We want to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed this year’s Field Day with the Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club.
We had a small, but great turn out. Attila (W7AMR) and his wife Barbara were the first to arrive at the campsite on Friday evening, followed by James (N7ELL), and finally, my tent was pitched at 3:30 am on Saturday morning. Sorry for the early wake-up call in the middle of the night, thanks to my car alarm, which was followed by a howling performance of the Coyote Orchestra in the near distance.
After a short night we got up early and James, Attila and I enjoyed a hot breakfast at Ski Lift Lodge & Cabins which was just minutes away from the campsite.
With plenty of tall pine trees around us, we had no problem finding a spot and James and Atilla had the club’s Alpha Delta DX-CC multi-band 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10-meter dipole up in no time.
The dipole was supported by a surplus military fiberglass mast in the middle and was oriented N/S with the broad side E/W, just perfect.
Later, on Saturday morning, Chris (K7TAB), Doug (K8DRH), and Fred (K7PY) joined us at the Field Day location.
We operated as 3A and saw most contacts on 20 & 40 meters SSB, with some action on 15m CW James and Atilla, manned the generator powered Yaesu FT-891 operating phone with 100 watts, while I set up my little QRP rig with an end-fed wire thrown over a tree. 5 watts seemed to be a challenge and Fred and I decided to give it a run with his battery-powered portable Yaesu 857 connected to my Alex-Loop with a whopping 18 watts. Fred did all the sending and receiving while I acted as the remote tuner and logger.
Chris was chasing satellites and made contact via CAS-4B with W6YX Stanford Amateur Radio Club (5F Santa Clara Valley). There was also a surprise visitor.
Cynthia (W8SPU) from the Coconino Amateur Radio Club made a surprise visit and briefed us about what her club was up to.
In the afternoon we were joined by Sergey (NS6W) with his young daughter and we had all a great time operating and socializing in no particular order.
Fred and Doug left late on Saturday evening and James, Atila, Chris and I took turns on the Yaesu with 100 Watts and a wire until about midnight.
The next morning we slept in a little bit and started operating around 7:45 again until the official end.
After it was all set and done we had following results:
- 25 cw contacts
- 64 ssb contacts
- 114 total points from contacts
- 100 Bonus Points thanks to Chris’ Satelite contact
|Atilla with wife Barbara||W7AMR|
|Sergey with daughter||N6SW|
Tearing down all the equipment was a breeze thanks to teamwork. Thank you, everyone, for making this year’s a Field Day a success!
I have never planned a Field Day before, and this was my first, but I already have ideas in my head for next year. With that, planning for Field Day 2019 has officially begun.
73 and we’ll see you down the log.