|Our Banner for N4Y Field Day at Falling Waters State Park|
Video by Bob KK4DIV
Friday night we made a few contacts as a test. The Icom IC-7300 and the antenna were doing fine. Saturday morning pre-Field Day, I could hear very little on 40 or 20 meters. Usually, the bands are buzzing on Saturday morning. I expected to pick up a few stations making test calls. I panicked. I rechecked everything and changed out some coax. I even put up a separate dipole to see if I could hear anything. I guess the world was on radio silence. The bands, fortunately, came alive at the start of Field Day.
|Rick NZ2I camp cookie and operator|
|The excellent breakfast Rick prepared.|
I was on my own Saturday Night. I turned in about 10 PM, and I got up at 5 AM. Sunday morning there was different propagation on 40 meters. I picked up several new sections. I was delighted to see that the 15 meters band was open also. I picked up more contacts there.
|The alternate energy gear including a 58 Farad supercapacitor|
|Bob KK4DIV pedaling the K-Tor generator|
|The Icom IC-7300 rig|
Wow, this was fun! I plan to reserve the same campsite next year and possibly the adjacent one. I might entice a few more ops to join me. You can count on that I will be planning Field Day right up to the next one.