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AI4BJ

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field day w5xk on 24/6/14
I forgot to mention one additional "home" operating class - class E. Class E is the same as class D, but using an emergency power source, such as a generator. Class E stations can work all other stations.
field day w5xk on 24/6/14
I'll be working Field Day from home this year. I'll be setting up a temporary solar-powered station in my backyard, using a wire antenna suspended from a fiberglass push-up mast. My class will be 1B.

If for some reason I was unable to leave the house, I could operate from my normal home station as class 1D. Class D stations cannot work each other, but may work all other classes. Class D stations may not receive the benefit of testing their preparedness for emergencies, but they provide useful additional contacts for all the stations that are out in the field.

All operating classes in Field Day serve a useful purpose, and as such all are due full credit for their participation.

Entry Level Powerpoint Presentations? W1VT on 13/6/14
These are easy to find using Google. Just be sure to include "filetype:ppt" in the search box.
Field Day Logging Software K5LYT on 11/6/14
N3FJP field day log is probably the most popular program, and it's easy to use.
QRP/Tent Camping/Day Hiking - NNY KE7WWT on 1/5/14
I've been combining QRP operation with backcountry backpacking for about 10 years now. My advice is to leave the solar panel and charger at home. Invest in a 14V 6-9 AH LiFePO4 battery which should not weigh more than a pound or two and takes up little space in your backpack. These can be found for less than $50 from shops that cater to RC enthusiasts. Fully charge the battery at home before you leave and you should easily get a weekend's worth of operating out of it, whether the sun is shining or not.

Leave the Buddipole at home too -- it's fine for trips to the park but is too heavy and bulky for backpacking. A 30-36 ft length of 24 AWG wire weighs an ounce or two and takes practically no space in your pack. It will perform as well as or better than the Buddipole. Depending on how effective the antenna tuner is in your rig, you may want to use a 9:1 unun. There are many plans for these on the internet (Google "earchi unun"). I built mine with about $10 worth of parts obtained on eBay.

Mark AI4BJ

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