See the July 2016 issue of RF News, starting at page 14, for a report on our 2016 Field Day activity. Additional photos by K5CGX are posted here. Click on any image to enlarge.
As usual, the Baton Rouge ARC operated from the Highland Road Park Observatory. We used the two tribanders, a 40m dipole, and 80m dipole, and the jumpered multiband dipole. We had great participation, both from the local ham community and the public. I counted 24 different operators in the log, at least 6 others not in the log, and 12 members of the public participated at the GOTA station.
Our log had 768 CW QSOs, 554 SSB, 44 digital contacts, and 1 satellite contact. This was a decrease of 140 CW and 70 SSB contacts over last year, but we increased our digital count to 44 from last year’s 10. Our efforts netted every ARRL section save four: EWA, VI, AB and SK. CW continues to be our workhorse mode, in large part thanks to the guys (W5XU, AA5O, N5BUD, W5DJA and W5ZDW) who pounded away at station 1. Unlike last year, 6m did open up Sunday morning, netting us 62 contacts in 2 hours. This year, with the extra antenna on 80m, we did much better, with over 50 SSB contacts, mostly due to Craig, KF5VKQ and Richard N5BTP. On 10m CW we went from 0 last year to 171 QSO’s this year.
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