Last weekend was the ARRL’s annual “Field Day”, we took our radios, antennas, camping gear and antenna launchers to the hills and enjoyed the weather and fellowship of old and new friends.
The band conditions weren’t great, but our 40 meter station, Quad Zepp antenna and operator racked up an impressive score nonetheless. 20 meters with a tribander was also busy, but the contacts came harder.
Hope you also had a great Field Day!
— Alan, W6AKB
Here we are, almost to Field Day 2015. This is a busy year and it has been difficult to prepare and do everything else that must be done, but we are doing it. We have shipped a lot of Antenna Launchers, and now we’re packing for our own Field Day camping trip.
Hope to see you on the air!
This post is a bit late, as Field Day 2014 was over a month ago. We just put our scores into the ARRL database. Propagation was good. The only problem we suffered this year was some participant cancellations over concerns about dust at the site. We were sharing the camping site with a construction project, but they were very helpful and there was no problem from them or their use of the site.
Hope you had a great Field Day too.
The new FDLog GPS USB Clock worked well, keeping our clocks synchronized more accurately than the old GPS setup which no longer works well due to Microsoft’s policy changes about time setting by programs.
The FDLog GPS USB Clock interpolates time from GPS satellites to the millisecond and reports it to the FDLog software when queried. FDLog has been updated to use this more accurate time and more aggressively set the time in the synchronized FDLog programs. It does not set system time, but it does keep track of the offset in the database so rebooting/restarting nodes come back on-time. 🙂
73, Alan, W6AKB
Time zooms by when you’re busy having fun. Hopefully we will have a good Field Day this year. With fire danger, and construction in the Sierras we may have some special excitement. Hope to see you on the air!
— AlanB, w6akb
Has it been a year already? Last year’s Field Day flew by so fast we didn’t even make a blog entry here! But we did have a nice Field Day, even though another group used our site so we went to a backup site.
Well, the velocity of time is still (apparently) increasing, but we are preparing for Field Day again. The FDLog software is being updated (more on the FDLog website).