Here is Bob - N0BIX and his Field Day picture!
Bob says he is "Taking a break from clearing the trail for Field Day.”
Bob's brother Randy - KL7RF says "I do not think that I can ever outdo N0BIX's Field day pix each year.
He certainly looks like he has fun......"
Ti - NJ6T sent in this shot of the forecast for Arizona's
weather for Field Day!
Keith - WA8ZWJ and Randy - AB8CO spent some time making
Field Day contacts on Saturday afternoon. WA8ZWJ - 1D OH!
Keith - WA8ZWJ and Randy - AB8CO
Keith had this to say "Randy - AB8CO and I played Field Day for several hours from here yesterday (WA8ZWJ - 1D OH). Conditions were tough enough that we had difficulty making 12 contacts an hour."
Saturday evening Keith and Randy played poker with some of our Ham Radio buddies.
Can you imagine drawing 4 aces during a hand of 5 card
draw? Way to go Randy!
Not to be out done, fifteen minutes later Lee - WA8MSD also
drew 4 aces during a 5 card draw game! What are the odds of that
Bill - WZ1L spent the weekend with the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association in Gloucester, MA working as W1GLO.
W1GLO - 3D EMA
Here's a look at the CAARA Clubhouse!
Nice recognition for the CAARA!
Nice recognition for the CAARA!
Nice recognition for the CAARA!
Ron - NA6RS posted this shot...
Ron had this to say "Setting up for amateur radio Field Day in Hollywood, Maryland. I made 80 contacts this year and helped several 7 year old girls make their first.
Rob - KV8P is the one with the microphone...
This is a great article about Field Day and Amateur Radio! Thanks to Rob!
Randy - KL7RF says "I had a good time at Field Day!
I had to take time out on Saturday to get our first cutting of hay in the barn. We had good weather for it and we got it in okay.
While I was at home I relayed radiogram messages from our field day site to the NTS for delivery.
Sunday morning I was at the laptop and radio doing some digital at the site."
Max - K1MAX visited the W4EM Field Day site Saturday afternoon. They were operating 5A TN.
Max says these folks were operating 40 meters.
These folks were operating 10 meters.
N5COO has produced a video of
Field Day 2016. This Field Day was held in Germantown TN. The link is listed
de WB4LHD Hope everyone has a Happy Ham 4th of July
Thank you David N5COO
Bob - N6BOB has sent along a few photos.
Bob says "Here are a few photos of W6BO and me N6BOB setting up for field day 2016."
Bob - N6BOB
"We put together two sections of Rohn 25 plus 10 ft of mast on top to get the G5RV up to 30 feet in the open... worked well on all bands and a small 3 element beam at 20 feet for 20, 15 and ten. We operated CW and phone with two complete stations and two generators. We operated inside with air-conditioning while outside it was about 104 degrees. We made about 240 contacts and 40 sections or so on phone and cw."
Mike - KG8CW shared these pictures from the BARF (Benzie Amateur Radio Friends) - W8BNZ Field Day...
Rob - W8REJ
Betty - KC8PCQ
Dave - W8TVC
Mike - K8LMJ and Benny
Charlie - NN3V has this to say:
Poway California IOOK VP Chapter was very busy during FD this year (2016).
began with FD planning for the Palomar Amateur Radio Club FD event. IOOK
VP NN3V (Charlie) is the club’s resident. IOOK VP KJ6ZQH (Glen) was
recently assimilated into the IOOK, is the Palomar Club membership
chairman. And KK6FRK (Kevin) who was assimilated into the worldwide
brotherhood of the IOOK during the Dayton Hamvention was busy planning the
involvement of Boy Scout troops at the FD event.
started in earnest on Friday June 24th when the Palomar club began
assembling the FD stations at the club’s site. All the traditional
activities were required. Antenna check out, shelter erecting and power
generation facilities including solar, etc. had to be arranged. As
expected, the erection of the large towers for the monoband beams was a taxing
ran 3A category. While not verified, the club submitted log inputs for a
score of 4611 believed to be a respectable 3A score.
served as 20 / 40 meter CW station captain. Glen operated 20 / 40 and 15 /
80 SSB, while incredibly busy keeping track of the attendees, distributing
hardware and back-up supplies throughout the FD site.
believe what you think!
Charlie - NN3V has sent along some photos as well!
to right: WD6EVO (Dave), KK6FRK (Kevin), NN3V (Charlie), and KJ6ZQH (Glen)
Poway IOOK VP chapter coordinates services for the Palomar Amateur radio Club
during FD. The FD site is an arid semi-dessert site. The ham
antennas are supported by large towers that use 60 gallon water barrels and
counterweights. Through IOOK VP efforts, the Valley Center Fire Department
which serves the city also cooperates in filling the counterweights. Here
is the water carrier coming to the FD site set-up
the Valley Center Fire Chief and one of the firemen are filling one water barrel
through use of the fire engine.
All arranged by the masterful coordination of FD services carried out by the Poway IOOK VP chapter.
Tom - W3TOM says:
ARRL’s Atlantic Division is comprised of 7 ARRL sections. For Field Day
(FD) I normally attend FD sites in one or two sections of the Atlantic
Division. For FD 2016 I choose to visit
Director – Atlantic Division
all of ARRL members in the
– The National Association for Amateur Radio™
Loyd - K8EI sent this in about his participation in the Woodbridge Wireless group's Field Day
Here's a copy of the message I sent to the club members about Field Day:
Well, our QSO totals show the effects of low sunspots. Using only two AB-577 rocket launchers sure expedited setup. I'm thinking we should plan to use dipoles in the north-south antenna line for the digital stations rather than the verticals we used this year. Also, setting up the AB-577s should be the first thing accomplished when we arrive on site on Friday morning. It did appear that several stations suffered from insufficient preparation prior to packing and transporting the gear to the Field Day site. Let me suggest several things to set up at home the week before Field Day. First, download the latest update for N1MM+ - Chances of being able to do that at the Field Day site are slim and this year the latest update was released on June 21, just 4 days before the contest. Second, set up N1MM+ on your computer and make sure it talks to your radio and the log screen follows its frequency. Third, make sure that the CW or SSB messages are transmitted from the F keys that call for them. I hadn't used my setup since last Field Day and spent a couple of hours doing the 2nd and 3rd steps. Sure paid off, though. When I set up the 20 CW station at the Field Day site, everything was newly marked and worked as expected when I turned it on.
Everyone seemed to be having a good time this year. We had more visitors than usual and should see additional new folks join us next year. Thanks to all who volunteered to provide food for the event. We will assemble again in 2017 and participate with renewed vigor.
Have a great summer."
And as we say . . . . "That's my story and I'm sticking to it!"
73 de Loyd
Loyd Davis, K8EI@ARRL.Net
Kristen - K6WX sent this along:
She says "It might be fun to post this, though I don’t know if you can embed it.
I was briefly on TV here locally in the SF Bay Area.
Lots of FD pix here from the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association, where I’m president. None of me, though, since I was behind the camera ;). We were 4A and are usually in the top 10 nationally. We’re pretty serious about the contest aspect, but we have great fun too.
Charlie - WB8NSL sent along these photos and comments...
usual I will expect you to "kinda knit" the whole story together of my
very interesting FD
station WC8EC Saturday visit. Wasn't there too long, but the visit was
The site was "Henderson Farm" ten miles out of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
As you can well attest, WB8NSL aka "yours truly" suffers from some sort of "GPS" deficiency.
acronym in this case stands for "Geographical Position Stupidity", hi
hi. The first shot of my series is the one that I am clowning it up a bit
with John, KE8EJX,
who was the talk-in two meter station operator. It was the funniest thing
as Ken, WA8LLM, had
figured all of the visitors coming out of the West from Parkersburg, not from
the East from Pennsboro direction. It got to be a pretty good comedy of
errors as over the years many of the
next picture shows WA8LLM greeting WB8NSL in front of the WC8EC banner.
WC8EC repeater group are to be admired to be highly motivated Amateur Operators
solely dedicated to public service operating events, emergency communications as
a whole, and even "Skywarn" storm spotting. WA8LLM is my
counterpart in Wood County West Virginia as Emergency Coordinator as I am EC in
Ritchie County. Especially in any weather emergency they are my first line
of communication of hazards.
WA8LLM lends a whole lot of expertise to WC8EC with his good experience in communications with the U.S. Navy, Bell Telephone, and of course "ham radio".
believe for the contest they were "5-alpha" for their report to other
Field Day stations. Five transmitters representing 80 meters, 40 meters,
20 meters, 10 meters, and 6 meters. Antennas used
The couple shown operating the 40 meter station are Chad, K8YK, and Amanda, K8AYK. Really would have been a unique callsign if Amanda could have gotten K8YL as a call to complement his.
Guess that the 40 meter station had "gone to the dogs". "K9DOG" and "K8ARF" perhaps ???
WA8LLM is at the mike for the 80 meter operation. 6-26 (15) shows Rick, WV8DOC, and Terry, KC8TUE, doing digital modes on 10 meters and 6 meters.
Camp for the weekend is powered for the weekend by the 5.5 kW generator. After all it takes a bunch of Watts to keep warm the great chili served by WA8LLM -xyl Dot, KC8HAI. She gave me a yummy treat, a sish kabob of beef, green peppers, and onion. Perhaps we could just serve those with President Fielder's approval to the I.O.O.K. We could call them "sheesh K-Bob"s!
Photo 6-26 (26) shows a dandy hint from WA8LLM. He has all coax labeled with standard usable lengths even with the gender changing "barrel" connector handy on one end.
Station itself is solar powered.
next shot shows the
(Editor's note - I am not sure where this photo fits in but I didn't want to leave it out)
group regularly sponsors one day "Tech" license classes of
instruction. They even had examinations and folks successfully upgrading
in the midst of the FD operation.
a great time was had by all. . .
(Editor's note - my apologies to Charlie for originally accidentally leaving these photos out of the page! I cannot explain what happened! Thanks for your understanding Charlie!)
Many thanks to all who contributed to the web page!
It's not too early to begin making your Field Day plans for next year!
73, Keith - WA8ZWJ