by John Mountain, KJØMTN
CQ CQ CQ - now it is time to get ready for Field Day 2017! Are you ready?
The SLSRC invites the St. Louis area amateur radio community to join us for a couple of days of getting together to test our abilities to respond in support of disasters, chatting about...
Click the link below for pictures of Field Day 2016. If you have any to add, please contact Kyle at n0ktk at slsrc dot org.
SLSRC's Field Day for 2016 has come and gone.
It started off with the customary breakfast at Denny's for those involved with the setup. Following breakfast, the crew headed to Stacy Park in Olivette to erect the tower, and the other antennas. Field Day officially began Saturday at 13:00 hours (18:00 UTC). Stations, operating as WØSRC were set up to operate on SSB, CW, and Digital.
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by The Social Committee
Field Day will be held again this year at Stacy Park in Olivette, MO, starting on Saturday, June 25th at 1:00 P.M. The day is always centered around making radio contacts, antennas, educational classes, meeting old friends, making new friends, and last but not least...FOOD!!!
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There are several radio operator slots open and will be assigned to volunteers in 45 minute blocks. Please let John know your mode preferences and license class.
We could also use volunteers for various duties at field day including set up (Saturday) and tear down (Sunday).
WOW! That is all I can say about Field Day. WOW! If you missed it you missed one of the most exciting and fun Field Days in recent history. It all started off with GREAT Weather! Can you believe it was 66° at 7:00 am with clear skies. You could not ask for better weather all day and through the night. No need for a special cooling station and no need to run find tarps to cover equipment due to rain.
We got the weekend started off going over last minute plans and directions during breakfast at Denny's. From Denny's we departed in different directions heading out to take care of individual responsibilities. Mike Martin and Amberly headed over to pick up the tower trailer, while others headed to the park to start unloading and setting up equipment.
One of the most significant upgrades to this year's event was the addition of network logging and computer rig interfaces. This addition greatly simplified station operation as the band and mode was automatically entered into the log with information directly from the radio. The addition of a local area network also meant that the logs were automatically combined into a single log. This made duplicate checking much more accurate and often pre-populated section and class information when additional station contacts were made on different bands and modes. As with any technology, the network would sometimes lock up requiring a re-connection to the database. Once you learned how to do this it was quick and easy.
Like last year, the club operated again as a 2-Alpha class. Some members worried whether two stations would be enough for a club our size. What most folks don't realize is that the GOTA and the VHF stations don't count against your base class. In the end we had plenty of operating stations available for the members who wanted to operate. Hopefully, we will see an increase in the number of members wanting to operate next year and we will keep those radios humming during the entire 24 hour period.
Over the weekend, we had almost 100 people sign-in falling short by one person with 99 folks signing in. According to the sign-in sheets we had 63 members and 36 guest sign-in. We had a couple of other visitors stop by to check on us from the Olivette Police Department. They were working and did not sign in. We even had a member of the press Christian Cudnik from Ham Nation and the "100 Watts and a Wire podcasts." All in all, I would say that is a pretty good turn out for our Field Day.
At the present time, George Waddell our IT Committee Chair, reports that we made 692 contacts on Field Day. The breakdown of these contacts are as follows:
As I look forward to next year, I think this year is going to be hard to beat. The weather was the best that I have seen in 10+ years and the equipment worked as planning. Who knows, next year might surprise us even more.
DE K4LSU, Craig