CW Mini Field Day

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    KJ6NCS, AF6IE, KG6UWG, W6VG and KG6DQFSaturday, our new CW operators challenged their skills by making several live contacts on 20 meter. The weather was mild and the setting was outstanding. The radio was a Yaesu FT-450 running from an AGM, lead acid battery and the antenna was a variation on the military AS-2259 design, cut for the 20 meter and 40 meter amateur bands.

    This is an excellent example of a temporary station that we can deploy and have operating in under an hour, during an emergency.View across an NVIS antenna

    Neil, W6VG

    This was a blast!  Challenging our skills is right – in this picture we’re struggling to copy even a few characters! Hopefully next year we’ll be laughing about how difficult this was. Well, wait … I’m already laughing.

    Art, W6VV

    Right on, Neil!   There really aren’t that many characters to copy in FD exchanges.  The November Sweepstakes is another matter.  Anyone who has a basic knowledge of CW at the beginning of FD and spends a reasonable amount of time logging will likely be operating quite well by the end of FD.  If you want to get a bit of a head start, take a look at the Section abbreviations so you have a better idea as to what to expect.  Los Angeles is LAX, while Louisiana is LA.    San Diego is SDG, while South Dakota is SD. Orange County is ORG, while Oregon is OR.  And so it goes.  Postal state abbreviations take precedence over other jurisdictional names.

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