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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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@example.com
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