Field Day 2013
Location: Washington Monument State Park (Middletown, Maryland)
June 22-23, 2013
Bill Savage K3AN, silent key
The crew: 2013 attendees left to right: (front) K3MZ, AJ1DM, N3IC, WA3OFC; (back) Logan, W3MIT, WJ1M, KN3U, AG6DF, W3CID, WA3PYU, WA3KLK, WA3IRQ, KB3UNL, N2AW; Not shown: KB5WGT and behind camera KA3VXM
Of course, upon arrival there is only the shelter with empty picnic tables. Everyone is busy unpacking, hooking up rigs, wiring, power devices, etc.
The above-mentioned "power devices" which are quite a bit more sophisticated than the variac and battery charger we previously used; the NIH crew has constructed very professional equipment.
This year we networked the N1MM logging programs on all of the laptops. But not without some initial troubleshooting involving a slew of "experts" on hand! At right, Bob and Robert put up the tarp to tame the sun and wind.
Before putting together the VHF-UHF table, Paul's mini-shack tent is first configured.
Finally, the gear is ready (waiting for antennas): the [mostly] phone, cw, and VHF/UHF station equipment.
It is a major operation to hoist the tribander mounted on Frank's "Rocket Launcher" tower -- but sufficient labor and management assignments are worked out.
A second beam is on Frank's "Ladder" tower. (Okay, this pic is a bit of a fib as it really depicts taking it down. So think of time as fluidic in nature's fourth dimension and the result is the same.)
The triband yagi beam atop the rocket launcher; the beam on Frank's "Ladder" tower.
The 80 meter dipole down in the field (not shown: the "upper" 80 meter vee and 40 meter moxon).
Paul's VHF/UHF antenna tower; Victor's Cellphone antenna.
Tents readied for the overnight
We went with two transmitters. QSO breakdown:
80 phone - 136
QSO's: 1288 cw x 2 =
2576 + 1408 phone = 3984 x 2 = 7968
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). New for this year: a year-to-year comparison worksheet!
N1MM's reports didn't work well with the combined phone/cw logging; but here's some info from the GOTA operators:
Field Day - 2013-06-22 1800Z to 2013-06-23 2100Z - 225 QSOs K3MZ Max Rates: 2013-06-23 1016Z - 2.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 120 per hour by KN3U 2013-06-23 1404Z - 1.0 per minute (10 minute(s)), 60 per hour by WJ1M 2013-06-23 1439Z - 0.6 per minute (60 minute(s)), 33 per hour by WJ1M K3MZ Runs (holding a frequency with CQ) >10 QSOs: 2013-06-23 1505 - 1532Z, 7153 kHz, 17 Qs, 38.1/hr AG6DF
--- Results from December 2013 QST ---
We scored eleventh out of 440 (97.5 percentile) in the 2A category. We had the highest score in the Atlantic Division (DEL, MDC, EPA, WPA, NNY, WNY, SNJ).
(The overall 2A high score was 20,696 -- ours was 9,278)
Here are the 2013 FD Weblog notes. You can open them in the main browser window by clicking this.