Field Day Results from WA3NNA

rossi at VFL.Paramax.COM rossi at VFL.Paramax.COM
Mon Jun 27 15:51:04 EDT 1994


WA3NNA  1B  SNJ  -  1 operator

LOCATION : Between 21st and 22nd Street; Ocean City NJ.
           On the beach; About 50 yards from the ocean.

RIG : OHR Classic (5 watts CW - 20 & 40 meters)

ANTENNA : half-wave vertical wire - supported by a kite.

POWER SOURCE : 12V Ni-Cad battery pack


       73 QSOs on 40 
       35 QSOs on 20
      108 QSOs TOTAL (x2) CW  (x5) 5 watts   = 1080 points 
      100% emergency power                   =  100 points
      Operation from a public place          =  100 points

                 TOTAL SCORE                 = 1280 points

    The thunderstorms never materialized but the winds more than made up for
    it.  High un-cooperating winds kept the kite antenna from flying early
    Saturday afternoon.  Finally (with a longer tail on the kite) I was on the
    air shortly after 2200z.  Operated from the beach from about 6 PM Saturday
    until dark and then returned 9 AM Sunday.  40 meters was much better than
    expected.  20 seemed much worse than last year.  Tried a couple CQs and
    worked 3 stations but the rest were from just tuning and calling.  In
    general I was able to work about 80% of what I called.

    Delta kites do not like high winds unless they have a *very* long tail.
    A half-wave vertical on 20 works better than a full-wave vertical.
    Use a dupe sheet next year.  Memory starts to fail after about 50 QSOs.
    You can still get a nasty sunburn even under a beach umbrella >ouch!<
    FD is too short.  Too much preparation for only a few hours on the air.


Pete Rossi - WA3NNA
rossi at
Unisys Corporation - Government Systems Group
Valley Forge Engineering Center - Paoli, Pennsylvania

>From Robert Penneys <penneys at>  Tue Jun 28 01:07:15 1994
From: Robert Penneys <penneys at> (Robert Penneys)
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 1994 20:07:15 -0400
Subject: N.E.R.D.S. Field Day report
Message-ID: <199406280007.UAA06161 at>

Well, it was great.

Going on top of infamous Iron Hill, rumored to be propagation-killer.
Closed but unlocked at night. Active cruising ground for certain elements.

Basically, got away with it. Threatened thunderstorms no show, weather
lovely, considering heat spell.

3 el 40 wire beam and 80 dipole made by NY3C was great. Took over triband, R5,
put 'em up about 20'. Borrowed a TS790 from the store cause our headsets are
wired for Kenwood. Brought a couple 440s. Ringo and 2 small 2m beams.

Biggest snafu, NA computer beeping and crashing. Turns out it charges from
16 VDC, not 12! Had to pull packet computer over.

Never worked CW or SB above 10M. Took a day to get first 2M phone Q. Band
then opened, got blasted by big sigs from VHFers.

Gave up gracious FD at K3OPE with terrific food, fun crowd, lovely spot.
Pretext was "operating," CW, you know....Trouble is, no one else was
comfortable with computer logging, they wanted to work phone, etc.

Much time lost by griping and other foolishness. But, these guys did such
a fine job putting it together, I'll forget by next year. Sort of like going
to Dayton with them...

In any event, most of my fears were groundless and we operated at least
10 to 20% effectively. Serendipitously, a variety of stoppers-by helped us
set up Saturday, and even came back to help break down. Most hams seem to 
enjoy the parts that make me crazy, thank God.

So - WN3K, 1A DE, 5 watt - 662 Qs, 4590  Q points, 1000 bonus points

Band	CW	Phone

80	45	169
40	79	144
20	60	39
15	28	29
10	2	10
2		15
Packet	40
Sat CW	 2

Kudos to NY3C, WA3DCG, N3BUL, KA3LLL, WA3U, special thanks to WW3K, N4DFL,
and those who root for the maverick N.E.R.D.S. I guess if we were that serious
about operating, we would do it. Must be all that sugar and caffeine affecting
our attention span....

Loved it, got away with it, wait til next year. Tnx all  Bob

Bob Penneys, WN3K  Frankford Radio Club    N.E.R.D.S.
Internet:  penneys at  Mail: 12 E. Mill Stn. Dr., Newark, DE 19711 Work: Ham Radio Outlet (DE) 800-644-4476, 9:30-5:30 Eastern  Fax: 302-322-8808 

>From k2mm at MasPar.COM (John Zapisek)  Tue Jun 28 02:50:38 1994
From: k2mm at MasPar.COM (John Zapisek) (John Zapisek)
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 94 18:50:38 PDT
Subject: Zero, Eh?
Message-ID: <9406280150.AA03022 at greylock.local>

> [dave/ky1h]  as an example of the crazyness that this rule [packet
> repeater exemption] can create, i entered this year as 0d.  right!
> no transmitter, commercial power.

Seems like someone could make a decent score in category 0A -- no "real"
transmitters, just the freebies:  novice/tech, satellite, packet, and VHF.
Throw in a few publicity points, copy the Field Day message, and voila!
You've just won your category! :-)

72-1/2.  --John/K2MM

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