FD19 (In my eyes).

Field Day has been a journey! I made a lot of contacts, and some new skills. I operated from two places this year. The first location I operated from was the Clarke County Fairgrounds with SVARC (W4RKC). I operated CW and SSB with them. I recorded one of the contacts and it can be found here.

I also operated from the shack. I operated SSB and CW also here. Funny enough, John, W5ODJ is in my log. I also recorded a contact here, but I guess it did not record. I’ll just keep it here, because I do not know how to remove videos.

At the end of the day, I think Field Day has been a good turnout for me this year. I hope it will be great again next year!

73’s and good afternoon.


Mini Field Day 2019

Compared to most years it was very quiet at my QTH this year.

I’ve been going into and out of making contacts as class 1D section VA. This is the first time I’ve used my own station for Field Day in 10 or so years. I’ve primarily worked 40 and 80 meter phone.

In preparation for Field Day I get my instance of Windows up to date with the latest patches then turn patching off so my computer doesn’t reboot in the middle of a contest. Then updated N1MM to the latest, created a new database for 2019 FD with all the parameters I’d normally use to create a log at the end. Even though I do not plan on submitting a log this year I wanted to go through the process.

It’s messy but it’s mine. You are looking at 20 years of “organization”. 🙂 I’m still tracing some of the wires.

The bands have been very active with a station about every ½ kilocycle. It’s interesting to try to work so many so close together. I suspect the band will go back to normal tonight in the evening when everyone tears down their site and goes back to their daily lives.

I didn’t think I’d miss what we’ve done at LARG over the years, but I do. Those were fun times when we were all working together to achieve a common goal. Our first time to win a 5A category was in 2012. That year we came 12th overall internationally.

We did it again in 2013 with a first place finish in 5A and even better ranking internationally at 6th place. And then in 2014 we did it again by finishing first in 5A and even better at 4th place internationally. You can find all that information on our history pages.

I hope where ever you are you’ve been able to enjoy Field Day this year.


John, W5ODJ

75 Meter HF Net

The weekly LARG Thursday Night HF SSB Nets met at 8 PM June 20, 2019. It was a short net because there were only three of us:

K8SYH, Bill
K3WD, Bill
W5ODJ, John

It’s Field Day 2019 weekend! We all mentioned we have plans to play a little in the event. In the past 9-10 years this day (Friday) would be a big day for our club as we planned to set up a 4A or 5A station for the event. It feels a little strange that we are not doing it this year. I hope each of you have found something to do on this big radio weekend.



LARG Regular meeting June 15, 2019

Member attending the regular meeting in June.

Today was a good review of DSP technology given by our very own Jeff Crawford, K0ZR. Always so much to learn!

Breakfast at IHOP was good fun even though it happens at 7am. I’ll need a nap today.

LARG Tuesday CW Net Report 6/11/2019

Called the weekly slow cw net at 8:00PM with only two check ins – K3WD (Bill) and me. We had a nice 30 minute qso discussing family visits and vacations.  Also, along with all the other ham activities this coming weekend, don’t forget that this weekend is the Summer Stew Perry 160 meter cw contest.  I hope to get a few more South America contacts after the club meeting and the ham fest.  73 de Dave KE4S

LARG HF Phone Net Report – 30 May 2019

The 75-meter session was opened at 20:00 EDT on 3675 kHz with 3 check-ins:

Call Name SIG Lvl
—- —- ——-
W4PMP Chris S8
K3WD Bill S9
KG4UPR Bryan (NCS) —

Signal levels recorded at NCS QTH Potomac Falls in eastern Loudoun County, Virginia (FM19ha)

Short-range conditions were fair. After two rounds of comments the 75-meter session was closed at 20:13 EST.

The 10-meter session of the net was called at 20:14 EDT on 28405 kHz, but no local stations were heard.

Thanks for participating.


Thursday SSB Net Report 6 Jun 2019

80m – 3675 KHz on 7 JUN 2019 Open 0000Z
Listening 3814 KHz for General class ops to check-in
K3WD Bill S9
K8SYH Bill S7-S9
NoJSD John +10 on 3814
KE4S Dave, net control
Closed 0019Z

10m – on 28.405 MHz
Not called: my antenna out of service on 10m

73 de Dave KE4S

2m Net report for June 2, 2019

The 2m net began at 2030 local time. There where three checkins:

W5ODJ, John (NCS)
KK4TNO, Chaz
WB2UNA, John

The net was quick and secured at 20:40 local time. We’ll meet tomorrow at Wegmans during the lunch hour. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Take care.


BARC Father’s Day Hamfest & Marketplace

BARC, The Baltimore Amateur Radio Club, will be hosting a Father’s Day Hamfest & Marketplace on Sunday, June 16th 2019. Details are available on BARC’s website and in this PDF.

Please join us on Sunday June 16, 2019 for the BARC Father’s Day Hamfest and Marketplace in Upperco, MD. This exciting event features a giant flea market for traditional tailgating and food. New for 2019 are indoor rest room facilities and expanded advertising!
We continue the same value-based pricing…space is first-come/first-serve (no advance sales of admission tickets or space). Outdoor tailgating space continues at $5 each with admission of $5 each (donation). Hours: 8 am.-2 pm. Location: the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company grounds, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD 21155. ARRL DXCC/WAS qsl card checking is available in the morning. Amateur radio license exam testing is not offered.
Returning for 2019… Tasty Treats, manned by Mr. Nick, who provides BBQ sandwiches, baklava, hot dogs, ice cream, coffee, and other goodies at affordable prices.
Remember, we are the last area hamfest each year before ARRL Field Day for those last minute shoppers. Note, sales of ammunition, fire arms, and pornographic material/media are prohibited.
A big thank you to our valuable volunteers, who helped with the 2018 hamfest, and Dave AB3TE our hamfest chairman.
Please join us again in 2019!!!. [email protected]


Tues Slow CW Net Report 14 May 2019

We had three check ins tonight on 80 meters, with quiet band conditions: KT9N Chris, K3WD Bill, and KE4S Dave. Nice chat and reminded each other about the club meeting coming up on Saturday. See you there!
73 de Dave KE4S