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Well, we didn’t set the world on fire from a operating perspective, but I had fun, and I think a lot of folks did as well.
If I do this next year, I’ll need to rely more on everyone for loading/unloading. I am not one who asks for help easily, but I have 360-some days to work on that, right?
SO on to the results. We made 139 contacts; all phone.
The top operator this year is Shawn, KD8ZEZ, with Doug, KB8DNQ following close behind.
Rick, KC8SUI, with help from Shawn’s son Ian keep t the fire going for the entire weekend.
Kudos to Ian, and Shawn who stayed up all night defending the site from hoards of Killer Raccoons.
Thanks to Heath, KE8KAV, for orchestrating the food. Special mention to Paul, K2ASA for preparing the pulled pork.
We got 1150 bonus points this year; only missing a few. In talking last night to Brian, AC8RV who called with some traffic for me, we now know how to kill it in the traffic handling categories next year.
The results have been checked, and submitted to the ARRL.
Many thanks to all who came out to the site.
John Myers, KD8MQ firstname.lastname@example.org
I just made a visit to the field day site. It’s still a bit wet. But, I’m hopeful that it will be usable for This weekend.Granted we still have some rain in the forecast between now and tomorrow night. But, unless we get a reign of biblical proportions, I’m hoping we’ll be OK.As far as parking, your best bet is to park on Highground. Don’t try to park down near the pavilion, or you will not be happy. The best place I found to park was either on a camping space, or a little bit past the pavilion. park on the left side of the road up towards the dormitory. PS, if you’re coming to help set up tomorrow night bring your boots! John, KD8MQ
No doubt you are also wondering about the weather conditions at Sebring camp.
I’m going to do a walk-around tonight at the camp to make sure that we will be OK for this weekend. I’ll post more info as needed.
John Myers, KD8MQ email@example.com
June 16 Update
Here’s an update for next weekends ARRL Field Day.
WEATHER – That Is surely on everyone’s mind this weekend. Looking ahead to next Saturday, the weekend looks sort of dry. Unfortunately the days leading up to then have a almost daily chance of rain.
I’ll be walking the site Thursday, or Friday, and we have plans to stake off any overly muddy spots with caution tape. Please plan to exercise caution when choosing your parking spots to we don’t tear up the grass.
CHECK-IN STATION – Since the 2 Meter repeater will not be completed by Field day, we will be monitoring both the 2M & the 440 machine throughout the weekend. Plans are afoot to mount the check-in antenna a bit higher than in years past, in order to get a better shot at the machine.
STATIONS – we’ll be running the club rigs, plus Doug, KB8DNQ has offered use of his rig.
The laptops have been programmed with the latest version of the logging software.
SATURDAY BREAKFAST –We’ll be meeting at McDonalds on East State St (Across from Memorial Park) at 9 AM Saturday.
SATURDAY LUNCH – Around Noon – 1 PM, we’ll order pizza.
SATURDAY DINNER – Around 5 PM, we’ll have a carry in dinner. The menu this year includes Pulled pork, and hot dogs. Everyone should plan to bring something to share.
GOTA – No GOTA station has been planned. Since the intent of GOTA is for a new, or inactive Ham to handle this, I’ll leave that up to whoever wants to do it. No one has stepped up yet.
BONUS POINTS – We’ve had a couple folks offer to help with specific bonus point categories.
We can still use some volunteers in the following categories: – Message origination to the SM – Message Handling – Satellite QSO – Educational Activity – Site visitation by an elected official, or representative of an agency – Social Media
We’ll have two donation jars set out this year.
First, there’s the donation jar to help defray the cost of the Field Day weekend, secondly, we will be accepting donations towards the W8LKY Two Meter Repeater project.
DONATING TO EITHER OF THESE FUNDS ARE STRICTLY VOLUNTARY!
So, that is about it for now. I have a couple things I’d like to try this weekend, but we’ll see if time permits.
John, KD8MQ FD Chairman John Myers, KD8MQ firstname.lastname@example.org