I hope your Field Day operation was a success. From all indications, FD around the region was a smashing success and tons of fun.
Operating (left to right) Roman Rusinek KE6YCW, Rick Ewen W4TLE, Chuck Allen KY4CA, Robert Brown KD4HGE
Roman KE6YCW reports from the Oldham Co ARES FD site : The Oldham County ARES group held its second annual Field Day activities at the American Red Cross building in Buckner, KY. We were on an abbreviated schedule with setup starting around 11:00am and operated until 8:00pm on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Learning lessons from last year’s Field Day, the time to setup and breakdown was greatly reduced. We operated one HF station and two UHF/VHF stations using a generator for emergency power. Two masts with dual-band antennas for UHF/VHF and a “Buddy Pole” for HF provided the necessary communication links.
The ARES EC for Oldham County, Michael Uber (KG4ZPZ), acquired some new equipment while attending the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. One of the goals of this year’s Field Day was to utilize some of that new equipment, establish a working packet station, and use the time as teaching moments. For example, who knew that a brand new TNC would not come with cables of any kind. However, with parts and pieces from others on the team, we found the necessary components to successfully assemble the packet station and send some messages.
We were also fortunate to have one of the new fire trucks from the LaGrange Fire & Rescue Department, and a seasoned operator in Keith Smith to give everyone a tour. We also had a visit from Paul Kern (NK4P/W4ARC), the American Red Cross Amateur Radio Communications Liaison, and Nancy Kern (K9NJK) from American Red Cross Disaster Services. They present the group with a certificate of appreciation from the American Red Cross for the work done to prepare in case of disasters. Those who participated in Field Day were: Michael Uber (KG4ZPZ) Oldham County ARES EC, Roman Rusinek (KE6YCW) District 6 ARES DEC, Linda Rusinek (KE6YKN), Robert Brown (KD4HGE), Chuck Allen (KY4CA), Rick Ewen (W4TLE), and Henry Simpson (KA4PJK). We also had a visit from Craig Nelson (KB4IFE) Trimble County ARES EC.
David Lloyd K3EL operating the KY4KY CW station
From the Bullitt ARS via KC4S : the 2013 rendition of Field Day for the Bullitt ARS (KY4KY) was a record setting effort. We operated 2F and had the privilege of hosting Dave K3EL of the ZL9HR DXpedition. He joined team member Glenn KE4KY to man our CW station to just over 1300 QSO’s (in comfort as you can see via Ralph W4HK and his RV trailer). K9GX provided some of the manpower for the SSB station and provided a radioastronomy lesson after the sun went down, checking out the super moon and watching the international space station fly by. Prior to sunset, Mark set up a shadow box affair to indirectly observe sunspots. Buddy KC4WQ provided the VHF/UHF station and added points for a satellite QSO and a solar powered operation.
Stacie KJ4OXS was ably assisted in kitchen duties and the barbecue feedbag was outstanding. And Stacie does this on her birthday to boot. Preliminary numbers are a significant increase over 2012’s effort and hope is we place in the top 3 again this year. The club raffled off a 2m/7ocm HT won by Moses KK4LHI. The raffle was very successful and BARS has purchased another radio to be raffled off at the Louisville Hamfest. Stop by the BARS booth to grab your ticket.
Next event for the BARS club is a contest effort at Glenn KE4KY’s QTH for the July ARRL Radiosport effort. If you’re interested in helping out or learning a bit more about contesting contact Glenn.
Reporting from the Hazard Field Day effort – John Farler K4AVX
– The Hazard Club, The Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club held its Field Day with the two other active clubs in Kentucky ARES District 10 near Whitesburg on Pine Mountain. At 2600 feet above sea level, the location is at the top of the mountain on US 119 at the trailheads for The Little Shepherd Trail and the Pine Mountain Trail.
About 25 members and some visitors showed up from the 3 clubs, including the host Letcher Co. Club, KMARC, and the Harlan County Amateur Radio Club. The weather was extremely hot, even on the mountain, but a good time was enjoyed. A two meter radio is raffled off each year by KMARC, and the winner was Homer Fox, KI4GEW, from Harlan.
Radios were all run from battery supplies, with one solar powered station. Twenty meter rigs suffered some interference, not from the other FD radios, but perhaps from the one of the many transmitters near the site, including FM Broadcast, two-way, and cellular towers.
From the Louisville ARTS club via Chris DeMarsh KI4RDG – For the third year, the A.R.T.S. club held it’s annual Field Day at Baringer Hill in Louisville’s Cherokee Park. They began setting up Saturday at 9am and operated on HF SSB, HF CW and VHF SSB/FM. They operated SSB on HF using an ElecraftK3 with Heil headset. The CW station consisted of a Yaesu FT-450, an LDG tuner and MFJ electronic keyer. Both the CW and SSB stations operated using MFJ102ft G5RV antennas. The VHF station was a Yaesu FT-897 connected to an 11element yagi for 2 meters and a 3 element yagi for 6 meters, both mounted on a 30ft mast with rotator.
After a pizza dinner, they held a fox hunt which was participated in by the younger club members. For the first time, the A.R.T.S. club had a webcam at the FD site transmitting SSTVimages over the W4CN repeater. In the evening hours, the weather appeared to be taking a turn for the worse, fortunately for them the rain stayed north of the Ohio river and operations continued through the night uninterrupted. Sunday morning brought new operators to the site and a special visitor. Mark Boxley, a reporter for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, paid a visit to the A.R.T.S. field day to write a story about the club and amateur radio. The story appeared in the Monday June 24 edition of the Louisville paper. The article can also be seen at this link
Total contacts for the A.R.T.S. club have not been tallied yet but usually numbers around 1000. The following are just some of the amateurs who came out to operate:Don Hoover WS4E and his son, Chris DeMarsh KI4RDG, Robert Klein KY1RK, Ted Sims AI4LV, Dave Tasman WB4LJX, Marc Feld KG4FJR, Max Meiners KK4LBN, Guy Partridge K4KZH, Eddie Hall K4EDH, Greg Gowron WX8V, Larry Rodan K4LLR, Charles Walz KI4NOC, David Rees KK4KOE, Paul Link KA4MKT, Dylan Lear KJ4YXY, plus many more.
Many thanks to all that submitted a short synopsis of their field day operation. Remember that Field Day always occurs on the 4th full weekend of June. It’s always a great time to get your feet wet on HF or meet some of those voices from the local repeaters and most clubs have a great feedbag! The Louisville Hamfest
will be here before you know it. Check out their website and plan on attending. It’s a great time