Any tips for throwing a great Field Day event?

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by KC9WXT, Apr 22, 2014.

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  1. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    With respect the the headphones, I've seen folks use what's called a squawk box -- it plugs into the radio, has two headphone jacks with a volume control for each, and a jack for a speaker, with it's volume controlled with an L-pad. Haven't seen a schematic, but it may take some work to keep it from loading down the radio output.
  2. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Same as real estate:

    Location, location, location.

    Best FD I ever worked (radio category): Abandoned cannery, stilts above salt water (Astoria, OR ARC).

    Best FD I ever worked (PR category): Washington Mall near the Washington Monument (US Senate ARC).

  3. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Again food FOOD FOOD!!!

    The best attended Field Days I have seen were offering free steaks to those who came. That was back when our club had a THOUSAND DOLLAR Field Day budget. We have slimmed down considerably. But I do hear we are having Great Hamburgers and Hot Dogs this year and maybe a SURPRIZE FEAST by a very GENEROUS member! I like cooking but I am a prime operator at the event. I get on 20 Meters with my Hallicrafters SR-400 and just KICK A$$ on the band with a big tribander on our 100ft TOWER! (Even if I do PISS OFF THE Maritime Mobile net every year!) we really hammer out the QSOs! Look for the BIG GREEN SPIDER again (WA6BGS) U won't have a hard time hearing us. We will have the MEANEST Signal out of the West Coast!
  4. N0SYA

    N0SYA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bbq and beer.
  5. W4DLE

    W4DLE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Local business sponsors (for things like hamburgers, coffee, doughnuts, a tent, etc) and local news coverage. That'll get it done.
  6. AK4PX

    AK4PX Ham Member QRZ Page

    the sooner the invites go out, the better.

    those type of calendars get filled fast and early.

  7. K1JNT

    K1JNT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I didn't see any mention of VHF ops. If you can get a decent site with some elevation...doesn't have to be a mountain top, although if it could be can get some points on 6 and 2 SSB. And then there's always the points for a site that features public exposure. Take a good look at the less mainstream methods of gathering points and see if you can work them in.
  8. KC9WXT

    KC9WXT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow, wow, wow! You fellow QRZers have been so awesome with the tips!!! I'm taking all I can into consideration. You've made me feel as though I'm on the right track. I will share these ideas with our group on the 5th of May during our meeting. If you guys have any more tips, I'll stay receptive as long ad you all are!
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