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Normally our club prepares for field day for normal weather or the possibility of storms later in the event. Usually during my time with the club we have not had to plan for rain all day on Saturday and the possibility of thunderstorms all day Saturday. In addition, I do not have a way to take photos in the rain as I don’t have rain gear for my equipment and never even thought of it. This is in addition to the threat of lightning. Which is going to be a problem for all.
Additionally, I have a rather large data plan for my smartphone and I tether it to my Chromebook when it gets rather quiet at work. With tethering and portable hotspot I have the ability to connect to the internet on field day. Due to the weather threats this year I have volunteered to monitor real time lightning maps and radar sources to keep ahead of the weather.
What this means for myself and for W3CWC’s operations:
This means I have less equipment I have to bring as I was planning on bringing the computer anyway, but no camera equipment needs to come. This also means that my scope of operations changes greatly. We are going to be using handheld radios to provide the communications for weather related information so that means everyone will need a handheld radio.
The showers and more importantly the thunderstorms means that we will have to scale back our operations. Our CW station will be limited to a few bands, we will be deleting our 40 meter station and other details I’m not familiar with yet. We will also be reducing the number of generator sets being used to provide for easier setup/take down and for additional safety (fewer exposed electrical connections).
This year we will have an emergency operations trailer on site with two operating positions, this will give us a few things. This will give us a dry and air conditioned space with diesel generator and two operating positions. Something we haven’t had during my time with the ARA.
It is also possible that with the weather conditions we may not be able to set up the majority of our operations until later Saturday or early Sunday.
That’s not all:
Poor ground weather conditions are not the only issue we are going to experience. In addition to the heavy rain and thunderstorms there is currently a forecast for a moderate (NOAA G2 Class) geomagnetic storm during the field day period. This may cause problems with making contacts on HF, but may enhance VHF contacts.
Tools and Misc. Supplies:
Computing and commercial communications:
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Camera Equipment and setup:
New (to me) HT:
RadioShack Stores Closing:
Field Day 2015:
After my bitter cold experience last year I learned a few things:
- It WILL be cold. So cold that I spent the rest of the day in bed to warm up.
- Hats, gloves, and a coat are not enough.
- Standing outside for several hours takes a toll.
- I will not be able to go warm up on site.
- This may change this year, there are two operators staged at this aid station this year, in addition there is about a hour and a half between sets of runners.
- A headlamps is nice, but it can get into people’s eyes.
- Adjustment solved this issue.
- Many people will ask where you bought the headlamp and insist on more information even after you say it cost $50.
- Parking in the one pull in space is not acceptable.
- There is a small parking lot, but last year I did not know if that was related to the private property nearby or for the historical site. The parking space was needed
As you may remember, last weekend was ARRL Field day, and as you may remember I have stated that I was participating with the Antietam Radio Association with their Field Day activities in Leitersburg, Maryland.
Enough Rambling, let’s tell this story with photos
Here our 20 meter phone and all band digital station is being set up in the pavilion. Also shown is a spare radio, which while we needed it, we actually did not push into service.
Here the tent for the 40 meter phone station is being set up.
In this shot we see the setup of the VHF beam antenna, the VHF Station and the raising of the VHF beam antenna.
As usual we operated using emergency power throughout field day with the exception of those contacts made using solar power.
The VHF station, almost complete, commercial power was used for testing purposes only.
One of the many antennas used was a set of 40 meter hamstick antennas back to back on a mast.
The local TV station came out to check out what we were doing. Here they are preparing to film a pre-field day contact which later made the final story.
Our get on the air (GOTA) station is almost set up. Getting close to starting time here. Generators were started shortly afterward.
Here is the VHF station operating on solar power making field day contacts. Nothing is connected to the extension cord connected to commercial power.
Here is our satellite station waiting for the first field day pass. The computer you see is tracking the satellites using satellite tracking software (which works offline) and controlling the antenna rotor. The radios are controlled manually.
Here we have our CW station making contacts. We don’t have many operators that specialize in CW contacts, but we do have a CW station.
While just another view of our CW station, this brings the computer into view. Our CW station this year also was testing computer logging.
While not in operation during this shot, we have our 75 station and operator being shown. The radio here is owned by the county emergency management agency and is being loaned out for testing purposes. We had two of the units, one (not shown) was inoperable.
Here we have our 20 meter phone and all band digital station in operation. It appears at this point that digital contacts were being attempted here.
As happens many years we get a visit from our ARRL section manager (right). This time he and his crew came in around dinner time.
Speaking of dinner. We had a LOT of food this year. We had many things including fried chicken from a local convenience store chain.
After a few hours the generator powering the pavilion needed refueled. Also shown is another generator that was probably used on Sunday. The fire extinguisher was later moved so that it would be usable in case of a fire.
Cooking was done using crock pots (on commercial power) and using a camp stove. The camp stove is pictured during startup.
The sun is getting ready to set and the pavilion lights are powered on using commercial power. We are getting ready for the night shift.
Still preparing for the night shift. Very little operating was going on at this time.
And of course the night shift has arrived. Since it was unlikely that any proper GOTA operation was to occur overnight the GOTA Station was re-purposed as a normal station to cover for the station that did not even make it to air. A tip for the photographers, this picture was taken without flash.
I went to bed at about 0100 local on Sunday morning and got back up for a while. I then slept a little longer, but left at around 0630 local. Due to trouble sleeping on site, next year, I am considering leaving at around 0100 hours to go home and returning at around 0600 hours to finish out field day before going home for a nap.
This is the great event where amateurs and non-amateurs alike from all over North America leave their home shacks and go out in the field with portable stations to operate in the field. But that isn’t all. There is much more to field day than meets the eye. Later I will get into more details about what my local club is doing this year.