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Field Day 2015

Field Day is just around the corner and the York Radio Club monthly meeting on June 19 will be devoted almost entirely to its preparation. If you’re planning to attend Field Day, please make every effort to be at this meeting. We will be putting the finishing touches on our plan, goals, rules, operating schedule, equipment usage and logging software.
The June 19th meeting will be held at the usual location which is the 2nd  floor meeting room of the Community Bank of Elmhurst, 330 West Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, IL.  60126.  The meeting starts at 8:00pm and VE testing for all FCC license elements will be held one hour prior, or at 7:00pm.
Similar to the prior year, here are a few  aspects for this year’s 2015 June 27-28 Field Day plan:

+ We’ll be at the Fire Department Training Facility, 910 N. Addison, Elmhurst. This site give’s us excellent antenna height for the various antennas we will deploy. Our site is mapped to the ARRL’s Field Day locator, linked here:

+ Our CW operators  will have direct keying from the logging software, improving accuracy and reducing fatigue.

+ We’ll have a detailed operating plan and schedule designed to keep all three stations as productive as possible.

+ We’ll have SSB, CW, PSK and RTTY and operate on the following bands: 80M, 40M, 20M, 15M, 10M, 6M, 2M.
+ We expect some city officials to pay us a visit to learn about ham radio and our emergency preparedness, including potentially the Chief of Police from the Elmhurst Police Department.
If you know anyone interested in learning about our hobby, invite them to our Field Day. Hope to see you at the monthly meeting and at Field Day.

Preliminary Field Day Results

This is a re-post from the YRC Yahoo email reflector:

Below is a quick summary from the W9YRC Field Day operation. I will be working on the official entry to the ARRL this week and plan to get it filed by the end of the weekend (it’s a little like doing your taxes, but simpler). If people took photos of some of our bonus point activities, such as the solar panel or the satellite demonstration, please e-mail me a copy of the photo so that I can include it with our submission as documentation.

+ Total QSOs: 1,440, including GOTA and 6M (previous modern history club record was 1,333 in 2009)
+ ARRL sections worked: 79 (out of 83, the only ones we missed were AK, PR, Northwest Territories and Newfoundland)
+ Not surprisingly, Illinois was our top ARRL SECTION worked: 7 percent of our QSOs on Station1, Station2 and 6M were with Illinois stations
+ Pennsylvania was our top STATE worked, 90 times
+ Seven percent of our QSOs on Station1 and Station2 were with Canadian stations
+ On Station1 and Station2, the QSO breakdown was: 4 digital, 569 CW and 697 SSB
+ The GOTA station made 170s QSOs, all on SSB. The club needs to work on better filtering/antennas for that station, and George and I are already talking about possibilities.

Those are the highlights. If you want to know QSOs by operator, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll send that data your way.

73s, John/N0FCD