Field Day 2020 Surprises

To say we live in interesting times would be an understatement. However, to have participated in Field Day 2020 underscores amateur radio’s ability to adapt to conditions, while building and maintaining social contacts. Our story began about a month before field day. Our host asked a small group of local hams if we would be

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What does ARES say about Volcanoes?!

I’ve been following the recent news in Hawaii, and through contesting I know a few folks in the southern part of the Big Island. I, and a few local Amateurs around the bay and in Santa Cruz, were concerned about some of the regulars that we talk to or visit on an occasional trip to

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A Holiday Poem

(Authors unknown. From our shack to yours, Happy Holidays.) A HOLIDAY POEM ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shack The rig was turned off and the mike cord lay slack. The antenna rotor had made its last turn, The tubes in the linear have long ceased to burn. I sat there relaxing

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A Runners Perspective, 2017 Wharf-to-Wharf Pedestrian Mobile

Yep, I did it again! Huffing and puffing on a 2-meter hand-held over the 6-mile course, this year I was once again pedestrian mobile for the 45th running of the Santa Cruz to Capitola Wharf-to-Wharf (W2W) race. Thanks to Cap (KE6AFE) I was able to borrow his lightweight Yaesu VX-2R 3-watt transceiver, and stay in

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A Little Night Light Music

I had it in my hand! The Trustee certification for a club station for NG6O arrived by mail at the last day (and minute) from the FCC. It was just in the nick-of-time to operate in the CQ Worldwide WPX CW contest, and run QRP (5 watts) where I was able to make an incredible

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