2012 Field Day: K0NR Results

For 2012 ARRL Field Day, we operated from the cabin in portable style. Temporary wire antennas were tossed into the trees and  the trusty Honda EU1000 generator provided emergency power. The Spousal Unit, Joyce KØJJW got on the air and made some contacts, making this a multi-op effort.

We used a similar approach as last year, see my post, ARRL Field Day: Season to Taste. The main difference is that the sporadic-e on 50 MHz wasn’t as good this year, but we had a fun time working the event.

  Band  Mode  QSOs    
     7  SSB     15    
    14  USB     78  
    21  USB     73  
    50  USB     33  
   144  USB      3  
   420  FM       1  
 Total  Both   203  
        Score: 406

As usual for Field Day, most of the time the 20 Meter phone band was crammed with stations calling CQ Field Day. There were many times that I responded to one call and had another radio operator think I was working them. It occurs to me that we have this emphasis on exposing new people to ham radio during Field Day via the GOTA stations and public demonstrations. However, this is kind of like showing someone the joy of driving a car by having them experience a giant traffic jam.  Is this really the best way to introduce people to ham radio?

Field Day: Make it your own!

73, Bob K0NR

Bob Witte, KØNR, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Colorado, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “2012 Field Day: K0NR Results”

  • Rob W8MRL:


    I agree with your analogy about the GOTA station.

    In our case, I ended up promising to go to the visitors home this coming weekend, with my “go bag” and setup on their deck. This way they can make a less cluttered attempt at a contact with someone that isn’t rushed to make the next QSO.

    Rob W8MRL
    Hamilton, OH

  • Kris Amundson (KF7OPU):

    Hey Bob,

    I’m down here at the South Pole operating as KC4AAA and I spent 8 hours last weekend trying to QSO. I made 5 contacts on 40m. 🙂 Propagation sucks down here during the continuiously dark Winter. Oh well, I’ll keep playing around with the ham gear here until November when I leave.


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