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OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by DaveK » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:42 pm

FIELD DAY / SUMMER FEST WRAP-UP

The event is over and the votes are in - it was a success. As is usually the case, we learned several lessons that will make it so much better for next year. One additional benefit, on which we may not have full resolution for a while, will make a huge difference next year in terms of improving our campsite!!! More on this later.

For those who may not know about the details of the event, we should mention that it takes place in the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, at an altitude of about 7,500 feet. The climate at this altitude is always much cooler than in the cities, and this is a welcome relief in the summer. Everyone camped, dined, and operated radios in the forests.

Propagation for Field Day was less than optimal, but good enough to allow our Field Day contestants to score some excellent contacts. Our meals were an outstanding display of wonderful foods, from breakfast to dinner. For those who needed a time to relax, this was a fantastic opportunity. And, of course, the wine tasting was sensational.

There was some discussion during the weekend whether it was possible for an event like this to succeed well at doing a Field Day operation, promoting Ham Radio, enjoying the outdoors, learning how to operate communications in less than ideal conditions, and camping. In this campers opinion, we succeeded well on all counts!!!

As most know, our Field Day is a blend of events, which is why we also refer to it as "Summer Fest". We will go in to this in more detail on the net. And lastly, this is an opportunity for anyone to post up about your Field Day. We all benefit from hearing about other events!!!

In the meantime, here are a few pictures which will give you an idea of how we operate.

SETTING UP FOR FIELD DAY

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CAMP

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RELAXIN' AT CAMP

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WORKING CONTACTS

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Re: OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by lrsrngr » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:06 pm

Early check-in and much gratitude for the invite and the opportunity to participate! KK6CTT, Rick (photos to follow!)

Nothing like starting off the photo safari with this kind of photo:

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CJ approves of the social aspect of the OAUSA FD 2018 Chow Plan!
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Coming into camp.
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Group sign posted
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Getting the coax hung over the road with clearance to spare.
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Orienteering Course 01
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Orienteering Course 02
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Orienteering Course 03
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Great "widow-maker" with character.
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Surveying the common area.
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FJ parking only!
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Common area getting setup.
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Coax and tents...
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Honda generator powering the Hummer go-box.
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A power supply, a fridge-freezer, wine glasses and a great time waiting to happen!
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Gathering for breakfast.
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Choosing the right chair.
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Anchoring the legs of the canopy was serious business.
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Setting up the campsite and toning down the bright colors.
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Taking a breather.
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Fueling up the outstanding Honda generator.
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Preparing the go-box for operation!
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Great setup and engineering.
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Great story behind the brand new Yaesu FT-991A.
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An example of boxed items "uncoiling" during the FD 2018 event.
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Dave checking the WI-FI connectivity.
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Getting the wrist rocket halyard launchers ready.
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100% duty cycle on the Honda equipment used.
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Operating on the fringes.
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Here we go...lots of gear and setup configurations.
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Dialing things in.
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A great military field antenna mast set for FD operations.
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Waiting for the finishing touches.
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An example of a monster dipole made out of ladder line.
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Working with those few who stopped by to visit.
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Enjoying the fan, wireless logging and beautiful weather.
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Getting busy. Guess his favorite color.
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There's always more rope and paracord for another antenna.
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Can you say "rigs of every kind!" Better yet say, "Pinzgauer."
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This field station as well as others were awesome. They got the job done.
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Again, working the small crowd who showed up with questions and a willingness to learn.
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Let the cast iron cooking begin!
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Many offered up their version of "chow" to the hungry masses.
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Great equipment and knowledge behind the process of making a great meal.
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As always, choosing the right wine for the occasion was not downplayed.
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A lot of Toyota variants out there! Just an observation.
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Home-brew 1/4 wave ground plane.
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Getting ready for some shredded burrito appetizers.
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Here's a main course that CJ had all intentions of trying.
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The trifecta, but wait, there's more!
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The OAUSA triple chocolate cake and select wine of course.
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Do you see the "OAUSA" now?
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Yes, as stated earlier, there was more!
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Providing the energy for the FD 2018 Operators.
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Great discussion and some story telling to go with that chow.
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More? Sure, why not...There's still room on the table!
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CJ keeping a watchful eye making sure nothing goes to waste!
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Great time, great group...family style.
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The sun starting to hit the horizon.
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A great finish to a great day but it ain't over folks.
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A view from afar.
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The lights continue to burn and contacts continue to be made.
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The hardcore operators "getting some!"
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Thanks OAUSA for a great weekend at Camp McGill, Los Pardres National Forest!
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Re: OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by cruiserlarry » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:04 am

2018 OAUSA SummerFest / Field Day was definitely a success by any measure. I always look forward to participating in this event, as it combines many of my favorite interests under one "roof", or more specifically, the sky :mrgreen: . Amateur radio, camping, eating, hanging out with old friends, making new ones, great conversations, and just spending time away from the daily grind in the great outdoors. I want to thank everyone who was kind enough to indulge my appetite, and my discussions, and those who braved the radios with me trying to make contacts all across North America. Yes, I had a fantastic time, and I look forward to getting together at another event soon :D
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Re: OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by toms » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:51 am

Food
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Post by toms » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:54 am

Not all Tents are a like!
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Post by toms » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:57 am

Big Camp Picture - but not the whole camp! More tents and canvas.


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Re: OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by KAP » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:05 pm

What a great event. It gets better every year!
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Dave’s “Infamous” Bean Dip
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Friday night dinner consisted of beef stroganoff and chicken and rice.
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Post by KAP » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:16 pm

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Sunrise at McGill Campground
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Post by KAP » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:34 pm

Breakfast on Saturday
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Jack and I had quite the assembly line going to make or McEgg, sausage, bacon, hash brown, hollandaise sauce sandwiches.
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Post by KAP » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:34 pm

This is a quick follow up to our Dutch Oven cooking Net.
The question was is a smooth or rough pan better or does it matter. You be the judge.
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I sanded down one side of an inexpensive cast iron skillet with 60-180 grit sandpaper on a random orbit sander. Then I seasoned it with 5 coats of Food Grade Flax Seed Oil.
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I preheated the pan and added a thin coat of olive oil to the bottom. The egg released easily from the smooth side but stuck to the rough side.
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