Equipment List and Operating Conditions:|
Segmented Inverted Vee with jumpered insulators to select the operating band. The antenna was up 45 feet on a telescoping pole with a halliard for quick lowering and raising.
2 Meter Antenna: 5/8ths wave vertical.
12 Volt RV Battery recharged twice using jumper cables to a Dodge Caravan.
HF Transceiver: Icom 730
2-Meter Transceiver: Kenwood TM 241A
Terminal Node Controller (TNC): AEA PK-232MBX
Lap Top Computer: IBM PS-Note 486/25MHz, 20MB RAM, Windows 3.11
TNC Software: XPCOM used for CW, packet and RTTY.
Logging Software: Digi-Ham'S Logbook by W7DHS.
Shelter: A Coleman tent trailer.
Band conditions were good on all bands, even 10 meters! Stations all over the country were being heard much of the time on ten. They say it was "Sporadic E." But you know, the thing that really amazes me each year is that Field Day seems to "open up" bands that were dead. Just listen to 15 meters before and after Field Day. Typically you hear a smattering of signals, mostly from Latin America. But on Field Day the band is usually full with signals from all over the country. At least that's my perspective from Northwest Oregon.
For the second year in a row, I have worked the RS-12 satellite on Field Day. That's a 100-point bonus!
If you check the description of my RS-12 set-up, you might find it interesting.
My score? Thought you'd never ask. It's improving. I made 275 QSO points total on phone and CW. With other multipliers and bonus points I figure my total score is 850, probably somewhere near midpoint of the scores in my class.
How do some of those one-person stations make over 2000 points? I can see where I can do much better, but not twice as good. Maybe I need the 5X multiplier of QRP and yagi on each band. But.... why become fanatical about it?