West Virginia Field Day 2005

Submitted 7/6/05

This year is a milestone for the core of our group being the 25th year we have gotten together for Field Day activities!

Here are a few snap shots from years gone by.

 

Each of the known operators was presented a Field Day Badge for Identifiction.  Since we used Randy's call for Field Day, it seemed only appropriate to use his badge as an example.  Guests were also issued a badge!

 

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Here is a Field Day note from President Bush:

From the White House

Washington

June 16, 2005

"I send greetings to those celebrating the annual Field Day for Amateur Radio, hosted by the American Radio Relay League.

"Across our country, radio plays a vital role in relaying important information to the public and emergency service personnel in times of need.  By providing emergency communications at the Federal, State, and local level, licensed amateur radio operators help first responders and law enforcement officials save lives and make our country safer.  Your efforts help ensure the right assistance gets to the right people at the right time.

"I appreciate all ham operators who give their time and energy to help make our citizens more secure.  Your good work reflects the spirit of America and contributes to a culture of responsibility and citizenship that strengthens our Nation.

"Laura and I send our best wishes."

(Signed)

George Bush

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As we prepared to leave the Dayton area, Flat Kbob was checking things out to be sure that everything was loaded properly.  We always stop in German Village in Columbus on our way east to take in the buffet lunch at Schmidt's Sausage Haus!  Mmm Mmm good!  Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Hosts Charlie, WB8NSL and Don, KE8NK.  Flat KBob inspected Charlie's new ham shack while the rest of us took in the new kitchen.

After dinner the group retired to Don, "Da Bear's" Den to set up camp for the weekend.  Once camp was set up a "Solving The World's Problems Session" ensued.  This session was well lubricated by "Beargaritas".  Obviously the group was in deep thought as most of the eyes are closed!  Saturday morning found us at the P&H Restaurant (named for the Pennsboro-Harrisville Railroad but affectionately called the Puke and Hurl).

After breakfast, Charlie, who is also a member of the local Historical Society, gave us a tour of the remodeled train depot.

One addition this year was a dual band antenna which was duct taped to an old piece of equipment which provided us reliable communication into the local VHF and UHF repeaters.

The next chore was to set up the tower and guy it off with ropes.  Then we set up the fan dipole antenna system which is the heart of our Field Day operations.

Below you will see our Field Day Camp.  One of the members is so "Intents" about Morse Code that he purchased a tent that truly expressed his feelings!  As the dinner hour rolls around, Da Bear flips Da Burgers and Zed W. Jay throws on Da Cheese (which beats the heck out of having him cut the cheese)!  Another addition to the Field Day site is the mirror by the outdoor sink!  Delightful!

Top left shows WB8NSL and WA8ZWJ copying the Field Day CW Bulletin.  During the contest we work in pairs - an operator and a logger/duper.  A special thanks to N8DRM for providing the laptop computer for the logging/duping and doing all the set up for that activity.  Top Right - KE8NK log, KN8J op.  Middle - KE8NK log while N8DRM and Flat KBob observe, N8KXM op.  Bottom - AB8CO op, Tyler, KD8AJH log, KE8NK observes.  

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Here is the CW Bulletin that was copied:

FD CW BULLETIN

June 25 & 26, 2005

 

QST  QST QST DE W1AW W1AW W1AW SPCL CW4 AND PFB CW26 FOLLOW FOLLOW SPCL CW4 AND PFB CW26 FOLLOW QST DE W1AW HR SPCL CW4 FROM ARRL HQ NEWINGTON CT JUNE 24, 2005 TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS ARE YOU READY FOR FUN? THE ADDITION OF THE YOUTH BONUS IS JUST ONE CHANGE FOR FIELD DAY 2005.  THE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE GET INVOLVED , THE BETTER THE OUTLOOK FOR OUR HOBBY.  PARTICIPANTS AGE 18 AND UNDER CAN BRING A QUICK BURST OF EXCITEMENT AND ZEST TO ANY OPERATION.  as  QST DE W1AW FOR THE FIRST TIME EVERY ENTRY IS ELIGIBLE FOR AT LEAST SOME OF THE AVAILABLE BONUS POINTS.  MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE RULES AND SUBMIT THE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION TO CLAIM THEM. YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR SUMMARY SHEET AT WWW.B4H.NET/CABFORMS FOR AN ADDITIONAL 50 POINT BONUS.  AND ONCE AGAIN THE MARITIME RADIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL RETRANSMIT THE SPECIAL W1AW BULLETIN ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ON CW AND 40 METER DIGITAL. MAKE FIELD DAY MORE THAN JUST 599 AND YOUR SECTION.  REMEMBER TO MAKE FIELD DAY FUN. GOOD LUCK WITH FD 2005 AND 73  ar  QST DE W1AW

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Below - Top Left - N8KXM op, N8DRM log, Flat W8JUK observes.  Top Right - KN8J op, KD8AJH log.  Second row - KN8J op, KE8NK log, WA8ZWJ and N8DRM observe.  Second row Right - KE8NK op, KC8UAW log, Flat W8JUK observes.  Third row - late night CW shift WA8ZWJ op, WB8NSL log.  Bottom row left - N8KXM op, KE8NK log.  Bottom Right - N8DRM op, N8KXM log.  Apologies to Jim, KC8QFH who somehow managed not to be caught in any photos.

Andrew, KD8AWM, is a young man with a lot of questions!  That is good because he will learn a lot!  Below Andrew hears from the great philosopher, Sir Charles and looks over the shoulder of Zed W. Jay who is demonstrating the digital modes!

Below, N8DRM prepares "Skunk Breakfast".  According to DRM, "The best skunk breakfast is made using the freshest road kill one can find!"  Mmm Mmm good!  Flat KBob takes on a pair of shades and a hat as it was quite warm in the sun.

OK - so here come the "sleepy" photos.  I guess these are common for Field Day participants - especially those burning the night oil!

IOOK President, W8JUK, Flat KBob is outstanding is his field!  Zed W. Jay racks a few more zzz's.  So does En Es El.  WB8NSL and KC8UAW exchange scientific ideas regarding "String Theory".  Randy, AB8CO catches a snap shot of Flat KBob coming out of the woods - I guess he had been to the "blue room"?

Well, 2PM EDT arrived Field Day is over for 2005 and the group shot is taken!  32 minutes to tear down and then it is time to head to the showers!  L to R - WA8ZWJ, N8DRM, KE8NK, N8KXM, KC8UAW, KN8J, WB8NSL, W8JUK, AB8CO.

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Digitally Submitted Summary Sheet

Call Used: AB8CO   GOTA Station Call: (none)   ARRL/RAC Section: WV  Class:1A

Participants: 7     Club/Group Name: AB8CO I.O.O.K. PALS
Power Source(s): Generator
Power Multiplier: 2X
Bonus Points:
100% Emergency power                                     100
Media Publicity                                                   100
Set-up in Public Place                                         100
Information Booth                                               100
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC                       100
W1AW Field Day Message                                100
Site Visit by invited elected official                       100
Site Visit by invited served agency official            100
Youth participation                                               40
   Youth operators=2
   Youth participants=2
Submitted via the Web                                         50
Non traditional mode: APRS                              100
Non traditional mode: MFSK                             100
Non traditional mode: SSTV                              100
Total Bonus Points                                          1,190

Score Summary:                CW              Digital              Phone              Total
Total QSOs                       174                  0                    578
Total Points                        348                  0                    578                  926   Claimed Score = 1,852
                                                                                                                            (total x2 for power)

Bonus Points + Claimed Score = Total of 3042 points


Submitted by:           Randy Durrum, AB8CO
                                E-mail: rdurrum@gmail.com

Comments:            (blank)

Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:


                                    CW                                      Digital                                    Phone
                                    QSOs            Pwr(W)           QSOs            Pwr(W)           QSOs             Pwr(W)
            160m
            80m                 139                100                                                                   96                100
            40m                 35                  100                                                                  391               100
            20m                                                                                                                 91               100
            15m
            10m
            6m
            2m
            1.25
            Other
            Satellite

            GOTA
            TOTAL              174                                          0                                          578


Supporting documentation for Bonus Points will be sent via mail to:

            Field Day, ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 USA

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After Field Day clean up, Historical Society Member, Charlie, WB8NSL took the Dayton gang through the historic "Stone House" in Pennsboro.  Truly an incredible piece of architecture - especially when you consider that it was built over 200 years ago!  The yard stick is from Charlie's Dad's Hardware store that Everett Dotson owned when Charlie was just a kid.  No, the yard stick is not in pieces, but, in order to attempt to get a close up series so you could read it, a number of free hand shots were taken and pasted together.   Note the telephone number of 32 at the end!  Charlie's home phone number was 38.  Try dialing that today and see what you get!  Har!  Finally, a relaxing cigar on the veranda winds up WV FD 05!  73!

I wish to thank AB8CO, KC8UAW, N8DRM, WA8ZWJ and WB8NSL for submitting photographs for this publication.

Thanks too to our hosts, KE8NK and WB8NSL!

Respectfully Submitted - Keith, WA8ZWJ - Vice President, I.O.O.K.