ARRL National Field Day 2017

Another great Field Day in the books!

We logged 50+ attendees!

Operated as a 4-Alpha SFL with the 1×1 call sign W4A.

Saturday was a bit slow for phone contacts, but you could hear the mellow sounds of CW echoing throughout from the tent of our CW guru Frank Gudicello (K2TVY) making contact after contact!

Sunday early morning (@ 02:00) North America was commanded by Pete Reyes (KM4RHC) and Doug Mejia (KM4RHE) on 40 meters. They dug in and managed an awesome pile-up making coast to coast contacts.

Then not long after sunrise Sunday while Pete and Doug were recovering, 6 meters began to scream and Bill Appelton (KG2CS) and his wife Margarita (KN4CVW) managed close to 100 contacts during that brief opening!

Red Cross demonstrated setting up their satellite emergency communications system and setting up their informational booth. Thank You Armando Flores (KC4LYD) and staff. The Red Cross Local Chapter Communications Director Eddy Rodriguez (KC4CFK) and his assistants Doral Police Officer Luis Pinion (KI4VEY) and Valeiano Budles (KK4PHH) was on site providing support and encouragement. Luis and Valeiano are the voices of the ever popular Tuesday Night Red Cross Net.

Our A.R.R.L. Section Manager Jeff Beals ( WA4AW) and Asst. Section Manager Barry Porter (KB1PA) presented the club with a certificate commemorating 55 years of service with the ARRL. We also enjoyed their company during lunch. They especially enjoyed the Imperial Rice and Plantains donated by the Dade Radio Club.

Dade Radio Clubs President Julio Herrera (KK4KMO) with his iconic “hamwagon” was there supporting the Field Day Operation. Julio got us 100 points making contacts while using solar power!

Joanne Carbana (KG4GKU) Dade Radio Club Corporate Secretary and Elected Official (Community Council / Zoning Appeals Board Member) stopped by and hung out for awhile….Thanks Joanne for that extra 100 points!!

Miami Dade County RACES officer Lloyd Kurtzman (N4LJK) and Asst. RACES Officer Robert Hernandez (KM4JAT) were onsite also.

Thank You John Vecchio (KG4ACN) for keeping the .835 repeater up and running. Its reliability has made it the most popular and essential amateur radio repeater in the county.

I know there were many other highlights, great conversations and interactions between the visitors, members and amateur radio operators. You all define what this hobby is about. Field Day is not just a demonstration of emergency communications abilities, this gathering is also a testament of dedication, compassion and comradeship within the ham radio community. Thank you for making this field day and this hobby/service a memorable and worthwhile endeavor for all radio amateurs.

 

Until Next Year,
Yours In Amateur Radio
Steve Taylor
W1HQL
EARCH President

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