Trying to stay true to Field Day

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by OH8STN, Jul 5, 2019.

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  1. WA2LXB

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    Joshua, which make and model of telescoping pole are you using?

    BTW, I use a fishing pole with hex nuts weights for a launcher.

  2. K7GYB

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    I have been doing Field Day for 3 years now QRP operating out of my truck. I drive 2.5 hours off road to get to a ridge @ 6780 ft. in Eastern Washington. I made 53 contacts this year (not including the meandering herd of elk and wild turkeys that visited me). FT817/PackTenna random wire, a 2-band log periodic and some LiPo batteries that I charge from my truck battery when they need it. I basically use my SOTA Backpack rig and whatever I can fit in my little truck.

    It is exciting to be in the field. It is exciting to make contacts outshooting the big guns using cunning and guile.

    I love learning about the capabilities of my rig and myself.

    I love Field Day more than Mexican food.

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2019
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  3. WU7H

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    I got the pole off ebay. Just search on there - hundreds to choose from. It's about 20' long and cost under $20 shipped from China. I think it was marketed as carbon fiber, but it's fiberglass. Works great for treeless summits.

    K7GYB: Hi Dave. Thanks for the S2S last weekend. Nice FD site. Last year we did Table Mtn QRP FD and made a ton of contacts (and chased SOTA =)
    I will be out Friday doing 2 or 3 summits as part of the Salmoncon S2S QSO party, hope to hear you on the air.

    I agree with WD4IGX - I'm not here to rain on anyone's parade. If it's ham radio and you are in to it, then go for it! The more people are active, the better off we all are.
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  4. N4SJJ

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    I really enjoyed the video Julian. I have not yet tried biking to an operating site but have added it to my to do list.
  5. K7GYB

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    Hey Josh! Always a pleasure!!! Yep, I'll be attempting Bald Mt. (WH-180) on Saturday - hope I don't miss the party!

    And I agree w/you and WD4IGX; Amateur Radio is dynamic and constantly changing with new disciplines/technologies opening up ushered in by talented innovators just about every year, and I think that's a good thing. There is enough room on this planet for everyone to have fun.
  6. KY5U

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    A word on "Go Kits":

    They're not "go kits" if you don't go anywhere. They're "stay kits". Get out and practice with your go kit. On HF see how quickly you can set up with practice. Good luck!
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  8. WN1MB

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    It's been just over a week since Julian's original post and a week since my reply/comment. Maybe he has been too busy to, or simply doesn't bother reading follow up comments, let alone respond to them.

    That said, I'm going to speculate that much, if not all of the equipment used in the video was donated by manufacturers or reps.
  9. WA2LXB

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    The distrustful tone of your posts may indicate frustration that Julian is recommending equipment without full disclosure of who provided it, and therefore a concern that his reviews may be slanted?

    The service that Julian provides is actually operating the stuff he's can see first hand which helps one to evaluate if it's something to consider purchasing. The more information the better and there is a lot of thoughtfully explained information provided in his videos.

    I enjoy Julian's videos and equipment recommendations for what they are, not for what they are not. Like most hams, if I'm thinking about purchasing anything Julian reviews I'll do more research myself on eHam, Amazon, DXE and multiple other sites before parting with my money.

    I look forward to Julian's next review as much as I do the next issue of QST.

    I hope you don't look at my post as accusatory or hostile, I'm just trying to figure out where you are coming from.
  10. WN1MB

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    That's a fair and accurate appraisal. No offense intended in my posts and no offense taken with your's. We're good here.

    I simply like very clear and obvious demarcation between information and commercial. Some YouTube creators openly state that such-and-such an item was donated...wish more would do so. Some YouTube creators openly state that they bought such-and-such an item. I appreciate that, too.

    Altogether too many videos leave me wondering if the creators actually bought all the stuff they're reviewing, or simply promoting so as to "play for free". And in altogether too few videos do I hear "This turned out to be junk. Don't buy it."

    That's it. Now I'll shut up - for a while...;)
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