The heavy-lifting antenna crew erected four towers today, supporting three tri-band beams, two moxon antennas, and a 80/40m fan dipole, By 4 PM the tents were up, feedlines installed, and on-air tests completed.
From left to right – CW tent, tower and moxon. GOTA tower and fan dipole, Phone tower and moxon. 6 meter moxon.
Testing this early morning indicated excellent antenna performance on 80/40/20 meters. 15 meter was dead along with 10 meters. 5 watts to our antennas would yield 15 dB above the noise floor signals in the middle of the country. So add about 13 more dB for 100 watts, and the signal levels will eexcellent.
As this is posted, there are less than 73 hours to go until Field Day begins.
While it might anger the weather gods, things are forecast to be pretty nice with a storm clearing out around sunrise on Friday, and clear weather, highs in the upper 70s, lows around 60 and low humidity, around for Field Day.
Don’t forget to contact Ed Gosling about your picnic dinner count (Saturday at 6 PM),
Also don’t forget our special speaker at 8 PM Saturday in the Pavilion. Dan Barstow, the Director of Education for the International Laboratory on the International Space Station will be speaking with us.
Check out the Field Day page to see how you can help with set-up and take-down on Friday and Sunday.