Field Day 2006
June 23, 24 & 25
WØCQC took top honors in the 2A-Battery Class during the 2006 ARRL Field Day with a total score
of 13,160 points and 1,286 QSOs!! - Read more about our ARRL standing near the bottom of this page...
Rampart Range, Colorado
Not only was CQC's Field Day effort fantastic fun but it turned out to be a smashing success as well! There were some early indications that things would work out great as Vince, KIØRB "scouted" out the potential Rampart Range location from his airplane just a half dozen days earlier. From there it was "smooth sailing" with plenty of space and elbow room for all of our campers, operating positions, and antenna farm. All photos were taken by your humble webmaster, WBØJNR, except for the one of him sitting at the VHF station and the group shot:
|Click Here for a pdf on our ARRL Field Day entry form...|
|Click Here for ABØCD's pdf on our "YourHub" Field Day exposure...|
|Vince, Al, Frank, Paul, Tim, & Dick - Photo by Mrs. Ivan||
WØCQC - Running 2A at 5 watts
(Club station running on independent power)
We earned QRP, CW, and solar multipliers. Our primary rigs were two Elecraft "K2" transcievers with some of the "big name," traditional equipment being used on VHF, UHF and our GOTA station. Everything was powered by battery with some batteries charged by solar. We're also very proud of our antenna trailer as Vince put a lot of effort into upgrading it to handling the steep and bumpy road up to Rampart Range. As far as the photograpy goes, my camera has a tough time dealing with the blue light, created by the tent fabric, but I posted 'em anyway...
|KRØU on CW||KBØOIJ on 50 MHz||KCØHSV on HF||KØFRP on CW||KF7MD on CW|
|KØFEI antenna launch!||Dick and Scott||WØHEP (CQC #1) on CW||Basic electronics||WBØJNR on 6 meters|
|GOTA - Get on the Air!||15 Meters CW||Jim and Tim||KBØOIJ on 50 MHz||Lots of batteries!|
|KF7MD on CW||KF7MD deep in thought...||Power distribution||"The" tent...||Rich and Vince|
|Vince, Scott and Dick||20 Meters CW||CQC Welcome Banner||"The" tent...||KRØU on VHF|
|WBØJNR (Self-portrait)||20 Meter monobander||Our beloved trailer!||VHF/UHF Antennas||6 Meter antenna up close...|
The road to success!
(Provided by Al Dawkins, KØFRP, a few hours after Field Day)
80/20/10 stn dipole 80m 4 el mono 50 ft 20m 3 el at 20 ft on 10m K2 running 5 w and a pentium 200 old laptop using CT-10 windows version of logging software.. the laptop is run off of an inverter from 12v batteries. 80 71 20 610 10 6 10m was open I heard 8-10 bescons but nobody there. 687 Q's 40/15m stn Dipole on 40m at 50 ft a 4 el mono at 50ft on 15m K2 running 5w and a IBM laptop using CT-10 windows version of logging software. The interface would not work so the internal memory keyer in the K2 and a paddle served the purpose. 40 m 372 15m 153 total 525 uhf VHF and UHF 6m was open very but not wide open 5 min sperts 6m 51 144 2 total 53 q's GOTA had some problems with radios, BNo output power on a *!& and No audio on a K2. It was tough for the inactive hams and the newbe techs 40m 9 20m 4 Using a 40m folded dipole at 25 ft into a tuner. But they had fun trying to figure out what was wrong. Total 13 q's 2A battery 1212 and free q from vhf and Gota of 66 for a grand total of 1279 q's Total score is yet to be determined due to bonus points. Remember FD is not a Contest Al K0FRP back to hot humid SC Tuesday
Last stop - Sedalia, Colorado!
(Provided by Tim Groat KRØU)
Roger, Here's some equipment details for the VHF station. The transceiver is a Yaseu FT-726, running 5W on 50, 144, and 432MHz. The antennas are home-brew yagis for each band, with an 8 foot boom for 50 MHz and 6 foot booms for the higher bands. The 50 and 432MHz antennas are "NBS" designs, while the 144MHz antenna is adapted from the "packet yagi" example included with YO. The antennas were up only 15 to 18 feet on army surplus mast sections, but that's more than enough from the Rampart Range ridge line. The logging computer is an ancient 486-50 laptop, running CT version 10 and DOS version 6. This system is very battery friendly, working directly from 12VDC and using little power--but the 50MHz clock requires liberal use of ferrite to keep the 6M receiver happy. The key (shown in the "basic electronics" photo) is a CTE "flame-proof" key, complete with the tall navy knob. It's showing its age cosmetically, but still is a pleasure to send with. Also, attached is a group photo (with the re-loaded trailer in the background). Photo credit goes to Frank's YF; she was kind enough to manage all the cameras so everybody could be in the pictures! 72, --Tim (KR0U)
WØCQC Greases the 2006 ARRL Field Day 2A-Battery Class
WØCQC took top honors in the 2A-Battery Class during the 2006 ARRL Field Day with a total score of 13,160 points and 1,286 QSOs. The Colorado QRP Club's operation, led by Paul Beckett, KF7MD, and Al Dawkins, KØFRP, operated from Rampart Range, running a pair of Elecraft K2 transceivers and a proprietary antenna system. WØCQC significantly outpaced it's nearest 2A-Battery competitor, W3GS in Eastern PA with 6,735 points and 828 QSOs. CQC finished 18th overall, based on point scores, among the 2,184 teams operating during the 2006 Field Day event. Among the 456 Field Day teams in the 2A class, the largest single Field Day category, WØCQC finished second, behind W1NVT, the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont running 100 watts with 22 participants. Of the 236 QRP Field Day operations, WØCQC finished 4th - trailing AA5B (7A-Battery) in New Mexico, K8UO (13A-Battery) in Michigan and K6MI (1A-Battery; what was HE on?) in Santa Clara Valley. The WØCQC station operators: KF7MD Paul Beckett, KØFRP Al Dawkins, KRØU Tim Groat, WØHEP Rich High, KIØRB Vince Kumagai, KBØOIJ Jim Oleson, WBØJNR Roger Wendell, ABØCD Dick Schneider. The KØFEI GOTA station operators: KØFEI Frank Ivan and KCØHSV Scott Garcia. Way to go guys!
(More details at www.arrl.org/members/ only pages)
CQC Field Day Participants:
Here's an email that Al sent the gang, via QRP-L, at Friday's start-up:
Colorado QRP Club is ready to Roll.
CQ FD de W0CQC
Al K0FRP home for the weekend.
|This was the Colorado QRP Club's first Field Day effort as an affiliated club with the ARRL (American Radio Relay League). The ARRL is what keeps Field Day, and Ham Radio in general, the great fun it is!|
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