Field Day 1994 Report

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From: rossi@VFL.Paramax.COM
Date: Sun Jun 26 1994 - 21:45:52 EDT


CALL : WA3NNA

ENTRY CLASS : 1B - battery

SECTION / LOCATION : SNJ
                     Between 21st and 22nd Street; Ocean City NJ.
                     On the beach; About 50 yards from the ocean.

RIG : OHR Classic (5 watts CW - 20 & 40 meters)

ANTENNA : half-wave vertical wire - supported by a kite.

POWER SOURCE : 12V Ni-Cad battery pack

TOTAL ON-AIR OPERATION TIME : Less than 8 hours

FINAL SCORE:
       73 QSOs on 40
       35 QSOs on 20
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      108 QSOs (x2) CW (x5) 5 watts = 1080 points
      100% emergency power = 100 points
      Operation from a public place = 100 points

                 TOTAL SCORE = 1280 points

COMMENTS :
    The thunderstorms never materialized but the winds more than made up for
    it. High un-cooperating winds kept the kite antenna from flying early
    Saturday afternoon. Finally (with a longer tail on the kite) operations
    started shortly after 2100z. Operated from the beach from about 5 PM
    Saturday until dark and then returned 9 AM Sunday. 40 meters was much
    better than expected. 20 seemed much worse than last year. Tried a
    couple CQs and worked 3 stations. The rest were all from just tuning
    and calling. In general, worked about 80% of what I called. I finished
    off most QSOs signing /QRP.

    My personal goal was to make twice as many contacts as last year. Even
    with a late start, I managed to reach my goal with 3 QSOs to spare.

LESSONS LEARNED: ;-)
    Delta kites do not like high winds unless they have a *very* long tail.
    A half-wave vertical on 20 works better than a full-wave vertical.
    Use a dupe sheet next year. Memory starts to fail after about 50 QSOs.
    You can still get a nasty sunburn even under a beach umbrella >ouch<
    FD is fun!

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Pete Rossi - WA3NNA
rossi@vfl.paramax.com
Unisys Corporation - Government Systems Group
Valley Forge Engineering Center - Paoli, Pennsylvania


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