Field Day 2009

What a glorious weekend the Pine Valley Repeater radio operators had while participating in the nationwide ARRL sponsored Field Day. The weather was perfect for this event.

Early on Saturday morning, June 27, several members of the PVR Club gathered at the Field Day site to begin setting up the antennas, communicating stations, and a multitude of other activities in preparation for 24 hours of making as many radio contacts as possible.

By noon, four (4) communicating stations were ready to go, complete with radio operators and loggers. We utilized 4 communicating modes — SSB phone, CW, PSK31, and VHF/UHF. All the stations were busy into the late evening hours … and again beginning early on Sunday morning. Hundreds of contacts were made with other FD participants from all over the U.S. , including Alaska and Hawaii, and even ham operators in Canada. It was a great event!

We used our Club call — W9SSC — as a Special Event Station commemorating the annual Star Spangled Celebration country/western concert. SSC attracts many of the popular country/western stars as well as thousands and thousands of country/western fans.

The 2009 Field Day ended with a delicious potluck dinner. Hmmmmm Hmmmmm Good!

Following are some photos of the ’09 Field Day:

 Assembling the beam antenna
Assembling the beam antenna
 Many hands make work easy
Many hands make work easy
 The gang doing a good job
The gang doing a good job
 Shawn attaching the beam
Shawn attaching the beam
 Won't be long now
Won’t be long now
 We'll soon be ready
We’ll soon be ready
 Tough jobs need a supervisor
Tough jobs need a supervisor
 Starting the tough part
Starting the tough part
 That tower is heavy!
That tower is heavy!
 Everybody pulls their weight
Everybody pulls their weight
 Nearly there
Nearly there
 Old Glory flying high
Old Glory flying high
 Our sign
Our sign
 We're finally communicating!
We’re finally communicating!
 Santana logs while Ralph sends CW
Santana logs while Ralph sends CW
 Mike logs while Kevin communicates phone(SSB)
Mike logs while Kevin communicates phone(SSB)
 Neil and John at one of the stations
Neil and John at one of the stations
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Brad working on computer network
 Dick communicating via PSK31
Dick communicating via PSK31
 Our youngster, Russ, learning PSK31
Our youngster, Russ, learning PSK31
 Our PVR "Welcome to Field Day" sign
Our PVR “Welcome to Field Day” sign
 End of FD -- potluck
End of FD — potluck
 Shawn is an expert at grilling brats
Shawn is an expert at grilling brats
 Potluck is a family affair
Potluck is a family affair

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