Field Day '99
Location: Gambrill State Park (Frederick, Maryland)
Date: June 26-27, 1999
We came back to Gambrill because the shelters were being renovated at Washington Monument State Park.
1999 attendees: l-r WA3OFC, N3IC, WA3PYU, N2AW in front row; WA3SOR, N3ZYU, ZS1MP, K3AN in back row; at right, WA3LTJ, N3ZPQ; N3PLB camera-shy
Once again, Frank faithfully brings the Edmund Scientific broken pieces of solar cells he had assembled for Field Day use years ago. It may not look pretty, but it does the job! (charging nicads enough to gain five natural power QSO's.) This is the less athletic solution than the bicycle generator used a number of years back.
Steve keeps the cw transmittter going (left), while Mike does duty at the phone station (right)
Paul takes the mike at left; Bob and Buddy take the [virtual] key at right
Mike assists Robert operating cw at left; then he handles the antenna mast for Frank at the VHF station at right (or is he trying to climb a beanstalk?)
Bill operates, Buddy supervises, and Paul holds the antenna mast for the six meter station (left); Bill pokes a stick at a visiting black snake adjacent to the generator (right)
Buddy ZS1MP definitely takes the prize for arriving at RARC's FD site from the greatest distance: South Africa. Here is his QSL card, which actually shows his QTH.
We went with two transmitters, scoring 5322 plus 800 bonus points. QSO breakdown:
80 cw - 184
40 cw - 238
20 cw - 212
15 cw - 150
10 cw - 14
2 cw - 1
80 ssb - 164
40 ssb - 217
20 ssb - 292
15 ssb - 101
10 ssb - 226
6 phone - 10
146 phone - 25
432 phone - 1
We scored 46th out of 585 entries in the 2A category, which is the largest. With a new high in points, we had the highest score in Maryland once again.
Entries ahead of us in 3-land were:
K3II 2245 2 14 7308 EPA
W3GS 1927 2 15 6500 EPA
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