• 2023 ARRL Field Day Was a Success

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Friday, June 30, 2023 17:01:41

    2023 ARRL Field Day is in the books and from all indications, it was a success!

    Social media[1] is buzzing with stories and photos from around the country.

    Results are coming in, and so far, 2,548 Field Day entries have been received. You can see a live, up-to-the-minute count of the entries, comments, and photos on the Field Day Entries Received[2] web page.

    Participants have been submitting photos and descriptions of their stations and setups to the SOAPBOX[3] column. Below are just a few of the many Soapbox received so far.

    William Roy, K1YOR:

    "I used a Yaesu FT-450D, 100, and an

    [MFJ] G5RV Junior [antenna] in the near vertical incidence skywave configuration. It was basically horizontal. The average height was about 14 to 18 feet above the ground, broadside was north/south, and the ends were pointing east and west. Because I was inside, the antenna could not be extended in a normal fashion. I used rubber standoffs and non-metal furniture to support the antenna.

    Thomas Hardy, NN7O:

    "This was my first year participating in Field Day. [I] operated CW [low power] from eastern California. I am still a new CW operator, and while I am getting better, I appreciate everyone's patience. I was using my KX2 into a 40-meter [end-fed-half-wave] setup as an inverted v. [It] seemed to work well. [I got] more east coast contacts than I expected!"

    Thomas G. Azlin, W7SUA:

    "I set up at our family cabin on the Mogollon Rim [Trail] near Show Low [in Arizona]. [I] used an [Elecraft] K3, [a] Goal Zero Yeti 1500X battery/inverter, [a] 200 -W solar panel for daytime charging, and an [MFJ] G5RV Junior [antenna] strung up in pine [trees] with pre-existing ropes and pulleys. [I] split my time between JS8 and FT8 on 40, 20, and 15 meters. [It was a] nice Field Day, [and] fun!"

    Like many ARRL Field Day sites, the Hampden County Radio Association (HCRA) in Massachusetts welcomed guests to their event. They got more than they bargained for, though, when a black bear showed up and started helping itself to their food!

    More stories and updates are on the way. Check out the ARRL News[4] web page for the latest on 2023 Field Day!

    [1] https://www.facebook.com/groups/arrlfd
    [2] https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentriesrcvd.php?_gl=1*4a0uqj*_ga*MTI5MjMyNTQxMy4xNjM4MjEyMzIz*_ga_PZM4RWMR3R*MTY4ODE0MDg1OC41Mi4xLjE2ODgxNDA5MDUuMC4wLjA.
    [3] https://field-day.arrl.org/fdsoapbox.php?_gl=1*tryfr5*_ga*MTI5MjMyNTQxMy4xNjM4MjEyMzIz*_ga_PZM4RWMR3R*MTY4ODE0MDg1OC41Mi4xLjE2ODgxNDA5MDUuMC4wLjA.
    [4] http://arrl.org/news-features

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