Field Day 2016

June 25 and 26, 2016


Here are some looks at how some of the IOOK spent Field Day weekend this year.


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 happening?



Bill - WZ1L spent the weekend with the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association in Gloucester, MA working as W1GLO.


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 Hall - KV8P submitted a link in which Keith was able to print out the article that was published in the local newspaper about their Field Day activities.

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.



DAVID N5COO has produced a video of Field Day 2016. This Field Day was held in Germantown TN. The link is listed below.

73 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:

"The Poway California IOOK VP Chapter was very busy during FD this year (2016).

Things 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.

Work 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 effort.

Palomar ran 3A category.  While not verified, the club submitted log inputs for a score of 4611 believed to be a respectable 3A score.

NN3V 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.

Don't believe what you think!

73 de NN3V


Charlie - NN3V has sent along some photos as well!

Left to right: WD6EVO (Dave), KK6FRK (Kevin), NN3V (Charlie), and KJ6ZQH (Glen)


The 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 .


Here 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:

The 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 Western New York (WNY) and part of Western Pennsylvania (WPA) sections.  Starting in the eastern end of the WNY section, I worked my way west to Buffalo , NY and then dropped south into the WPA section.  The weather conditions were ideal for the entire weekend for stopping and visiting with clubs at 19 Field Day sites.  My visits started on Friday afternoon during the setup period running well into the evening and then ran from early until after midnight on Saturday, then starting very early Sunday morning until the end of FD.  What an Amateur Radio adventure as I traveled 1,402 miles over the entire weekend.  Each FD operation was uniquely different and two things were abundantly clear, everyone was having fun and Amateur Radio is truly alive and well.


73, Tom, W3TOM

ARRL Director – Atlantic Division

(301) 257-6225

Serving all of ARRL members in the Delaware , Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland/DC, Northern New York, Southern New Jersey, Western New York and Western Pennsylvania ARRL Sections.

ARRL – 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:

"Greetings WWI

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...

As 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 very rewarding.

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.

The 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 most important road marking signs had been vandalized, taken down, or even stolen.  Finally turned out that Ken took the microphone from John and said, "I don't know where you are.  Good luck getting here !".   Shortly then I did arrive.

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".

Do 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 at this Field Day operation would be instantly recognizable in principle to those types used by all branches of the military.  Am sure that many veterans who operated would recognize the influence of the Barker & Williamson "Top Terminated Folded Dipole".  WA8LLM has adapted them in many variants.   The next photo shows Matt, KD8YNH, operating the 20 meter station.

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.

The next shot shows the ammeter at 12 Amperes or so.  For the night time juice is stored in Gel cells all in parallel.


(Editor's note - I am not sure where this photo fits in but I didn't want to leave it out)

WC8EC 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.   

Seems a great time was had by all. . .

Charlie D. from "wild and wonderful"  WV.


(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