DELARANEWS

Field Day

What do we do?

It’s time to get serious about planning for Field Day, 2021. All information that we can get our hands on suggests it will be a repeat of 2020- with home stations and dispersed operation the focus again. Sources tell us to look for a rule change limiting transmitter power to 150 watts. Seems some of the “home boys” were using their 2200 Gigawatt amplifiers, much to the disdain of hundreds of operators trying to use the same band. This, in our opinion, is a good rule addition. All gatherings are NOT illegal! Several Ohio clubs plan to visit the same park areas and set up as they normally do. Switching for a second to the Red Cross- we now have filters in hand (not yet installed, but that;s coming soon) that should help isolate 80 and 40 meter CW stations from interfering. According to the documentation, we’re looking at 65 dB isolation. They’re actually made to connect several stations through an HF triplexer so they can all operate on the SAME antenna at the same time. Sounds interesting, no? But we’ll be happy at this point if we can just quash the interference. Now, let’s assume. First, let’s assume the Field Day Committee has met (it has not yet, soon…) Second, let’s assume the tests indicate we actually can be livable in a multiop encvironment. Third, let’s assume it’s decided to have an optional operation going at the ARC (using the EOC category) with others who don’t want to be at the ARC operating from their homes. With those assumptions, we have a lot to offer at the ARC. In addition to isolating band pass filters, and antennas that work well, we have THREE excellent radios - two brand new Icom 7300’s and a Kenwood TS-590 We’re sidelining the Yaesu 950 which has a bad reputation in multi station environments. We also have Canned Ham (IC 7300) and Camo Ham all as operating choices! That’s a pretty fair array of gear. Are we interested in making that effort? These are some of the choices - we’ll have answers at the March DELARA meeting!
DELARANews

Field Day

What do we do?

It’s time to get serious about planning for Field Day, 2021. All information that we can get our hands on suggests it will be a repeat of 2020- with home stations and dispersed operation the focus again. Sources tell us to look for a rule change limiting transmitter power to 150 watts. Seems some of the “home boys” were using their 2200 Gigawatt amplifiers, much to the disdain of hundreds of operators trying to use the same band. This, in our opinion, is a good rule addition. All gatherings are NOT illegal! Several Ohio clubs plan to visit the same park areas and set up as they normally do. Switching for a second to the Red Cross- we now have filters in hand (not yet installed, but that;s coming soon) that should help isolate 80 and 40 meter CW stations from interfering. According to the documentation, we’re looking at 65 dB isolation. They’re actually made to connect several stations through an HF triplexer so they can all operate on the SAME antenna at the same time. Sounds interesting, no? But we’ll be happy at this point if we can just quash the interference. Now, let’s assume. First, let’s assume the Field Day Committee has met (it has not yet, soon…) Second, let’s assume the tests indicate we actually can be livable in a multiop encvironment. Third, let’s assume it’s decided to have an optional operation going at the ARC (using the EOC category) with others who don’t want to be at the ARC operating from their homes. With those assumptions, we have a lot to offer at the ARC. In addition to isolating band pass filters, and antennas that work well, we have THREE excellent radios - two brand new Icom 7300’s and a Kenwood TS-590 We’re sidelining the Yaesu 950 which has a bad reputation in multi station environments. We also have Canned Ham (IC 7300) and Camo Ham all as operating choices! That’s a pretty fair array of gear. Are we interested in making that effort? These are some of the choices - we’ll have answers at the March DELARA meeting!