The President's Message, July 2019

Most of the country is suffering from a heat wave with some temperatures in the triple digit range so be careful out there and stay as cool as possible. Keep your radio gear at the ready in the event of widespread power outages.

 

The Club’s ARRL Field Day event was a success although, as most of you know, the “Band gods” did not fully cooperate so most people had lower than expected contact numbers than previous years. That is one of the things that makes amateur radio challenging and interesting.


Location and video
A big thanks goes out to Walmart of Ruckersville for allowing us to use our “Usual” space for the event, it is always a "Crowd pleaser”.

 

 


 

The membership experimented with a home brew wire antenna setup. The antenna could be tuned to the proper bands via a jumper cable and variable capacitor at the coil. Thanks to WA4MBS,Sid and K4LRM, Larry for heading up the antenna and grounding committee.


 

 

We were classified as “1A” and the club made a total of 151 contacts with this breakdown --- 80m, 16 contacts, 40m, 85 contacts and 20m, 50 contacts. The 151 contacts (302 points) plus 970 bonus points resulted in a total score of 1272 points. Thank you, John K4EBS, for the submission of our data to the ARRL.


 

 

Once again, our power supply were two Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries that performed excellently. Each battery was used for approximately 12 hours with plenty of power to spare at the end of their scheduled use. Our transmitter was an “Old time”, tried and true, Kenwood TS-140s which performed without a hitch and is easy to master by those unfamiliar with this model.