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Field Day 2016 – Family over fun.

It was a very hot weekend in the south this Field Day. While I had plans to make field day a great deal of of fun for myself and my two sons, things don’t always work out the way we would like.
I had a business trip the week before and I barely made it home before midnight on Friday. Worn down and exhausted I crashed, only to awake to a child screaming as my son’s ears were hurting. Turns out he developed swimmers ear. So we spent the Saturday taking care of him. So needless to say we didn’t make it to field day, and being exhausted myself, I crashed early Saturday night. Sunday, was a lazy one. Everyone slept late, which never happens at my house. Before I knew it, Sunday was over.

I say this to remind myself that this is only a hobby. It is something to be done for fun when one has time. I was getting stressed about having everything ready for field day this year. I am glad to have more time to polish my morse code skills and to make QSO at something slower than break neck speeds. Sometimes we have to stop and take a moment to realize that, in this fast paced life we only get one chance to do some things. I get one shot at raising my kids, but there will always be another field day.

See you on the air next field day. 73s

ARRL Field Day, Coming fast.

So the last week has been crazy. I decided to try some new things for field day and now I am feeling the pressure of the deadline. So as I have learned to do the hard way, It is time to reprioritize. Here is the list of done and todo.

Done so far:

  • 70cm yagi to match my current 2m yagi. Both tape Measures. Build article here.
    • 2m_70cm_Yagi_Left
  • Audio Interface so that I can use a sound card and fldigi for digital modes.
  • Install fldigi on raspberry pi connected to LCD for use on field day, (12v system)
  • Setup Rasberry Pi with Gpredict and fldigi

Todo:

  • Update the frequency counter and check out my MMR-40.
  • Build a EFHW Tuner for 40m. (Don’t know about the design yet)
  • Build a satellite tracking rotator so that i can use Gpredict to work AMSAT birds.
    • build a usb<->stepper motor interface using a rotator protocol (Yaesu A,B)
  • Build a new 40 CW Transceiver.

So much left to do, such little time.