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CARC News Room => CARC Club News and Announcements => Topic started by: NW4R on June 25, 2018, 09:14:51 AM

Title: 2018 Field Day - Lessons Learned
Post by: NW4R on June 25, 2018, 09:14:51 AM
We had a great field day this year.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

While there weren't any significant issues during field day, I'm sure there were some things that could have made operating easier.

Looking at Field Day as a trial run in case we ever needed to activate for a major emergency.  I would like to gather everyone's thoughts on improvements that could be made to help us operate better.

I'm primarily interested in procedural improvments, changes to equipment configurations, was anything missing that we would need, and other similar issues.
I'm not looking to point fingers at one person or a group of people.

Here are a few things to start off the discussion.
1. We need to develop an operation manual for the ham station.  It needs to provide enough information for someone to quickly get the station on the air. It should include things like how to identify which coax feeds which antenna.  How to tune the amps. and other similar operating procedures.

2. PENS.  There was a lack of writing instruments.

3. We need clocks (24hr local and UTC)

What other things would we need during a real emergency.
Title: Re: 2018 Field Day - Lessons Learned
Post by: NW4R on June 25, 2018, 10:51:13 AM
I had a couple of additional thoughts

2 computers for the ham station are on my wish list. Once we have those, we will need to get logging software.    N3FJP is an excellent package for general logging and contest specific logging.  It is pretty much the standard for Field Day logging.

Need to get an interface for digital modes PSK31, RTTY, etc.
We have a Pactor modem but that is all it does.

Headphone splitters so more than one person can listen.

Still need to get CW keys

Title: Re: 2018 Field Day - Lessons Learned
Post by: N4SGC on June 29, 2018, 03:10:45 PM

I thought it was a great day and appreciate your work and the work of others who made it happen.

Suggest a general clean up/tidy up of unused cables & clearly marking input/outputs's, etc.  Lots of good equipment down there.  Maybe set up station 1, station 2, station 3, all set up for different uses/freqs, dedicated to power supplies, etc. It kinda like that now just needs a little tidy up. Since I opened my mouth I would be glad to come down and help get it straightened out with others.  73...Steve w4rrx