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So, How was Field Day?
  Posted: Jun 26, 2011   (1196 votes, 75 comments) by VK5LA

  Awesome! Learnt a lot!
  Great! - but lousy WX...
  Good! - but need to be more prepared...
  Ok, but not many stations heard...
  Ah well, there always next year...
  Dismal failure!!!
  Didn't participate.
    (1196 votes, 75 comments)

Survey Results
Awesome! Learnt a lot! 22% (263)
Great! - but lousy WX... 4% (49)
Good! - but need to be more prepared... 10% (119)
Ok, but not many stations heard... 4% (44)
Ah well, there always next year... 4% (46)
Dismal failure!!! 3% (33)
Didn't participate. 54% (642)

Survey Comments
Thin skinned
N5LKB--I was not addressing you directly, now was I? My comments were about those people who are in good health, but who can't set foot outside without constant complaining--even when the temperature hasn't even gone into the eighties!

By all means, if you've got medical problems, you have to watch what you do. Stop thinking that every comment made is a personal affront to you--please!

Posted by K1CJS on July 31, 2011

correction To KC7CJO
not to KK0G other than last bit Sorry

Posted by KC8VWO on July 30, 2011

To KK0G
The point in Field day is to make contacts and move on if you're interested in talking to get to know a ham and make friends, might I suggest joining a QSO party for where you live its a good way to make contacts as well as have a QSO with them. I live in Ohio and will be participating in the Ohio QSO party on Aug. 27 this yr. never done it, but i'm looking forward to it. To all those who use more than the regulated amount of watts for FD. I made 38 contacts in just a few hrs. running 75w 85w of power. Would've made more but Not my rig so i didnt have the luxory of staying on constantly if I wanted. but i had a blast and can't wait till next yr.

Posted by KC8VWO on July 30, 2011

To Hot
I was reading a few comments that some were mocking people who dont like the heat. Well unless we walk in that persons shoes we should not judge. I have had several heat strokes years ago and it did damage. I will be 67 years old soon and I dont have to prove anything to anyone getting out in triple digit heat when there are heat alert warnings. When I was younger I hauled hay and worked in the heat quite a bit and was not a sissy. So it does bother me a little when I see some putting others down and calling them wimps. Some may be but yet some others may have health problems like myself so be careful what you say.

Posted by N5LKB on July 29, 2011

To Hot
I was reading a few comments that some were mocking people who dont like the heat. Well unless we walk in that persons shoes we should not judge. I have had several heat strokes years ago and it did damage. I will be 67 years old soon and I dont have to prove anything to anyone getting out in triple digit heat when there are heat alert warnings. When I was younger I hauled hay and worked in the heat quite a bit and was not a sissy. So it does bother me a little when I see some putting others down and calling them wimps. Some may be but yet some others may have health problems like myself so be careful what you say.

Posted by N5LKB on July 29, 2011

Huh?
I don't think I've ever seen so much complaining about the heat and the humidity! Geez, are the members of this hobby turning into whimps or what!

Take care of yourself, put on the sunblock, keep in the shade--AND QUIT YOUR B*TCHIN'!

Posted by K1CJS on July 27, 2011

Quote: "I don't think field day rules allow over 100W.
I know there are some out there who do it
anyway but I still think most stay at 100W."

Perfectly allowable according to FD rules.

Quote: "Having never participated in one (I'm not
interested in just making contacts! I want to make friends
and no one is interested in that aspect during Field Day!) I
suppose I'm not really qualified to address this issue."

I've participated in several different FD sites and and
among myself and all of my ham friends the friendship
aspect of FD is by far the best part. Drop by your local
clubs FD site next year and you might just be surprised at
how many friends you'll make.

Quote: "But I was under the impression that "Field Day"
was a "GLOBAL" event and changing the date might make
YOU feel more comfortable, but would make someone else
as uncomfortable as you are!"

Not that I'm in favor of moving FD to a different date but
to clarify, FD is not a global event. Only hams in IARU
Region 2 may submit entries although DX contacts do
count for credit.

Posted by KK0G on July 25, 2011

Field Day
The question was brought up about making a compromise with the date of Field Day.

Having never participated in one (I'm not interested in just making contacts! I want to make friends and no one is interested in that aspect during Field Day!) I suppose I'm not really qualified to address this issue.

But I was under the impression that "Field Day" was a "GLOBAL" event and changing the date might make YOU feel more comfortable, but would make someone else as uncomfortable as you are!

Posted by KC7CJO on July 25, 2011

Horrendous local noise
Because of medical issues with my Wife, I had to operate from home instead of from our County EOC, as planned. Using my marginal flagpole antenna, I encountered a local noise floor level that obliterated all but the strongest signals. So, Field Day was a total bust for me! Since then, the noise has cleared up and I do not have the slightest idea what caused it. Trying to DF it with an HT and 3 Element yagi only proved that it was almost consistent from all points of the compass.

Posted by KG4RUL on July 24, 2011

Feild Day
I did my third FD, and as a newly minted Extra, and a new call (KC0KM). I am with a top rated 2A operation, K0GQ, Raytown, MO. I ran PSK off the GOTA station, and for awhile was even coach. I also sat as second chair on our HF -- for the last 2-3 hours. We where blessed with decent weather, and no major problems. Being in the Kansas City area, we where working all over.

Posted by KC0KM on July 24, 2011

um did I miss a new rule?
".I did not make a lot of contacts but heard
thousands calling. Of course my 100 watt rig
could not compete with the overwhelming number
of 1500 watt stations."

I don't think field day rules allow over 100W.
I know there are some out there who do it
anyway but I still think most stay at 100W.

Posted by KE5MHV on July 23, 2011

observation:
Is it just me or is no one able to compose an
articulate sentence anymore. I read these
posts and I think I understand what they are
t-r-y-i-n-g to say but darned if most can
actually say it. Too much excitement, too
much energy drink in their system, blame the
public schools......?

Posted by OLLIEOXEN27 on July 23, 2011

Would be better without people
Worst thing about field day, like everyday
life, is the people. Worked it at home in cw
mode and as is custom just pretend I'm
working code generating machines on the other
end.

Posted by OLLIEOXEN27 on July 23, 2011

non stop qso's were available at my station. Fun stuff.

Posted by N0JEF on July 22, 2011

Field Day
Still the best contest in my opinion. I don't submit logs but I give out a lot of contacts and add to LoTW. Working from the house on commercial is not exactly the idea but it is still fun with a lot of stations. This year was all digital and had great fun on 20m. I do miss the old days when I was with a club (Greater New Orleans ARC 1969-72 or so) and had the "real" FD experience; failed rigs, falling antennas, sudden thunderstorms, hot dogs, bad coffee and wonderful friends, visitors and camaraderie.
In those days radio was still mostly magic to the public now it is frequently a "so what" but to me it is still the magic of a distant signal coming through the ether in the dark of the night. FD is great! Too nostalgic? Perhaps, but I will be there next year on a new mode and different band.

Posted by N5LB on July 21, 2011

FD was interesting
Since our club decided to not participate in FD this year as some just couldn't make up their mind as to whether they would be available or not. I opted to do 1-E.
I ran my rig off the APU on my semi..I ran a extension cord from it to the window and in the house to my station.I did not make a lot of contacts but heard thousands calling. Of course my 100 watt rig could not compete with the overwhelming number of 1500 watt stations. None the less, it was fun. I did do the hunt and pounce . I believe next year I will be the hunted instead.Just stay put and let them find me. I need to remember to get an early start. Shame we can't reserve a seat on the freq. I know not fair.hi
I did not operate the full 24 as Murphy was visiting so many hams and he came to visit me.
The rotor and the control box refused to communicate with each other about 4 hrs into FD and this caused me several hours of head scratching and cussing but eventually the problem was corrected. See ya Murphy.
I was one state a ham needed to get his WAS.That was a highlight for me
Another needed a HEX beam contact to complete his list for an award of HEX beams stations contacted. I dropped in on 10 meter and it was alive and well. I did pretty good on 10. 15 meter was not bad either and I stayed there for a spell.

Yes, Field Day was fun. A enjoyable learning experience except for the rotor.That was just a everyday I should have looked at that earlier thing.
Above all, I did get to meet several great hams.

Now if some hams would enunciate a bit better instead of rushing their call like they were ashamed of it the 5-9+ reports would be closer to the truth.
Had fun and will do it again.
Looking forward to next year.
73
KB0YYO
Gordon

Posted by KB0YYO on July 21, 2011

test equipment
How about something to test the equipment about 3 other times a year besides Field Day. How many clubs have E-Com trailers that the only time they get used is FD.
Posted by KB9CFH on July 19, 2011

You are absloutly right. Which is why i choose to do field day on my own. I belong to THE VERY BEST club in the entire world. The Portage County Amateur Radio Service. They have inspired me to be my very best as an amateur that i can be. And i find it very difficult to explain, without sounding it like criticism.

Most clubs look at field day as a contest. I don't. It's a drill.

I have set up my home station in such a way that i can run off my astron power supply or a bank of batteries charged from solar and wind. (I built my own solar panels. And the batteries cost me a core charge of 12 bucks. Local boat dealer. Those anglers change their batteries every year. Even if they're still good.)I can try out my stuff any time, or for that matter all of the time. For the last six hours of the 10-10 Open Season PSK contest, I ran off battery power, just to see. And guess what? I got a certificate two days ago for first place in 8 land.

Yes field day is mostly fun with a large group of people and fellowship, and yes i kinda feel bad that i don't participate with the others in my club as they come together for this event. But! Who is to say that we can only try out our equipment once a year?

Our club does an event in the field in feburary called Freez Your Acorns Off - or FYAO. Look for us.

As far as Ecomm vehicles go, ours gets deployed more times throughout the year than we really wish.

If you think i'm kidding, i invite everyone to join me as i do my very first net. 2 meters on 146.895 pl 110.9 in Kent Ohio. If you are not in range of the repeater, get on echolink and sign on to the K8SRR node. I will be running the net from 100% emergency power. Thursday nite August 18 at 8:00 local, or 0000z. It will be fun. That's what hobbies are for. Fun. Rihgt?

And again. I'm sorry aqbout my post being posted so many times. Maybe i screwed up or maybe someone liked it so much that they kept re-posting it. Idunno.

73 - John - KB8UHN

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

test equipment
How about something to test the equipment about 3 other times a year besides Field Day. How many clubs have E-Com trailers that the only time they get used is FD.
Posted by KB9CFH on July 19, 2011

You are absloutly right. Which is why i choose to do field day on my own. I belong to THE VERY BEST club in the entire world. The Portage County Amateur Radio Service. They have inspired me to be my very best as an amateur that i can be. And i find it very difficult to explain, without sounding it like criticism.

Most clubs look at field day as a contest. I don't. It's a drill.

I have set up my home station in such a way that i can run off my astron power supply or a bank of batteries charged from solar and wind. (I built my own solar panels. And the batteries cost me a core charge of 12 bucks. Local boat dealer. Those anglers change their batteries every year. Even if they're still good.)I can try out my stuff any time, or for that matter all of the time. For the last six hours of the 10-10 Open Season PSK contest, I ran off battery power, just to see. And guess what? I got a certificate two days ago for first place in 8 land.

Yes field day is mostly fun with a large group of people and fellowship, and yes i kinda feel bad that i don't participate with the others in my club as they come together for this event. But! Who is to say that we can only try out our equipment once a year?

Our club does an event in the field in feburary called Freez Your Acorns Off - or FYAO. Look for us.

As far as Ecomm vehicles go, ours gets deployed more times throughout the year than we really wish.

If you think i'm kidding, i invite everyone to join me as i do my very first net. 2 meters on 146.895 pl 110.9 in Kent Ohio. If you are not in range of the repeater, get on echolink and sign on to the K8SRR node. I will be running the net from 100% emergency power. Thursday nite August 18 at 8:00 local, or 0000z. It will be fun. That's what hobbies are for. Fun. Rihgt?

And again. I'm sorry aqbout my post being posted so many times. Maybe i screwed up or maybe someone liked it so much that they kept re-posting it. Idunno.

73 - John - KB8UHN

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

post
ok.
I don't know how my post got on there so many times, but if it was something i did, i'm sorry.

But i still love field day!!!!
73 KB8UHN - John

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

Can't wait 'till next year!
I love field day. It's a chance for me to really try out my stuff, which is mostly home-made. I don't care what the weather is like. I try to prepare for whatever conditions will pop up. To me, this is not a contest, but a drill for emergency preparedness. Ya, a drill!

If a real emergency occours in your area, the power is out for days not hours, no phone service, and oh ya, cell phones aren't all that reliable in these situations either. Gas pumps don't run without electricity.
You can come up with just about any scenerio, but who are the folks that are going to be able to improvise their way to safety? Or for that matter, thier neighborhood's safety?

Off my soapbox.

My field day this year was the best so far. I was at our camper, about 100 miles from home. Shot up a home-made G5RV. Gassed up the generator (3 hp briggs engine with a car alternator). Fired up the kenwood ts 430, and away we went.
I worked 19 hours, made 620 contacts, all on 3 1/2 gallons of gas.
I had never been on 'this' side of a pileup before but i found myself in there four times. A bit stressful especially with a hand mic and the fact that i never learned how to tpye (uh ohh! an odd call! where's that letter!). I even had a guy yell at me for stalling him too long, even though my software said the qso rate was 119 per hour.(That lasted for about an hour and a half on 10 meters!)

What a great time i had! It took me about an hour and a handfull of blisters to finally figure out that the spark plug died in my engine. After i got it started again, ten meters was gone. But on Sunday, 40 meters was almost as good. Whew! What a blast! Met some goals and didn't meet some goals. I hafta make one of those headsets with a mic on it. And a foot switch. Maybe then i can use two hands to poke at the keyboard.

73 - John - KB8UHN

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

How about an add-on??
How about something to test the equipment about 3 other times a year besides Field Day. How many clubs have E-Com trailers that the only time they get used is FD.

Posted by KB9CFH on July 19, 2011

Can't wait 'till next year!
I love field day. It's a chance for me to really try out my stuff, which is mostly home-made. I don't care what the weather is like. I try to prepare for whatever conditions will pop up. To me, this is not a contest, but a drill for emergency preparedness. Ya, a drill!

If a real emergency occours in your area, the power is out for days not hours, no phone service, and oh ya, cell phones aren't all that reliable in these situations either. Gas pumps don't run without electricity.
You can come up with just about any scenerio, but who are the folks that are going to be able to improvise their way to safety? Or for that matter, thier neighborhood's safety?

Off my soapbox.

My field day this year was the best so far. I was at our camper, about 100 miles from home. Shot up a home-made G5RV. Gassed up the generator (3 hp briggs engine with a car alternator). Fired up the kenwood ts 430, and away we went.
I worked 19 hours, made 620 contacts, all on 3 1/2 gallons of gas.
I had never been on 'this' side of a pileup before but i found myself in there four times. A bit stressful especially with a hand mic and the fact that i never learned how to tpye (uh ohh! an odd call! where's that letter!). I even had a guy yell at me for stalling him too long, even though my software said the qso rate was 119 per hour.(That lasted for about an hour and a half on 10 meters!)

What a great time i had! It took me about an hour and a handfull of blisters to finally figure out that the spark plug died in my engine. After i got it started again, ten meters was gone. But on Sunday, 40 meters was almost as good. Whew! What a blast! Met some goals and didn't meet some goals. I hafta make one of those headsets with a mic on it. And a foot switch. Maybe then i can use two hands to poke at the keyboard.

73 - John - KB8UHN

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

Can't wait 'till next year!
I love field day. It's a chance for me to really try out my stuff, which is mostly home-made. I don't care what the weather is like. I try to prepare for whatever conditions will pop up. To me, this is not a contest, but a drill for emergency preparedness. Ya, a drill!

If a real emergency occours in your area, the power is out for days not hours, no phone service, and oh ya, cell phones aren't all that reliable in these situations either. Gas pumps don't run without electricity.
You can come up with just about any scenerio, but who are the folks that are going to be able to improvise their way to safety? Or for that matter, thier neighborhood's safety?

Off my soapbox.

My field day this year was the best so far. I was at our camper, about 100 miles from home. Shot up a home-made G5RV. Gassed up the generator (3 hp briggs engine with a car alternator). Fired up the kenwood ts 430, and away we went.
I worked 19 hours, made 620 contacts, all on 3 1/2 gallons of gas.
I had never been on 'this' side of a pileup before but i found myself in there four times. A bit stressful especially with a hand mic and the fact that i never learned how to tpye (uh ohh! an odd call! where's that letter!). I even had a guy yell at me for stalling him too long, even though my software said the qso rate was 119 per hour.(That lasted for about an hour and a half on 10 meters!)

What a great time i had! It took me about an hour and a handfull of blisters to finally figure out that the spark plug died in my engine. After i got it started again, ten meters was gone. But on Sunday, 40 meters was almost as good. Whew! What a blast! Met some goals and didn't meet some goals. I hafta make one of those headsets with a mic on it. And a foot switch. Maybe then i can use two hands to poke at the keyboard.

73 - John - KB8UHN

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

Can't wait 'till next year!
I love field day. It's a chance for me to really try out my stuff, which is mostly home-made. I don't care what the weather is like. I try to prepare for whatever conditions will pop up. To me, this is not a contest, but a drill for emergency preparedness. Ya, a drill!

If a real emergency occours in your area, the power is out for days not hours, no phone service, and oh ya, cell phones aren't all that reliable in these situations either. Gas pumps don't run without electricity.
You can come up with just about any scenerio, but who are the folks that are going to be able to improvise their way to safety? Or for that matter, thier neighborhood's safety?

Off my soapbox.

My field day this year was the best so far. I was at our camper, about 100 miles from home. Shot up a home-made G5RV. Gassed up the generator (3 hp briggs engine with a car alternator). Fired up the kenwood ts 430, and away we went.
I worked 19 hours, made 620 contacts, all on 3 1/2 gallons of gas.
I had never been on 'this' side of a pileup before but i found myself in there four times. A bit stressful especially with a hand mic and the fact that i never learned how to tpye (uh ohh! an odd call! where's that letter!). I even had a guy yell at me for stalling him too long, even though my software said the qso rate was 119 per hour.(That lasted for about an hour and a half on 10 meters!)

What a great time i had! It took me about an hour and a handfull of blisters to finally figure out that the spark plug died in my engine. After i got it started again, ten meters was gone. But on Sunday, 40 meters was almost as good. Whew! What a blast! Met some goals and didn't meet some goals. I hafta make one of those headsets with a mic on it. And a foot switch. Maybe then i can use two hands to poke at the keyboard.

73 - John - KB8UHN

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

Can't wait 'till next year!
I love field day. It's a chance for me to really try out my stuff, which is mostly home-made. I don't care what the weather is like. I try to prepare for whatever conditions will pop up. To me, this is not a contest, but a drill for emergency preparedness. Ya, a drill!

If a real emergency occours in your area, the power is out for days not hours, no phone service, and oh ya, cell phones aren't all that reliable in these situations either. Gas pumps don't run without electricity.
You can come up with just about any scenerio, but who are the folks that are going to be able to improvise their way to safety? Or for that matter, thier neighborhood's safety?

Off my soapbox.

My field day this year was the best so far. I was at our camper, about 100 miles from home. Shot up a home-made G5RV. Gassed up the generator (3 hp briggs engine with a car alternator). Fired up the kenwood ts 430, and away we went.
I worked 19 hours, made 620 contacts, all on 3 1/2 gallons of gas.
I had never been on 'this' side of a pileup before but i found myself in there four times. A bit stressful especially with a hand mic and the fact that i never learned how to tpye (uh ohh! an odd call! where's that letter!). I even had a guy yell at me for stalling him too long, even though my software said the qso rate was 119 per hour.(That lasted for about an hour and a half on 10 meters!)

What a great time i had! It took me about an hour and a handfull of blisters to finally figure out that the spark plug died in my engine. After i got it started again, ten meters was gone. But on Sunday, 40 meters was almost as good. Whew! What a blast! Met some goals and didn't meet some goals. I hafta make one of those headsets with a mic on it. And a foot switch. Maybe then i can use two hands to poke at the keyboard.

73 - John - KB8UHN

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

Can't wait 'till next year!
I love field day. It's a chance for me to really try out my stuff, which is mostly home-made. I don't care what the weather is like. I try to prepare for whatever conditions will pop up. To me, this is not a contest, but a drill for emergency preparedness. Ya, a drill!

If a real emergency occours in your area, the power is out for days not hours, no phone service, and oh ya, cell phones aren't all that reliable in these situations either. Gas pumps don't run without electricity.
You can come up with just about any scenerio, but who are the folks that are going to be able to improvise their way to safety? Or for that matter, thier neighborhood's safety?

Off my soapbox.

My field day this year was the best so far. I was at our camper, about 100 miles from home. Shot up a home-made G5RV. Gassed up the generator (3 hp briggs engine with a car alternator). Fired up the kenwood ts 430, and away we went.
I worked 19 hours, made 620 contacts, all on 3 1/2 gallons of gas.
I had never been on 'this' side of a pileup before but i found myself in there four times. A bit stressful especially with a hand mic and the fact that i never learned how to tpye (uh ohh! an odd call! where's that letter!). I even had a guy yell at me for stalling him too long, even though my software said the qso rate was 119 per hour.(That lasted for about an hour and a half on 10 meters!)

What a great time i had! It took me about an hour and a handfull of blisters to finally figure out that the spark plug died in my engine. After i got it started again, ten meters was gone. But on Sunday, 40 meters was almost as good. Whew! What a blast! Met some goals and didn't meet some goals. I hafta make one of those headsets with a mic on it. And a foot switch. Maybe then i can use two hands to poke at the keyboard.

73 - John - KB8UHN

Posted by KB8UHN on July 19, 2011

logging pain
Been using paper dupe sheets for years, guess the younger folks can't log unless a computer is doing the logging/dupe work. If I wanted to type at FD then I'd be on RTTY.

Posted by K5EST on July 16, 2011

Field Day
Let me get this straight. Field Day, which is supposed to be a test of emergency preparedness usually in our area has no participation from the ARES types. WTF?

Posted by VE3ES on July 15, 2011

field day
Field Day is just about as appealing as a hot, dusty county fair, that has the usually wilted flowers.

Maybe someday they will have it in October when people might participate more. Oh well, makes me no difference.

I participated in one in 1966 and that was enough.

Posted by W0DLR on July 14, 2011

Went To Italy Instead
I missed Field Day this year due to a long planned trip to Italy. I even saw Marconi's lab!
I was sorry to not help out the club but the trip was great. Next year for sure.

Posted by W2FBS on July 12, 2011

FD
New FD Month:
Jan...snowy
Feb...Icy
Mar...too windy
April...Allergies
May...Moms Day
June...Hot,Humid,Graduations
July...way too Hot!
Aug...way too Humid
Sept...Back to school
Oct...too cold leaves need raking
Nov...Turkey Day
Dec...Busy with family stuff
JUNE Field DAY !

Posted by K2JX on July 11, 2011


Oh my word....we have Hams in their 80's show up, RAIN or SHINE, yep, from the Greatest Generation...figures right ?
Lord Help Us !

73/K2JX

Posted by K2JX on July 10, 2011

Field Day 2011
Due to the heat and/or thunderstorms I no
longer go to Field Day. I did try to work
stations from my home, but the bands were
bedlam and I do not work stations well under
those conditions.

Posted by K0IC on July 10, 2011

FD2011 - Awesome
Well, FD2011 at N6R (11A SB) was great - This was Ventura County Amateur Radio Society's (VCARS) 11th year at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library <href=http://www.qrz.com/db/n6r>www.qrz.com/db/n6r</href> Special Event Station. DX was good Satellite contacts were GREAT! 73s de Mike WA6FXT

Posted by WA6FXT on July 7, 2011

Very enjoyable
This year, I operated 1E with my HTX-10 and a 20
amp battery. This is the rig that I use in the
garage all Summer anyway, so I just sat at my
workbench and operated 10 meters. Worked FD
sporadically, as my family went to a baseball game,
as well as a housewarming party that Sunday.
But, I still managed 46 Qs. Someone made an
interesting point of "200 show up for set up, and
barely anyone helps to break down". Thats why I
enjoy operating from home!

Posted by KB2HSH on July 7, 2011

FD Persists...!
Funny thing, but despite the legions of nay sayers and
complaints, Field Day participation remains just as healthy
now, as ever---in fact, if I'm not mistaken, activity in it
incrementally increases year by year.

The heat, humidity, storms, etc. etc. are all part of the FUN
of FD, and NOT a detriment to it. Think of it as a challenge
to your own personal comfort zone, & you'll come to take
it all in stride...in other words, as a wise sage once said,
"That which doesn't kill you will only serve to make you
stronger." Hi Hi

Posted by VE3CUI on July 7, 2011

June is a BAD month...

The ARRL should get off the "tradition" and have Field Day in early October when the weather is NICE in most of the country. I suspect nicer fall weather would significantly improve participation.

LOTS of people don't want to come out and sweat all over their rigs ! Hopefully, that fact will dawn on the ARRRL contest people.

Posted by K0ZN on July 6, 2011

Ho Hum
Been there, done that, got the "T" shirt. Since I have upgraded and can get on HF any old time I want, Field Day isn't near as exciting for me. This year I left the radios off and enjoyed the sound of silence all weekend.

Posted by KB9TMP on July 6, 2011

"We're getting pretty soft and lazy as a society, how did our ancestors ever build this great country without air conditioning?"

Brother, you got that one right! But... Just to say it, there ARE some clubs that have custom built operating trucks or trailers used for field day that have air conditioners built in. The excuse that its to keep the computers and the rigs cool is just so much bullsh*t!

Posted by K1CJS on July 6, 2011

It can and usually does get sweltering hot here in Iowa
during Field Day. Highs in the mid 90's with near 100%
humidity are not uncommon, but move Field Day to a
different date? That would be like moving Christmas to
February........... ain't gonna happen, trust me. We're getting
pretty soft and lazy as a society, how did our ancestors ever
build this great country without air conditioning?

Posted by KK0G on July 5, 2011

Field Day
Is crewing on a racing sailboat an acceptable reason for missing Field Day? It sure would have been a good enough test for any transceiver (and computer equipment) in all respects for vibration, water spray, varying voltage, antenna movement, and operator fatigue!

Posted by AB3MO on July 4, 2011

FD
Hello.

Run mobile/portable as a matter of policy.
I work construction so I live part time in a trailer that can be 100% self contained, battery and generator, water, the whole bit.
So field day for me would be to simply do what I do now, go to work and fire up the rigs.
On internal I can run about 3 days but I have a support trailer that allows a full 2 weeks of operation and more power.

Posted by KA5PIU on July 4, 2011

My club, the Oregon Tualatin Valley Amateur Radio Club (OTVARC), has a perfect Field Day mix of good food, good people, contesters, antenna experimenters, CW operators, public visibility, lots of involvement, etc. They are successful in earning points, that's for sure, but I don't get a sense that points are what it's all about. The club presents a great balance. That's all I can say! 73, Phil, WA7URV

Posted by WA7URV on July 3, 2011

Look at results
Look at the results so far. 55 percent did not participate in Field Day.

This should tell us something,

Field Day needs modernization.

Posted by AI2IA on July 3, 2011

bad clubs
I keep seeing common themes on a lot of posts lately. Basically, bad clubs. Yes, I am aware there are a lot of bad clubs out there. But you know what? There are many more good ones. Don't like your local club? Find another one. You say there are no other clubs in your area? Here is a suggestion:

If your local club is this "bad," then I will bet you my favorite soldering iron there are a ton of other hams in your area who don't like it as well. Find these other folks and start up a club of your own. Fix all of the stuff that is broken with the first club.

Don't make it an "opposing club", just make it "another" club. There is no reason why some folks can't join both. Just make a point of preventing the negatives of the first club...

Good Luck,

73
Dan
Current member of a mostly good local club:-)

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Posted by K9ZF on July 2, 2011

Double-Header for me
I started off down at the PCARS(K8BF) site,
we ran a VE session and had a couple people
take the test. Then off to the NODXA(W8DXA)
site to work the CW station. It was great
there were points when we running about
100/hr. I enjoyed catching up with everyone
and look forward to 2012 and beyond.

Thanks to all that make Field Day possible.

73 de Jim - KE8G

Posted by KE8G on July 2, 2011

Field Day
Used to to every year, but got tired of 200+ showing up for set up and abt 10-15 there for teardown.

Posted by KX5F on July 2, 2011

Agree with Changing the Date
I was 2E in Langston, AL at the Mountain Lakes Resort on Lake Guntersville. It was HOT and HUMID, with thunderstorms both days. Really limited what I was able to do.

I set up inside my motor home with the A/C running and ran off of the batteries only for the radios with the big solar panel trying to keep up. I have a LOT of amp hour capacity so two days of operating was easy.

I would say that June is not a good month overall. I would opt for around October, this should be a more balanced weather period rather than having to work in 95-100 degree weather and 90% humidity.

Duane

Posted by N6DMR on July 1, 2011

Date Change
Living in 4-land, have to agree on the heat of late Spring. But I do appreciate the date as it is one of the first weekends without kid's sports, dance lessons, etc.

Posted by K9VA on July 1, 2011

Location Location Location
We visited the K6AA FD site on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Talk about natural air conditioning! Listening on air to all the hams in the midwest and southwest complain about the heat made the ops smile as they reached for sweaters toward evening.

Posted by K7LA on July 1, 2011

So Call Field Day
I have gone to a local field day 1 time about 10 years ago and that was the first and last time. My wife who is also a ham and I did not know what to expect so we did the walk around thing then decided to sit and that is when the trouble started. We were yelled at for sitting in someone's chair. Hell I didn't know I had to bring a chair, lol. It went down hill fast from there, people argueing and cussing at each other you would thing this was going to be the start of WWIII. So we left within an hour and that was the end. BTW, that club had balls enough to send me a request for money to repair the repeater, WHAT A JOKE!!!!

Posted by N0YG on July 1, 2011

Really Great FD
We were 2A plus the 6 meter in SE Kansas. Hard to get ops to come to a remote area as
we have here. With 6 ops total and 3 of those just part time it is hard to keep rigs going full time. Even so we had much better than expected results and great food. Thanks
to our terrific crew and to all the stations in our log. Sorry if we missed your call. a really great FD
73 WS4Y

Posted by WS4Y on June 30, 2011

Field Day 2011
Field Day was great. I made 51 contacts myself.
I do Field Days alone. The "PC" crap you have to put up with at the local club sponsored Field days, really takes all the fun out of it.
I had a new rig,IC-7000 and a new Buddy Pole to try out, as well as the other 13 antennas on my truck. Also made contacts from QTH.

Wayne-N0ISV

Posted by N0ISV on June 30, 2011

Time for Overhaul
It is time for Field Day to be improved. They can begin with a survey of hams, then they can change the dates, change the times, change the reporting, change everything according to what the majority of hams think best.

The result has got to better than the same old, same old, same old stuff.

Posted by AI2IA on June 30, 2011

Great Field Day
Many 2011 ARRL Field Days plans were foiled by the closure of the Coronado National Forest here in Southern Arizona. This was a precaution taken by the Forest Service in light of people ignoring the fire ban and rules already in place. I decided to operate anyway and resorted to setting up a temporary S9 vertical antenna set-up in my backyard. My Elecraft K2 and web-book were set up on the back porch and powered by 7Ahr and 18Ahr SLAs, respectively. The daytime temperature exceeded 107F and I didn't use any cooling other than lots of iced tea.

I worked CW only on 40 through 15 meters and managed 225 contacts operating 6 to 7 hours each day. All and all it was a very relaxed Field Day for me and very enjoyable. It was nice sleeping in my own bed at night compared to sleeping on a tent floor!

'73, Thomas - AC7A (1B-AZ)

Posted by AC7A on June 29, 2011

Weather
I agree with those that would like to rotate FD on the calendar. Unfortunately, having the date set by folks in Connecticut does no favors to those in the south. I've done chilly wet FDs in NJ, but here in North Carolina the end of June is hot hot hot and very humid! Yes, I know that would be what we'd face if a hurricane struck, but we could practice in much more pleasant weather.

Posted by W4WNT on June 29, 2011

More than half not there!
So far, more than half indicate that they did not bother with field day!

I usually do modestly well on field day. Not this year! Propagation was not the best, but my gear was in great shape.

Believe it or not, and I hate to say this, but I had 9 contacts and they were within just a few states away with the exception of one from North Dakota. It amazed me!

Also, one other observation that was much different than years past: About a dozen stations acknowledged my call, but then declined to follow through and complete the contact. They just moved on to another contact. I never had that happen before. It was disturbing.

There is always next year, maybe?

Posted by AI2IA on June 29, 2011

FALL FIELD DAY
I vote with the folks urging a FD when weather is milder. Never been to southern USA but I hear what they are saying and feel their pain. Mosquitos = YUK. I like the idea of a fall FD. Late Sept good here in Idaho. Spring weather around Idaho can be dangerous - lightening storms. Never been to a FD site with agroup that was "too social". I believe FD is not "all about" just one thing. It is what it is. Better weather = more fun. I say FD last weekend in June as we now have and another one in late September. Or dump June and go for September. How about we divide USA into four sections. Each section has a FD during their best weather. The folks doing the SPARS FD in the northern tier states must be a very tough crowd. Brrr!!

Posted by K7NSW on June 29, 2011

cq field day
did you ask if the freq was in use? did you let newbies call on emergency freqs? did you show respect to other stations and allow space for your band width?we must show the new guys gentlemans agreements and good will,its not a contest,,or is it?

Posted by K1LLR on June 29, 2011

Very good field day
I operated the 6 and 2 Meter station and six was open the entire contest. Fun operating and lots of contacts. Thunderstorm moved in Sunday morning around 10am so we all closed down for the rest of the event. Good radio operating and social gathering with good food also. Looking forward to next year.

Posted by K4YRK on June 29, 2011

Work
Had to make da donuts

Posted by N2MWE on June 28, 2011

Field Day
I'd be more likely to participate if it was moved to Fall or Spring, Its just too hot in East Texas in late June.

73 Jack KZ5A

Posted by KZ5A on June 28, 2011

Field Day
The North Shore Radio Club (K9OR) had one of its best Field Days ever this year. The WX was perfect, the propagation gods were smiling upon us and the GOTA station (K9RST) was kept very busy with many young people operating it for most of the day on Saturday. Also, we've never seen 15, 10 and even 6 meters as open for FD as they were this year. We think we may post one of our best ever club scores.

Posted by KK9H on June 28, 2011

WX and 6 Meters: HOT!
Over 250 contacts on 6 SSB with just a Ringo Ranger vertical and 100 Watts. We made QSOs in practically all directions, even out to WWA from our western South Carolina site. I gotta put up something for 6M at the home QTH.

Actually, the WX wasn't quite as hot as last year, and we didn't have to shut down for a thunderstorm like we did last year.

The El Cheapo 2-stroke, 900-Watt generator continues to work well. That's three FD's and counting.

Posted by K3AN on June 28, 2011

Always hot and always bugs
Why not move Field Day back into mid-May? June is always such a miserable time to do it! I agree with KV4BL. Spread the cheer around! Rotate Field Day!

Posted by WY3X on June 28, 2011

HOTTTTTT
Again for the third year and a row one of the
hottest weekends of the year....yet the high
in Newington CT was 78. I like the idea of
doing some swapping of times for the sake of
safety if nothing else. It is an event to
practice setting up temporary setups and if
it is 95 by 10 am it it too hot to be setting
up antennas. I love the event just wish the
heat safety of people working the event was
considered a little more.

Posted by KE5MHV on June 27, 2011

Second/Winter FIeld Day ?
I always thought that there should be more than one Field Day per year. For one thing, a second event would provide a chance to apply the "lessons learned" without having to wait a full year. I'd like to see one in the fall, maybe late fall like October or November which would satisfy KV4BL's request for Field Day in cooler weather.

Hwever, there already a "Winter FIeld Day" at the end of January promoted by SPAR has been See www.spar-hams.org/contests/winterfd/index.php. I think it is a good idea. For those of us in the north, it would be a challenge. We would not be camping out, we'd have to be inside some decent shelter, but just setting up antennas during the short cold winter days is tough and really tests preparedness, plus winter might be the most lkely time that we would have a major incident like an major ice storm that closes roads, takes down power lines, etc. About 15 years ago, there was an ice storm that left thousands in northern NY without power for weeks. For those in the south a January Field Day provides an opportunity to avoid the extreme heat.

Posted by KC2WI on June 27, 2011

Fun!
I ran 1E with my Elecraft K3 running 5-watts, a 75-meter dipole fed with ladder line and and old marine battery. Most contacts were on 15, 10 and 6! Meters. The battery died after nine hours, I was tired and quit. I love the receiver on the K3, but next year need to use my FT-817 or IC-703 - both of which draw less current. The K3 draws almost 1 amp on receive. And/or a new deep cycle battery!

I use the WA0H Microlog to log field day (the only time I use the app). It has a somewhat odd user interface, but works fine.

So, I learned something and had a blast!

73, joel

Posted by N5LXI on June 27, 2011

Fun!
I ran 1E with my Elecraft K3 running 5-watts, a 75-meter dipole fed with ladder line and and old marine battery. Most contacts were on 15, 10 and 6! Meters. The battery died after nine hours, I was tired and quit. I love the receiver on the K3, but next year need to use my FT-817 or IC-703 - both of which draw less current. The K3 draws almost 1 amp on receive. And/or a new deep cycle battery!

I use the WA0H Microlog to log field day (the only time I use the app). It has a somewhat odd user interface, but works fine.

So, I learned something and had a blast!

73, joel

Posted by N5LXI on June 27, 2011

Field Day Activity
I really enjoy Field Day every year, but I have noticed that in the last couple of years Field Day is becoming more and more of a social event than a contact event. As for the Club that I am in, there are more Hams there for socializing and eating than making contacts. I for one, have for the last couple of years taken the midnight shift, because I am there not to eat, but to see how many contacts that I can make under adverse conditions. By the way, isn't that what Field Day is all about anyway.

Posted by KR4JY on June 27, 2011

A surprise
HF was fair to middlin', but to the surprise of almost everyone at the site in SE Massachusetts, 6 meters was wide open--AND HOT! For a four station club with over 1000 contacts, having close to a quarter of them on 6 was a big surprise!

Cool at night but humid and too warm during the day, the only really bad thing was the mosquitos. Used a couple of cans of repellant--way too late someone thought of those personal protection clip ons!

Posted by K1CJS on June 27, 2011

No club near my qth, bands were full of people.....ruined a good weekend lol. I'm sure it was fun for those involved.

Posted by KJ4AGA on June 27, 2011

FD Was "J-U-U-U-S-T GREAT!!!"
I participated with the Durham Region QRP Club here this
year (VE3QDR, category 8A low-power, battery operated)
and had an absolutely SUPER time...

I was "forced" into learning how to properly utilize the
automatic message buttons on the Elektraft K1 transceiver
that we were using on 15-meters CW, which was a good
thing: it dragged me away from my "comfort zone" &
made me appreciated something new.

Some of the antennas the other tent managers came up
with were things of sheer beauty in their genius---you
don't get THAT kind of exposure sitting alone at home,
operating as a "1D"!

Even the dismantling of everything at the end was a
pleasant exercise in comradeship & co-operation, and not
to be missed.

I'm glad I participated this year, my 40th Field Day (off &
on) since I first got licensed in 1971.

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ (a.k.a. VE3QDR)

Posted by VE3CUI on June 27, 2011

Field Day
This is not a disparagement of any clubs or other FD
groups or individuals. What I am about to say has been
kicked around before but it bears repeating. The
camaraderie and spirit of Field Day is good. The intense
heat in this part of the country (SC) is horrible at this time
of year. How about moving it to mid-Spring or late Fall?
I hear the point that for people in some parts of the NW
United States and Alaska, there would be snow on the
ground. OK, how about compromise? Rotate it between
the current FD time of year in late June and mid-Spring
or late Fall, from year to year?

Heck, down here, many days of so-called Winter would
not be unpleasant. Why do we have to endure searing
heat by day here in the South and endure sweltering heat
and humidity PLUS serve as mosquito food after dark,
each and every year? I haven't participated in or
attended a FD for several year, partly because I am
absolutely miserable outdoors during the summer.

Emergencies can and do happen in hot, cold, and pleasant
weather. Would it not make sense to have an idea of any
potential pitfalls of each kind of weather by moving the FD
dates around from year to year? Sorry, but for me at least,
the heat and humidity of late June in SC kills the
enjoyment. I realize that not all will agree, but I am
betting that I'm not alone on this sentiment, either.

Posted by KV4BL on June 27, 2011

Coffee
Often forgotten.

#1 piece of gear at club field days - Coffee pot.

#2 extra hat, jacket, sweater.

It was cold even in southern California at night.

Posted by WB9YCJ on June 26, 2011

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