Think “K3LR” and you immediately think of a very successful contest station in Western Pennsylvania. That’s only half right.
Actually there is a man behind that call sign, “Tim” – and Tim lives here in Oklahoma, not in Pennsylvania!
In fact Tim is a member of the same ham club I am in, “Edmond Amateur Radio Society” (EARS). So I call K3LR in Pennsylvania “K3LR & Co.”, while Tim (here in Oklahoma) is just plain “K3LR”.
Last weekend while you guys were having fun in FN, we sent a small scouting party of a handful of Ami’s to Ham Radio, just to make sure you stay out of trouble. The rest of us stayed home and played “Field Day”.
I was wondering what it would be like to be on the same Field Day team as “K3LR”.
I couldn’t make it to the Antenna Party, though.
I had to stay home Saturday morning and mow 4000 qm of grass.
When I arrived Saturday afternoon, I looked up into the sky and saw an old friend, “Chicken Wire”. No, we don’t call it “chicken wire”, but I’m sure you guys know what I mean. The rig-side of the open wire was connected to a 40+ year old Johnson Viking Matchbox – wow, I felt young again. Then I saw the other end of Mr. Chicken – connected to a very long dipole, about 75 ft. (25m) in the air. And on top of that was a beam with about 35 or 40 elements (not sure how many, since it was more than 10, and I can’t count that high). They told me it was a “Bencher Skyhawk” which actually has exactly 10 elements, so I probably could have counted them after all.
Wow, FD TEST and a 30m tower!
They only got the tower up about 25m. Seems the voltage loss in the long run of 110v power cable to the trailer with the mast was too much and the motor didn’t manage the last 5m.
Of course the beam was just candy for my eyes. When they asked me when and where I wanted to work, I said “nights, 40m CW”. I chose Mr. Chicken, and worked the shift from 2am until about 6:30 am (local time). Hey, mann darf gucken, aber gegessen wird zuhause.
And that will never change!
Well, the Ami’s love winners.
Everybody seems to love a winner.
I guess that’s why they have about 600 different classes in the field day contest. That way almost everybody wins.
We ran class 3A. That’s 3 transmitters, up to 150 watts, and emergency power. Classes start at 1A and go all the way up to 9E (at least that’s the highest class I personally worked). Once again there are more than 10 so why bother counting! I’m sure it was 600.
Strange things happen when you are away from home for along time. Last time I ran the US FD Contest must have been back in 1965. Back then most clubs had 2 stations, one for SSB, which had about 300 operators, and one for CW which generally had 2 or 3 operators, but made most of the points.
But the big difference was the states.
As I recall, there were only 50 states back then. I still remember most of them (e.g., Florida was “FLA”, Oklahoma was “OKLA”, Texas was “TEX”, etc.). Well this year, at first I thought we had 50 new states, but then I found out some idiot changed all the names. Seems now days most kids can’t spell anymore, so they had to shorten the names. FLA became FL, OKLA became OK, and TEX became TX – or so I thought. But then I found out Texas has been split up into North Texas (NTX), South Texas (STX), and West Texas (STX). Hell, we tried to do that before when I was a kid and we got into a big ol’ fight with those Texas boys! Glad somebody finally managed. (I guess we won.)
That’s right, field day with no beer. I am going to partition to have the contest’s name changed. You can’t have a contest, call it “field day”, and then have no beer!
Some things never change:
Oklahoma still has mosquitoes as big as Air Force One. Generators still run out of gas in the middle of the night. Still only 2 or 3 CW operators (we had 3 – me, Tim, and Al).
I think next year I will try to get a seat (perhaps 5th op) with DL0LA again.
Field Day just isn’t Field Day over here!
OH – I nearly forgot the best part:
We had 3 active stations and lots of backup rigs, but not one single “Brennholz”. Now I understand why the folks here in Oklahoma say “This is God’s Country!”
73 es gud luk in the test