The circa 1900 Waterloo County setting at the Doon Pioneer Crossroads once again hosted the KWARC Field-Day providing excellent public exposure for Ham Radio.
The set-up started about 7:30 Friday evening with Ben VA3BNY erecting his 60' crank up mobile tower and the 6 and 10 metre guys getting their 6 metre yagi and the 10 metre verticle ready to go when the tower was cranked up into position.
Outgoing President Bob VA3MCK is pictured here on the right offering lots of support and advice :-)
The hit of the weekend though was the "Top Band" 160 metre antenna project that featured a helium filled balloon to raise a verticle antenna to 330 feet.
This photo shows the balloon in the early stages of inflation adjacent to the restored Petersburg, Ontario train station and locomotive display at the Pioneer Village.
For a full story on the 160 metre antenna party, click here.
What field day would be complete without the great Chilli and Strawberry tart feast prepared by Eileen and Hubble Stumpf.
Eileen reported that this was the 10th year that her and Hubbie have been providing their secret chilli receipt to the hungry crew at Field Day.
Lined up here for refills is Dave VA3MRJ, Mark VE3THG, Bob Va3MCK and Ben VA3BNY. Yum Yum!
Golly - here's Bob and Ben lined up again for food this time for hamburgers served up by our Field Day coordinator Fred VE3OQB who whipped up great burgers and dog supplemented by his wife's GREAT home-made rhubarb pie.
Thanks to all of the volunteers and the many visitors who stopped by to help and visit our set-up. We all hope that the Doon Heritage Crossroads facilities will be made available to us again next year.
KWARC will be assisting the Village during their upcoming 1914 Communication's Day to be held Sunday July 22 this year. We will be providing equipment loaned to us from the Hammond Museum of Radio which will include circa 1914 spark equipment built by Marconi.
club's IRLP node was demonstrated several times over the weekend with
contacts being made by paul VE3SY with his HT with stations in Australia,
Hawaii and numerous locations in the US, Canada and the UK.
73 de Paul VE3SY
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