It’s fun to search out each of the states on the various bands and modes and make contact with the volunteers that help everyone make contacts in the contest. The bands have been in reasonable shape this year if you can dodge the occasional storms that are drifting by.
This year I was able to get the “Clean Sweep” in the 13 Colonies event in the first three days of July. I’ll submit the following log and get a certificate later in the year:
I am also volunteering to operate the K2B station on 40 meters. So far I have managed to make 1,523 contacts working a few hours each day the last three days. It’s a crazy time on the receiving side of making contacts for the event. At times the QSO rate is well above 200 contacts per hour. I liken this to listening to air traffic control during a “push” in a busy time of the day. Its very busy and fun to work to manage all of the inputs from the day.
I’ve heard two familiar voices on the air while I’ve been operating. N0JSD and K8SYH reached out to me at some point. It’s nice hearing people we know.
Spotting is easy using DXSummit. Using this tool makes short work figuring out the band and mode for the operators in each state. At some point it’s just about getting into the fray and working the pileups which are very high at times.
Although I’ve done all of the above using SSB I hope to make some time outside of my K2B operations to use other modes to reach out to each state. In particular, I want to see how digital modes work this year.
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.
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 protected]