Field Day 2012

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Field Day 2012

Postby n4mj » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:25 am

Field Day 2012

A special thanks to everyone who came and participated in FD 2012.

The XYLs did a super job of making sure everyone had excellent food and plenty of it. Their support is crucial to a successful event. Again, thanks to all the XYL's for great support.

Our visitors were numerous – the County Mayor Benny McGuire, County Commissioner Ralph Puckett and his wife Shirley, candidate for state senate, Danny Jowers, Dillon Schwan and Ryan Crittendon from the Martin area, Nick Parker and his wife Julie (interested in learning about amateur radio), David Nailing, N4JDN, and Mark Clark, KB4RPV, from Jackson, and candidates who came to upgrade their licenses.

From a technical point of view - this year the operation worked against old sol and the sunspot cycle. Propagation was poor at best. This gave us a challenge. The challenge was to figure out the best way to maximize our point score with such poor conditions.

Experience has taught us that when the solar cycle is so poor, we must use whatever frequencies will get us to where we want to go. In the case of Field Day or a contest, that is defined as points. Upper HF and VHF frequencies were ineffectual this weekend. See the charts below.

Jamie gave us the statistics on the Sunday evening net but here they are in a form where you may read, compare, and study them at your leisure.

This year:

CW Phone
80M 91 80
40M 55 37
20M 162 36
15M 63 24
10M 0 0
6M 0 8
GOTA 0 81

GOTA QSO’s : 40M – 52, 20M – 29 .



Last year:

CW Digital Phone
80M 0 0 0
40M 157 0 20
20M 159 54 54
15M 208 1 0
10M 28 0 135
6M 0 0 89
GOTA 0 0 140

GOTA QSO’s: 40M – 4, 20M – 49, 15M – 73, 10M – 14.
Satellite QSO with ISS: 2M digital

What to make of all these numbers? Well, look at the lower bands this year vs last year. Quite a difference. Likewise compare the upper bands year over year.

Additional challenges - we only had two ops who knew code (CW), the third CW op was out with other duties this year. This limited us somewhat as the two CW ops not only worked CW, but had to oversee the training of newer ops as they learned to use different equipment, antennas, and switching systems – there were more than the propagation challenges.

Certainly, the newer ops did a great job and we are proud of them for their efforts. Next year they will get an opportunity to use what they learned this year.

The all-night crew was comprised of Michael Stayton (AK4VU), Michael Snow (KJ4KHX), Todd Carr (KK4JTM), Brandon Snow (KJ4FTN), Noel Vickers (KJ4UNX) , and myself. In the wee hours of the morning, when activity slowed somewhat, we took advantage of that time and discussed many aspects of ham radio and how to take advantage of our communications situation.

The meals on Saturday evening were enjoyed by everyone. Yes, we had lunch and supper meals. Some were not there for lunch. Sunday morning breakfast included Surprise biscuits, fruit and sweets, along with fresh coffee.

All things considered we had a very good Field Day. Our points were not what we would like but Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. We did get an opportunity to introduce new folks to the environment of Field Day.

Thanks to all who participated.

73 de n4mj
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