Field Day '99 Report
Well, another Field Day operation is in the books and weve significantly improved our contact total over last year (1503 vs 1163). We operated in the same class as last year - 6A (meaning 6 transmitters powered independent of the commercial mains). We had our share of challenges this year no 100 crane to hold up one end of all the dipoles and the VHF antennas but we managed to sling lines over the parking lot light standards and used Gord VE3EOSs portable telescoping mast as an additional anchor point. Another challenge was that neither of the 2 generators loaned to us had any output I guess they had been abused when they did Ice Storm 98 duty and hadnt been tested since. Fortunately, Ben VA3BNY saved the day when he just happened to have a virtually new 5500 watt generator in the back of his truck. Thanks also to Charles, for the loan of the extra logging laptop.
However, by the time 1800 UTC (2PM local) June 26 rolled around we had everyone set up and ready to go. We had last years trophy-winning 20m CW team of Walter VE3NEI, Dave VE3RBA and Bob VA3MCK operating from Daves RV affectionately dubbed the Spruce Moose (if you saw it, youll know what I mean). Dave VE3PMT and Paul VA3VCI were also operating their traditional 80m SSB outside Daves motor home. Paul VE3SY operated his traditional 40m SSB from Bill VE3WDLs motor home and second generator. Gord VE3EOS was also there with his hamily (Linda with the newly minted VA3LWH, Gwil VE3GIM, and the yet unlicensed Colin). Gord was not originally planning to operate but, as I had an extra HF rig and tuner, we improvised an antenna and convinced him to run 160m again this year. Tedd VE3TJD and Mark VE3THG were also there in Tedds trailer but restricting themselves to 6m this year, assisted by Ben VA3BNY and Bill VE3WDL. Jonathan Doll VE3CBX was co-located with Paul VE3SY, mainly on 15m CW, but also operating 40CW and 6CW. Iulian VA3IUL a friend of Jonathan worked the last 30 minutes of the contest on 40 CW and racked up 35 more Qs.
After all the dust had settled, the burgers (thanks Dave VE3PMT), chili and tarts (thanks Hubie VA3BIQ and XYL Eileen) and breakfast (thanks Marg VE3BLJ) eaten, the results were tabulated by our panel of experts (me) as follows: OH! By-the-way. I made my first HF contact during the contest on 160 SSB.
Roaming helper thanks goes to Dave VA3MRJ who assisted with the contact count on most bands.
That means we will be submitting a claimed total of 3874 for contacts alone to the ARRL. Since we won the 6A ONT category last year, we should be a shoe-in to repeat this year.
Next year, we will hopefully be changing locations again as Dave VE3PMT has volunteered to scout locations.
See you all June 24-25 2000!
Dave VA3DGS FD Co-ordinator
Here is our Scrap Book of Field Day 99 photos taken by Ben VA3BNY with a digital camera.
Thanks to Ben VA3BNY for preserving this years event in digital format.
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