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FARA Members Participate in Winter Field Day

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:44 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 6:26 AM ]
Several FARA members participated in Winter Field Day, both operating from their home station and operating portable.  

Chris Kelly, KC1BZK, went out to western Massachusetts, to Beartown State Forest for WFD. Chris used a Packtenna 9:1 random end fed antenna and an Elecraft  KX3 / PX3.  Chris posted the images below to Facebook:


Henry, K1WCCwas a participant operating from his home station.  He started at 1400 local on 20 meters, using "search and pounce". Some good contacts were made on 20, but the band was noisy so he moved down to 40 meters and started running contacts. Henry his rate at 50/hour for two hours. Contacts began to thin out at dinnertime so he joined the dinner crowd for awhile, then got back in the action, making some more contacts using "search and pounce" on both 40 and 75 meters. Sunday morning, Henry was up at 0430 hunting for QSO's on 40 meters, and was able work as far west as Utah. He had to quit for the day at about 0630. Total q's were about 150.  Equipment used: Kenwood TS-590, 100 watts, various wire and vertical antennas.

Paul Silva, K1COD, was a participant from his winter QTH in Florida.  Have just made a contact w/W1QI in CCT for WCF.  Also, he made contacts in Ohio, Mississippi, and Alabama!  From the Paul's photo below, it appears that he was using an IC-7300.  


Gerry Campbell, KB1NNH, operated from his winter QTH in Florida.  Gerry made 50+ contacts using his IC-7300.  It was apparently 80 degrees, so more like a summer field day!  Gerry was also using an IC-7300.  Gerry sent the image below.


Larry, W1IZZ, operated from his vehicle using a KX2 and roof mag-mounted 40m ham-stick to make Q's on 20 and 40.  He setup the KX2 to work digital modes (PSK-31) and support CAT control from the laptop. Larry made about 60 Q's with 5 watts noisy conditions. About half the Q's were PSK-31, which are good for 2 points. Both phone and PSK Q's were made to the West Coast. 


Henry noted that WFD was a real good time.  He proposed that FARA participates as a club next year, at the club shack.   An canopy/heater outdoors could be setup and the clubhouse could serve as as a warming hut/bunkhouse.