On June 23-24, FCW operated a Field Day Station for the ARRL Field Day. The purpose of Field Day is to allow Amateur (HAM) Radio operators:
-To test equipment
-Gain experience in operating under non-optimal, or emergency conditions
-Introduce the public to Ham radio
Field Day is in the form of a contest in which Hams contact stations all over the country. This was the first serious use of the FCW station – call sign K4FCW, and so, was essentially, an experiment. Despite our main antenna not being available, things worked out ok as two HF transmitters were active. Even with temporary antennas the station made contacts with 29 states and 2 provinces. Thanks to Buck for the loan of some gear and Ross for the loan of a slushie machine. We now know what to improve for next year.