Field Day Planning

We will plan our Summer-Fest activities and Amateur Radio Field Day Event here. This the weekend we contest for points on the HF air waves, camp, and wheel.
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Re: Field Day Planning

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Post by DaveK » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:39 am

Crismateski wrote:I can bring some extensions cords and power strips. My Ezup did not survive borrego fest winds so I will not be able to bring that this year

Thanks Cris!!

Borrego Fest winds got both you and Ollie last year.
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Post by brentbba » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:16 pm

Wish I were still involved in scouting, but sadly (sometimes), I'm not. My last ezi-up took a dump at Pismo Beach!

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Re: Field Day Planning

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Post by cruiserlarry » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:22 pm

I'll have two 50' extension cords and two outlet strips

I will also have Jon's antenna mast, and he was nice enough to lend me his Yaesu FT857D HF radio if we need it, too.

I'll have 2 power supplies for my Kenwood TS690S and Yaesu FT450AT, but I don't have an extra one for the FT857D, so if anyone has one, please bring it.

I'll have a 3'X6' folding table, and an ARB 12V Camping light, along with a traditional Coleman lantern (although that might not be wise near the radios)
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Post by DaveK » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:54 pm

Thanks Larry.

The Coleman lantern will be useful, so please bring it.
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Re: Field Day Planning

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Post by SteeevO » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:54 pm

Hector, do you have an antenna that we can use for sat coms?
The wind destroyed my egg beaters.

I've got 80 covered head to toe minus a filter. Extension cord, power strip, power supply, radio, coax antenna..and.. the cannon.

If we can swing it, we should get a radio on 10. 160 would be fun but I think 10 is higher priority.

I'm working on getting some ez ups and a table.

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Post by DaveK » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:03 am

SteeevO wrote:Hector, do you have an antenna that we can use for sat coms?
The wind destroyed my egg beaters.

I've got 80 covered head to toe minus a filter. Extension cord, power strip, power supply, radio, coax antenna..and.. the cannon.

If we can swing it, we should get a radio on 10. 160 would be fun but I think 10 is higher priority.

I'm working on getting some ez ups and a table.

SteeevO:

1. Both Tom and I have the hand held Elk 2M/440 antenna and that may work in a pinch. What we need is a computer program that tracks the satellite and it wouldn't hurt to have a tripod or stand to position the antennas.

2. Currently we have 4 radios which will allow us to do 80, 40, 20 and 15. Given the performance of those bands and based on past years performance, they seem like the best bet to get points. If we get another radio and a volunteer for 10, it can be added but it does stretch us a little thin.

3. Let us know what kind of luck you have finding pop-ups.

4. We have a filter for 80.

5. We still need 1 power supply, more co-ax (and connectors) and the rest of the equipment listed above in post #9
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Re: Field Day Planning

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Post by hmfigueroa » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:01 pm

cruiserlarry wrote: an ARB 12V Camping light, along with a traditional Coleman lantern (although that might not be wise near the radios)
Be sure to check the ARB Camping light for RF noise, I had one that seriously impaired RF communications with broadband RF noise. MY ARB Fridge makes RF Noise and they have been less than helpful in mitigating that. :?

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Post by hmfigueroa » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:04 pm

SteeevO wrote:Hector, do you have an antenna that we can use for sat coms?
The wind destroyed my egg beaters.


I have an arrow antenna but we will need to research what birds will be available field day weekend.

please check out http://ww2.amsat.org/?p=678#more-678

ISS may be a possiblity as well,

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Post by hmfigueroa » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:10 pm

DaveK wrote:
SteeevO:

1. Both Tom and I have the hand held Elk 2M/440 antenna and that may work in a pinch. What we need is a computer program that tracks the satellite and it wouldn't hurt to have a tripod or stand to position the antennas.
I have an arrow anntenna as well, Tripod for sattelite antenna will not likely be needed the passes are not that frequent and with a tripod we would need to provide a means of tracking as well. due to congestion on the satellites, we are limited to one QSO only, so keep that in mind.

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Re: Field Day Planning

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Post by SteeevO » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:19 pm

I notice that they mention specifically the FM sats... maybe we can take a look at possibly straying from the FM path.
I can run all modes on 2m but not on 440.

Hector, What sat software do you use?
It's been a number of years since I've tracked and played with the birds.

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