Field Day 2004
Location: Washington Monument State Park (Middletown, Maryland)
Date: June 26-27, 2004
2004 attendees: l-r back N2AW, WA3SOR, K3MZ, K3AN; front N3IC, WA3OFC,
WA3PYU, KG4NXZ, WA3KLK; not shown WA3LTJ, KG4OAP, N3HJB
First things first: The antennas must go up! Jim and Wes work on the VHF/UHF antennas; Paul joins in; Frank ponders how one of his quads goes up; and Robert works on another skyhook
What's most important: The antennas are up. VHF/UHF antennas (top left); one of the quads (top right); the wire antennas -- dipoles, 40 meter Moxon, another quad (above left); and Bill arranges the coaxial stubs (above right)
N3IC, KG4OAP, WA3OFC
K3AN; Drew supervises K3MZ and Bob supervises N3IC
WA3SOR (with XYL N3PLB overseeing), WA3PYU, and... our star performer yet again... N2AW!
The VHF/UHF station: Wes and Jim (left); the equipment (center); and Paul (right)
Non-traditional Mode demonstration: Mike with his ATV camera and the live broadcast
Non-traditional Mode demonstration: Steve hooks up the ringo antenna, and his APRS station. Now we know where we are!
Natural Power: Paul's trusty solar panel provides the "juice" once again for our natural power bonus QSO's
We couldn't live without it: Frank and Bill discuss Windows platform difficulties; but Bill's 2004 version of WinFD faithfully logs the QSO's (Bill secretly enjoys hearing our curses)
Stomaches are growling: Wanting to speed things up, after Drew prepares the grill, Wes and Bill -- against advice in The Mythical Man-Month -- think things will go faster with two cooks!
We went with two transmitters plus the VHF/UHF and GOTA stations, scoring 6836 plus 1000 bonus points. Alas, a new high again was too elusive! But it was our second best score, beat only in 2002. QSO breakdown:
80 cw - 268
40 cw - 402
20 cw - 206
15 cw - 17
80 ssb - 345
40 ssb - 490
20 ssb - 352
15 ssb - 208
6 cw - 3
2 cw - 2
432 cw - 2
6 phone - 80
146 phone - 29
432 phone - 6
GOTA cw - 6
GOTA phone - 96
Total: 906 cw x 2 = 1812 + 1606 phone = 3418 x 2 = 6836
Frank's Club Score Comparison
Congratulations to our
top contest op N2AW, who wins three years in a row!
Look at the last page in the Log file for breakdown by band/mode per operator
--- Results from December 2004 QST---
We scored 27th out of 455 (94.3 percentile) non-battery / non-commercial power entries in the 2A category. We scored 29th out of the total 495 entries (94.3 percentile) in the 2A category (the largest category). We had the highest score in Maryland once again.
Entries ahead of us in the Atlantic Division (DEL, MDC, EPA, WPA, NNY, WNY, SNJ):
Duh... There are none!
(The overall 2A high score was 13,972)
(Photos by WA3KLK, K3MZ, WA3SOR, K3AN, and N3IC. Designed for viewing in 640 x 480 resolution)