A Couple of Stories from Field Day 2006

We’re getting better every year as far as being prepared. Two years ago, I’m not sure any of our stations were on the air. Last year, most of the stations were on the air at 1800Z, and the rest were shortly after. This year, all the stations were up and running by 1:30 at the latest, and we were all just standing around waiting for the hour to strike.
We ran 4A again this year, with two phone stations and two CW stations. All four stations bettered their scores from last year,. Overall, it was a pretty good performance.
What I’ve done the last couple of years is to go home after dinner on Saturday, get to sleep by 9 pm and wake up around 2 am so that I can get out to the site by 2:30. Apparently, I was a bit sleepy, so early (late?). When I got home Sunday, I discovered that I’d worn my shirt inside out all day. No one ever mentioned it to me.
Around our club, I’m known as a CW geek. So, when I visited one of the phone stations on Sunday, the two hams manning the station challenged me to sit down and make some phone contacts. So, wanting to impress them with my versatility, I sat down, put on the headphones, and started tuning around. Five Qs into my stint, I turned around to see how impressed they were. They were both sound asleep.


  1. Ronny, KC5EES says:

    Funny story about your Phone partners. As the GOTA Coach in Austin, TX, I had a few young ladies show up to do the late shift. As there was already an operator on a 100 QSO run, they slipped into their sleeping bags for a -30 minute nap-. We finally woke them about 6 a.m. the next day. ;)

    Bands were great this year as compared to last. It may have just been our new antenna setup, though. I had a great time and will definitely be at Field Day again next year. I have only done the last 3 years, but I cannot imagine missing any of them from now on.
    Ronny, KC5EES

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