Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mayes/Rogers County #FieldDay report

What a great joint MCARC - RCWA Field Day Event.  We documented 29 people at one time or another at our event and I am sure we missed a few on the sign in sheet.  I counted 15 heads at one point in time. We had 12 MCARC members and 10 RCWA members with six of those were dual members.  This shows we had several others visit our event.  MCARC signed up two new members at this event. 

Our contact numbers were not high; we are not in the running with the big guns for the grand prize.  The bands floated in and out on us for quite a while, we disassembled for the storm, we took some time out to enjoy the event and visit rather than keeping our big guns pounding the radios every second.  Most importantly in my opinion, we gave some new people that had never had Field Day experience quite a bit of radio time.  While one of them commented that this may reduce our overall count, it certainly did not reduce our objective, in fact, it enhanced it tremendously.  Our objective was to demonstrate ham radio, share our knowledge, learn more about radio, but mostly, have a lot of fun enjoying the camaraderie of Ham Radio and Field Day.  This event was a huge success. 

We had 113 total Phone contacts  (we had one duplicate several hours apart) 

44 contacts on 40m 
62 contacts on 20m 
 7  contacts on 10m  We used a trimmed 1/4 wave mag mount CB antenna on my Suburban to get one contact in CA, one in Washington DC, the rest was in between in just a couple hours time period for the 10m contacts. 

We made contacts in 40 states along with Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and British Columbia. 

With all the bonus points, media publicity, ARRL section manager visit, etc. even using commercial power, we officially accumulated 726 points.  To me, there is no way to measure the success of this event in points.  A big Thank You is deserved for all who participated and helped out in many ways.

Thanks to Ken Duncan  WB5Y 

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