Field Day 2016
Location: Washington Monument State Park (Middletown, Maryland)
June 25-26, 2016
The crew: 2016 attendees left to right: (rear) Logan, WA3PYU, KN3U, AJ1DM, N2AW; (front) AG6DF, WA3IRQ, W4TG, K3MZ, WA3KLK, W3MIT, N3IC; Not shown: W3CID, WA3LTJ, KB3LMA, KG4NXZ, KM4EFH.
After last year's terrible rainy weather, this year sported beautiful blue skies. So no matter what else happened, it was going to be a great Field Day!
The Rocket Launcher Tribander
John's Potato Launcher: the device, pumping it with air, attaching fishline, aiming, firing, and the entire crew supervising!
Final Elevated Antennas
The triband yagi with 2 & 6 meters atop; the microwave dish that gave us internet access via Boonsboro link; and the upgraded tower hoisting the 20 meter yagi.
The 40 meter Moxon
(Some of) The Operators
Stalwart Frank, Paul on VHF and then on CW
Drew, the NIH crew (Victor, Andy, Al), and our top point maker Bob on what else but CW
Lee, John and Gordon, and young GOTA ops
The sun may set, but our ops work in the (LED illuminated) dark. Bob can sleep however he likes because he is our most prolific point getter.
Some of the equipment. And then... Paul's laptop is acting crazy. We assemble various CEO's, CTO's, and VIP's -- including a former IBM/Microsoft/HP VP -- to analyze the problem. Without even calling tech support in India, the combined intelligentsia eventually decides to... reboot Windows (several times) and try a different laptop. We get the CW station operating again, but lost over an hour at the beginning of the contest! (Question: how many PhD's does it take to screw in a lightbulb?)
We went with three transmitters:
QSO's: 1123 cw + 104 PSK31 x 2 =2454
Congratulations to Bob, who returns as our top operator! 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). The year-to-year comparison worksheet is updated.
--- Results from December 2016 QST ---
We scored 6th out of 326 (98 percentile) in the 3A category. We had the second highest score in the Atlantic Division (DEL, MDC, EPA, WPA, NNY, WNY, SNJ).
(The overall 3A high score was 14,610 -- ours was 9,438)
Here are the 2016 FD Weblog notes. You can open them in the main browser window by clicking this.
(Photos and videos by Logan, WA3IRQ, W3MIT, N3IC. Designed to be viewable in 1024 width resolution)