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Field Day 2006

This year we were back at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Community center.

Robert Oliver NH6AH was Field Day chairman for this year, his first.

For 2006, we had an active two transmitter ssb site, 100 watt maximum running on alternate power (generator supplied by Eddie Miller W7GMH), placing us in the 2A class. There was also a second table with two other stations, but neither seemed to be manned to generate any contacts.

The SSB stations were both Icom... An Icom IC-756ProII and an Icom IC-746Pro (from Rick Frazier AH7H). Each was complete with computing SWR/Power meter and Heil headset.

On the second table was a Yaesu FT-857D (from Robert Oliver NH6AH) that was intended to be used for CW, and a demo station from a local hospital with an Icom IC-706 showing how a portable station can be deployed from a case in record time.

We had two notebook computers (courtesy of Bill Carlson KH7E and Rick Frazier AH7H) that were networked to allow logging on the SSB stations, though the propagation did not help us much.

Antennas started with two triband beams put up on Friday, one that belonged to the club (on a sectional mast), and another (with tower) provided by Lloyd Cabral KH6LC complete with truck and trailer for delivery! We also had a 2M/440 vertical mounted on a goalpost, and the 746Pro did double duty as the 2 meter station. A couple of hand helds were connected to the vhf antenna at various times throughout the day.

Gloria Whitley (associate) Barbara Darling NH7FY and others kept us well fed throughout the day.

Stu KH7DX and Roland AH6RR drove over from the "dry side" of the island and brought along a 40m and 75M wire beam ((double bazooka with directors?)) which they put up above the soccer field for those late night QSOs.

A fair number of visitors and local hams attended, but actual on-air contacts were made by only a handful. As far as is known, logged contacts were made by Solomon NH7ZE, Stu KH7DX, Roland AH6RR, Rick AH7H, and perhaps Clifton KH6XJ. If anyone else logged (or made unlogged) contacts, please let us know so we can include you in the list. Propagation was so bad every contact was difficult, so we were certainly put to the test. I know there were other "bonus points" contacts made (such as the 2 meter traffic message) that didn't get put into the computer log, so let us know so we can get the information here. We don't want to leave anyone out!

This first block of images were taken during the day on Saturday, and sent in by Barbara NH7FY.

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Solomon NH7ZE at the 756ProII

Rick AH7H at the 746Pro

Stu KH7DX. Putting up antennas is hard work.

Clifton KH6XJ at the 746Pro

Arman WH6BVZ at the 706

Linus WH7AG at the 857D

Gloria Whitley Cooking Breakfast. One of the most important elements of the whole operation!

Dave KH7SO and Norm NH7CT, conversing and watching the action.


I know there were a lot of other pictures taken, so if you've got some, let us know so we can get them up here!

This last block of images were taken by Rick AH7H on Sunday Morning, after we stopped operating. (other images are appreciated, just let us know!)

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Icom IC-756ProII on first table

Icom IC-756ProII on first table

Icom IC-746Pro on first table

Icom IC-746Pro on first table

Icom IC-706 on second table (Hospital Station)

Icom IC-706 on second table (Hospital Station)

Yaesu FT-857D on second table

Yaesu FT-857D on second table

The Trusty Generator

2M/440 VHF antenna on goalpost

Triband Beam on Sectional pole

Triband Beam on Sectional pole

Triband Beam on Tower

Triband Beam on Tower

Getting Ready to take down the first Beam

Packing Up

All Done, time to go home!


Thanks to all who participated, from the planning and background work securing the site to the initial setup on Friday, finishing setup on Saturday morning, feeding us throughout the day, operating, expaining Ham Radio to visitors, and of course, through the tear down and clean up on Sunday. Every facet was important to a successful Field Day!

Despite poor band conditions, I think most everyone had a good time, and we only ran out of gas for the generator once (fortunately early Saturday afternoon, when the gas station was still open)...

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