Field Day preps
fgentges at mindspring.com
Fri Jun 23 21:20:07 CDT 2006
I have gotten the van pretty much prepared for Field Day.
The original inverter created hash clear up at 2 meters. I tried to
quiet it down and it seemed like it just got worse at times although it
did seem to improve after some effort but not as much as I wanted. I
now have a 400 watt unit from Tripp based on germanium output
transistors also installed for Field Day. It is much quieter.
The 100 foot of hard line that George Lemaster donated has been cut into
two pieces and connectors have been attached. Now we can run hard line
for 440 and 2 meters or whatever else we might want to use it for. We
will try to scrounge up some pig tails to go around the rotor and the
into the radio from some of the LARG folks.
A gin pole arrangement has been made up that should make it easier to
tilt up the rotor and mast after it is assembled. It will use a rope
from volunteers on the ground to tilt it up.
Tom, WB3AKD, The VHF/UHF team captain will try to fill in the gaps and
feels some of the LARG members can help to get the antenna stack
assembled and up.
I have made up a PVC pole that is 11.5 feet tall that a walker can use
to insure the AMRAD van can make it under low hanging limbs etc on the
final part of the drive. I will need some help with this.
We will be at the lab around 9 AM Saturday and will depart shortly
thereafter for the Field Day site at Banshee Reeks. See
In addition to the AMRAD van we will be taking out my own van and we
need someone to drive it out to the site. I have a generator and other
things in my van that we will need out there.
We will try to get up a radio on 147.21 simplex for talk-in once we get
Finally, LARG puts on a very nice pot luck dinner on Saturday night and
AMRAD members are most welcome and can bring their favorite dish.
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