From: John F. Woods (jfw@ksr.com)
Date: Sun Jun 26 1994 - 21:02:01 EDT

I actually managed to get on and do Field Day; I operated about 8
hours, total, using an antenna I lashed up against the side of the
house Saturday morning (in the rain, of course -- this IS Field Day,
after all) [40 meter inverted vee with a 20m inverted vee hanging from
it -- lamp cord (unzipped)]; I used a QRP Sprint on 40m (1W), and an
NN1G II on 20m (2-3W), operating from my garage on Saturday (lacking a
suitable umbrella) and from the driveway on Sunday (acquiring the
official Field Day sunburn); power supply was batteries (one 1.9Ah
battery for the rigs, and dry cells for the light (hey, might as well
go whole hog. Well, half hog: when I went in for dinner, the
refrigerator wasn't on batteries ;-).

Grand total: 21 contacts (one dup). Yow, have I won yet? :-)

All of the contacts were made with the Sprint; I believe the NN1G must
have been set for the "wrong sideband" (i.e. TX LO below the BFO, not
above it where it belonged). In fact, in true FD style, I spent an
hour and a half trying to fix it during the contest (but I had to use
my AC-operated WWII-vintage aircraft receiver to help calibrate it, so
I guess I'm further off of pure battery operation :-), and though I
*think* I got it set right,

        [interjection: how in the world does one accurately measure
         the frequency of an NE602 crystal oscillator when touching
         any point in the oscillator circuit with the frequency meter
         probe shifts the frequency dramatically???]

                            somehow in the process the receiver mute
got screwed up: my first attempt to contact someone nearly blew my
head off, and due to fumbling around and the general problem of being
30dB below everyone else, that contact got lost and I gave up on 20.

The Sprint, by comparison, behaved flawlessly. Unfortunately, it is a
direct-conversion receiver. Not all of you may have tried operating
FD with a direct conversion receiver. I heartily recommend it --
once. :-) 40m in the morning and afternoon wasn't too terribly
crowded, so I had relatively little difficulty separating signals, but
once the band opened up it was brutal.

I don't think I picked up any of the internet crowd, but notable
contacts (for me, anyway) were W1AW (turned on the receiver this
morning, and there they were; finished the contact before the receiver
stopped drifting :-), and W1EEL (whom I should send a card). I don't
know how other people found conditions, but it seemed like all I heard
were 1s, 2s, and 3s (and a couple of 8s) -- could someone please
assure me that there actually are hams in states other than NJ? :-)

Well, back to debugging the NN1G again, and I had fun. 1W with a DC
rig may be the hard way to do Field Day, but it worked better than I
would have thought. It also would have helped if I didn't have to
listen to most stations for 6 or 7 contacts just to figure out what
their exchange was (I think my code speed improved :-).

73, John, WB7EEL/1

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