Winter Field Day 2024
This year's Winter Field Day was again held at the Wilder fire station.
The Wilder fire department, along with Fire Chief Steve Rhodes, have been very welcoming to us over the last few years and we can't thank them enough for providing us this space for our events.
Usually, we are fighting snow, wind and freezing temperatures to set up equipment. Not so this year. Temps were mild (for January) and there was no snow in sight all weekend. That alone made us happy operators for sure.
It did rain, though. And rain. And rain. And... you get the picture. Mostly, it was an annoyance, but in at least one case it was destructive. It appeared that the 9:1 balun used by Bob, W7RLS, was not as waterproof as advertised and decided to expire just as the contest started.
Fortunately, there was a spare on hand and he was soon back in the hunt.
If you made a CW contact with us for this event it was with Jim, W7TF, operating Bob's IC-706 setup thanks to friends with spare parts.
Dinner on Saturday night was a chilli feed with our cast iron cooks' infamous "Mystery Meat Chilli." Along with some really good french bread garlic toast.
We ended up with around 120 contacts total, which was pretty good considering the tiny little QRP signal we were putting out. The total score has yet to be determined until we figure out the bonuses, but who cares? It was, and always will be, just for the fun of it. See y'all out there next time. 73!