As I type this our hobby’s biggest annual test is underway. Amateur Radio Clubs and Individual Amateur Radio Operators are working hard to prove that we can communicate when (if) we are called upon.
For more info on Field Day please follow these links and then don’t forget to come back and finish reading this post
So welcome back…
This year due to staffing issues at work I was unable to join any of the local clubs in their serious participations. Instead I decided to test out the equipment (in between sleeping and work) I will be installing in our new trailer that we are finally going to purchase in the off season and should be on the road starting in late April or early May of 2020.
There will be more about that in a future post … but for now back to radio
The gear I used for Field Day (this year) was my Yaesu FT 450 along with my SGC 237 auto tuner and it worked flawlessly for the time I had to operate
Just finished working K2AA with the above radio. Will fit on the small desk I will have in the trailer and along with the S9 43 foot vertical antenna will get the most out of the 100w output of the FT 450
Heres a pic of the S9 on my old Class C camper. To my long term readers…. that the one that burnt on our first attempt of the PEI Trip and below is what it looks like on my current pickup truck in its un extended position.
On the new trailer the S9 will be mounted on the rear bumper beside the spare tire carrier.
Anyway back to Field Day…. For me it was a success. Contacts were made on 2m FM, and 10m, 20m, 40m and 80m Single sideband. I heard a couple of guys ragchewing on 15m ssb but they were not interested in the event. They were just a couple of friends chatting on a Sunday morning.
I know the gear works and thats all I can ask for…
Thanks for reading and there will a post coming soon with more info on the new trailer and the new tow vehicle for it .