Field Day 2021
Location: Washington Monument State Park (Boonsboro, Maryland)
June 26-27, 2021
FD2021 came amidst the virus pandemic recovery phase. All of us (senior citizens!) were fully vaccinated and we were outdoors -- so we went back to "normal" operations. The park was open without restriction. One detail: there was some problem with the local well and the adjacent restroom was closed! They had installed two porta-potties in the parking lot, but there was no water nearby. Field Day is supposed to mimic a disaster and one might consider this a minor one (:>).
I'm getting lazy curating the photographs (videos now, too). I've included a sampling here, but scroll to the very bottom and click on the links for the complete full-resolution online repositories -- who knows how long they will persist, though.
This was our fifty-first consecutive year for RARC Field Days! Robert models our Tee shirts from 1995, 2010, and 2020.
While we were setting up on Saturday, our ARRL Section Manager Marty KB3MXM stopped by. He had created a number of articles to give away to participating Field Day groups, and he turns them over to us. He had also prepared an FD shirt for all of the section groups to add their John Hancock's to.
A few pics from Friday; the potato launcher for the wire antennas and elbow grease for the two towers.
The tribander, 20 meter beam, 6 meter antenna, and lower 80 meter dipole.
Paul with his solar cell array and Al's all-important generator -- which provided a total of 9.36 kilowatt-hours over a 23 hour, 57 minute time period.
Al's fancy charging equipment; the FT8 software.
Just because night falls, we continue on. Field Day was two days after the strawberry moon this year. The LED arrays give plenty of light.
We went with three transmitters:
QSO's: 1890 cw/digital x 2 = 3780
Congratulations to John, who took the honor from Bob 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 2021 QST ---
We scored 6th out of 253 (98.0 percentile) in the 3A category. We had the high score in MDC as well as the Atlantic Division (DEL, MDC, EPA, WPA, NNY, WNY, SNJ).
(The overall 3A high score was 19,666 -- ours was 11,870)
W3MIT notes that we'd have been #3 nationally in the 4A category!
Here are the 2021 FD Weblog notes. You can open them in the main browser window by clicking this.