|Just North of Phoenix making the drive to Flagstaff
ARRL Field Day
ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
My mentor, K7TEJ was my first contact through a surface repeater. He was also my first voice contact through a satellite while we were on vacation at the beach in California. After our satellite contact, he asked me if I would like to attend the Field Day. We were already away for a week and the Field Day was the next weekend. My wife knew it was important to me so she gave me the go.
Saturday morning came and there was an ISS pass that was broadcasting SSTV at 4a so I got up and was able to receive one image. I played with my dog, took a shower and was on the road to Flagstaff. There are several forest fires across the state and most of our forests are closed. As the sun rose, it was orange and there was smoke in the Verde Valley. I had previously loaded up my radio with repeaters along the way so when I got to the Verde Valley, I checked in with the Mingus Mnt repeater and was promptly welcomed to their morning net!
I announced that I was on a HT inside my car headed North in the freeway across the valley. Knowing the lay of the land, they gave me priority and I told a little story of what I was doing. Several people wished me well and before I knew it, I was on the other side of the valley climbing up onto the rim at Munds Park. Pretty soon I came into range of the Mt. Elden repeater and I called out and was picked up by the guys from the NADXA or the Flagstaff club. I told them I was headed to Jack's place and they all knew what was up. They too wished me well and I told them I was going to visit.
I arrived at Jack's place and was introduced to the crew. Everyone was busy doing something getting their radio's or antenna ready to make contact. I hung out with Rick while he made a half dozen contacts through a satellite.
I felt guilty for heading out again after being on vacation for a week so I headed over to the other group at the Home Depot parking lot. I was warmly greeted, we spoke of our previous contact through the Mt.Elden repeater and I told them my story.
I'm so impressed, this is my first contact with other people that are into Amateur Radio. Like everyone else, the pandemic has really put a damper on face to face meetings but as we emerge from the pandemic, and the clubs begin to meet again in person, I will begin to put call signs to faces.
Thank you so much to all involved.
I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more time at the Field Day but I will be attending club meetings and next year, I will make plans to stay the whole Field Day as I will have much much more experience and I will know more people.
|On the South Side of the Verde Valley there was a lot of smoke
|Jack Lunsford NT7MM designed and built his home, he hosted the Field Day
|Rick Tejera K7TEJ and his ELK antenna and Yaesu mobile system for satellite work
|K7TEJ working "the birds" He made contact with WD9EWK
|An ARRL representative visits Jack's house
|Charlie KG7KRN, Walt NJ86, Mike Boger W7IJ and Jack Lunsford NT7MM
|55' tall, any band 20m up, this is the permanent antenna on Jack's property
|The "old" NADXA trailer. I was intrigued by it, I'm sure it has stories...
|Mike from Ham Radio Outlet in Phoenix, Arizona hamming it up
|Gary WK7B was very kind, here is setting up for the Field Day.
|The gun used at Jack's place to shoot a line to pull up an antenna
|Northern Arizona DX Association