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ARRL Field Day 2010

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FD this year was great. Of course, I operated 1D from home. Ideally I would have been at some FD operation, but it wasn’t in the cards.

6m had some activity, but it didn’t appear to be nearly as “open” to Ohio as it was during the June VHF contest. Or, maybe less people were prepared/planning to operate on 6m.

10m was alright, but not spectacular. In the past month I have seen much better openings on 10m.

15m was just awesome from my perspective. I made a lot of contacts on 15m/20m CW and more SSB contacts on 15m than I have made at any other time since I obtained my ticket in 1991. 15m is my fav band, when it’s open.

I didn’t even attempt to make a digital contact. Dummy me. Although, there were so many CW stations that I wouldn’t have wanted to give up the time on CW to play on the digital modes.

My summary is below…

ARRL Field Day

Call: AA8IA
Operator(s): AA8IA
Station: AA8IA

Class: 1D LP
QTH: Toronto Ohio
Operating Time (hrs): 18

Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
80: 22 2
40: 64
20: 97 8
15: 73 45
10: 26 18
Total: 282 73 0 Total Score = 1,274

Club: Mad River Radio Club


More fun than I’ve had in a long time. I’m beat…no stamina whatsoever.
Great conditions from my perspective. Thanks to all the stations that worked

Written by Mike

June 28th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

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IARU Region 1 Field Day 2010 – my performance

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I made 7 contacts. If I recall correctly, they were all on 40m. I really wasn’t hearing anything from Europe all weekend. 20 was deader than a doornail. Everyone I heard on 40m working this event answered my call.

I just made a few contacts because I happened to hear a few stations on, and of course i turned in my log so that those I worked can benefit from any points they’d get from me.

Written by Mike

June 6th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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Alabama QSO Party 2010 – my performance

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Well, lack of performance. Propogation Saturday was lousy. QRN was horrendous. There were thunderstorms all weekend. I was less than motivated, but I tried.

I worked the ALQP three hours off and on — 20 CW contacts on 40m and 1 CW contact on 80m. I figured I’d do what i could just to give somebody else a point, and of course i submitted my log. There was quite a bit of mobile activity, and many people worked the mobiles on 4+ bands.

Again, purely an S&P venture. One day I need to suck it up and actually CQ for a contest rather than simply search & pounce.

Thanks to the ALQP organizers and participants. I had fun. Hopefully i’ll make a better showing next year.

Written by Mike

June 6th, 2010 at 8:28 pm