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Our monthly club meeting is Monday August 21 at 1900. We meet in the social hall in the Independent Hose Company on Baughmans Ln. All VEs please show up 15 minutes early for a brief discussion on testing.
The Tour De Frederick is Saturday August 12th this year. We are in need of radio operators again this year for this event. We provide radio and communication support for the 100 mile and 62 mile rides. We are in need of radio operators that can setup at the rest areas as well as radio operators that can ride in the SAG vehicles and provide communication between the SAGs and net control.
The ride has some changes this year that improve the safety for the riders. The ride will start in Walkersville and will not cross 15 at road level. This also means that the ride goes a little further in Pennsylvania and closer to Gettysburg.
There are 5 rest stops that will need to have a radio operator. There are located at:
Rocky Ridge Fire Company
Sachs Rd Covered Bridge
St. James Church
Emitsburg Vigilant Hose Company
Loy’s Station Covered Bridge
We do not have the times that these locations will need to be manned so we are not sure how many operators we will need for each location yet.
The 100 mile ride starts at 6:30 am and the 62 mile ride starts at 7:00 am.
Field Day 2017 is now in the record books. This was another great year for Field Day. The weather was great and we had some really good foot traffic this year.
We operated as a 2A with a GOTA station. We did ok on points but one thing I have learned about this group is that they are not a contesting group but more of an educational group. The points and details are below though.
We had someone sitting with us almost the entire time asking questions. We had Hams that have not been on the air in a long time get back interested. We had a new Ham sit for a few hours and make contacts on HF. It is so great to be able to help fellow Hams that are just getting started. It is so rewarding to see that excitement of both Hams and the public.
We had a mixture of antennas this year. We had the HF vertical on top of the tower, a 1/2 wave 80 meter end fed, we tried a horse fence antenna with not so great results, we are still unsure why.
After the wind died down some on Saturday we attached another 80 meter half wave end fed to an 8ft marketing balloon and created a vertical 80 meter half wave vertical. It worked mush better than expected.
I would like to thank everyone that came out and helped to setup and teardown and everyone that came out to show support.
Doing field day is the parking lot of Walmart is the best way to get the word out about Amateur Radio. It sounds a bit odd but the results speak for themselves.
I created a photo album on the site here. If you have pictures from field day please upload them or send them to me to upload.
Early Sunday morning I did a short drone flight around our setup. I placed it up on youtube unlisted and below you can take a look.
How we did
We ended up with a total of 581 QSO points and 1,050 bonus points. That was from 267 Phone QSO’s and 12 Digital QSO’s. Below is the output from the logging program. I also took a couple screen captures of the map and the main logging screen so you can see how far we reached (or how far we didn’t reach).
ARRL Field Day
1. Field Day Call Used: K3ERM GOTA Station Call: K3DO
2. Club or Group Name: Frederick Amateur Radio Club
3. Number of Participants: 7
4. Number of transmitters in simultaneous operation: 2
5. Entry Class: Check only one.
X A. Club or non-club portable
B. 1 or 2 person non-club group portable
List calls of operators:
D. Home station commercial power
E. Home station emergency power
F. Emergency Operations Center
6. Check All power sources used.
7. ARRL / RAC Section: MDC
8. Total CW QSOs: 0 X 2 = Total CW QSO points: 0
9. Total Digital QSOs: 12 X 2 = Total Digital QSO points: 24
10. Total Phone QSOs: 267 X 1 = Total Phone QSO points: 267
11. Total QSO points: 291
12. Power Multiplier (select only one)
5 Watts or less and Battery powered = 5
X 150 Watts or less = 2
Over 150 Watts = 1
13. Power Multiplier: 2
14. Claimed Score: 582
15. Bonus points claimed: Please check each block as appropriate and
include required proof of points with your submission. All bonus points
will be verified at ARRL HQ and added to your score.
X 100% Emergency power
X Media Publicity
X Set-up in Public Place
X Information Booth
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC
W1AW Field Day Message
Formal NTS messages handled (# 0)
Satellite QSO completed
X Natural Power QSOs Completed
X Site Visited by invited elected official
X Site Visited by invited served agency official
Educational Activity Bonus
Youth Element achieved (# 0)
GOTA Bonus (total bonus points: 0)
X Submitted using the b4h.net applet
X Social Media
X Safety Officer
Total Bonus Points Claimed: 0
16. I/We have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations
for amateur radio in my/our country. My/our report is correct and true
to the best of my/our knowledge. I/We agree to be bound by the
decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee.
Signature: James Myers
Address: 4222 Catholic Church Rd
Address: Knoxville, MD 21758
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Operating Period: 2017/06/24 18:25 - 2017/06/25 17:56
Total Contacts by Band and Mode:
Band CW Power Dig Power Phone Power Total %
---- -- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ---
80 0 150 8 150 50 150 50 19
40 0 150 4 150 111 150 111 42
20 0 150 0 150 28 150 28 10
15 0 150 0 150 57 150 57 21
10 0 150 0 150 21 150 21 8
GOTA 0 150 0 150 0 150 0 0
-- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ---
Total 0 12 267 279 100
18. List all callsigns of all operators and number of QSO's completed
of the GOTA Station:
Submission file created by N3FJP's ARRL Field Day Contest Log
Feild Day is here this weekend. We will be setting up in the Wal mart parking lot on Rt. 85. If anyone is available to help set up we will meet near Sonic at 10:00. Anyone wanting to operate can stop out at any time. We will be operating around the clock. Hope to see you there.
August 23, 2017 @ 21:00 - 22:00 D-star 444.800 Repeater
At 9PM the D-star repeater on Module B (444.800) will automatically switch to Reflector 62A for the National Capital Area D-Star net. You can also listen online at: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/21802
August 24, 2017 @ 23:00 - August 25, 201701:00 D-Star 444.800
The D-Star repeater on 444.800 (Module B) will automatically switch to Reflector 12A for the PAPA System D-star Round Table. You can also listen online at: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/21802