Field Day – July 2018

Field Day – July 2018

Sat 21st July, A day that will be long remembered, by me at least… !

It was the summer Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club Field Day, one of a few we have planned over the summer, which in fact so far is proving to a proper corker of an English summer

There were 6 vehicles and 7 members present in total and an amazing array of kit and antennas ! Everything from an 80m Doublet to a 2m Beam was present and almost everything in between.

I was operating with my friend Carl Gorse (2E0HPI) using the DXCommander vertical antenna which I find is an excellent all round vertical that covers multiple bands. Initially we set out to use my TS590SG which turned out to be a no go at anything over 10 watts as the car 12v system just could not provide the current and the radio simply shut down each time TX over 10 watts was used.. Luckily ! I had my trusty KX 3 and LifePO battery box at hand which I normally take on portable ops with Carl so we reverted to that and blasted out our mighty 15 watts LOL !!

We did well with a total of around 18 in the log, mainly from Europe but we had some great craic in the sun, eating sandwiches and talking radio with the other members, I took along my restored WWI Lancaster bomber radio, a marconi R115A receiver so we could listen to AM broadcast radio just for some entertainment !

The log for the day read like this :

40 Meters

(7.160 Mhz)
G4SQA
M3FEH
(7.096 Mhz)
F4FMU
ON7RN
F2YT
ON3EA
2E0WDX /M
(7.144 Mhz)
F4HXC /P
(7.180 Mhz)
ON6OO
G7VQE
F4HZR
MM0JEL
G0FVH
DK0WK /P
DL4ABN

Echolink (2 Meters)
M1PVF /M

17 Meters

(18.144 Mhz)
DG4FCN

 

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