Field Day 2013

ARRL Field Day 2013 is right around the corner. Seriously it’s Saturday! My first Field Day I took part in it with the local ham club and ARES group. It was a combined effort between all of us. I was a member of both. It was quite a bit of work getting setup and there was agreements but it was so so so much fun! At the time I was a new ham, for the most part, and I had a freakin’ ball. Between those two groups there a lot of Elmer’s to me.

This year I am in a new city and I have not hooked up with any ham groups yet. I have I guess joined ARES but they meet quarterly and that’s just not enough to keep my interest.

So I’m on my own, which is ok! For the most part. I am engineering all my own solutions. I have gone through several ideas and what I am down to is. 20 meter dipole in a tree. I would like to say I have more than that but I don’t. Not this year. Hundreds of feet of field line to feed multiple antennas is expensive and frankly I don’t have as much room as I thought. I have a bunch of trees that run along the apartment building and that’s it. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to get a 20 meter dipole just as high as I can. If i feel adventurous I’ll through up a 40 meter dipole but I doubt it. If I’m really in need I’ll cut a 80 meter dipole but I really really doubt it.

But that’s my plan. hanging a dipole. No generator or alternative power. Not this year, maybe next. I’d like to get into solar. We’ll see.

73 from K4EQM

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