It’s Field Day!

picture of tri-band antenna for NFARL field day
Tri-Bander Preparation

Our local club, the North Fulton Amateur Radio League has been preparing for months for this Field Day. Last year, we scored #1 in the nation in Category 3A and have tasted victory. We want more. It is an intoxicating thing, winning.

We have gone to great lengths to train new hams to participate in the operating side of Field Day. Like most large clubs, we have band captains and station bosses to make sure that all operating positions are on the air all the time. This is always a problem in that some people want to operate for an hour, and then settle back and enjoy the barbecue.

You cannot have a Field Day without barbecue, but the real reason for the ARRL to sponsor the event is for local clubs to practice their emergency capabilities and show that ability to the public. Our barbecue was catered by one of our fantastic local ‘cue emporiums, and  hamburgers and hotdogs were grilled on site.There were lots of side dishes and deserts to make the most devoted sweet tooth happy.

It did not rain this weekend. Propagation was fine for a summer weekend radio contest. The contacts started out fast and continued at a good pace for most of the evening. In my CW operating position from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM, there was the inevitable slowing down as the ionosphere lost it’s mojo on the dark side of the earth, but it picked up smartly at dawn.

The logging program we used this year was the N1MM log for Field Day. Besides being free, it was a powerful program and facilitated running contacts. It was great. However, not being familiar with N1MM, I had some minor problems not the least of which was how to edit a falsely typed call sign without re-transmitting the entered information. Oh, well. That’s part of growing up.

By the way, I did work N1MM during the wee hours of the morning.

Now that I have had some rest, it is time to count the Q’s, and start making plans for next year’s Field Day.

Seventy-Three, everybody!

AZ-EL Satellite Antenna on NFARL trailer
AZ-EL Satellite Antenna on NFARL trailer

Resurrection Blog

 

NFARL logoIt’s time to resurrect my ham radio blog. My last k4bb.com blog was hosted by Blue Host a hosting company that came well recommended before they were acquired by Endurance International Group, a gargantuan holding company. I believe that customer service quality has decreased since I initially bought three years of hosting services.

The problem was that viruses appeared in a couple of my web sites, and all my web site access was suspended until I could clean things up. I tried, even to the point of deleting entire web sites, but to no effect. They told me that they would clean the sites for $250. I declined to pay to clean their server. I had no control over their end of the system, and they wanted me to fix their problem at my expense.

k4bb.com is here resurrected using WordPress.com hosting and software. I have used the WordPress software platform for years on various sites and blogs. I have another blog on WordPress.com, and don’t remember any problems over the last several years. Their hosting is world-class because they control the software, access, and have appropriate security measures online all the time.

I will be writing about regular ham radio stuff. More immediately, Field Day is upon us and I am looking forward to manning the CW station at the North Fulton Amateur Radio League event from midnight Saturday to four o’clock Sunday morning. After that, I will take a turn at the SSB station.

73, and come around often.

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