Field Day 2005
Location: Washington Monument State Park (Middletown, Maryland)
Date: June 25-26, 2005
The crew: 2005 attendees: l-r back WA3OFC, WA3PYU, Joel, N2AW, KG4URX, WA3SOR; front WA3KLK, K3MZ, N3IC, K3AN; not shown WA3IRQ, KG4PPU, KG4OAP, WA3LTJ, Jeff, Ginger, Elaine
First, antennas must go up!
Bob, Frank/Drew, and Robert navigate support strings in the trees
Frank, Mike, and Joel raise a quad
The dipole might be a bit jealous of the quads, but neither need worry about competition from Paul's dummy load (:>)
Lest we forget the UHF/VHF antennas
The mast, VHF/UHF, and the six meter quads
Hooking Equipment Up
Bill arranges the stubs; the wiring on the floor is not quite mil-spec
Power to the Equipment
Solar cells for natural power contacts, and the generator
Time to Operate!
Drew and Bill man the stations at left; Bob and Frank at right
Bill seems okay in the daylight, but apparently he needs some flashlight assistance to see at night
Bob shows us how its done on CW!
Steve pulls a weak signal out of the QRM; Drew blesses the airwaves with his vociferous frequency handling
Frank has -- well, let's just say his own operating style (not so much in this clip, but click his picture for a demonstration); Lee shows that one never forgets; and Mike presents a more traditional approach (than Frank) to making contacts
Young Operators get coached
The HF GOTA station
Mike directs Jeff to point to the satellite while Paul attempts contact; Steve's APRS station
Mike with his ATV antenna; live action on the ATV monitor
A local Scout troop visits
Lee impatiently waits for his slot at a transmitter; Bob brags about his Expos (uh, Nationals) and likens the tired Orioles to a tired Robert -- as if either team made it to the World Series
After lighting a fire on the airwaves, Bob does the same on the grille; Drew curses his malfunctioning camera all weekend
Media Publicity: Believe it or not, this is what they published after a half hour on the phone with Drew and me plus email and the website! To be sure, the editor "trimmed" it a bit.
We went with two transmitters plus the VHF/UHF and GOTA stations, scoring 7106 plus 1350 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 - 229
40 cw - 409
20 cw - 391
15 cw - 62
80 ssb - 92
40 ssb - 268
20 ssb - 564
15 ssb - 95
6 cw - 9
2 cw - 7
432 cw - 2
6 phone - 43
146 phone - 32
432 phone - 7
GOTA cw - 0
GOTA phone - 234
Total: 1109 cw x 2 = 2218 + 1335 phone = 3553 x 2 = 7106
Congratulations to our
top contest op N2AW, who wins four years in a row!
Look at the last page in the Log file for breakdown by band/mode per operator
--- Results from December
2005 QST ---
We scored 17th out of 454 (96.5 percentile) non-battery / non-commercial power entries in the 2A category. We scored 18th out of the total 510 entries (96.7 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 13,260)
(Photos by WA3KLK, K3MZ, WA3IRQ, and N3IC. Designed to be viewable in 640 x 480 resolution)