Field Day 2011
Location: Washington Monument State Park (Middletown, Maryland)
June 25-26, 2011
The crew: 2011 attendees (left to right): back row K3MZ, N2AW, KG4NXZ, Emily, WA3OFC; front row WA3PYU, WA3KLK, AG6DF, N3IC; Not shown: WA3LTJ, W3CID, WA8EIH, KB3UNL, KA3SQJ, KB3LMA, KB8ZJF, and behind camera KA3VXM
Frank and crew have been coming up to the park on Friday night to begin the antenna installations. In recent years it has become quite a time-consuming task. He thought that replacing one of the quads with a tribander mounted on a "Rocket Launcher" tower would simplify the antenna setup operations. Here Frank is directing the Rocket Launcher assembly with crew Paul, Bob, Wes, and Gordon.
Come on, Frank, eat some Wheaties first! Then again, we were the high school's Radio Club, not the football team...
A quizzical Wes seems unsure of Frank's assembly instructions...
With the antenna mounted, the mast is cranked up, a new mast section is inserted, and attached. (You'll have to ask Frank if the Rocket Launcher was more or less work than the second wire quad!)
One quad and another dipole need to go up... again, Frank seems to be the mastermind of the operations with Paul, Mike, and Gordon assisting.
(No usable pictures of the dipoles or the 40m Moxon)
Finally, the triband yagi beam is ready atop the rocket launcher.
A wire quad and a run of feedline (from a second 80m dipole?)
For power, we use 120vac gasoline generators to charge 12vdc batteries. Above is Paul's generator, Andy also brought one. They need to be refueled periodically.
Paul's K3 was used for the SSB station, and Robert's (née K3AN) TS-850S for the CW station. We had laptops loaded with the N1MM logging program.
The shelter was a busy place. Above left, Paul is in foreground at the GOTA station, Frank is on the left at the VHF/UHF gear; in the far row Bob is operating CW and Mike's handling the SSB transmitter.
Mike seems to be directing traffic (or maybe conducting an orchestra), but is really handling hordes of stations calling him. The screenshot shows his rate at 149 QSO's per hour.
Frank operates the K3 with its bandscanner, as well as the VHF/UHF station.
Bob running QSO's at the CW station; he managed to average 53 QSO's per hour over the entire contest period.
Robert and Bob show Steve WA8EIH how to use N1MM and the cw rig. He preferred the traditional keying methods: he came prepared with a straight key, a bug, and a paddle!
Paul and Andy operating the CW and SSB stations, respectively, at left; Andy center; at right Robert observes John KB8ZJF operating the CW station while Andy shows how to operate phone.
The get-on-the-air (GOTA) station was active. Erica came by from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency; she was interested enough to operate GOTA for a while (Paul above coaching).
Victor W3CID operates GOTA with Mike coaching.
Left: Drew coaches Paul who is coaching Carol operating GOTA; right: Paul coaching one of the youth GOTA ops.
Gordon (left) gets the prize for farthest trek to FD (from Los Gatos); Bob and Drew (2nd longest travel from Tampa); Frank
Gordon, Frank, Rick and his father
Field Day might be a "public service" activity, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources sure charges us a lot to rent the shelter for two days -- plus the expense of the repast that Bob takes care of at the local Safeway. Here we are settling up with CFO Gordon certifying the numbers. Above we can see Wes, Bob, and Paul emptying their wallets while Robert feigns ignorance.
We went with two transmitters. QSO breakdown:
80 cw - 103
QSO's: 1102 cw x 2 =
2204 + 2080 phone = 4284 x 2 = 8568
Tracking results from N1MM:
QSO Point Operator Stats
Look at the Operators worksheet in the
Logs & Analysis spreadsheet for breakdowns by band, mode, operator, bonus point allocation, pie charts, QSO rates, and more
(operator rankings including bonus points differ slightly).
A few reports from N1MM:
Field Day - 2011-06-25 1800Z to 2011-06-26 2100Z - 1641 HF Phone QSOs N3IC HF Phone Max Rates: 2011-06-25 2048Z - 4.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 240 per hour by WA3PYU 2011-06-25 2327Z - 2.3 per minute (10 minute(s)), 138 per hour by WA3OFC 2011-06-25 2338Z - 1.9 per minute (60 minute(s)), 116 per hour by WA3KLK N3IC HF Phone Runs (holding a frequency with CQ) >10 QSOs: 2011-06-25 1800 - 2125Z, 14177 kHz, 308 Qs, 90.2/hr WA3KLK+WA3PYU 2011-06-25 2200 - 0144Z, 7163 kHz, 395 Qs, 105.8/hr WA3KLK+WA3OFC+WA3LTJ+WA3OFC 2011-06-26 0219 - 0235Z, 7171 kHz, 15 Qs, 57.8/hr WA3LTJ 2011-06-26 0244 - 0255Z, 3763 kHz, 18 Qs, 99.2/hr WA3LTJ 2011-06-26 0306 - 0338Z, 14165 kHz, 39 Qs, 74.1/hr WA3LTJ 2011-06-26 0344 - 0552Z, 14176 kHz, 116 Qs, 54.0/hr WA3PYU+WA3LTJ 2011-06-26 0612 - 0819Z, 3797 kHz, 136 Qs, 64.7/hr WA3LTJ 2011-06-26 0837 - 0906Z, 14183 kHz, 22 Qs, 46.6/hr WA3LTJ 2011-06-26 0914 - 0943Z, 14213 kHz, 21 Qs, 44.4/hr WA3LTJ+WA3OFC 2011-06-26 1010 - 1146Z, 7176 kHz, 140 Qs, 87.6/hr WA3OFC+WA3KLK 2011-06-26 1149 - 1300Z, 7171 kHz, 92 Qs, 77.3/hr WA3KLK+WA3PYU 2011-06-26 1340 - 1538Z, 14156 kHz, 132 Qs, 67.5/hr WA3KLK+WA3LTJ+WA3PYU+WA3LTJ 2011-06-26 1601 - 1705Z, 21246 kHz, 79 Qs, 74.5/hr WA3KLK+K3MZ 2011-06-26 1728 - 1800Z, 7243 kHz, 49 Qs, 91.9/hr WA3OFC Field Day - 2011-06-25 1800Z to 2011-06-26 2100Z - 1109 HF CW QSOs N3IC HF CW Max Rates: 2011-06-25 1843Z - 3.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 180 per hour by N3IC 2011-06-26 1731Z - 1.9 per minute (10 minute(s)), 114 per hour by N2AW 2011-06-26 1742Z - 1.4 per minute (60 minute(s)), 82 per hour by N3IC N3IC HF CW Runs (holding a frequency with CQ) >10 QSOs: 2011-06-25 1810 - 2011Z, 7006 kHz, 126 Qs, 62.8/hr N3IC 2011-06-25 2019 - 2154Z, 7022 kHz, 97 Qs, 61.0/hr N2AW 2011-06-25 2202 - 2231Z, 14027 kHz, 39 Qs, 79.5/hr N2AW 2011-06-25 2233 - 2306Z, 14006 kHz, 36 Qs, 66.7/hr N2AW+K3MZ 2011-06-25 2307 - 2339Z, 14067 kHz, 24 Qs, 44.9/hr K3MZ 2011-06-26 0005 - 0122Z, 14067 kHz, 65 Qs, 50.2/hr K3MZ 2011-06-26 0126 - 0214Z, 14015 kHz, 46 Qs, 58.2/hr N2AW 2011-06-26 0258 - 0343Z, 7066 kHz, 26 Qs, 35.3/hr K3MZ 2011-06-26 0346 - 0422Z, 3554 kHz, 18 Qs, 29.8/hr K3MZ 2011-06-26 0430 - 0600Z, 3526 kHz, 85 Qs, 56.4/hr N3IC 2011-06-26 0612 - 0728Z, 14028 kHz, 51 Qs, 40.6/hr N3IC 2011-06-26 0805 - 1127Z, 7043 kHz, 159 Qs, 47.3/hr N3IC+K3MZ 2011-06-26 1133 - 1153Z, 14017 kHz, 15 Qs, 46.2/hr K3MZ 2011-06-26 1157 - 1228Z, 14028 kHz, 22 Qs, 42.5/hr N2AW 2011-06-26 1604 - 1705Z, 14041 kHz, 73 Qs, 71.9/hr N3IC 2011-06-26 1708 - 1800Z, 21019 kHz, 70 Qs, 81.3/hr N2AW Field Day - 2011-06-25 1800Z to 2011-06-26 2100Z - 403 GOTA QSOs GOTA (K3MZ call) Max Rates: 2011-06-25 1818Z - 3.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 180 per hour by KG4NXZ 2011-06-25 1826Z - 1.9 per minute (10 minute(s)), 114 per hour by KG4NXZ 2011-06-26 1727Z - 1.1 per minute (60 minute(s)), 68 per hour by KG4NXZ GOTA (K3MZ call) Runs (holding a frequency with CQ) >10 QSOs: 2011-06-25 1817 - 1828Z, 21259 kHz, 20 Qs, 107.6/hr KG4NXZ 2011-06-25 1957 - 2019Z, 21271 kHz, 19 Qs, 53.0/hr AG6DF 2011-06-25 2248 - 2343Z, 3813 kHz, 59 Qs, 64.5/hr AG6DF 2011-06-26 0147 - 0206Z, 3835 kHz, 25 Qs, 76.3/hr AG6DF 2011-06-26 0515 - 0550Z, 14331 kHz, 33 Qs, 55.9/hr KB3UNL 2011-06-26 1604 - 1618Z, 7298 kHz, 13 Qs, 56.7/hr KG4NXZ 2011-06-26 1631 - 1644Z, 7259 kHz, 23 Qs, 112.3/hr KG4NXZ 2011-06-26 1704 - 1728Z, 7190 kHz, 36 Qs, 91.0/hr KG4NXZ
--- Results from December 2011 QST ---
This was our highest score ever, with or without bonus points. We had the most phone QSO's ever (counting GOTA, VHF) and the fourth highest number of CW QSO's. But alas, even so we slipped a bit in the standings! See the RARC Home Page for comparisons.
We scored eleventh out of 387 (97.2 percentile) in the 2A category. We had the highest score in the 3rd call district. Entries ahead of us in the Atlantic Division (DEL, MDC, EPA, WPA, NNY, WNY, SNJ): W2RA
(The overall 2A high score was 16,320 -- ours was 10,398)
Here are the 2011 FD Weblog notes. You can open them in the main browser window by clicking this.
(Photos by WA3KLK. Designed to be viewable in 1024 width resolution)