Sunday, June 23, 2013

My first ever field day is over............

The Saturday afternoon sky
Not sure why but I have never taken part in any field day, I can remember there have been some years were I was busy. I have often seen field day setups as I drove from here to there but as I said I have never been involved in one. Well 2013 field day was my first I was not with a group from a club but did it on my own. Not because I'm not into clubs but was not sure if this year I would be busy doing other things as Julie's
Saturdays operating position
relatives are in from England. It turned out I was able to get some time in on Saturday and Sunday and I had a blast. I was operating search and pounce and was using my KX3 on battery power only. I did bring along my spare battery but did not have to use it either day. My antenna was a mobile whip and I stayed on 20m for the contest. I was reading on twitter how 10m and 15m were dead. Funny thing too I was also reading other twitter posts of how this was a field day with very little action on the bands. I found things to be very busy and I was always able to make a contact....well hear them but maybe not make the contact. It sure was a change to not have my PC with me during a contest. I was hand writing my log and also having to run down my contact list to see if I have worked the station already. I did get a few "worked B4" but that was due to the fact I was not able to see them in my log sheets. At the start of the contest I was getting asked to repeat my category almost every contact!! That told me I was for sure messing something up, turns out I was
Sundays spot...lunch time
Sundays weather
sending B1 and not 1B as a category....sorry to all those who I threw off at the start of the contest. Once I got the exchange sorted out all was going very well. The weather on Saturday was touch and go there was very severe weather clouds moving overhead all the time. I must say for the time I was out on Saturday I did not have rain at all. On Sunday it was once again very humid and HOT HOT!! The nice thing about Sunday was the bad weather seemed to had taken a good long break. On Sunday I went to a different spot, it was a nice park just north of me. I did have some folks stop by to see what I was up too but none hung around to long. When the contest was over I was on the air for only a total of 4 hours and I made 50 contacts CW only. I was operating at 4 watts on the internal batteries of the KX3.  I had a nice time and was able to give the Elecraft KX3 a good workout. So as I said this was my first ever Field day and I will for sure be putting this contest in the calender for next year.

5 comments:

  1. That's great Mike. I have never taken part either. I have "dropped by" the Ottawa QRP club when they have been set up as well as the 3730 club in Ottawa but have never actually attempted a QSO. Some day perhaps. I have never been one for contests of any sort. I am not comfortable in contests just yet...not even sprints. I'll get there one of these days. Congrats on your first Field Day!

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    1. Good evening James, thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to comment. I was in the same boat as you and have not yet gathered up the nerve to join in on a contest team. Or a FD team to join a group effort. I have gotten my code up to speed but only have spun the dial looking for contacts. I have yet to sit on a frequency can call CQ contest and work the incoming calls.
      Mike

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  2. Great FD Mike. Nice pics from the action. This makes it up for the times you didn't made any QSO when operating portable. I'm planning to take part in the FD SSB in September. 73, Bas

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    1. Good evening Bas, Yes when there is a contest on the contacts come a lot easier for sure! In September after your FD SSB event do blog about it. Oh and some pic's as well.
      Mike

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  3. Hi Mike,
    I started a new blog. You can find it here: http://radiozendamateur.blogspot.nl/

    Please change the link in your blogroll.

    Thanks! 73 Paul

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