The DHS Aux Fog handbook is now posted to the Ares/Races page.
The pictures from the ARRL Centennial are up and posted in the Gallery
First and foremost, where do we put 5 trailers at the site? Placement was one thing the order of arrival was completely separate. We were, with some maneuvering and wiggling, able to get them all positioned where they should be. The layout proved quite functional.
What’s that about Horse Fence? In testing we knew that the horse fence would work as suitable dipoles. Once we got the twisting out all was well in the world. We worked 40 and 80M on the horse hence and the 40HF was the preferred antenna for the event.
All those shiny band pass filters, how did they work out? Well after banging CQ in psk for all of 30 seconds one caught fire. Without panic it was disconnected from the rig, and tossed into the field. The post mortem is still on going to what happened, but it was the C3 cap the gave up the factory smoke.
Most importantly, what about food? This has always been something that is dire important but not related directly to radio. The Mastersonville Fire Company fed us well, the fruit bowls were a nice touch, not having to think about breakfast lunch and dinner made the operating that much easier.
We had sleeping quarters this year. years past it has been at best crashing in cars, but this was a real treat. Thank you to Skip and Scott for the use of your travel trailers.
Jonathan brought a 15 and 20M beam. These turned out to be our best antenna, I know duh. The 20M beam tower system, mounted on an extension ladder, was a dream and is destined to be used elsewhere. He has plans to build a 10M for next year and make it sing.
We scored 1233 contacts for 5808 points. This includes 1500 bonus points, we will get that satellite QSO one of these years. We racked up 719 CW QSO’s, 202 PSK QSO’s, and 312 Phone QSO’s. This coming from a total of 8 operators.
Next year both QSO count and operator count should be looked for improvement. There is always a seat and even if you do not feel you can do it, we are a club of coaches and teachers, we will get you through. We had 3 junior operators this year all making at least one contact on PSK. If they can do it anyone can.
More photos are posted on the website
I am still pulling together the totals but we made 1233 contacts over the 21 hours. We were able to get most of the bonus points including 3 junior operators, 10 NTS messages and the elected official. A huge bonus to Mike D’s wife for going on a midnight cookie run, it was definitely what was needed.
The total score for Sparc is 5808 which puts us in the top 25 and second in our section based on last years score .
Lastly I leave you with this picture Scott took at 5AM Sunday morning. The morning shots are always the best. Look for the Field Day Gallery Here, and it will only grow in photos over the next few days.
The dates are the 17th to the 19th of July. We will drive up Wednesday the 16th and tour the ARRL Headquarters and W1AW. We will return Saturday evening the 19th. There is room for 6 people in the car, 3 open spaces remaining. The travel cost is $45 per person. Hotel will be the Holiday Inn Express in Newington. Follow the link to registrar.
Please register with the convention and hotel on your own and do it soon as space is limited.
Contact Kevin or Harry with your intentions so we can account for you in the car.
Take a look at the Convention Website for details and to register for the convention. Remember we have arranged the ARRL tour separately and on Wednesday so you do not need to book it during the convention.