Field Day 2019

Field Day 2019 on the grounds of Western State Hospital - June 21-23

Field Day has come and gone, again.  As usual, this year's effort was a lot of fun.  We had a bunch of visitors and saw club members that don't often make it to meetings and open house.  Our QSO count was about the same as last year, despite very poor conditions.  Our digital station made a big contribution this year, with FT8 offering reasonable speed in making contacts and working down into the noise.  There was 20M digital activity most of the night.

Full account coming real soon now.

Meanwhile, the planning article remains.


Hat Trick indeed:  Adam W2NCC returns for his 3rd year as Field Day Manager.  He's let us know it'll be his last for the time being -- he just wants to operate next time, and that's only fair.

This year Adam has persuaded Icom to lend us an IC-7610 and SteppIR to let us use both a CrankIR vertical and one of their yagi antennas.

SITE:

As we have for a number of years, we'll occupy the southeastern portion of the Western State Hospital campus.  It is directly across from Ft. Steilacoom Park on Lakewood Blvd.  Here's a road map, and a site map can be found below.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • Setup on Friday (June 21), with load-up at the Clubhouse starting around 9AM, then onto the field by 11AM.
  • Continued setup on Saturday morning (June 22), then OTA from 11AM for 24 hours.
  • Pot luck dinner, 6PM Saturday
  • Logger's Breakfast, 8AM Sunday
  • Tear-down starting 11AM Sunday (June 23), then back to the Clubhouse to unload.

Do you want to operate but have limited time available?  Please contact, in advance, the band manager(s) responsible for the station/mode you are interested in, using email addresses shown below.  Generally (at the station manager's discretion), operators sign up for 1-hour, non-consecutive blocks.  However, if you find nobody is signed up to follow you, you may usually continue operating.  It's seldom the case that schedules fill up, especially at night.

Continuing the practice established last year, a large single shelter will house all five of our HF stations:Inside the shelter

  • 80M and 15M - W7MKE station manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 40M - NG7G station manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 20M Phone - W7XTZ station manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 20M CW - W6RHY and K7MLO station managers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Digital - WE7P and W7HTJ station managers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have tentative plans to use the 20M Phone station at night on 160M using a balloon-lifted 1/4 wavelength monopole, as we did last year.  An east-favoring beverage-on-ground is planned for receiving on 160M, as we found the noise level last year to be extremely high on the vertical.

KG7ZYB will again fore the crew that erects our military AB-577 towers that support the 20M yagis.

As in previous years, we plan alternate-power QSOs by means of AC7QN's bicycle-driven generator, FT-817 radio and over-engineered (but crowd-pleasing) power monitoring setup.

KF7SCB will lead the Safety Team with second-in-command KI7LTV.

Chefs W7PFU and K7HTU will feed us during the weekend.  Really, this might be the best part of the whole event.

SITE MAP

 2019 Site Map