Snake River Amateur Radio Club  

                 Canyon County, Idaho      Grid: DN13

                       Winter Field Day 2014

   It seems to have become a standard now that we hold our Winter Field Day event at the Fire Training Center in Nampa. Lynn Thompson (KE7WLJ), the city risk manager, and all the fire/EMS personnel have been wonderful about letting us use their facility whenever we ask. This is a win-win for all of us, because this location also acts as the city Emergency Operations Center. Not only do we get to stay inside where it's nice and warm, but we are also activating the operations center's communications capabilities. Thank you Lynn, and the city of Nampa for your generosity in letting us use your facility! Our score was 2161.


Antennas were going up everywhere. Thanks to all the fire trainees who helped move the equipment!

John, KJ7YY, (on the far left) spent a lot of time answering questions about ham radio for visitors. And we had a lot of visitors. Thanks for the help John!

Steve, WB7VEQ, appears to be changing bait on the pole he is using to fish for contacts. Or may be napping. He was making suspicious "ZZZ..." noises while working.

"Hey Dad! I hear a VP8 call! Wow! He's strong. Let's get him!"


Emmett works the world on 10 meters. ..

   Jayson, KD7LWR, really did  get the contact with the VP8 station (Falkland Islands) . On 10 meters no less!  It was the biggest catch of the weekend. Great job Jayson!

The old and the new... the theme for this year was "older radios" so you will see a lot of older rigs mixed in with the new stuff. Here John, KD7HGS, has a Heathkit HW 100 doing duty on 15Meter phone, along with an Alinco DX 70 running PSK31 digital mode.

   As far as "old radios" goes, this big green monster was the star of the show. This 1955 military RT-68 runs 6Meter FM and was rebuilt by Bob, W7RLS, as a winter project a few years back. It runs on 28 volts DC provided by an adjustable 24 volt robotics power supply (the small silver box to the left of the radio).

And yes, it works! After a little tweaking and poking , the mighty RT-68 flexes all 8 watts of output power to make a local contact on 52.525 MHZ.

Another John, WB4YJT, on the left, spends some time answering questions from a visitor. 


Notice that donuts play a prominent role in all WFD operations for us... :-)

More antennas going up. Dipoles overhead, dipoles in the trees, HF VHF and UHF verticals along the fence... it was getting a little crowded and "interference friendly".

Another "older radio" . Bob, W7RLS, has this nicely kept 1983 Kenwood TS-530S. We found that in the poor band conditions of the event, this rig could be heard by DX stations when the new solid state rigs couldn't  make the contact. 

Sometimes newer isn't always better!

"So long everybody! We'll see you next year. I sure hope this headset will fit me better by then!"  


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