alex’s, KM6DLI, and Dave’s W6TLA, muscle and help in raising the tower and Eric’s, KN6RFX,
and Phillip’s, KJ6JEL, help in taking the tower down was critical in making it easy this year. 
Looking forward to finding a team and location for next year.  

Also, thanks to the efforts of President Ric Soard, the City of Ridgecrest designated Field Day week
as Radio Week with a Proclamation at the Council meeting on 19 June.  Well done, Ric and SARC!
We had a great time.  Over 50 folks showed up but most did not operate. Most came to socialized
since we offered a free Italian catered dinner at no charge. Our event took place at a Swim and
Tennis Club dining hall which was air conditioned.  

Ed Fong WB6IQN
We did it and Had Fun! Something like 50 people signed into the guest log

 de K6TZ Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club, CA

SBARC 2024 Field Day on Local News:
Operations of radio, computer, and monitors (everything) was done on Bluetti AC200MAX+2xB230 battery
packs.  Photo of batteries was submitted.  JCARC (W7JCR) Club president was not present, but out of
town.  He (Dick Illman, AH6EZ) knows that I do this and can testify to that effect
(, if necessary.
We had a great time and great site at Zoo Montana. We ran three stations CW, SSB, and FT8. We had a
greeter information and education point at the entrance to the Zoo. Ellen (N7ELN) did a great job of
greeting the folks and pointing them to the various operations.
I learned somethings from this Field Day at US-3094 Utah Lake State Park doing 1B using QRP.

1. It is tougher to do QRP when you don't have FT8 available.  Computer issues.  Also not knowing
2. I knew this but became clear.  The antenna you use matters.  Good antenna means you are heard
3. For me it was interesting because I could hear people on the West Coast calling CQ on the same
frequency as someone back east.  They couldn't hear each other but I could hear both.  Sometime I
would hear three people calling CQ on the same frequency.  
4. Some people call CQ and don't wait long enough to hear if someone calls.  I would say my callsign
and when I was done they were calling CQ again.  I guess they only wanted the bigger stations.
I had the chance to bring an unlicensed friend along, a student studying in the US who is from
India. He loved it and is already planning our next contest, and preparing for his tech.
What a fantastic weekend to renew and increase my CW skills. The group at the Delaware amateur radio
Association were welcoming and let me operate both on the 40m CW station and on the GOTA get on the
air station, Greg, NZ8R.
First field day I participated in.  Was on vacation, away from my club AD9OV, and ran solo from the
old 1920 lodge in Steelville, MO.
got rained out at the park, had to move indoors!
My best at home class 1D ARRL Field Day score since way before fighting cancer in 2018.  The bands
were excellent with good signals the entire 24 hours.  Just one brief thunder storm at 1AM CST that
lasted an hour.  See you next year.  73 K9WWT
This Field Day, the main antenna was my 18.5-foot long 20m Slinky Junior dipole, which measured
between 1.5:1 and 1.8:1 VSWR. I used a rigid 20m dipole also, so the two antennas were placed for
cross-polarization. The tiny radio was a QRP Labs QCX-mini 20m CW transceiver. 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). The overall results were okay
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 54 contacts, including some in Canada and
Puerto Rico, and worked more than half of the 50 United States from the east to west coasts, running
just 3W into an electrically-small, linear-loaded dipole antenna on the 20m CW band. I operated for
about eight hours total, averaging a contact every 9 minutes. The weather was very hot, humid, and
rainy with lots of thunder and lightning. Unfortunately, the heat was so unbearable on Saturday, it
killed our favorite chicken (RIP Olivia APR 2022 to JUN 2024). The weekend after FD24, my fixed
station antenna, an 80m/40m dipole, fell down after being up for almost 30 years. 73 fer now de Rob,
This entry has all ARRL US sections worked except for one. But it was a very fun event this year and
I look forward to many more years in radio.
Had a good time working contest
Our club effort was cancelled due to flooding in nw Iowa. Hence I had time to do just a little 1D
from the house.

I wonder if the log submission could be a little more streamlined. But you may need it this way to
keep track of all the extra scoring categories. Tnx for your work!
This was so much fun again, but thunderstorms kept me off the air more this year than last!

** Last year I did not submit documentation for my solar Patriot and Bluetti power systems. What
type do I submit? Do I take a picture of a solar panel and the power system I was connected to?

Thank you. Look forward to next year!
Ran entirely off of solar with battery backup.
Xiegu G90 w 80m EFHW and Xiegu G1 w coil-loaded vert
Started out slow but conditions improved.
WX was not ideal. Tornado touched down overnight about 5-10 miles away!
Ran bicycle mobile for about 1 hour saturday evening after it cooled off!
We didn't keep track of which battery powered contacts were charged with the solar panel this year. 
We'll do better next year.
I am very proud of my results for 2024.  I have worked hard for the past few months to set up a
proper station in a permanent location, and my efforts have paid off.  I look forward to doing even
better next year!
I found a callsign error in the first log I submitted on 24 June 2024. I corrected the error and
resubmitted on 25 June 2024. Sorry.
Used my home-built slide on camper as a shelter with an 800W Tractor Supply generator to power the
Kenwood 480SAT running 100W through a Buddipole antenna.
AZ heat wave and we were unable to go to the cool mountains. So we planned to set up emergency
power, station and antennas in the back yard while we operated in the air conditioning. We copied
the ARRL message and went on the air at 11 MST and we were very disappointed. Poor reception and
noisy solar converter.
Our primary goal was to have fun so we moved to the ham shack and operated as 1D. We tried many new
activities FT8, FT4 and CW. We hassled with the software and the sleep deprivation with a toddler
and an infant. They say we learn more from our setbacks rather than from our successes. We learned A
LOT and have quite the "to do" list to prepare for Sweepstakes and FD 2025. After all, FD is to hone
Field Day 2024-06-22 thru 23
WOW!  Where do I begin?
My wife and I have a nice little slice of Heaven in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. During the Fall of
last year, a friend of mine (Tom-KC8TJB) went up there with me. We took a Portable HF setup (similar
to the same setup I use while traveling for work, setting up in either Hotels, or camp sites –
Check my QRZ page for further explanation). We were astounded by the low-level floor noise. Tom
mentioned how great it would be to “play radio” up there. 
Well, it just happens that a few months ago my wife stated, “If you want, you and some of your
radio buddies can go to the cabin and play radio.” Right away I thought about Tom’s comment and
said aloud “Field Day!!”. Then the journey began.
I reached out to some of my local 2M Simplex friends and sought to see if anyone would be interested
in doing Field Day up there this year. Eventually, I narrowed the numbers down to 4 of us that would
be able to participate …. Tom-KC8TJB, Pat-W8PKG, Brian-KE8ZCI, and myself-KC8EHR.
Now, we all have (at some point or another) been to various Field Day events but going out on our
own was a bit different. I have been the Chairperson for a Station, but not for the entire event.
Plus, I operated as a 1B back in 2020 there, and I wanted to keep it small and low-keyed anyhow ….
So how difficult could it be?
The four of us started planning and getting geared up. My wife and Daughter-In-law made
commemorative T-Shirts for the event. When Pat saw the t-shirt design, he said it reminded him of
one of the Revolutionary Flags (The Pine Tree Flag used by George Washington’s Naval Fleet).
My wife and I arrived a few days early. We mowed and trimmed the grass, and spent hours clearing out
the seasonal, 2-track road so Tom could bring his 5th Wheel camper. My equipment was a classic
oldie, yet a relatively new rig to me, one of which I hadn’t been able to test (too much). This
would be its “maiden Voyage”.
Our stations went up quick, and we were on the air …. 2A MI. At first, we were going to run
strictly on battery power, but noticed that we would have to ALSO run QRP. We were not willing to do
that, so, we stuck with our generators.
Tom and Pat ran SSB, while Brian and I ran CW. Brian’s son, Sean, even gave his hand at it. From
time to time, Brian and/or Sean would go and give the SSB Station a try as well. Then …. At 01:03
UTC, my last contact was made for the night when my rig quit running. I had power going out but was
not heard ANYWHERE. My heart sank to my gut. “Now what? We’re running as a 2A, with only one
station on the air”. My station …. The CW station …. Was dead in the water. I tried for
several hours to assess the situation and really could not nail down the problem.
After shutting down my station, I shut my eyes down, too, and hit the sack.
The following morning around 12:00 UTC, I took my old rig to Tom’s and Pat’s station. I set it
up using their coax/antenna and made a contact. I got a signal report of 20 over. “Hot diggity
dog”, it’s working!!!!  I quickly unplugged, gathered my station, and ran back to my location to
set up once more. After a quick test, I was back on the air!  I was ecstatic! Then I started to make
CW contacts. Throughout all this, Tom, and Pat were cranking through their contacts. We didn’t do
so bad for a group of old men …. Hi Hi.
All-in-all, we had a GREAT time. Hat’s off to my wife, Ginger, who prepared a lot of food for the
few of us. She wanted to make sure that our bellies were full. Between Ginger’s efforts, and all
the food we brought …. As Pat kept saying “We will not starve” …. And he was right. Pat made
a stop at an Upper Peninsula “staple” called Gustafson’s where they sell the BEST tasting
whitefish, and smoked salmon ANYWHERE. Ginger and I brought steaks for everyone from a grass fed
cow, and Tom brought his world famous “Hillbilly Beans” (ground beef with Brooks Boston Baked
Beans)….Pat kept calling it “Tom’s gruel”.
Good fun, good food, good radio, and good friends …. Equates to more than a good Field Day …. We
had a GREAT Field Day!!
73, and God bless
Clint Hannahs – KC8EHR
Unfortunately the person recording our contacts did not know that they needed to put times down.  So
we do not have accurate times.  Please let me know if this is a problem and how I might fix it.
This year the Midland Amateur Radio Club and the Odessa Amateur Radio Group jointly participated in
Field Day.  We were on the National Weather Service Midland Forecast Office campus located on the
east side of the Midland International Air and Space Port.

The joint effort brought together a group of very good operators, stations were manned for the full
24 hours, and setup and tear down was efficient.  Most importantly the food - lunch, dinner and
breakfast - was excellent.
This was my first Field Day by myself as a portable station.
I was up on the roof of my building and used a paper log.
I then entered the log into the N1MM software and adjusted the time of each
entry to match the log (local time) and entered it as UTC.
I hope I didn't make any mistakes but if I did please let me know.
This was my first year attempting to participate.  I had a lot of fun showing my kids what amateur
radio was all about.  I even did some of the event as solar power, but did not understand that it
does not count because I was 1D.
Always enjoy Field Day!!
Used my IC 705. Internal battery and external battery charged from my 50 watt solar panel. My 705
never runs feom commercial power. Its my go to hurricane rig!
This was my first "serious" effort in FD since my teen years with the
Turlock Amateur Radio Club (TARC) in 1963-1966. They let me run 40 & 80 CW
on the midnight shift due to my nascent CW skills.
Had a lot of fun although prior commitments kept me off Saturday night.
Operated FT8 in the contest and discovered that, in contests at least. it isn't
much different than running RTTY in a contest.
I ran across 3 operators going around 5-8 WPM. and they were running!. I hit the
straight key for them. Sorry for the sloppy fist guys.
I trued using my new typing skills the contest. Made a royal mess of it. I hit
the wrong F keys frequently and had to resort to m paddles.
10 meters was close to dead. never heard a single CW signal and got no replies
to my CQ's. There was lots of DX on FT8 Sunday morning but very little FD.
20 qnd 15 were pretty good although I did have quite a bit of QSB.
A;; in all, a good time. Wondering why I haven't done this more often.
WE have additional photos to upload.
KF6JBN is Korean ham club since 1983
We had 440 repeater ..
Field Day 2024 is in the books!  A tad over 50 Hams and guests attended. Good times, fellowship and
food had by all. Propagation didn’t bless us but we managed to eke out 28 contacts. Majority of
the contacts were 20 meters phone and a few CW. There were two contacts via phone on 10 meters.
Bands didn’t start opening ‘til late morning, cooled down then warmed up again in the afternoon.
Mostly West Coast but there’s a couple of AZ, NV a VT and IA. Working conditions were the Kenwood
590 SG. Power provided by a Goal Zero Yeti 1500 charged by a GZ 300W solar array. We ran two
antennas, of course the EARCHI End Fed @ 30 ft and WH6KM was gracious to bring out and baptize his
Buddy Hex. Operators that I have note of are KH6HT, AH7E, WH7GG and KH6JBS. Thanks gents for putting
KH6CE into Field Day 2024 logs and keeping the radio warm. If I missed any operators, I apologize
but not all the entries were logged with the correct operator. Please use Ctrl-O to change operator
in the logger. KH6WI came out and made a few satellite contacts but we weren’t able to get them
into the log to submit. 
Although there’s no provision in the latest FD submission, the EARC did conduct a VE Session with
4 candidates. Congratulations to new Hams, Ian Hofreiter and Joseph LosBanos. A big congrats to
Allan Vosburgh for upgrading to Amateur Extra! Great going by all. Thanks to the VE’s for
volunteering your time and efforts. It seems that the ARRL and FCC databases are talking to each
other well now as I was notified on Tuesday, 3 days after the exam, that candidates were notified or
received their callsigns. So the VE upload process appears to be back to normal. 
Mahalo to all who came out, operated, brought food, talked story, shared. Big thanks to KH6LK for
hosting and hanging out ALL Day and WH6CPH for advertising!
Was last minute decision to operate Field Day.  I was going to check out our local club, Emergency
Amateur Radio Club's location but it was rainy and windy so I stayed home.
My 20th year doing FD from the KH6RS site.  The Navy had a radio station here during World War II
which featured a rhombic antenna with 4 300' legs.  Our club, The Maui ARC, has been using this site
since the early 1950's.  It sits on a cliff above the ocean on the north shore of Maui.  It has been
20 years since we have put up our rhombic.  This year we ran 3A with 2 stations running 500 W.  A 2
el Steppir for 20 and 10m, a 4 el 15m Yagi, a 40m vertical with 2 elevated radials and a 40/80 invV
for interisland communications.  A bit more than 2000 Q's (CW and SSB).  Very windy, even for Maui
with intermittent showers all weekend.  Powered entirely from a Ford Lightning,  131 kWh of
battery...240V at 30A.

73 es Aloha, Tom, NH6Y
operating portable from backyard “shack” (1970 VW bus camper): MTR3b on 8AA rechargeable
batteries, 2W to end-fed wire up 35 ft; all QSOs 40m CW; band condx good-fair at night, fair-poor
during the day
Reasonable propagation and noise floor. Fun until voice box quit!
Had a lot of fun. Could have done more. But due to medical issues I was limited. 2nd Field Day I
participated in. Hopefully next time a lot more and better.
Most contacts made with a Yaesu FT-991A at 100W (SSB) and 50W (FT8). Four contacts made with a Yaesu
FT-818 at 2.5W. Antenna used with both was a Buddipole with extended-length whip and TRSB upgrades.
Power for the FT-991A was a 45Ah LFP battery charged via 100W solar panel.

2m FM contacts made with a Yaesu FTM-7250DR and Diamond X-50. Furthest contact was approximately 170

I usually participate with one of the local ham clubs for Field Day but this year I participated
from home due to various reasons. I took my time getting set up and got on the air a couple of hours
into the event. I started out on 40 meters, then switched to 20 after a couple of hours. 40 wasn't
doing particularly well for me; 20 was a little better but not as good as I was hoping. I then
switched to 15 meters and hit the jackpot - tons of stations coming in from all over the country! It
was so active that I ended up staying on 15 for the rest of the event.

As the evening went on and the band slowly faded, I switched to FT8 to see what was happening there.
Tons of strong signals were coming in again! I finally shut down around midnight as my battery was
drained so much that my radio was rebooting during the transmit period. Even then the band was still
very active on FT8.

Before going to bed, I connected my battery to my solar panel to get a couple of hours of charging
into it before I got up. Unfortunately, between darkness and tiredness I had managed to mess that up
(PowerPoles, no less!) and the battery didn't get charged. While I waited for the battery to get a
brief charge after fixing that, I hooked up my FT-818 and made a few cross-country QRP contacts.
Definitely harder than with the big radio but very satisfying.

I got enough power put back into the LFP battery to take me through the last hour or so of the
event. The contacts came furiously in the last half hour. It was very fun and exciting!
100% alternate power was used for all contacts, Emergency Power using batteries and charged by
This is the first time I have experienced Band 15 so active and also able to reach NY and RI.. Did
feel the effect of the Solar Maximum ! Was a great experience doing the QSO from Home on Battery!
Have a lot more to learn! Perhaps the way to improve the audio settings on my Radio so those can
hear me well.
Field day 2024 was short for me. Unfortunately, the weather was not in my favor. According to my Acu
Rite Lightning Alert device, I had a 157 lightning strikes less than six miles from my location in
the Catalina Mountains of Southern Arizona. About half of those, were within less than a mile. I
pulled the plug after 31 contacts, took down my OC Fed dipole, picked up the tent and headed home.
Glad to be safe and looking forward to next year. 73 - KK1J
So, I decided to try ARRL FD by myself. The local club is a bit far for me to travel to their
meetings and I didn't know what/where their FD operations would be.  I was planning to help out
with their operations.
I saw an email come across, but no details as to where they were going to set up. I got on their
website, but it hasn't been updated since 2018. Ok ok....I could have contacted someone by email,
but I didn't. I am, without club on FD. what?

I dropped my horizontal loop antenna (for my 1B category, you shouldn't use your regular station
antennas) and put up a 123' 80m doublet and set up operations on my shed deck. Yes, I put a small
deck around the shed years ago for the simple reason to provide an even platform to periodically
paint the shed. Anyway, the doublet is fed with ladder line and I positioned it so that the ladder
line was strung to the shed deck and the doublet was suspended between trees just down the hill from
the shed. By the way, I started setting up at 11:30am so I could only operate for a 24 hour period
starting at 2pm EDT.
I put my 'go box' consisting of my Yaesu FT991A, an Elecraft W1 power meter, a 50Ah AGM battery, a
manual tuner and my laptop on a card table on the shed deck and had my battery charging during the
setup time. I previously made a portable 2 element 6m yagi and I stuck a steel crowbar in the ground
which accommodated the TV antenna mast I had it mounted on. I made a cable for the 6m antenna and I
also figured I would try my recently acquired viking matchbox link-coupled balanced tuner on the
doublet. By the time I was setup and ready to go, it was 2:49pm. Oh yeah, by the was hot.
I was drenched.
I had my laptop computer for logging and I plugged that into mains power (that is legal!). I could
not periodically charge my battery from mains so I decided to operate QRP and verified I had 5 watts
of carrier.

The Viking matchbox was a bust. I found out later that in my haste, I chose the wrong coax connector
for the matchbox. It would not tune. problem. I replaced the matchbox with my heathkit
SA2040 tuner. Got on 20m and tuned up ok using my antenna analyzer. Operated a few stations and
logged the contacts. After a while, I figured I would try 40m. So, I tried to tune on 40m but no go!
What??!! Then I thought....duh....I was using the internal 4:1 VOLTAGE balun in my heathkit tuner. problem...I ran and got my dual #43 core 1:1 current balun which I had made a few months
ago. It was coax wound with RG-303. I put that at the end of the ladder line and a 12" piece of coax
to the tuner and bada bing! Tuned up nicely. OK....back to 40 m operation.
So....I did this for a bit and then the skies were darkening. I was watching the lightning monitor
site on my laptop and at about 3:30pm, after maybe an hour of FD operation, I pulled the plug and
put everything in the shed in anticipation of setting up after the storm. Rain, lightning,
wind.....dinner....I got back on the air at about 6:50pm. Did some more operations on 40 m then to
20m. I had bug spray on, but the constant mosquito barrage in my face was too much. I pulled the
plug at about 9pm and put everything that could get damaged from rain in the shed...again.

The next day, I had church in the morning, then had to help with some after church 'duties'. I
didn't get back on the air until just before 1pm. I made some 15 m contacts - one in Spain, one in
Russia, a couple in Puerto Rico...all on 5 watts! I only had until 2:49pm to operate FD. I operated
for a bit, but at 2pm....I heard a local club say..."ok, that's it! It's over!...." and started
thanking all of the people blah blah blah....
I stopped and's not over....not for me. I have until 2:49pm technically.
A lot of clubs start at 2pm (our local time). They set up before hand and can only operate for 24
hours. I looked at my band scope and what was a fairly active band was now less active.....a lot
less active.
I could have stayed to operate, but I figured that it would be a little tougher- especially on my 5
watts. Ugh... FD over!!!!

So, that was it. I packed everything up and did a grocery run and a booze run with my wife. I needed
a drink after that experience!

I made 42 contacts total. LOL!!! 

Some noteworthy points. I was a QRP station - I get extra points for QRP I guess....I don't
know....I haven't figured the score out yet. The point is that although I am a QRP station, NO ONE
CARES!!! I can answer someones CQ and say 'QRP' after my call (which isn't forbidden) and it doesn't
matter. They only want to contest FD with strong signals - hardly an emergency communications
environment IMHO. One time that I did call "KK4DX, QRP" one person did say, "QRP station, please
come back with your call".
So, FD is more of a CONTEST for many. OK. Good to know.

Another point - I called someone back with my '4' call and they (a 'local' club station) answered
and we exchanged the class and ARRL region (which is the state you live in with maybe an extra
compass point descriptor). When they heard "1 Bravo, Charlie Tango", they said, "hey....that's
cheating". They apparently thought I was from the 4 call area and I was "fooling" them with my CT
location. I said that I was hardly "cheating" with 5 watts! There was another station that gave me a
similar grumbled response, almost like "how dare you call us since you are so close!".

Once I heard some kids on the radio - obviously with supervision. It was great to hear. I tried to
call them....but I am afraid that since I wasn't that strong with my 5 watts, a kid wasn't going to
know how to handle that. After a couple of non-responses, I moved on.

Pile-ups aren't the best environment to operate QRP. I was operating prime time, so I didn't bother
searching for a clear frequency to call CQ. I would have been stomped on in a few minutes anyway -
stations were so close....less than 3KHz apart.

My take-aways:
I might do it again, but I will need a tent or something to keep the bugs at bay and keep the rain
drops falling from the leaves/sky from hitting the equipment.
A '1' call would have been more "fair" and not cheating. Just kidding.....not sure what to make of
the 1 call vs 4 call in a 1 call area. Sometimes I feel like I am a bastard child when introduced to
other hams. Even a good friend brings it up from time to time making a point to explain my 4 call to
his 1 call  buddies when we meet - like an explanation is really needed. It's kinda weird.
I never did operate 6m. I should have. I might have done better with 6m, but 5 watts might have been
tough....not sure. The yagi being directional may have helped. Of course I would have to spin the
antenna by hand to get different directions.
I think I experienced 'real' FD in my view. I don't think a lot of people can boast that. It was
tough, but I think it was more in line with the original spirit of the event. But what do I know? It
was pretty much my first FD after being a ham for 36 years!
My son made his first radio QSOs this year, and said "radios are cool" - guess that makes it a
successful FD2024.
for pictures
This year I opted for a low stress set up, and went with 1D.
The K6KPH bulletin was copied at 14:30 UTC before everything else got started.
The first contact this year was with San Clemente Island, 222 on a 5W Baofeng with the stock
antenna, at an astonishing 80+ miles. Thanks again to all involved with getting the island on the
air in recent events.
Nice to hear some local Field Day set ups on the air, hoping to visit another year.
Operated from home on emergency power, a combination of solar panels and a hand-built 315AH Lithium
Iron Phosphate battery.  The power system was put in place in response to the wildfire-related
outages from our power company, but it also comes in handy for events such as this, and the power
generated will eventually pay for the equipment.
Hi! This year every thing was set but a thunder storm didn’t help. But we have to disconet antenas
and shout radios. But the experience was great because we have time talk more, enjoy and review
concepts,learn what to do really on the situation that we have, analize an make other plans.The
people that work there also taught more to us about their duties. We didn’t make DX contacts…but
we did local’s great to work and enjoy the field day.
Carmen KP4QVQ
I can't believe I did so well since the sun provided terrible condx for the FD weekend which did
make cndx on the low bands terrible, 15 awful and 10 non-existent but 20 as usual was the money
band. Decided to stay home this year and glad I did as it was the highest score ever at home despite
those solar storms.
The field day was a success. Despite heat over 100, we were able to complete contacts using only
generator and battery power.
My first time as an individual entrant.
Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
             Band : 20M
            Power : LOW
             Mode : CW
        ARRL Section : IA
        Club/Team : Newton ARA, W0WML
        Band     QSOs     Pts  Pt/Q
          14      72     144   2.0
       Total      72     144   2.0

              Rig : Elecraft K3 (100w) 

         Antennas : Butternut HF9V

          Soapbox : Operation from home due to health, but enjoyed handing out a few contact to
Had a very enjoyable awesome Field-Day. After many years of doing Field-Day's I went 100% Solar.
Built the power box with all the gadgets, worked flawlessly! 100ah battery with 100w solar panel
carried the full 24 hours. What a joy this was. Room for improvement, you betcha, get brushed up on
CW and computer skills. Looking forward to next year. N0R Nodaway Valley Contesters... Czar N4RS
With my SteppIR antenna down I had to make do with an MFJ dipole.   I surprised even myself that I
was able to participate in the manner that I did.
Thanks all from Kansas City, MO. Next year we'll get back out to the field.
Got a late start due to Family obligations.
Decided to set up in my truck in the driveway. 
Used for hour 1, an 8 foot telescoping vertical with Wolf River Silver Bullet as bse loading, on the
truck. Made 2 QSO's. (not impressive)

HOUR 2; Changed out the 8 foot whip for an 17 foot whip (purchased from Wolf River at Hamvention
2024)with the silver bullet base load retuned.
Made 13 QSO's with 17 ft whip. Most impressive, using FT-857D, on truck battery power alone.(Did not
run truck engine!) Phone QSO's, 30 percent power(approx 30 Watts).

Will try mobile next year.

Great Fun, thank you ARRL!
Dale, N2DM, "Skinny-At-Las" Falls, NY
Completed my first field day solo this year. I Was originally planning to go to Mt. Charleston where
one of the local clubs I'm a member of was setup, though changed my mind in lieu of not having
bandpass filters on-hand (BP filters I purchased arrive 2 days after field day - unforeseen delays
from vendor).  I decided to go to Spring Mountain Ranch Park which I knew I was not going to be able
to operate the full 24hrs with park closing at 8pm, though couldn't resist not being part of the fun
of field day.   I arrived at 8am and started building my buddihex.  After having to move it before
the start (complying with a park rangers request), I was ready to go at 11:05am!   This was my first
time putting up (and tearing down) my buddihex solo (2nd time using it).   Knowing I was only
operating till about 7:30pm made it the ideal antenna where I spent all my time on 10, 15 and 20
meters.   Checked using my analyzer before plugging in and the SWR was nice & low for all bands.  I
operated using my Icom 7610 putting out 100 watts with an external meter plugged in to be more
visible to me so I could always have a strong eye on the SWR in case anything were to get wacky. 
The antenna truly performed as pretty much all stations I heard I was able to work (it also was
great to have the mastworks rotating tripod).  I also had a few nice pileups.  Arriving when the
park first opened I was glad to secure a picnic table in the shade as Vegas temperature hit 110
degrees. Plenty of water all day/night!    I minimized voice contacts (to only 8) which was showing
some people that popped by (including a ranger) what I was doing. CW was my mode of choice.  The
contacts though on voice all said my signal was booming in.  392 CW contacts and 8 voice contacts in
just over 8hrs of operating with a couple breaks for lunch, snacks and stretching.   AK, CT, VT, DE
and ND were the only states I was unable to make contact with while also missing 6 provinces in
Canada, NLI (I heard W2VL respond to a CQ from someone though unable to make contact with them),
Virgin Islands, and 3 regions in CA.   
Solid stats for the amount of time operating. The majority of my time was on 15, though 20 was
definitely on fire when having to break down shortly after 7pm.  DX contacts depending on the band
included France and the Cayman Islands. Total operating time (not factoring breaks), 8hrs 20
minutes.  Truly was an amazing day and early evening!
Great FD event! Quick thunderstorm passed through around 19:30 UTC, other than that hot weather (in
the mid/high 80s) and breezy. Lou N2JPR
Had a great FD here. Always nice to get the QRP radio out side and operate with the fireflies
blinking at me! Conditions on 40m seemed no problem for a 4 watts and with some fade a little timing
was all that was necessary to get a reply from each station I worked. Band was noisy with CW and a
great sign of the mode and ham radio operation in the 21st century. Noticed several of my contacts
were not giving specific section location codes. 2 PA's and one was EPA the other WPA, along with an
ON that I had to guess at and a TX that turned out to be STX. that's almost half of the 10 stations
I worked.
Arrived at 1020 local time on 6/22.  High temperatures made for efficient work with split teams
focused on shelters and antenna.  QRV at 1407.  1st weather disruption at 1745 with lite showers. 
2nd weather disruption with distant thunder at 1730 and scattered rain.  Operated until 2130 until
3rd weather disruption before going off air due to torrential rain, close lightning until  0030.
Used down time to build a trap dipole kit and do some power pole educational projects. Dinner was
well received. NY strip steaks, bakes beans with brisket, french garlic green beans and grilled
peppers/onions.  All gear powered by LiPO.  Only gas used for cooking.  Mutant sized non-biting bugs
were very interested in what we were doing.  This was the first time N2RDY was on the air ever as
our new club callsign.  Cross log for POTA though.
N3A was used by KC2EGL and K3WWP for our FD 1D operation. The setup was done at the home QTH of
KC2EGL in Brookville, PA. We used his ICOM IC7300 and his G5RV Lite 80-6M in a sloper configuration
antenna. We used only CW at a QRP power of 5 watts for the entire operation. Our 229 QSOs including
1 dupe were divided among 80, 40, 20, and 15 meters with 20 being the best with 105 QSOs. A few
checks of 10 meters along the way showed only 1 weak station we were unable to work. We made
contacts with 43 states, ON, NS, SK, BC, France, and European Russia. We operated about 12.5 hours.
The whole time was enjoyable with the only negative being a problem with our logging program that
showed up a few times and caused us to maybe lose a few QSOs here and there. A side reward came when
we learned our new friend Linda W1MP made some QSOs from her home as a 1E station with the setup we
helped her with a few days before FD. We hope to do the same or a similar operation next year.
Thanks for a great event and to all who dug our QRP signals out of the QSB, QRN, and QRM. - N3A
Had multiple docs to submit as evidence, but electronic form only allows for 1 file.

Recorded media plug on radio, couldn't attach.  did submit photos of RJ Harris from 580 WHP in
Harrisburg, plus we were announced on WIOO in Carlisle.

Did run a GOTA station NC3O.  Had 4 kids, no one made a contact that counted, so could not enter
anything for GOTA because of your improperly coded webform.  He did talk to 4 kids and an adult with
GOTA and ran the GOTA station full time, just no contacts.    

We had fun, but the 100 degree humid heat in Central PA, was too much for some ops and we some had
to leave.  Way too dangerously hot.  Numbers were not as expected.  Few visitors because of heat.
Radios were too hot as well.

Also, you said this was the place to upload photos, but again, this poorly coded submission site,
won't allow photo uploads.  Well done ARRL.
I'm member of two clubs here in NTX.  Plano club K5PRK set up outside at nice pavilion in town park.
Richardson Wireless klub K5RWK set up in Richardson EOC.  Both clubs have 250+ members!  

   It was 100F outside Sat and Sunday. Heat index 110.   Too old for outside in TX temps.  Went RWK
EOC.  69 members showed up. 75 inside.  OPerated few hours 20 and 15m cw.    Sunday went mobile to
local park US-4423 and whipped off 103Qs on cw, then home before the real heat of the day hit.  73
de N4CD
I had not previously operated an event in the QRP category, but decided to do so for Field Day 2024.
I was pleased with they way my solar panel charged the battery during daylight hours on Saturday and
the battery powered my radio and laptop through my operating hours on Saturday night. This was also
my first event to make mostly CW contacts and that also went well.
I should not have to do a band break down when my software automatically does it for me in my log
file. That is ridiculous.
Inclement weather forecast contributed to my decision to run as 1D this year, disappointing.  Hoping
for better weather in 2025!
2 years in a row we've had a disaster trying to force an entry into your web upload program.   Both
years multiple hours spent trying to figure out what part of the upload process was failing while
entering it over and over and over.    Can you not hire a programmer that knows how to THROW AN
ERROR to the web page so that the end user can do something about the error rather than entering and
praying.... and entering and praying???

You ask for a *SINGLE FILE* to contain 10 Winlink messages.  WHen those 12 pages are scanned into a
PDF, your program WON'T ACCEPT IT.   When I covert them straight to text and concatenate them
together, the program still fails, but THANKFULLY it tells me that another scanned file, which is
3.4MB in size, is larger than the 6.0MB (?!?!) requirement. 

CLEAN UP YOUR STUFF!  I bet I'm not the only one having issues!

Field Day Report for N5AT
June 22, 2024
L. Van Warren (AE5CC)
This year's Amateur Radio Field Day, a national event, was held on the fourth weekend of June 2024.
It was marked by two dominant themes: extreme heat and the incredible camaraderie of our members.
The Arkansas Radio Emergency Services (ARES) club (call sign N5AT) organized our local instance of
the event, held at the campus of St. Johns in the Heights of Little Rock, Arkansas. This report
chronicles the highlights and activities of our Field Day, reflecting the dedication and enthusiasm
of our members.

Preparations and Setup
Preparations for Field Day began early in the week, with detailed checklists, equipment inventories,
and essential supplies like water, sunscreen, and bug repellant. On-site activities commenced on
Friday at 6 PM CDT.

Friday Evening:
For the author (AE5CC), the highlight was using a 40 lb fiberglass archery bow to launch a weighted
arrow carrying a nylon twine over a 40-foot-high pine tree limb. This seemingly straightforward task
turned into an educational experience, requiring 30 attempts to account for the weights, drag of the
twine, and tree height. Significant assistance came from Kim (KF5KZI), Brett (KD5PFL), Jeff
(W5MUF), Jessica (W5PIV), and Georgia (KB5VJA) in establishing the base camp for our Carolina Windom
High Frequency antenna. Key lessons learned included:
-	Properly weighting the arrow for adequate momentum.
-	Ensuring the arrow's weight exceeds the rope's self-weight for descent.
-	Accounting for friction from tree limbs and branches.

-	Coaxing the arrow down, with Kim (KF5KZI) displaying exceptional technique.

Saturday Morning:
A capable crew, including Roger (KC5NPU), Georgia (KB5VJA), Kim (KF5KZI), John (AE5FU), Tim (AF5OI),
and others, pitched four tents to house multiple folding tables and four base stations. Besides the
Carolina Windom, we had a vertical HF antenna, an inverted dipole antenna, and an L-shaped antenna
installed, each with unique pros and cons.
Saturday Afternoon:
A group of 14 scouts and six mentors from Troops 335 and 6335 at Highland United Methodist visited
for a primer on ham radio by Brooks Barrow (KQ4GUZ). Brooks explained the various functions of the
radio and engaged in a dynamic discussion about the ionosphere, radio wave propagation, and the
complexities of ham radio operations.
Topics discussed with the scouts included:
-	Frequency dependence and transparency of radio waves.
-	Modulation types (AM, FM), analog and digital modes, and spread spectrum communication.
-	The historical and technological evolution of ham radio.
-	The importance of licensing and qualifications for operators. The scouts, led by their mentors,
asked insightful questions on:
-	Submarine communication.
-	Modulation-type agreements between sender and receiver.
-	Encryption and open-source parallels in ham radio.
-	Ham radio's role in emergencies and its fallback capabilities.
-	The potential of AI in automating Field Day contacts. Two questions inspired potential projects
for the scouts:

-	Using AI to automate contacts.
-	Using satellites to bounce high-frequency signals off the ionosphere.
The session ended with a quiz using the band plan to demonstrate frequency, wavelength, and the
speed of light calculations. The scouts expressed their appreciation, marking a successful
educational experience.

Evening and Night Operations
Chappie Allsopp (W5TJI) and his wife Mary (WB5DVA) from Project Lab shared their expertise,
advocating for learning Morse code by ear, leading to enriching discussions on conceptual versus
rote learning. Simultaneously, contact maps showed an initial concentration of contacts from the
Midwest to the East Coast, with fewer from the West Coast. However, overnight efforts by Tim
(AF5OI), Bart (NJ5F), Roger (KC5NPU), Georgia (KB5VJA), Kim (KF5KZI), the Colemans ( Jeff: W5MUF,
Jessica: W5PIV), Lindstroms (Greg: K5GSL, D'Ann: KI5APK), John (AE5FU), Brett (KD5PFL), Dan (N5DBC),
Mike(AC5XV), Tom(AB5IE) and others expanded our contact map significantly.

L to R: Mike (AC5XV), Tom (AB5IE), John (AE5FU), Tim (AF5OI), Bart (NJ5F), Roger (KC5NPU), Kim
(KF5KZI), Dan (N5DBC)
Sunday Morning:
The author returned to work with Tom (AB5IE), using the Yaesu FT991A's waterfall display to
alternate between calling CQ and hunting stationary stations. This strategy enhanced our contact
success rate, ensuring our call sign,
November-Five-Alpha-Tango, was prominently heard.

At 1 PM, we quickly dismantled our setup at St. Johns, packing away antennas, tables, and chairs as
the temperature soared to 103°F. Despite the heat, our members' dedication and hard work shone
through, making this Field Day a memorable and successful event for N5AT.
I found conditions better on Sunday though 10 meters never really opened. The 15 meter band was open
in the mornings and many European stations were participating. Station is Flex 6400, 100 foot
doublet at 50 feet, 100w and a Vibroplex Presentation from 1967.
Good propagation, better power and good antennas helped a lot.  Instead of a bunch of gel cells we
used a hand-me-down boat battery with a 100w solar panel and charge controller.  We didn't have to
touch the power the whole time other than to move the panel into the sun on Sunday morning.  We used
a 20m elevated wire vertical in a cypress tree and a 40m vertical loop between the cypress tree and
a pecan tree.  The rig was a Yaesu FT-817 and we were 1A-battery, all QRP and all CW except for 8
FT8 contacts.  It was very hot but we had a lot of fun anyway running N5T from northeast Texas. 73
de Kerry, WD5ABC and Jon, WB5KSD  PS  FT8 is real radio and has its place but there's no way it
should count the same number of points as CW.
All contacts made with solar charged batteries.
For Field Day 2024 (June 22-23), Tom's Garage ARC (N6MI) set up camp on Tecuya Mountain (Kern
County, DM04, in the Los Padres National Forest). 

Our 2A SJV team included: Tom, K6VCR (president of the club); Drew, N7DA; Larry, NB6E; Chef, KN6OGP;
Greg, KI6RXX; Shane, K1BTW; Broden (17 years old and promises to get his license soon); and Scott,
N6MI. We set up right next to a smooth dirt road about 1.5 miles from the nearest pizza joint.
(Thanks for the pizza, Drew.) 

Many folks drove by our operation. We were visited by a few strangers, one SOTA ham, two park
rangers, and (by special invitation) a senior officer of the California Department of Fish and
Wildlife. Off-duty hams were always available to chat with the visitors.

One primary Field Day station was set up in Tom's trailer (40/15). The other primary station was set
up in N6MI's converted television news van (80/20/10). Six meters was operated from KN6OGP's
trailer. Two meters was operated from KI6RXX's truck.

We did not put up a Field Day antenna on 160. We worked 5 hams on 80 CW, using 100 watts to an
inverted vee. We worked 203 CW and 66 LSB contacts on 40 meters -- using 100 watts to an inverted
vee. Tom said that he missed the two element 40 meter yagi we have used in prior years. We worked
641 CW, 1 FT8, and 341 USB contacts on 20 meters -- using 100 watts to a JK C3S triband yagi at 60
feet (two elements per band). This easy to assemble antenna was built on vehicle roof and placed on
the pneumatic mast of N6MI's van. We worked 415 CW and 589 USB contacts on 15 meters -- using 100
watts to a six element yagi at about 50 feet (on an AB-577 mast). Yep, six elements. Sweet. We
worked 26 CW and 47 USB contacts on 10 meters -- using 100 watts to the JK C3S triband yagi at 60
feet. Ten meters was tough going. We worked 43 FT8 contacts on 6 meters -- up to 100 watts to a five
element yagi at about 20 feet. Six meters never opened up. We worked three FM stations on 2 meters.
We ran a GOTA station (call sign, N7DA). Shane and Drew made 389 contacts -- using 100 watts and a
multi-band Alpha Delta dipole. The GOTA station was set up on a card table under a pop-up canopy.
N7DA served as the coach. (Those GOTA folks earned a little nap time.)

Did I mention the food? Chef set up a great spread for Friday's lunch and dinner. Then he cooked
waffles on Saturday morning -- apples, strawberries, authentic maple syrup, and whipped cream were
available. (Next Field Day, how about fresh squeezed orange juice? Just kidding, Chef. But
seriously, how can you beat a waffle breakfast?)

Thanks for the contacts.

Photos are available on
I had ankle surgery in April that confined me to a wheelchair for four months. Unable to reach my
usual ham shack two friends, N6KZW (Paul) and WB6TOU (Dave) came to my rescue. They placed Paul's go
box radio in my office in the house and connected it to existing antennas (through a window) so I
could operate both HF and VHF modes from the house. I had to operate as 1D because I was using
existing antennas, but in the spirit of field day I was using an improvised location with unfamiliar
A FUN EVENT any way it takes to participate!  73 N6NFB Skip
Personal Field Day jinx lives on. Want to run solar/battery so weather is overcast both days
limiting power recovery. Power system: 2x235W solar panels -> modded MPPT charger for LiFePO4
batteries -> 2x100Ah LiFePO4 batteries in parallel -> (splits) 1) all 12 equipment is powered from
batteries (HF radio, antenna tuner); 2) 400 watt inverter runs the 120v supply (laptop, monitor, all
LED lighting, RPi GPS timeserver for laptop). Best power recovery - 110 watts for about 5 minutes.
Used only about 1/2 of the battery capacity for the whole operation. No Saturday overnight operation
because of severe weather / tornado warnings. Monday, all day, was clear as a bell (the jinx
continues on). Band conditions were "interesting" to say the least because of Solar Max. This was
also my first try at using wsjt-x software. Hats off to Joe Taylor, K1JT, and others for the wsjt-x
package. I also send kudos to David Freese, W1HKJ, and others for the fldigi & fdserver/fdclient
i have 2 cabrillo logs.. one for phone, cw, and one for digital...was only able to download the cw,
phone portion.  no provision for second log.. bummer.
I worked Saturday night from the Lucas Oil Stadium parking lot, waiting for the traffic to clear
after the Olympic Team Swim Trials. I rolled down to the high school parking lot Sunday to finish
things off. This install is in a new EV. FD operations were a good test of the installation.
After 56 years licensed and many club Field Days, this was the first one solo while on a camping
trip. Very fun! And even though I enjoy more power, good antennas, and computer keying, I gave up
all of that for a simple setup that wouldn't overburden my share of the space in the travel trailer
;-) Maybe again next year (I think she'll let me...) and I'll get more bonus points by being a bit
more public. 
73 - N7DZ
N7E Operated from the Austin, NV airport in Landers county NV. 
This county does not have any ham operators in residence.

This group was camped out for 6 days . The first 2 days was for field day. The remaining days was to
support the Pony Express Re-Ride from MO to CA.

Maybe we should have week long events where every station is set up in a remote area to simulate
support a of mayor disaster deployment. 

Fun Stuff!
Entire station was homebrew gear of my own design, solar QRP, full QSK, stayed on 20m the whole
What a pain in the ass using the ARRL web form was.  I had to fill it out 3 times, because of bugs. 
Next year, I will forego the 50 points.  Not worth it.
Another fun Field Day at Fred's Tree Farm near Valley City , Ohio.
While it was a hot one in the Tractor Barn all had a good time and visitors from the Local Valley
City Fire Department, Medina County EMA and Local township Trustee received warm welcomes and
education of all that Amateur radio can do.
Combined Field Day with Parks on the Air from Coulee Experimental Forest, POTA US-5578 in Wisconsin.
 Used an Elecraft KX-2 and 17 foot whip guyed to the roof of the car.  Ran 20 meter FT8 only, maybe
CW next year.  Great fun! 73 DE N8NFE
Wanted to thank Roy Hook for stopping by our Field Day site!  It made our day.
Note, the form wouldn't let me add all our call signs (20 character limit for some reason) so I'm
adding them here. Thanks for the event, as always.
73, N8JEN Jennifer

I operated QRP battery powered for the second time. A Rybakov antenna with 12 radials was used. The
highlight was contacting HI with just 5 watts. CW was the mode of choice but a couple of phone
contacts were made as well. A brief wind storm right as field Day was about to begin knocked down
the antenna mast which was a 30ft fiber glass mast supported by a metal fence post driven into the
ground. The wind bent the fence post to a right angle. Another post and a few guy ropes fixed all
quickly. Very hot on Saturday and rather cool on Sunday.
73 see you next year.
First off I had fun. Antennas were great, CaHR Apollo, and Posiden. Setting up was a bit long as it
was quite warm, did not get on the air until about 4 pm local.
Thanks for the QSOs.

Contest: FD
 Band   Mode  QSOs     Pts  Pt/Q
   3.5  CW       2       4   2.0
   3.5  FT8     13      26   2.0
     7  CW     159     318   2.0
     7  FT8     24      48   2.0
    14  CW     214     428   2.0
    14  FT4     18      36   2.0
    14  FT8     17      34   2.0
    14  USB     19      19   1.0
    21  CW     169     338   2.0
    21  FT8     80     160   2.0
    21  USB      4       4   1.0
    28  FT8     50     100   2.0
    28  USB      2       2   1.0
    50  FT8     18      36   2.0
 Total  Both   789    1553   2.0
Score: 3,106
1 Mult = 1.0 Q's
NN5DE equipment:- KX3/PX3, Hard Rock 50W amp/tuner, 100Ah LFP battery, 71ft end fed random wire
sloper on a 12M Spiderbeam pole with Palomar unun. In the back yard.

Worked 80-10M and the bands seemed in good shape.
Only my second FD, but this year found out that QRP is really, really hard.  Hats off to the folks
who do it all the time.  Beautiful day, had fun, could hear the world . . .but getting heard back
was a challenge
It always amazes me what a K1 hooked up to a battery and some antennas can do! Thanks for the QSOs
and the opportunity to participate. 73/72, Will, NQ2W
Class 1A / 1AB stations should have the opportunity to set up a GOTA station!
Best band conditions in the last 10 years.
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All contacts were made using battery charged on solar during the contest.
Fun stuff! Thank you for the Qs!
First time was operating on battery + solar. Morning hours (I operated only 5 hours Sunday) were
pretty much battery only since solar was very weak and 15 W PEP was the most I could afford. While
generally power output from a panel allowed for 100 watt but I found that a single 10 Ah battery
does not have low enough resistance to maintain CW peak load. So I was holding around 70 watt after
9 PST.
We were only able to operate during Saturday afternoon due to our shrinking membership.  Those that
did come had a really enjoyable time despite the really poor band conditions in our area. We also
ran into problems with our main coax feed.  Lesson learned, Really check the coax not just the
antenna!  Still all-in-all, everyone had a really good time.  KF2WA
Operating completely off-grid with a SpiderBeam on a crank-up tower with all the equipment being
powered by 3 EcoFlow power stations and a 200W solar panel.
Just a few as DX for fun from home. Not sure if FD stations in US could benefit from our contact? I
had many stations with very good signal strengt answering my CQ FD and then never coming back.
Anyway, Tnx fer contacts and might be back 2025.  73 de Johan
After one year of no activity, got the wire antenna up in the air just in time for  FD, using
FT8/FT4 modes with WSJT-X. 73!
It was a Great Time by all who attended. Attendance was very well attended by our club, with 16 in
total. We would like to thank Marty Shimko for Hosting & Helping out with the Event. Plans are
underway, for Next Year.
Another successful Field Day for our two Amateur Radio clubs MARC and WIARC!
We were back at our usual location at Centennial Park right on Lake St. Louis in Beaconsfield.
Despite the rain Saturday night and Sunday morning, our tents kept us dry and we continued on.
Thankfully Murphy did not visit us this year!
CBC and Global TV news came by to report on our event which was very exciting.
For some reason 10m produced no results and we had only a handful of contacts on 6m. Once again we
made many more CW contacts than with SSB.
Our satellite operation was quite successful with 11 contacts.
We had many visitors at the GOTA station with 23 contacts, 4 of which were made by kids under 18.

Thanks for all the contacts and see you again next year!

George VE2NGH
VE2CVA and ARES amateur radio clubs joined together for the first time to participate to this great
contest.  We were installed at the local airport, a perfect site for this activity.  It was a first
experience for many of us, and we will participate again next year for sure !
This was a great learning experience. It was enjoyed by all participants.
Batteries: 3 SLA's, 1 LiFePO4. and 1 ECOFlow River2 unit; all charged with 100W solar panel.  I had
trouble using the N1MM/WSJT-X system, so I used DXKeeper as the logger for WSJT-X instead.  I
exported the .adi file from DXKeeper and imported it to N1MM so that I could generate .log and
summary files.  Used two QRP radios: Elecraft KX3 and a Xiego X6100, both had built in antenna
tuners which is good because I used a 84 ft. random wire as well as a 2M-40M multi-dipole.
Somehow I had the weekends mixed up. I thought FD was next weekend.  Its a good job I decided to do
some contacts last night and I was surprised when I saw the CQ FD's.  So I missed the FD Message and
at least 7 hours of operating time. REMEMBER, its the 4TH FULL weekend, not the last full weekend.
Grrrr ! 

Doug Netherton, VE3MCF/AK4HB
I really feel that Digital modes should be excluded from Field Day, as they are of no use for
transmitting information in a real emergency, which is what Field Day is all about. I really feel
that CW and Phone are designed to transmit intelligence, and the digital modes are just to pump up
scores, as they basically work without human intervention, and are not designed to transmit

Peter Carss
Good event and good participation utilizing two aerial ladder fire trucks as towers/antenna
Full soapbox can be found at
With participation from the 39 Canadian Brigade Group and New Westminster Amateur Radio Club.
Flat top dipoles for 80 and 40. Hentenna's (H-Antenna) for 20,15 and 10. Weather was warm with a bit
of rain on Saturday.  Operated for all 24 Hours.
Summary video by Ian VE7HHS:
Lovely wx for solar power -- lots of sun.  No problem getting 1 amp to charge the batteries for the
natural power bonus, but it was challenging for those doing the 10 mile run!
Yukon Amateur Radio Association, did a simplified Field Day this year from our club trailer.
40m,20m cross inverted V at approximately 70 apex as a 1A.
20m was a chore on 20m SSB due to on air qrm from FD activities. Which caused a slow Qso rate.But
was nice to hear so many stations on the air.
Did some FT4/FT8 to bump our qso count up. And VY1KX came in Sunday morning to give some CW contacts
out as well.

All in was a great experience and hopefully with what was learned this year will be placed into next
year's Field Day.
This years was a bigger turn out the past years. Our club secretary sent a media invite to the
papers and local area hams that are not part of the club.

The Douglas County Emergency Manager and PIO came out took pictures and had demonstrations on our
Above ghost town of Futurity, CO at 9740 ft. Tent got so hot that trusty old FT-301S started to
squeal! Loads of QRP fun!
This is my favorite operating event of the year. I get to spend the time with my grandson, W0DYE,
operating from his home location in Little Sauk, MN. Conditions were very good, making this a record
number of contacts for us operating 2 transmitters. I have operated many field day events during my
73 years of ham radio and this rates right at the top. Thanks ARRL for sponsoring Field Day.
Gary C Meyer/W0DYD
I disagree with Digital modes receiving the same score as CW. Just sayin … Aside from that, I had
a great time !! This was the first year that our club made contacts in all ARRL US sections !
Thank you ARRL for sponsoring this event.  Really enjoyed it.  I operated 1B from Marquand, MO in
the southeast part of the state.  Absolutely RF quiet there which was just great.  20M CW was rough
on Saturday but 40M CW was good that evening.  Managed to get 50 QSOs on 15M but really had to
struggle for those.  Hit 20M CW on Sunday and it was much better.  All the POTA activations from the
past year gave me lots of practice setting up a temporary station and operating a contest.  Can't
wait until next year! 73 de WB0TUA (operated as W0H)
Operated mobile, almost all contacts made while in motion between St. Paul, MN, and Duluth, MN.
I made a Mistake on our class of entry, I couned the vhf transmitter ,
Our class should be 2A   ,,,Not 3A
Please adjust on our report

2024 Field Day was a blast. We didn’t focus on the number of QSOs but rather wanted to test new
gear for portable operation and using a generator for main source of power. Successful day of
operation, fun had by all.
W1FY FRamingham Amateur Radio Association:
W1FY SSB operators: John Iwuc - KB1VXY, Bruce Rusch - W1HNZ
W1FY CW operator: Sumner Weisman - W1VIV
W1FY Digital operator: Ron Rothman - WO1E
Assistants: Morris Beverly - N1AVP, Andy Boughton - KC1DMM
Location: 104 Otis Street, Northboro, MA  
Section: WMA
Hours of operation: 2 pm to 6 pm (half hour off for T storms
We had five operators on three radios with good fellowship and food.
Our gathering was small with Al KC1UZH and Kellye K1SOE stopping by
for a visit. Many thanks to Bob N1WJO for straightening our
network/computer hiccups Saturday evening and Susan KC1DSO for
bringing a delicious breakfast! This was a good event for checking
and stressing our radio capabilities during an event. We learned many
things throughout the weekend.
First Field Day operating from home.  Got off to a late start with severe thunderstorms on Saturday
at 2, but worked most of the day wrapping with a few more contacts on Sunday.
GOTA Station

As Field Day Coordinator and Club President, I have defined our GOTA as a station to introduce the
public to HAM Hobby and train/develop existing HAMs.  I had a few EXTRA GOTA Operators that were
challenged by other club members on their qualifications for GOTA Operators. Some were recently
upgraded with limited experience in HF and contesting.  We matched them with strong HF and
contesting COACHES.

We have some very strong contesters, who want to win our class each year.  I think the club members
who challenged our GOTA Operators felt this was the reason to use our EXTRA operators.  I assure you
it was based on the GOTA Operator requesting support.

My recommendation:
GOTA Station should be a flat BONUS.  If you have one you get the BONUS.  It should not be based on
the number of QSOs at the station.  This will allow our GOTA to focus on the community outreach and
the training/education of HAMs.  The current rules and guidance can be vague.  This ambiguity causes
conflict within our club, and I am sure in others too.  The rules should remove the ambiguity if you
continue to count the GOTA QSOs.

NCRC had a great Field Day 2024!  We thank your committee who pulls this together each year and look
forward to next year!

73, John, KC1KOO
(W1TOM / MTARA) We completed our 2nd year at "The Blandford Fairgrounds" in Western Massachusetts
for 2024. Overall, we had fun. However, heavy torrential rainfall resulted in some area field
flooding and hampered operations until the storms passed into the Saturday late afternoon. Nightfall
produced heavy fog on our field day site, as we tried to dry out. Sunday morning came, and brought
in more rain, with the same drab conditions present as the night before. Biggest challenges was the
radio station equipment had water issues (even inside the station structures) due to crosswinds and
rain. Which resulted in some high SWR issues at peak times. We had to continually towel dry the
radios and other equipment  due to moisture in the air from our 1,500ft elevation. The post storm
fog like conditions produced condensation blanketing everything in the area. Next year goals: We
will strive to do better, as we have already pre-ordered "sunshine" for the 2025 field day event.
Also to be held at The Blandford Fairgrounds, Come join us in the fun. Bring your raincoat (just in
case) 73
The Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association in collaboration with the Hancock County Emergency
Management Agency held the 2024 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 107 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

Further pictures of this year’s EAWA Field Day can be found at
Only made 11 digital QSOs during 2024 Field Day as I spent most of the day at Kings Point's W4KPR
station where I sent out 14 messages. A Fun Event! 73 W1WAB
We had to packup and evacuate at approximately 17:30 EDT due to lightning and severe weather.
The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club's trailer and new antennas were a game-changer 
3 Stations running on 400 amps of battery power charged by 200 watts of solar panels on the roof 
The three icom ic 7100 radios  were never left without an operator SSB CW FT 8; we even had a few
Satellite qsos using an icon ic9700 and can sat tracker box 

The Buddihex also performed quite well
First time for Field Day - couldn't make it to my local club's big event, but had a brief window to
operate from home, so I took advantage of it!
40m was nothing but noise until Saturday evening, got shut down early Sunday due to the forecast of
NASTY T-storms coming in, so we bailed early. So, we had possibly our lowest QSO count in 10 years.

However, we did expose some new operators to their first Field Day and had some amazing grub, thanks
to Nick, KD2ETO!

362 days until Field Day 2025!

de Scott WA2DTN
Metro North Railroad ARA first field day and at the Danbury Railway Museum for the first time.
Worked with my 2 kids (who each completed a QSO). The bonus however only applies to licensed youth.
We all had fun though for our first field day working through bands so stacked it was hard to tell
stations apart. I appreciate the help of K9M and W8FY who worked with my kids on the QSOs.
It was extremely hot with temperatures reaching close to 100 in the location.

We were sure to keep everyone hydrated.   We believe we had a lower than normal turnout due to the
We had a great time, good teamwork even though it was beastly hot.  We got two articles in our local
paper and a visit from Ch 22/28 in Scranton/Wilkes- Barre, PA and the report was shown on the local
news several times during the weekend.
Because of the expected intense heat on June 21 and 22, our club cancelled our planned 4A FD. Sunday
morning the temperature moderated to 77.Two of us decided to salvage some of the FD spirit as a 1B
using an end fed wire and a mobile rig.
73, Larry K3VX and Bi W3WH
Field Day 2024 for the Beaver Valley ARA was a very rewarding experience for all.  The club operated
W3SGJ at 100 watts, Class 4A, within the WPA Section with three or four IC-7300 transceivers for the
most part.

Weather was hot and humid reaching 95 degrees on Saturday afternoon with a constant threat of
thunderstorms, rain, and severe winds with the possibility of a tornado or two.

Propagation was very good with low QRN on all the bands and with minimum lightning crashes.  We
missed only four states, filled in more of the US and Canada map of N3FJP than in previous years. 
Antennas included a dipole, two verticals and a 10M Yagi.  DX included Australia, New Zealand, South
America and many European countries.  Operated SSB and CW only.

Despite the heat and humidity, everyone felt that this was a very good Field Day effort!
It was HOT! Temperature-wise anyway. 
Not an ideal location under a pair of 160K power lines but the ARC parking lot was a good test of a
likely operations site if it ever comes to that kind of call-up.
Did not set up a NVIS antenna which might have given a better idea of more local "served agency"
communications but the setup conditions did not allow for such antenna(s) to be erected this year.
We did demonstrate, and conduct data transmission/reception via AREDN though and that was quite
Next year...
A crane lifting a end fed antenna

Demo of EOC Radio Room to David Padot and Grandson
The Brotherhood of Every Amateur North of Orlando (B.E.A.N.O.) Field Day group was active on CW ONLY
using the call W4GJ again this year. Dave Fox, NN4DF, and Bob Lightner, W4GJ, could be heard burning
up the HF CW bands. We used to be a much larger group with K4WJ, K8IJ, W4IEI, and NW4C, but this
year we are just doing it together. Our main power source {and secret ingredient} is Sonny's BBQ
Baked Beans. When will the ARRL give bonus points for methane power?
Total QSOs: 2,956
40M = 267  NN4DF
15M = 351  NN4DF
20M = 860  W4GJ
Preliminary total score: 6,062 with bonus points added (less the beans)!
Good weekend, decent radio conditions.  WX hot but not as bad as many other places.  2024 in the
How can Field Day NOT be a contest when the results are listed by Class and Score?

Last year the League attempted to reduce the value of a CW QSO to 1 point but quickly withdrew that
dumb decision quickly when your members created a hue and cry.

Now, how long will it be before the League requires Sexual Preference and Preferred Pronouns as part
of the entry process? 

I have been a League member since 1963 and am disgusted at its present ineffectiveness and lack of
success in attracting new members.
10m was just terrible. 15m had it's moments, but it didn't last.  80m/40m made up for it with a lot
of digital activity.  We had the heat in Georgia this year, but at least we didn't get hit with rain
and the humidity that comes with it (though we can use the rain!).  We did have a good turnout of
club members this year, if nothing else just to chat.
A great time was had by all, our location was Russell Harber Extension along the Blackwater River in
NW Florida.  We enjoyed a steady flow of visitors with 48 souls signing our visitor book.  20 were
licenced amateurs, 27 unlicenced, and 1 GMRS. We tested one technician who passed and one upgrade to
extra. Water and cold drinks were were shared and anyone hungry was fed fried catfish and frog legs.
W5ECO Houston ECHO Society/Oak Forest Amateur Radio Club

It was a two club combined effort at W5ECO 3F STX. Operation was from the radio room at the Red
Cross in central Houston, Texas. There were some new hams so we started them out on SSB and they
made their first contacts on 40 meters. Meanwhile the veteran ops were on ft4 and ft8 on 20 meters.
Our 15 operators also helped in earning bonus points. Chris, KG5BBF, worked satellite mode during
the night and also did the section manager message and 10 additional radiograms. Several visitors
stopped by the site during the weekend. Mark, WB5ANN, spent much time talking to visitors and giving
tours. Marty, AG5T, copied the W1AW bulletin on fldigi for Baudot/RTTY. He also handled social media
and the public information table. The educational activity was a group discussion/demonstration on
Eqsl and the Eqsl web site. Equipment used was a variety of antennas plus two IC7300s and an IC736.
WSJT-X software was used for digital, with several ops learning it for the first time. Having a
multi-club operation is great for fellowship and cooperation. Sharing radio and technical experience
between clubs is a bonus as well. Houston is hurricane prone, so learning the emergency
communications equipment in the radio room is vital. Our main goal was to get everyone familiar with
the radios, antennas and the radio room. And in the process, we actually did have a pretty good
final score! 

Operators at W5ECO were WB5ANN Mark Landress (Co-coordinator), AG5T Marty Blaise (Co-coordinator),
N5TCB Dom Mazoch, KG5IRR Barry Basile, KG5BBF Chris Luppens, WA5QXE Lee Gaspard, KE5HHH Bill Hardy,
KI5III Tom Ewton, KE5AOA Rick Giuffre, KG5OIR Hal Herdklotz, KE5RMA Mark Zentner, KØKON Roger
Matice, KI5PZT Robert Kosar, K5GZR Rick Hall and KI5WWU Bill Loden.
It was a great Field Day lots of learning going on. A fun time for all and plenty of food.
Now that Field Day 2024 is in the books, I would offer up a comment on one of the Field Day bonus
point activities, specifically media coverage.

     In the past, 100 bonus points were earned if the club/group issued a news release regardless if
the media were a 'no show'.  With the current system, if the media are a 'no show', zero bonus
points even if the media package is exceptional.  

     The Oklahoma City market ranks 46th according to Nielsen.  Thus, it must be a VERY slow news
weekend before the electronic media will come out.  The primary print media in OKC is the
"Oklahoman" which focuses on national, social issues, and political news with little attention to
events such as Field Day.  Certainly smaller markets will grant more attention to Field Day
operations as local news-worthy events are sometimes few and far between.

     This brings me to my suggestion.  If a club/group issues a Field Day media package/press
release, award 50 bonus points.  If information on Field Day is published or covered by the
electronic media, award an additional 50 bonus points.

Tom Webb
Oklahoma City Autopatch Association
The McKinney Amateur Radio Club enjoyed a very productive and fun Field Day.  We setup in Erwin Park
in McKinney, TX.  Three 30-foot towers were erected for our antennas.  We had 10, 15, 20 and 40
meter antennas on the towers and a 10-40 meter EFHW set up nearby.  We had 23 operators that made
1325 contacts, 5 of those operators are licensed youth.  We also had a guest youth make contacts
under the supervision of a control operator. In addition to operations, classes were held on EFHW
Antennas and Toroid Winding, Tim Valis KK5TIM and Making Satellite Contacts, Bran Sasic NB5T.  The
members were well fed by Chefs Lance Chapman KM6LMP and Kyri Calder KG5WXZ.  McKinney Fire
Department Truck 9 stopped by to check out our setup and chat with the members.  As it is June in
Texas, we had the challenge of keeping cool and hydrated.  But our location afforded nice breezes
and we were provided with water, sports drinks and juices.

In addition to the club setup, we had several members operating as 1D stations at their homes.

Overall a great Field Day for the McKinney Amateur Radio Club, W5MRC.
Truly a field oriented event for this club this year!  Lots learned, lots fixed, lots to eat.  Great
preperation for the 2024 Hurricane Season!
W6GJB, K0YC and W6JTI operated W6BX from a private location high in the Santa Cruz mountains. We
used a single K3 for hf bands, and a KX3 for 50 meter FT8.  Output power was 5 watts.  All radios,
computers, monitors and accessories were powered by batteries charged by a 300 watt solar array. The
weather was in the high 80's with high humidity.  The photos show our operating trailer and
It was nice to operate from an air conditioned EOC this year.  We felt for those that were out in
the heat operating from an outside location.  Thanks to all those that toughed the elements and
contacted us.
A great time had by all attending. Our Field Day activities were at Lake McClure, McClure Point
Campground in the Sierra foothills of California. It was a warm weekend, about 103 on Saturday.
Attended by 30 people, 4 or 5 deer, 20-30 wild turkeys, a Blue Tail Skink, and a million
grasshoppers! Some of the kids that were there caught grasshoppers and used them for fish bait. One
young man did catch a small Bass! Radio conditions were so-so. We had stations up on 6 and 2 meters
with no luck. Our 6 and 2 meter operators were a little disappointed not making any contacts. Our
two operators that worked 40M phone and CW did the best. The rest struggled to get contacts. Still,
a successful exercise, a fun weekend, and great camaraderie. Our reservations have been made for the
same area for Field Day 2025! Hoping our band conditions open up a bit more next year.
Thanks to all who attended, operated, and helped with the Saturday night dinner. It's a group effort
and it wouldn't be a success without your participation! 
73 all,
Jason KA6TIO & Vicki KJ6RCV, Stanislaus Amateur Radio Association 2024 Field Day Coordinators
W6HA: All UHF/VHF contacts were made using solar power.
We had a great team of 3 ops - K0FTC, N0TA, NM0V and we operated the full 24 hours using mostly CW
and digital.  NM0V did operate our free VHF radio a bit for our 1A low power station when not
working FT4/8, and enhanced our score. Log shows 1050 total QSO's. At 8800' SW of Tie Siding WY on
the Colorado border - weather condx were quite variable with wind and mosquitos when not blowing,
and temps warm during the day to pretty chilly at night. T-storm Saturday evening dropped a bit of
hail and enough rain to take the dust out of air for bit. Antennas consisted of an 80 mtr dipole, 40
mtr dipole, N0TA's outstanding 15 and 20 meter homebrew verticals, and of NM0V had his VHF setup on
a high military mast. A few hickups with computer connectivity which were quickly fixed between
skilled efforts of N0TA, and NM0V while the appliance op K0FTC watched. Ate well with NM0V
volunteering wonderful sausage, egg, and cheese sandwhiches in the morning and chili Saturday night.
Hassayampa Amateur Radio Klub (HARK) conducted Field Day activities at the High Desert Search and
Rescue facility 1.7 miles NE of Wickenburg, AZ. We operated 3A on generator power for 14 hours.
Temperature in the room was >99F due to AC failure - we utilized a portable AC unit that sat on the
floor. 3 rigs fed into an EFHW 75-10 wire through BP Filters, Triplexers, and Diplexer from VA6AM
(available from DXE). The filter system allowed us to run 3 rigs simultaneously into the EFHW
without any interstation interference. The cost of the filter system was more than offset by the
smiles on operator's faces!

Due to our out-of-the-way location, We had only one visitor who found us using the ARRL Field Day
Locator. He made 1 phone contact for us on 15M.

During our activities Doug Jarmuth, N0DAJ, regional ARES/RACES net manager/coordinator, visited our
W7IO: Ponderosa Campground, AZ, DM44:
FT991A and Palomar OCF 80-6 M dipole worked well up until we had to abandon FD operation.  Continued
severe thunderstorms dumping about 2 in. of rain in about 30 min. each time prompted us to withdraw
from the remainder of our Field Day operation.  We did manage to get the FD message in the middle of
that mess.  In about 70 years that K7GH and myself, W7WSV, have been doing FD operations with this
club in various locations (most of them in the central AZ mountains), it has only 'sprinkled' once
3A IS way more complicated than simply putting up an additional station.
2A has been our normal mode of operation for 15 years or more.
Now I understand why ...

Solar panels are really nice and efficient now, but the MPPT controllers add lots of NOISE to our
stations.  Anyone know of filter, better controllers, etc to CLEAN UP THE NOISE?

The BEST PART of Field Day 2024 was having it operate AS A GROUP at a PUBLIC LOCATION... out of the
heat up in the PINE TREES.

(Am I missing something .. can I upload a group photo?)
Feeling guilty about the advantage of setting up and operating from a mountain top location that we
have here in Montana, but we'll take it. Our young and newcomers-to-contesting SSB ops really made a
showing for themselves. The CW crew is going to have a battle on their hands next time. We put up 2
yagis on 35 foot towers, and a couple dipoles supported by some strategically located fir trees. The
weather could not have been better, no equipment-wrecking lightning as we've had in the past. Only
one Murphy visit- a ladder line fed dipole that defied all attempts to get it tuned, finally had to
abandon it and put up a different one. That still has us scratching our heads. A grand time was had
by all. See ya'll next year.
This was the first time I ever worked QRP for field day, and it was my most productive yet! I worked
all-digital on emergency power as a 1E station. With the QRP multiplier this was my best field day
by a long shot! To be honest, I had more fun and spent more time at my operating position than I
ever had before. Next year I'll do even better!
A HUGE thanks for the assistance of all of the operators, from Yavapai Amateur Radio Club Station
Manager, Mike, W1DGL:

Arizona, KJ4JKV (yes, that's his real 1st name), Randy, KK7NUB, Bruce, KK7HTE,  Frank, N0SCA, Rick,
N7FP, and especially Patti, KD7VBG.  Without all of you assisting, we might not have been able to
have made it possible!
Ham radio is my favorite contact sport!  I operated from my home station this year & had tons of fun
making contacts.  73
We were worried about going outdoors with the heat dome active in Michigan. Mercifully, a cloud deck
and light breeze came thru just as we got set up. We were lucky and had a lot of fun. Thanks for the
QSOs and 73, Ron (W8RU) and Bill (KC8VGG).
Heavy t-storms and 90+ degree heat gave FD an aura of a real emergency.
For many years The American Legion Post 33 Amateur Radio Club W9TAL has taken time out from setup to
hold a VE exam session at 10 AM Field Day Saturday.  This year was most rewarding when three young
men showed up, after driving over 2.5 hours, to our exam session.  All three passed the Tech (and
didn't do too badly taking the General cold), participated in our education activity of sending
their name in code and a Winlink sms message to their cell phones and were the first guests at our
GOTA station.  Since it takes resources away from FD prep AND it promotes the hobby, I suggest the
FD25 rules include a 100 point bonus for holding a VE session during FD weekend of Friday - Sunday. 
I feel this would encourage other FD sites to hold VE session during FD weekend and help our hobby
All 13 members of the Metro DX Club of the South Chicago area had a successful Field Day experience.
We were able to use the Civil Air Patrol building near a local airport for our antennas and enjoyed
the air conditioning inside to defeat the high heat and shelter us from the always blowing wind. We
operated on all bands 80-6 meters and had a successful GOTA station that was used by four new or
less active hams. Food was plentiful and always available. We all had a great time!
W9XG, River Bend Wireless Operators Club - We had a great turnout, great food and appreciated our
EOC A/C during the 90' weather.  Most importantly, we had 10 folks at our GOTA station experience
FT8 for the first time.  We are very pleased with our results. 

Doug, WØDCN, Field Day Co-Chair
First time using solar! Had an absolute blast. Jackery isn't designed for ham radio, but it
definitely works.
I had six (6) QSOs on 20 M
I had two (2) QSOs on 40 M
A total of 8 QSOs, not 10.  My error.

Callsign VE3VMP is in Ontario per QRZ.  Not sure where the GTA Section identifier comes from or is
valid.  It was in the FT8 exchange.
The log submittal is ridiculously complicated like everything else ARRL does.  Every other contest
in the world uses a Cabrillo file.  Why do you have to complicate everything!
Here are pics from 2024 FD, showing my now 15 y/o granddaughter making many FT-8 contacts on 20 and
10 meters.
She is extremely busy with Varsity Basketball, High School and Dual enrollment in the local
Community College, not to mention working on her car and driving lessons from her mom.
I am glad she takes time to join me in FD, she makes contacts, logs and verifies the calls, both on
paper and online.
I operated from home this year and my Yaesu 818ND got a thorough workout. My power was set to 5
watts and the antenna consisted of a 20 meter 'ground plane.' I chose 20m because I felt that I
would have best chance of making contacts there on CW. A couple of phone contacts were also logged.
73 - Dan
The CARS Field Day was a huge success! Our stations were on the port catwalk of the Museum Ship USS
Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, SC overlooking Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter and the Ravenel Bridge. We
operated sideband, digital, CW, 6M, and satellite.  We used generator power and a battery charged by
solar panels.  We operated a GOTA station at the forward public entrance to the hangar deck.  We
made over 500 contacts and copied the ARRL bulletin on digital and CW.  Three elected officials
visited our event: SC House Rep Mark Smith (who presented a House Resolution in support of the our
ARRL FD event,) SC House Rep Sylleste Davis, and Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Daniel Brownstein. 
There was plenty of good food including brownies made by Michelle, KK4WQO, a FD tradition on the
Yorktown. We had numerous inquiries from the public and over 30 participants whose volunteerism,
cooperation, and hard work made the event seamless and a pleasure to be part of.
Social Media
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
The FWARC conducted our FD2024 event using the ICS Structure. This included a complete IAP. We had a
GOTA station as well as 5 Stations running entirely on emergency Power - Generators and
Solar/Batteries. All antennas were homebrewed and erected using military masts in an Inverted V
configuration for each band. Two antennas were EFHW, with homebrewed ununs. A 10M antenna was
designed, built, tuned and used for our 10M position. We were visited by the Mayor of Federal Way as
well as from the WA State EOC EMCOM manager. NTS Messages were sent via winlink. We had a CW station
as well as an FT8 Station, along with voice.
Enjoy the event.  Contributed my points to my club.  The Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub-W8PAR.
actually heard and worked 6 meters and they weren't local!
This year, the club had the highest number of sections and DX contacted in recent memory, only
missing AK, NV, PE, NL and TER.  South Central Minnesota has had a monsoon spring that translated to
wading through puddles when setting up/taking down antennas.  The good news was we did not have any
lightning during our operating hours!
Thought I would "exhaust" 40 and switch to 80 on Saturday night.  NOPE, 40 had plenty of folks!
I DID spend some time on 20 on Sunday.
Thanks, everybody!!
I returned home early from a Club Field Day event and realized that I could hook a solar panel to my
POTA 12V, 12Ah battery and use my IC-7300 on low power. It worked well and I got multiple cross
country QSOs, both digital and SSB.
Solar Max was helpful this year.
We had a great time! Gradfather Jeff WB8REI, Son Erik N8XHZ and Grandson Matthew KE8YKY. Looking
forward to next year! Band conditions were good. My grandson and son got to try out their new Icom
IC7300. Nice radio!
Had a great time on CW with three watts of RF.  Special thanks to OK1CF, F6IN, F6PLC, and KH6AQ for
working with my pipsqueak signal.  And here's a fervent wish that at least 50 "CQ operators" would
become "CW operators" by pausing to listen for replies after sending each CQ.
I had a great time running 5 watts into an MC750 portable antenna on the back deck. Lots of action
and some really good brisk CW.  Thoroughly enjoyed Field Day.
72,  Chuck

For ARRL Field Day 2024, I operated using a portable station outside my house. I did this in 2022
and 2023, and did it again for 2024. I used an Icom ID-5100 for working FM satellites, and a Kenwood
TH-D75 for packet via the ISS 145.825 packet digipeater. Since I had to go into the office on
Saturday (22 June 2024) afternoon, my time for Field Day was limited. I ended up only working the
first hour of Field Day. 

I used two FM satellites - TEVEL-2, and TEVEL-5 - along with the 145.825 MHz packet/APRS digipeater
on the International Space Station. I had planned to try the cross-band FM repeater on the ISS
Sunday (23 June 2024) morning, but the ISS radios were off for the passes over the continental USA.

The TEVEL-2 satellite was passing over western North America a few minutes after the start of Field
Day. I heard activity on the satellite, and - surprisingly, for Field Day - it wasn't chaotic.
Rather orderly, in fact. I heard Randy WI7P, a long-time satellite operator, and made a quick call
to him. We made a contact, my first for the 2024 Field Day. My contact with WI7P is in the video

This contact earned the 100-point bonus for a satellite contact. I worked other stations later in
the pass, including Dima N6DNM on Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park near Santa
Barbara (and on the CM93/CM94 grid line). As I already logged a contact with WI7P on this pass, my
contact with N6DNM did not go into the WD9EWK Field Day score (only one contact per FM satellite,
per ARRL Field Day rules). I also worked a couple of others that were not included in the WD9EWK
Field Day score.

After TEVEL-2 went by, the ISS was about to pass directly over central Arizona. Both the cross-band
FM repeater and 145.825 MHz packet/APRS digipeater were active. I listened to the cross-band
repeater, while trying to make a contact on the digipeater. I saw AI6DO beaconing that he was
working Field Day. After an exchange of APRS messages, we had a packet QSO for Field Day. I also
worked KB6LTY through the digipeater, but she did not send a Field Day exchange this year. 

A few minutes after the ISS passed by, TEVEL-5 was coming up for the western USA. Just like the
earlier TEVEL-2 pass, this was an orderly pass. I heard Rick K7TEJ on the microphone from the W7TBC
club Field Day station. A quick call to W7TBC, and I had my last points-scoring contact for the 2024
Field Day. I worked 3 other stations later in this pass, but those were not included in the WD9EWK
Field Day score. 

My video of the TEVEL-5 pass is at:

With the ISS radios off Sunday morning, the 3 passes WD9EWK worked at the start of Field Day were
the only passes for the weekend. 

I enjoy working Field Day. Some years, I put in a bigger effort. Other years, I may only make one
contact. 2024 was tough, since I had to work Saturday afternoon/evening, and didn't set up for HF,
but it is still fun to get on. It is nice to hear familiar voices working under different call
signs, normally as part of a club's Field Day effort. I enjoy working Field Day as a one-person
activity, and will probably do this again in 2025.
Wonderful time at Field Day 2024 with our Family group.  One Granddaughter (age 11) operated SSB and
some digital.  She made almost all of the SSB contacts for us.  This was the first year we've tried
FT8/FT4 and it was a little disappointing in the results. W5KKM supervised the digital station.  I'm
not sure if it was just too crowded, but our 2-3 watts was not being well heard thru the masses of
signals.  That was not much of a problem on CW.  We traditionally use QRP CW for our field days in a
hunt and pounce operation.  Most CW calls were answered in one shot this year.  It's too bad we we
not allowed to set up a GOTA as a Class "E" station.  I think both granddaughters might have
operated from that scenario.  Also tried networking the computers this year since we had two
stations running.  That did not work out.  But the Lake Cabin has an odd setup for WiFi, and I'm
guessing that's why we had our problems. (Worked fine in test mode from the home QTH prior to F.D.)
Part of the fun of Field Day is working thru problems.  Ready for next year!
73, de WG5F 2E OK . .
We had a very interesting Field Day 2024! One of the highlights: loading up two "little giant" style
ladders in a vertical configuration on 20m, tuning it up and making a QSO with a station in Iowa! 

Great event.  Thanks for organizing to keep ham radio going for the next generation!  Chris de WX7V
This year instead of operating with our county group, we elected to setup independently using a
separate club call at a local General Aviation airport (with permission) to allow potential for
demonstrating Amateur Radio to the public. Operated 100% off deep cycle battery charged via solar
power. Antennas consisted of a 20m/40m/80m dipole system on a portable mast along with a modular
Buddipole system as a second antenna for 15m/40m. Bandpass filters were used on 40m and 20m to allow
simultaneous operation on those bands with two radios. Overall the operation was a total success -
all equipment worked as expected, contacts were made, and visitors got to see what Amateur Radio can
be about.