Monday, June 24, 2013

ARRL Field Day 2013

N4LA at ARRL Field Day 2013
"CQ Field Day"

Here is my ARRL field day site for 2013
Location ... South bound rest area off Hwy 220 
South of Asheboro NC ( near the Seagrove Exit )
Yes we operated from the rest area ... 
with permission of course.

Station # 1 .... a nice hill top location
Op : N4LA / Todd
We had 2 stations set up (operating independently)
Both were in the 1B class
One station was qrp (5 watts) and mainly CW
While the other was SSB (100 watts)

Antenna mount ... charcoal grill w/ 31 ft Jack kite mast
Secured with ... bungee straps
Antenna ... LNR Precision 20/40 Par End Fed

Power / Class .... 1B 
( One Transmitter w/ Solar & Battery Power )
Solar .... Goal Zero (27 watt) portable solar panel
Battery ... Buddipole A123 Lithium
Charge Control .... From Buddipole

Operating Position # 1 ....
Rig ... Yaesu FT-857D @ 100 watts
Tuner .... LDG Z11w/ internal batteries
Computer ... Lenovo S10-3 ideapad netbook
Batteries ... Buddipole A123  ( 4S3P & 4S2P )

Station # 2 .... QRP & CW
Another nice hill top location

Operating  Position # 2
Rig ... Elecraft KX3 @ 5 watts
Computer ... Cell Phone
Keys ... Straight key and paddle
Battery .... Lithium
Antenna .... Beta testing unit on 31 ft Jack Kite pole
( Possibly something new from LNR Precision ??? )

Ops at station # 2...
AE4LD / Larry (left) & KB4QQJ / Randy (right)
These guys are the R&D team from LNR Precision
( Larry is the company owner )

Wrapping up another field day................
(As we head back to our vehicles ... 
Notice how we are looking down on them ...
from our operating position.)
We set up from 4 pm to 7 pm (local time)
with just over 2:30 actual operating time.
I ended up with 74 contacts in the field day log...
I 'm not sure about Larry and Randy's totals...
But I do know they were having no problems putting
contacts in the log !!


Thanks Larry and Randy  for another year
of field day memories.
I can't wait till next year !!

73 de N4LA

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