Monday, June 30, 2014

A little fun on Field Day

Lynn and I did not really participate in Field Day but I wanted her to see what it was all about. We drove up to a Field Day site near Castle Rock Colorado and checked out the setup.

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event and it is designed to use emergency power, temporary antennas and locations and show the public how Amateur Radio works and the value it brings. The objective is to talk to as many stations as possible in a 24 hour period. Hams use digital modes, Phone, Morse Code and bounce signals off the moon, use satellites to relay signals back to earth and talk directly to the International Space Station. However, the most important part of Field Day is getting would be hams involved!

All this Field Day stuff probably seemed normal to Lynn because it is the exact thing we do for each SOTA summit we activate only more antennas, more power and a lot more people and food.

This group had a GOTA or "Get On The Air" station manned by Master Ham Instructor Stu, W0STU, so Lynn felt comfortable jumping in and making a few QSOs.

I did not have my camera with me so this is all done on the iPhone and the trailer is a "just for fun" video.

Special thanks to Stu, W0STU!

73 from Frank and Lynn

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