The NAQCC June 2009 Field Day Challenge
Portable: Call Nr - States WY7N 43 - AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT FL GA HI IL IN IA KS KY LA MD MA MI MN MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TX UT VT VA WA WI WY KU4A 35 - AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL HI KS LA MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK PA RI SD TX UT VT VA WA WI N8XMS 30 - AL CT DE GA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD MI MN MO MT NC NE NH NJ NY OH OK PA SC TN TX VA VT WA WI VE3HUR 7 - IL IN MI NH NY OH PA W2JEK 4 - MD NJ NY PA Home: Call Nr - States KD2MX 14 - VA MA NY NJ RI LA MI IL IN OH MN NH PA TN KQ1P 6 - AR PA IL NJ RI NY K3WWP 2 - MA PA Certificates to WY7N (portable) and KD2MX (home)Soapbox:
KU4A - For the second year in a row, I operated Field Day as class 1B-battery using my Yaesu FT-817 running 5 watts. We rented cabin #1 on Gwinn Island in Herrington Lake.
The bands were good again this year as they were last year, but different in some respects. I made 141 QSOs this year compared to 118 last year. This year, I had almost 100 Qs on 20m, last year it was 100 Qs on 15m. Last year, more than 50% of my Qs were on SSB. This year, I made a grand total of 4 Qs on phone. The better band conditions increased the activity level, and my 5 watts of SSB were nowhere near as loud this year.
W2JEK - worked six qso in four states on 80m using my ten-tec 1380 xcvr at 3 watts out to a horizontal loop antenna about 25 ft. high at the bergen ara field day site in paramus, n.j. using a battery charged by a solar panel for the natural power bonus. call sign used was k2bar. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
KD2MX - I didn't have much time this weekend to operate but I managed to give the K1 a little bit of a workout from home.
K3WWP - Much too much to do this month, so I only used FD to get my 'streak' QSO's and worked my friend Mike KC2EGL to give him a QRP FD QSO, since he otherwise operated QRO for the local radio club K3TTK.
KQ1P - Worked FD QRO with W1TU then home for a few hours of QRP. Conditions were great throughout HF; but the weather was rain and fog. John
N8XMS - I had a great time using my KX1 for a 1B-Battery effort. I made 105 contacts (with 4 dupes) on 20 and 40 meters. My antenna was a 40-ft wire tossed up into a tree with three 16-ft counterpoise wires laid out on the ground.
WY7N - I always seem to go overboard for field day. This year I attempted to operate SO2R. To accomplish this, I stayed up late Friday night erecting an 80M dipole and a V beam. Both ended up about 35' high. These were by far the best antennas I've ever used for FD, though I don't think the V beam was worth the extra trouble. Next time I'll simply put up two 80M dipoles. I used Ladder-Grabbers and fed both antennas with ladder line. These Ladder-Grabbers are great. Use of ladder line to feed a balanced antenna makes a superb multi-band antenna. (Be aware that an antenna tuner is required.) As I said before, I think these are the best broadband HF antennas I've ever used. In the past I've always used end-fed random wires with a counterpoise. I've put up some very long ones. Last year's model was nearly 1000' long! (Remember my comment about going overboard for FD?) After a short nap, I hit the shack to finish setting things up. The "shack" this year was the kitchen table of a rustic cabin at Fish Lake Resort in southern Utah. It wasn't long until Murphy struck. My 2nd radio was unusable. SO2R operation was out. I finally got everything tuned up, I wrote down the tuner settings for quick band changes and programmed the message memories in my keyer. By this time 1800Z had arrived. It was time to be on the air. My strategy this year was to work as many states/sections as possible. Everything was search and pounce. I would move on if the station was in a state/section that I had already worked. If I didn't know, I would go work him to find out. Due to sleep deprivation, another short nap was required in the early afternoon. Then I ran out of gas for good at about 11pm. The total? 114 QSOs, 43 states and 61 sections.
The annual FD Challenge is one of our most popular challenges so far according to the number of logs submitted. You work as many different states as you can in field day, either from your home station or out in the field.
Jun 27, 2009 1800Z through Jun 28, 2009 2100Z
You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power. You can use any antenna you want.
If you are part of a multi-op FD, no matter what call sign is used, even if it is your own, only the QSO's MADE BY YOU PERSONALLY count.
A certificate goes to the highest state total from a home station and to the highest state total from a station in the field. If you happen to work all 50 states, we'll send you an NAQCC WAS certificate free of the normal $3.00 charge. However for the free WAS certificate, you must have been using only simple wire antennas.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
Anyone submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing, even if you work just 1 state.
However you can get only 1 point this month even if you participate in both challenges.
For your report, just list the states worked alphabetically by 2-letter state abbreviations. Also tell us if you worked from HOME or PORTABLE so we may put you in the correct category.
Please preface any soapbox comments with "SOAPBOX:" so we will know what you want posted and what is private.
Send your results to:
You must type that address into your email program.
Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge
For example: K3WWP NAQCC June Challenge
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be postmarked or email dated before Jul 10, 2009.