MORE TO FOLLOW - SOON
Field Day 2014-June 28-29 At the Lighthouse.
Our best FD yet; Analysis of
the December issue of QST indicates the following.
The Port Lavaca Amateur Radio Club placed 2nd in South Texas
for Class 2A. 701 contacts with 150 watts or less, totalling
3,012 points with 9 personnel.
In South Texas, we were once again bested by Williamson County
ARC, N5TT (+N5TW). They made 2133 contacts with less than 150
watts for a total of 8,050 points. They claim to have fielded
Nationally, Class 2A was topped by W1NVT, Radio Amateurs of Northern
Vermont. They made 4548 QSO's with 27 personnel and scored 14,018
points. I'll bet that they can actually see 5000 other stations
from their location.
Interestingly, Class 1A was led nationally by a South Texas entry,
K5WA, Tilson CC (who are those guys?), with 2440 QSO's from 8
personnel, totalling 9,102 points (that's an average of more
than 100 Q's/hour, for 24 hours - chew on that for a minute).
Nice job. It can be done from STX.
Photos and the full story coming
Field Day 2013-June 22-23 At the Lighthouse Again.
Our best FD yet; the claimed
score would place PLARC roughly in the middle of all 2A entries
last year. The QSO total is a BIG improvement over 139 last year
and 127 in 2011. Big Successes: Bandpass Filters; FD networked
software; 80/40 dipoles; Jerry's "chat" with the Constable
at the party; and our newest member, Mike, W9CO.
Total Contacts = 485
Total QSO Points = 833
Claimed Bonus Points = 900 Total Claimed Score = 2566
Photos and the full story coming
Field Day 2012
Photos and the "story"
of the event will appear soon. The "webguy" has gotten
behind in his work.
Field Day 2011
(LaDonna Thigpen Photo)
The antenna farm (LaDonna Thigpen Photo)
Tommy, AB5AS, and his VHF e-mailer. (LaDonna Thigpen Photo)
Ed, K5SBR, on 15 SSB, with Jerry, KF5DDV
logging. (LaDonna Thigpen
Mario, WO5O, seated, running 20 meter
PSK-31 with onlookers. From the right, LaDonna Thigpen, Calhoun
County Emergency Management Coordinator, Boyd Staloch, Port Lavaca
Fire Dept., with Noel, KD5PMU, XYL and daughter just visible
behind Boyd. (K5SBR photo)
Port Lavaca City Councilman Jimmy Ward
signing the guest registry under the watchful eye of Jan Regan,
local realtor. (K5SBR photo)
Councilman Ward following Jerry, KF5DDV,
as he bags another 15 meter SSB qso. (K5SBR
Jerry, KF5DDV, still on 15 SSB with
Tommy, AB5AS, explaining the action to a pair of visitors. (K5SBR photo)
Done. From the right, WO5O, AB5AS,
KF5DDV and K5SBR. (WO5O photo)
The following hams were on
site at some point during the exercise:
We also hosted four governmental
and NGO officials, along with at least 15 "civilians".
The historic Halfmoon Reef
Lighthouse provided the perfect venue. Many thanks to the Calhoun
County Historical Commission and Calhoun County Museum Director
George Ann Cormier for their support. We look forward to future
amateur radio activities from this location.
Based on a preliminary
QSO count and bonus point assessment, it appears that our claimed
score is 1234. Looking at 2010 reported national results, that
would put us at about 400 out of 502 entries in Class 2A. This
results for this year will appear in the December issue of QST.
In only 10 hours of operating time out of a possible 24, we made
127 QSO's; 48.8% were SSB, 5.5% digital and 45.7% CW.
Many thanks to all who participated. Those who got pulled another
way missed some fun. The only sweaty time was setting up and
messing with the antennas (sorry, no bonus points for putting
them up twice!). I've never done Field Day in air conditioned
comfort before...I'm ruined...for all time!
2011 Field Day Event Coordinator
P.S. Lessons Learned:
The batteries worked
great, as long as transmitter power is 150 watts or less! No
generator noise and no refueling.
Need bigger, longer
coax to put two antennas further apart. May need custom bandpass
filters to keep radios from deteriorating adjacent band performance.
Split polarization is good, but not enough with the new-design
Especially on SSB, in
lieu of raw power, need bigger antennas. An idea for next year...a
tri-band yagi on the roof of the Bauer Center!
On site BBQ and chef
to keep Mario on the radio and off the roads (although he did
With the air-conditioned,
bug-free environment of the Lighthouse, we could put in more
hours of operating. Practice makes perfect, someone once said.
An Analysis of Published
Results for Field Day 2011
The following information was drawn from December, 2011 QST
magazine. Based upon submitted results, there were 39,246 Field
Day participants in all 80 ARRL sections in the U.S. and Canada,
a 4% increase from 2010 and a new record. The number of contacts
made jumped almost 8% from the prior year to more than 1.4 million.
While the growth compared with 2010 (up 6.7%) was slowest of
the three modes, CW is far from dying, recording a contact rate
of more than 350 per minute for the event's duration.
Of the record 2666 entries, 61% set up in the field as Class
A or B entries (true field day operations). Nationally, the largest
number of entries, 387, chose the same Class 2A (operating two
transmitters at the same time) that the PLARC did, where we ranked
The South Texas Section posted the eighth largest total participation
with 69 entries; Ohio had 134 and Canada's Northwest Territories
managed one. Of the 39 out in the field, PLARC scored 15th. Of
the nine Class 2A South Texas entries, PLARC was seventh.
Our results were accepted as submitted, with our 8 operators
making 127 contacts and scoring 1,234 points.
Top scores are always instructive:
Class 2A South Texas Section - Williamson County ARC made 2319
contacts with 43 operators; 8,280 points; also the top South
Texas Section score!
Class 2A in U.S. & Canada - Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont
made 5467 contacts with 23 operators; 16,320 points.
U.S. & Canada - Potomac Valley RC made 12,158 contacts with
90 operators running 25 transmitters; 38,764 points. Note that
PVRC has been one of the major contesting and radiosport powerhouses
Congratulations to all who came to play. Mark your calendars
- 2012 Field Day, June 23-24.
Hams from Port Lavaca join in national deployment
Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 25-26
Lavaca hams will join with thousands of Amateur Radio
operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities
this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports
of ham radio operators providing critical communications during
unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the
California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events
During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio often called Ham
Radio - was often the ONLY way people could communicate,
and hundreds of volunteer hams traveled south to
save lives and property. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radios
people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical
information and communications. On the weekend of June 25-26,
the public will have a chance to meet and talk with local ham
radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio
Service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities,
voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from
across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency
This annual event, called Field Day is the climax
of the week long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by
the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only
emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency
stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around
the country. Their slogan, When All Else Fails, Ham Radio
Works is more than just words to the hams as they prove
they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone
systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised
in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across
the country participated in last years event. We
hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not
your grandfathers radio anymore, said Allen Pitts,
W1AGP, of the ARRL. The communications that ham radio people
can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed
or were overloaded. And besides that its fun!
In the Port Lavaca area, the Port Lavaca Amateur Radio Club will
be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the historic Half Moon Reef
Lighthouse adjacent to the Bauer Center on June 25, 1 p.m.
- 7 p.m. and the 26th, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. We invite the public
to come and see ham radios new capabilities and learn how
to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
There are over 685,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and
more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRLs
Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide
both emergency communications for thousands of state and local
emergency response agencies and nonemergency community services
too, all for free. To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org.
The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with
the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even
help you get on the air!
Day Fun is coming to a Lighthouse Near You...