Field Day 2017
(Revised 11/10/2017)

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Location: Washington Monument State Park (Middletown, Maryland)

Date: June 24-25, 2017

Facebook: Randallstown ARC

Field Day Group

The crew: 2017 attendees left to right: (rear) KN3U, N2AW, Logan, K3MZ, W3MIT, AG6DF, W4TG; (front) WA3KLK, WA3PYU, WA3IRQ, N3IC, K3SX, Joel; Not shown: W3CID, WA3LTJ, K3MRI.


Excess Noise Art Production (K3MRI) (39:22)

Thunderstorms were predicted for Friday and Saturday morning, but they didn't materialize; the weather was great!

Erecting Antennas

Rocket Launcher Tribander Rocket Launcher Tribander
Rocket Launcher Tribander Rocket Launcher Tribander

The Rocket Launcher Tribander

20 Meter Yagi 20 Meter Yagi
20 Meter Yagi 20 Meter Yagi

The 20 Meter Yagi

VHF Antenna

The VHF/UHF Antennas had to be assembled, too

40 Meter Moxon

Don't forget the two-element 40 Meter Moxon!


Setting Up Setting Up

Arranging Coax

The VHF Station The GOTA Station

The VHF and GOTA Stations

Generator KillAwatt Meter

The 12vdc powering the radios comes from 120vac... which comes from... gasoline! Total of 11.76 KWH energy used during the FD period.



Something sure is puzzling!


Paul, Frank, and Drew


Al, Bob (top op who doesn't need a mike), Victor


Sid, Mike coaching Logan, Andy


Robert on cw with Drew on phone; John at digital station, Frank perusing GOTA

K3MZ et. al.

Paul gets young visitors to make some GOTA QSO's

Shelter View Shelter View Shelter View

Milling Around

Frank Drew Gordon
Sid Gordon, Victor
Mike Mike, Logan Logan


Getting the tents ready for nightfall

We went with three transmitters:

Scoring Ranking

QSO's: 1274 cw + 13 PSK31 x 2 =2574
+ 1665 main + 238 GOTA (sum 1903) phone = 4477 x 2 = 8954
+ 1690 bonus points = grand total 10,644

Logs & Analysis  |  Station List  |  ARRL Submission  |  W1AW Message

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 2017 QST ---

This was our third highest cw score ever; our second highest phone score ever; our highest in overall QSO points. Of course, most of the other years were 1A or 2A! See the RARC Home Page and the year-to-year worksheet in the spreadsheet for comparisons.

December 2017 QST2017 QST score

We scored 9th out of 321 (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 15,092 -- ours was 10,644)

        2017 QSL card

        Print out a QSL card (pdf format).
        for the unzip password

Here are the 2017 FD Weblog notes. You can open them in the main browser window by clicking this.

RARC Home Page

(Photos and videos by Jim K3MRI, Logan, WA3IRQ. Designed to be viewable in 1024 width resolution)