Mark, I did one thing this FD that I had never done B4 which was call CQFD on sideband, 2 meter too! Only for about 20 min tho. Didn't care for it much so went back to CW. I don't believe anyone in our group worked 80 CW since 20 was so good all night long.
Originally Posted by K6JJR
10 had openings, but people are so fixated on SFI that when they see a SFI of less than 100, they automatically write 10 meters off. There was plenty of e-skip on 10.
-----> Take it to the system!
We were on the peak in front of Loma Prieta, a little bit lower in altitude, where the city of San Jose had their equipment bunkers - in fact that's where we really were. It's where the WB6OQS repeater is or was then. We did other Field Days from Mt. Hamilton, and quite a lot from the Santa Cruz Mountains along Skyline Drive. We did a few VHF contests from the radar base on Mt. Umunhum when the CO there was a ham, and many of them from the top of Loma Prieta itself. The main technician there was an active ham, and he let us operate from the parking lot. We did one VHF contest from Monument Peak, where Channel 36 TV was. My buddy had a 400 acre ranch in the mountains near Patterson, and we built a moonbounce-class station there, but it wasn't as good for the contests because Mt. Hamilton and Diablo shielded us from most of the Bay Area. Still, we worked everything up and down the Big Valley, usually made some LA contacts, and worked Mexico at least once on 2 meters.
Originally Posted by K6JJR
I also did a few Field Day's mobile, and the best place to be was down along the Guadalupe River near Alviso. You could hear the signals get stronger as you approached the river. It's the only time I can remember 'running' contest style while mobile on the lower HF bands.
Back in those days, everybody was on 2 meter AM, and I think we had borrowed a sideband rig for the contest, too. A Swan 250 was the 6 meter rig. On HF, we were entirely on CW, using a Heathkit DX-100. When three of us lugged that monster in, we set it on a table and the table simply collapsed. We ended up putting it on top of an old crate - the only thing that would hold it.
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Patrick, Well normally where we are at about 6K feet it's mid to high 80's but a cold system ran through No. CA so the high elevations were windy and 40 degrees. After a while we all got pretty chilled.
Originally Posted by N5PAR
Of course Sunday morning was nice and the warmest it had been all weekend.
We checked 10m a couple of times and only hearing one station. As other's have said I'm sure there were a few openings but we thought we'd just work 20 where there were plenty of signals.
Our 6m op didn't make many contacts but he did get Canada at one time. Must have been one of those 30 second openings.
As always, can't wait till next year!
I only operated for about 6 hours as 1E AZ, never heard anything on 10m CW, do not have 75/80 capability at home, but 20 was very good and I thought 15 was also, just not many stations on 15. I did work Hawaii, Virgin Islands, and Rhode Island (DX to me!) on 15 with 5 watts and vertical.
SRI, just noticed OP meant this to be for reporting club prop.
Last edited by KK7EL; 06-26-2012 at 08:56 PM.
73 de KK7EL Bruce
80 40 and 20 where the workhorse bands for W3KWH, We did snag some good ones on 15 AK and HI on Saturday afternoon. 80 & 40 were open around and had no problems on both phone and CW.
Heard a lot of Europe on 15 Sunday morning and once 20 opened shortly after sunrise on Sunday we concentrated there.
6 meters and up saw no activity.
I commend you guys out west for consistently answering our calls on 40 & 80 from sunset Saturday till Sunday AM.
Looking forward to the CA QSO party this fall, We at W3KWH are putting in a full effort and look to win our state.
73 AA3CE op at W3KWH