Field Day 2012 – Pretty Hot!

Field Day 2012 was a hot one.  Temperatures at the site were above 90°F, but for most of the day there was a slight breeze that kept stuff and people from overheating.

Our club had a much better result for its 59th effort.

All told, we had 702 CW contacts, 15 digital contacts, and 1,323 phone contacts.  The GOTA station, using the call of secretary Richard – KB4CAY, got those 15 digital contacts on 20 and 40 meters using PSK31, and contributed 15 of the phone QSO’s .

The submitted point total for this year will be 6,116.  That’s more than double the score from last year, but still less than our best effort ever from a couple of years ago.

Greg – K4NO kept one of the stations going overnight, which helped rack up the good SSB total.  His nephew Sam – KK4DTQ brought a friend and contributed a few contacts, as did a young ham from Cullman named Felix – KK4DUT.  Other thanks go to Byron – N4AX, Steve – K4CU, Rick – K4TD, Lloyd – W4RFZ, Bob – K4MLR, Tim – KY5R, Tom – W4NBS, Lester – W5GSU, Milt – W4YXQ, and all the others whose names are not mentioned here.

We were privileged once again to have a site visit from ARRL Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt – W4OZK.

Thanks to all who came out and helped with the setup, operating, and teardown.  This year’s operation definitely goes into the “SUCCESS” category.

Now we wait to find out the final results of the contest in November or December’s QST magazine.

And we’ll do it again next year for the 60th time as a club!!!

Photos are posted online at:

Richard Matthews

Author: KB4CAY

Ham since 1981. Secretary of Decatur Amateur Radio Club since 2001. I like digital modes and listening to local repeaters.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *