OARC Field Day 2006

ARRL Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands to the airwaves each year, bringing new and experienced hams together for a weekend of fun!


1294 Total Contacts
657 CW
637 Phone
Searchable ASCII Log

Field Day 2006 Pictures, Comments, and Summary


Comments by NØSM and WAØITP

de NØSM: Wow! What a Field Day!!
No one would have guessed that we would experience the worst and the best in the same year. The worst hit right out of the gates...no one could buy a contact. We could hear loud signals but they simply couldn't hear us. To top that off, we had too many transmitters going and too many speakers blaring. No one could clearly hear the signals coming from his own speaker so guess what one does...yep...crank up the volume....time four. Frustration unlimited! This occurred despite having our antennas mighty close to the heavens!!

Well supper came and our fortunes began to change (despite the rain). The food was outstanding!! Charlie cooked the hamburgers and brats and the ladies brought lots of extra dishes and they were excellent. Supper was blessed with a little rain but fortunately we had room inside and under the tree (which lightning fortunately didn't hit). There's nothing like great food to lift your spirits.

After supper, several people had places to go and the wives headed for home. With several gone, we went back to operating and it must have been around 8:30 or 9, the magic began. We had a long run on 20cw, 15 fone improved, and we got a good start on 40....FINALLY! Once the gates opened, things really started flowing then the night shift showed up (well part of it) and took over. Believe it or not, 15 meters stayed open until after 1AM (unheard of...but great!!!!). 40 was good, and 20 continued into the night. Eventually the pro from Dover (NØJL) came and the full night shift was in motion. To make a long story a little shorter...the final tally was just shy of 1300....1294 or 1296 contacts.

When it ended, everyone felt exhilaration and seemed sufficiently exhausted!! A big thanks to all who brought computers, to Neal and Charlie for successfully getting the linking system, to everyone who made very short work of the clean up, and especially the ladies for the delicious meal. I don't want to forget Neal who provided soft drinks and logging service. Also to Mike Potts who should have sufficient motivation to get his general, and to Dale for not only getting the hamburger but supplying the vertical, working 15 meters, and for getting all that antenna junque out of my yard!! hi Special thanks to Terry for keeping one member from killing another!! hi hi hi There's a lot more thanks to around but you're tired of reading of it by now and they know who I'm talking about. It involved nearly everybody in the club and I'd like to congratulate all for really hanging in there when the going was tough only to be blessed with a rip roaring ending. You all sleep well tonight...eh?? 73 Steve


de WAØITP: FD2006 is now history, and what a great time it was. Only Puerto Rico escaped the log book, nearly a clean sweep! Below is the Summary page that the N3FJP logging program generates.

The wireless network and N3FJP FD logging software performed very well and allowed us all some peace of mind. We had Steve's KWD 2000 on cw and His FT-100DX and Bill's TS-140 on fone..KE0BX contributed a PSK station.

We learned a lot this year and we may look at some slight changes for next year, like spreading out the stations and antennas somewhat to eliminate some of the interference to our own stations. CW was heard on the fone rigs and vice versa. We'll also isolate the laptops from the Coca-Cola.

This years stats: We had 1294 total contacts, just bettering last years total of 1220. The cw station slightly outgunning the fone stations, 657 to 637..and we claikmed a total score of 3902. I have already emailed out results to the ARRL. We had 10 participants (maybe 11). It was great fun, cant wait until next year....

The next club event is the 2M Fox Hunt on July 8th and I be da Fox...I'd like to kick it off at 1:00 PM if that's ok. Wanna eat somewhere first?


2006 ARRL Field Day Summary Page

1. Field Day Call Used: WA0DX GOTA Station Call:

2. Club or Group Name: WA0DX

3. Number of Participants: 10

4. Number of transmitters in simultaneous operation: 3

5. Entry Class: Check only one.

X A. Club or non-club portable B. 1 or 2 person non-club group portable List calls of operators: C. Mobile D. Home station commercial power E. Home station emergency power

6. Check All power sources used. Generator X Commercial mains Battery Other (list)

7. ARRL / RAC Section: IA

8. Total CW QSO's: 657 X 2 = Total CW QSO points: 1314 9. Total Digital QSO's: 0 X 2 = Total Digital QSO points: 0 10. Total Phone QSO's: 637 X 1 = Total Phone QSO points: 637

11. Total QSO points: 1951

12. Power Multiplier (select only one) 5 Watts or less and Battery powered = 5 X 150 Watts or less = 2 Over 150 Watts = 1

13. Power Multiplier: 2

14. Claimed Score: 3902

15. Bonus points claimed: Please check each block as appropriate and include required proof of points with your submission. All bonus points will be verified at ARRL HQ and added to your score.

100% Emergency power Media Publicity Set-up in Public Place Information Booth NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC X W1AW Field Day Message Formal NTS messages handled (# ) Satellite QSO completed Natural Power QSO's Completed X Site Visited by invited officials GOTA maximum QSO's achieved Non-Traditional mode: Youth Participation (# ) Total Bonus Points Claimed: 0

16. I/We have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations for amateur radio in my/our country. My/our report is correct and true to the best of my/our knowledge. I/We agree to be bound by the decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee.

Date: 06/25/2006

Call: WA0DX

Signature: Terry Fletcher WA0ITP Address: 1305 Casper Dr Address: Ottumwa, IA 52501 E-Mail Address: wa0itp@mchsi.com

CW Digital Phone

QSO Power QSO Power QSO Power

160 0 150 0 150 0 150

80 1 150 0 150 0 150

40 209 150 0 150 308 150

20 384 150 0 150 158 150

15 63 150 0 150 162 150

10 0 150 0 150 9 150

6 0 150 0 150 0 150

2 0 150 0 150 0 150

1.25 0 150 0 150 0 150

70 0 150 0 150 0 150

33 0 150 0 150 0 150

23 0 150 0 150 0 150

GOTA 0 150 0 150 0 150

Totals 657 CW 0 Dig 637 Phone

18. List all callsigns of all operators and number of QSO's completed of the GOTA Station: