After missing the June Prez Sez column due to a busy June, I can now play catch-up and write for two months at once.
From reading QST and CQ magazines and watching Ham Nation, I have come to the conclusion that there are two styles of Field Day operation. The first style is the contest points at all costs station. They usually have at least ten transceivers, beams on towers, formal meal service, and six bottles of aspirin to help with the long hours on headsets. The main driver is points.
The second style is the way CVRC does it. It is as much a social event as a contest, but fun is main driver of the day. I think this style is a good balance of teamwork, knowledge exchange, and socializing. This year’s Field Day featured Tom air bazooka launching the antennas higher than ever before. The first shot went over a hundred foot high tree, traveled 150 feet north and then over a 70 foot tree. We now have our antenna hanging problem solved. Thanks Tom.
Speaking of antennas, we used the club’s G5RV (102 ft long with a 31ft matching section),my 20m folded dipole, and Pet’s Hustler vertical. For next year we will not use the folded dipole, but a new antenna that a buddy of mine is making for us. He calls it the “G5RV on Steroids”. It is 88 ft long and has a 60 ft matching section. Several members of a 40m net that Mark G, Ray, and I are on use it with wonderful results.
If you operate on the radio, you use coax. We have all read the books and heard the speeches about how important it is to use the right coax. The July meeting will feature several videos that will surprise you with the results they find about coax and coax connectors. I was planning on a video about “How the Victorians Wired the World” but it recently became unavailable.
We will also plan for our annual upcoming August picnic. Please watch your email for updates on this especially if you can’t attend the July meeting. Hopefully we can have a T hunt.
Our new show and tell part of the meeting was very successful when we started it at the June meeting. I am bringing a $7 crystal tester that I built up from a kit. Since our club is a group effort, I need other people to bring in their projects and items too.
73 Mike KF6KXG