2011 Field Day – CW Station (Part II)

(See Part I of this article.) Much time was spent finding and removing yesterday’s accumulation of the myriad grass seeds, stickers, nettles, fox tales, rocks and other undesired biota from socks, shoes, pants, shirts, and wherever else they had lodged for the evening. Only a few hardy souls had stayed over Friday night. The Twins […]

2011 Field Day – CW Station (Part I)

The effort for this year’s CW station started about three days after the end of Field Day 2010. We’d had some good success with inverted-Vee Yagi-Uda wire antennas in previous years, so it was proposed to erect similar structures this year. The goal was to hit both 40-meter and 80-meter bands with dual three-element antennas. […]

UCSC Field Day 2011

Nearing the end of the UCSC’s academic quarter, Kerry Veenstra (K3RRY) thought, “Am I going to do Field Day this year?” There was little time before summer academic activities began, and the thought of an all-night competition was unappealing. But then UCSC professor Steve Petersen (AC6P) suggested that instead of focusing on scoring points, the […]