Field Day Photos and Stories from
Thank you to all that participated in this
years Field Day.
And special thanks to all the dignitaries that came out to give us
some extra points.
Joe Tuscher - District ARES EC
State Representative - Ken Horn
911 Exec Director - Tom McIntyre
Commissioner Ann Doyle
- Mike, N8XPS, GOTA station-62 QSO’s and 62 points
- Rick, KC8VOA, 6 meters-15 QSO’s and 15 points (Rick also gave
us 100 bonus points by using solar power.)
- Steve, KD8FQL 10 meters-58 QSO’s and 62 points
- Lou, W8LPV, 15 meters-139 QSO’s and 249 points (Lou’s
station was operated by Emmett, W8EAB and Dave,
- Bob, N8YXR, and Jenny, KC0RBV, 20 meters-175 QSO’s and 175
- Dave, N8ERL, 40 meters-243 QSO’s and 270 points
- Mike, KD8AUZ, 80 meters-122 QSO’s and 162 points
Totals submitted to the
Total claimed QSO’s 168-CW, 13-digital,
and 659-phone for a total of
Total claimed Score-2,042 (1 point for phone,
2 for digital and CW with the total times 2 for 150 watts).
Total bonus points were 1530
Total claimed score was 3572
2009 Field Day Report from Dave , N8ERL
Thanks to everyone for making this year’s FD a
resounding success. As in
past years we had a fun, laid-back event with good times, good
friends, good food and pretty good operating conditions.
Joe, K8CQF, did roving CW this year making many
contacts and Dave, WB8LZA, also made a lot of CW contacts.
Jeff, KC8BDQ, and Judy,KC8BYI, did a superb job
with the food again this year.
We had 40 members and guests participate
including Tom McIntyre, 911 Director; Representative Ken Horn,
Commissioner Ann Doyle, and District 3 EC, Joe Tuscher.
We also had a fine youth representation of which
at least 4 made at least one QSO giving us 80 bonus points.
Field Day Observations by K8CQF
Youngsters and young adults were in attendance at the
2009 Field Day exercise and actively participated in operating
radios (besides actively playing in the playground and doing other
things of interest to them. There were at least two other children
who were there, but did not actively participate (Mia McBride (age
5) and Adrian McBride (age 6), The young adults were: Rick
Shattilly's 13 year old son. Jeff Stange's daughter Amanda, 11 and
her 12 year old friend, Katlyn and 15 year old Kionna. At 8 year's
old, Drew McBride is believed to have set SVARA's world record as
the youngest active operator in a Field Day exercise. When asked to rank the Field Day on a scale of zero
through 10 after all activities were completed, with 10 being
"totally awesome, "the average ranking was "8" ... as in really
great, I'd come back again.
Three of the five children camped out overnight. All operated with
the exception of Rick's son in the Gotta station. Rick's son may have
operated, but not with me at the helm. Mike Linton, N8XPS did a great
job of getting the station up and operational and of working with the
There were very interesting observations to be made
regarding the participation of young people. Some of them were invited
by individual station operators to help out in a station other than the
Gotta station. Steve did that with his 10 meter station and Drew
McBride. Drew worked about a half dozen states. He was still talking
about the experience in the tent at 2:30 in the morning. Kionna, worked
Alaska and was pretty thrilled.
Amanda and her friend did a bang up job in the Gotta
station and while I'm uncertain of the overall score; it appeared to me
to be one of the highest I've seen recorded. The girls were terrific
operators and really went after stations.
It was interesting to note the attitude of operators from around the
country who were engaged in contacts by these young people. Many took
time to assure the youngsters received the information to be exchanged
in clear and slow speaking tones. Several took time to ask the age of
the G.O.T.A. operators and more than one really praised them for their
voices and operating abilities. My observation was that the youngsters
were both surprised and delighted with the compliments. By the way,
SVARA's station operators made similar comments of encouragement and
those words were heard by the youngsters.
Also believe I saw a glint of
competitiveness in the eyes of Amanda and other SVARA guests. My bet is
they'll come back next year or for some other activity and become
surpass an already laudatory performance. The youngsters also were able
to observe social skills that were worth observing. They saw the
gracious introductions by Dave Schneider of visitors to the exercise.
They also were aware that some of these visitors hold important
positions within the community. Learning how to socialize, proper
conduct and manners is important to each of us. SVARA's representatives
did a nice job of sharing their individual skills with the youngsters.
There is no question my mind that the 2009 Field Day was a resounding
success for the youth who participated. My hat is off to everyone who
made it the success it was.
73 de Joe K8CQF
2009 Photos from N8ERL
Directions to Location:
Field Day is held at the Richland Township Park. The park is
located off Hemlock Rd, north of M-46 in Hemlock, MI. From Saginaw,
go West on M-46 to the traffic light in Hemlock and turn right
(North). The entrance of the park is across the street from Hemlock
High School which sits on the West side of the road. This is a dirt
road that leads back to the park. The set up area is located in the
grass area between the parking lot and ball fields.