The Mesa Amateur Radio Club

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Winter Field Day 2018 Recap!

Here is the break down of how we did.

135 contacts made, using mostly phone but some digital thrown in there.

110 phone
25 digital.

Usually we do more digital, but this weekend we seemed to enjoy phone. Technically we had 2 stations running with a third run by Dennis, who will usually get maybe a contact or two, but he likes to play with different antennas and equipment. Orion just shared the other 2 stations and made contacts when either one of them were not being used.

View from campsite! N7PHX

What else did we do? Well we did build the antenna launcher. We will be posting video and pics as time allows.

One member bought a new Ft-8800 and is her first radio. So we took some time, helped her get setup. We showed her how to program her radio and did program up a few repeaters in the Phoenix area for her.

Overall, the event was a success in our books. Temps dropped down to the upper 30’s at night. Coyotes were barking all around us. But we did have a group campfire where we shared stories, talked about future events for the club, other activities that we are thinking about, and overall, just had fun.

So while we didn’t make thousands of contacts and operated the entire time, we were Elmers, we experimented, did a build, and overall, had fun. Hope that more of you will come out to our next event.

Stay tuned to the gallery page at http://www.wm7rc.org/photo-gallery/ for a photo album dedicated to the event!

Updated: March 8, 2018 — 11:32

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  1. That looks like a GREAT time! Congrats on a successful event.

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