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

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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 2:46 pm

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Friday and Saturday lunches were build your own sandwiches. See Larry, that wasn’t so bad!
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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 3:07 pm

We had quite a few Hams visit us over the weekend. Hopefully they will join us on the Net regularly.

It’s always nice to meet new people and reacquaint yourself with old friends. Field Day is a great place to do it.
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Jack and CJ. Dave and Cabernet.
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John and Verena with the dogs CJ and I believe Sierra.
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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 6:55 pm

Whip Knot

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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 7:06 pm

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

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Post by NotAMog » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:09 pm

I had a great time at Summerfest / Field Day. This was the first Field Day since upgrading to a General class license. I was looking forward to trying out my new HF gear in the field. I also brought my old Icom 271H to work some 2m side band. I was also looking forward to trying out a couple of new dutch oven recipes for the Saturday potluck.

Since I'm not far from the venue I like to come straight from work on Thursday night. The temperature was 108° when I left for Mt. Pinos. Traveling in the Pinzgauer without air conditioning was hot and noisy but as I neared the western end of the Antelope Valley I could feel the temperature dropping as I gained in altitude. I stopped in Gorman for a bite to eat and then continued up the mountain toward the campground with the temperature dropping along the way.

By the time I reached McGill campground it was a comfortable mid 70's. I was pleasantly supersized to find Kevin and Jack there with their camps mostly set up. Usually, I'm the only one there on Thursday night. It wasn't long before I was visited by the campground hosts and I had a nice conversation with them and gave them the "nickle tour" of the Pinzgauer.

Here is picture of my camp. You can see the solar panel in front of the Pinzgauer with a float handle antenna mast in the bumper of the Pinzgauer. Behind the Pinzgauer I set up an small radio operation and cooking area using some tent poles and camouflage netting.

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Here is a shot of my radio table with the Icom 217H, Yaesu FT450d, and my laptop for working with HF digital modes. The black painted cardboard boxes were an experiment to see how well they shaded the equipment and displays. They worked quite well so it's probably worth while to get some of the nicer folding laptop shades for working outdoors. I'm using a Signalink interface between the radio and the laptop. You can see the WSTJ-X application running on the laptop using the FT-8 encoding mode on 20m. There was a lot of FT-8 traffic all weekend long. One thing I've found surprising about HF operations is that even when the band appears to be dead on voice you can almost always pick up some kind of digital signals.

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For HF work I was using a Buddipole antenna. Here is a picture of it configured as a 20m dipole.

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I also had the antenna configured as an 80m vertical. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it in that configuration. I was anxious to try it out on 80m since I don't really have room to set up this configuration at home. It requires a 66' long counterpoise wire that elevated off of the ground. I use portable electric fence posts that I picked up at my local Tractor Supply store. On Sunday morning I was able to make 2 Field Day contacts on 80m which were my first 80m QSOs and proved that the 80m setup was working.


It was fun getting and working with the HF gear and digital modes. I wasn't able to make any digital QSOs but I'm sure I could have given more time to adjust the equipment and less crowded bands. I also tried out some SSTV on 20m. I was able to receive enough of a picture from one ham to determine they were coming from Texas. Unfortunately, contesting voice operators kept bleeding over or outright using the 20m SSTV calling frequency which ruined any pictures I was trying to receive.

There were also opportunities to do some public outreach over the weekend. There was an orienteering contest going on the campground which brought a lot of people through the group camp. Also, I was parked at the entrance to the group site and the Pinzgauer attracts curious people wanting to know what it is and then they would ask about our ham radio activities.

I talked with one gentleman who was there with his grandson for quite some time. He had been a radio operator in the Army and was somewhat interested in ham radio but never got a license. He was very intrigued when I told him about HF digital modes. By his level of interest I think a spark may have been lit to prompt him to get his ham radio license. Also, his grandson was learning Morse code and was interested in becoming a ham as well. This kind of public interaction should be a big part of any Field Day activity.

Lessons Learned

Camping at an event like this is a good way to learn what you really need to operate ham radios in the field and also to adjust your camping technique and kit.

1. I need to simplify my camping kit. Anyone who had seen me camp knows that I always bring too much stuff often filling up whatever space I have available. Unfortunately, the Pinzgauer has a lot of space. I used most of what I brought at some point but I could have gotten by with much less stuff if I just lived with a simpler camp and not tried to make 2 dutch oven dishes for the potluck.

2. I need to do better at putting things away after I use them. I did use a lot of my camping kit over the course of the weekend. I was also always busy to get on the radio, try some new digital mode, or to socialize, or to talk with people from the campground coming by, or to taste the latest open bottle of wine :D, or to prepare my dutch oven dishes. Consequently, I would leave things sitting out. By the time Sunday morning was getting late I had a lot of kit scattered around my campsite. Gathering everything up and putting it away probably added about 2 hours to my packing time.

3. One radio and antenna is probably enough. Before when I only had a technician license I was pretty much limited to 2m and 70cm since those were the radios I had. Working SSB on those bands is fun since anything outside of FM on those bands is kind of exotic. The drawback is that you don't make a lot of contacts during Field Day and most of your contacts seem to happen in the first hour and a half of contesting activity. Also, there are specialized contests at other times for SSB on these bands that I can work from home. There is plenty to do on HF with multiple bands and digital modes. As fiddly as the Buddipole can be it can generally be reconfigured for new bands fairly quickly if you have an antenna analyzer to tune it in. Next year I'll likely only bring one radio and leave the 2m and 70cm operations to other technician class operators. If I really want to do HF and VHF/UHF it would be better to have a more modern radio that does everything in one box like the Yaesu FT-991a. There were at least 3 of these set up in the main operating tent.

4. Tom is great at effecting field repairs! When my new French press thermos coffee maker disappointingly broke the second time I went to use it, Tom was able to make a fix using dental floss (fortunately unflavored) and a whip knot (see Tom's post above) that would have made MacGyver proud. I added a zip tie for good measure.

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The folks at Planetary Designs were very friendly regarding fixing the French Press and realized there was a flaw in the design. With just a couple of E-mail exchanges they are sending out replacement parts and they have an improved design coming out which they are also willing to send if I need it.

The replacement part came today (Thursday) which is far better service than I've received from Amazon as of late but that's another story.
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2018 Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by KK6DYO » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:37 pm

Found it!
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Panorama of camp looking northeast
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The ubiquitous Honda generator
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KD6GCO working digital modes
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Strategizing
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Getting a head start on happy hour: W6LPB, KD6GCO, and K6DTK
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KK6CTT stringing antenna wire
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Steve and KK6WXQ
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Carrying on into the chilly night
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Wildlife was mostly lizards
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Pine pollen
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Re: OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by KAP » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:56 am

As a follow up to Tom’s post on the practical use of a lever, I would like to offer this picture of the result.
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That is one taught cot!
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Re: OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by Voodoo Blue 57 » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:47 am

Early check in please!
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Re: OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by k9atk » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:38 pm

Please check in
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K9ATK BRIAN
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Re: OAUSA Net - June 28, 2018 - Field Day / Summer Fest Wrap-up

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Post by KA9WDX » Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:19 pm

Early check in please - Thanks - Only 328 MBs of data left, so do not know whether that will be enough to hear the entire net or not, but we'll find out - Bernie

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