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Field Weekend 21/22 July 2018

Glorious weather and a great location again for this years annual field weekend, kicked off with Mark M0LTG, Caroline, 2E0SXH & Garry, M0MGP arriving with a heavily loaded trailer on the Friday evening. A grateful thank to Robert the farmer for the use of his field.

As the light started to fade the generator was quickly offloaded along with a portable site floodlight and the newly acquired club tent (more about that in a separate item), would you believe with no instructions!

Just prior to midnight the three mouseketeers had erected the tent and sited the trailer ready to get some well earned zzzz's, and Caroline headed homeward at half past midnight.

7-30 Saturday morning as Garry looked out of the campervan window a figure on a bicycle came into view across the field, under one arm a 10ft pole and diamond antenna and on his back a portable setup including battery pack.

By 10.30, thanks to members who turned up to assist, the main tent and the Cushcraft, complete with new Jubillee clips, was up and running and others had set up in the field with their portable stations.

It turned out that Saturday was to be a scorching day with hardly any air movement at all and great efforts were needed to keep the equipment cool including a high tech piece of cardboard strategically placed.

Saturday afternoon also saw the arrival of the Colchester Contest Group who set up  ready for the Sunday 4M event, making for an impressive array of antennae on site. They unfortunately suffered an equipment failure on the Sunday but carried on regardless.

Sunday was even hotter and many decided it was just too hot to come along but those that arrived thoroughly enjoyed the day. We eventually decided to break down just after 2pm as the heat was getting to everybody, and we cleared the field by just before 5.

THANKS TO ALL WHO ASSISTED (no names then I cant forget anyone) SETTING UP AND KNOCKING DOWN, AND THOSE OF YOU WHO OPERATED AND SET UP STATIONS.

A special thanks to David who went home and brought back extra chairs for everyone to sit on
and Mark and Caroline, not least for carrying me through the weekend.

Stats for the weekend..........

Total QSO's numbered.....160

51 Phone contacts, many European but also, Morocco,Asiatic Russia,Qatar & Hoy in the Shetlands
      Notable calls, CN2KW Rabat RC, GB3RAF RAFARS, 4U1A  UN DX radio club Austria and       
      RO75NN 75th anniversary memorial station of Normandie Commander Jean Louis Tulasne.
      Best Distances A71OK Qatar 3180m, RO9OAsiatic Russia 3184m.
      21 different countries reached.

13 CW contacts, through Europe, including Boskovice, Helgoland, Ireland and 2 IOTA stations.
      Best dustance OK2CLL Boskovice 692m.
      6 different countries reached.

96 FT8 contacts worldwide including, Europe, Americas, Russia, Canada
      Best distances, YB8OUN, Indonesia 7575m, WJ2DUSA 4097m & VE3RSP Canada 3439m
      34 different countries reached.

The above is a breakdown of logs available to me at time of writing and gives a general overlay of the weekend activities showing a wide area of operation and a pretty good qso tally for around 18hrs total operation (yes we did sleep hi hi).

A full account including pictures will appear on our Facebook page (limited for memory here)

Best 73
Garry
M0MGP