FIELD DAY 2000
Reg VE3GKB ====
There was a rumour going around a week or two
before the event that field day was going to be cancelled this
year because of a lack of mosquitoes. This, as we all now know
was not true, and for the third year in a row the valiant personnel
of Windsor's retirees' club sallied forth to show the flag.
A new site had been selected and
was at the back of Holden Farms in what I thought was Windsor,
somebody else thought was Amherstberg but according to a young
fellow that lived there it was Tecumseh South. so much for
the new boundaries. The location was great for our purpose
although anybody with a low slung vehicle probably feared for
their exhaust and oil-pan on the approach!
Rain had been forecast but did
not materialize and by eleven hundred hours EST activity was
at it's peak. Ted, HOS and Harold HDT having learned from last
year, proved that they could put up a very functional 40
meter cw vertical almost as quickly as the army personal put
up the tents.... and they have had had plenty of practice!
Twenty, eighty, forty SSB and six meters followed
suit in a quiet, efficient manner that would have done credit
to professionals. There was no ten/fifteen meter this year
but maybe next year we will have six stations going instead
First contacts were made close to 1400 hrs.
and continued at a pretty good pace. Saturday night brought
torrential rain but no damage to equipment or personnel was
reported. Fair weather had returned by Sunday morning and last
minute contacts were made by tired and somewhat bedraggled
At the time of writing I am still one log missing
but this year's and last year's ARRL entry forms will be published
later in the club newsletter.
To the best of my knowledge this
is the first time that the Retirees' club has participated
in field day so it is sort of a historic occasion.
For twenty four hours
contacts continued to be made, many near, some far. The logging
program took care of any possible duplicates with a warning
that a station had been worked previously. I do not intend
to mention everybody by name that took part, for fear of
missing somebody and thus doing them an injustice. All those
that participated were invaluable. While some slept, others
kept watch, while some operated some logged, and so it went
on the clock around.
morning sky was overcast but shed no drops. The aroma of
and eggs pervaded the early air arousing appetites even
where there had been none. The night watches in the 20
and 40 meter
tents were about ready for relief and so, were relieved.
We settled down for as many contacts as possible during
the last remaining few hours. By now the "dupes" were many
and contacts with the weaker stations had to be sort. That's
easier said than done because just as you are trying to
the weak station's exchange and qth some adjacent giant
that you have worked before opens up and blasts his signal
oblivion. Of course, that's all part of the challenge and
a bit of persistence always pays off.
Too soon the army
folks were back to reclaim their tents and the event was
winding down. The involvement of the army was initiated by
Dick VE3GSU and tenaciously pursued by Ed VE3NGN. Many
thanks to both of them. One of the army personnel was
Passer VE3FFP. Thanks to you too, Fred.
Spirits were high,
everybody seemed to have enjoyed the experience and plans
were already being proposed and discussed for next year.
This year was great but next year it will be even better...............
Maybe it's an old man's imagination, but I got the impression
that the camaraderie and the co-operative spirit of the
club was at a high point right about then.
Masts were lowered and antennae
stowed. Farewells were said and we drove off.
I hope, and I think that we left
our host's fields as well groomed as we found them.
The final count? 891 contacts and
a lot of fun!
submitted by Reg VE3GKB