Friday night as the sun was setting, club members enjoyed pizza and salad after a hard day setting up for Field Day. Wife of the Club President, Leslie Gise, performed a traditional hula selected to entice Maui to walk back up to the top of Haleakala and instead of slowing down the sun, put sun spots on it and encourage good propagation for the following days exercises. Tom reported on Monday that the hula must have worked because the sunspot count increased from 37 to 112. It really made a difference.
This last Saturday, club members were invited up to the club president's, Tom NH6Y, shop to help build the 15 meter beam antenna we are going to use for field day. In the images below you can see Tom uses the most intricate of tools for such a sensitive piece of equipment. What was that saying? "Work softly but carry a big mallet?" Anyway, we almost finished the whole project until we realized we were missing an important part and decided to stop there for the day. Tom provided a nice home cooked lunch of split pea soup and his very own recipe, chard and rhubarb savory pie. Despite what you may be thinking, it was a delicious meal. After lunch we took down the 10 meter beam put together the previous week. Tom reports that the 10 meter beam performed flawlessly and required no further adjustment. A testament to the new ARRL Antenna Book and the updated specifications for these builds. As a new ham it was a perfect day for learning the ins and outs of antennas and really get some hands on experience. I am looking forward to heading back up to finish the job.
Bottom Line: A good time was had by all.
We set up on Friday in the area North of Ho'okipa (the wind surfing capital of the world). This area is usually occupied by cattle. We were all surprised to find that the grass was very high this year, although we could have anticipated it from the heavy rainfall last winter. A good weed-wacker would have been useful. The weather was great, the wind didn't get too strong, and we had only a few slight sprinkles. This is not always the case for this location and we have had some fierce winds and rain in the past
For the MARC members that were able to be there, this was a long day. We set up a rhombic antenna with 400 foot legs, each leg being supported a guyed Tower. This year we set up only one station in a small bus that was loaned to us for the event . We also set up a linear in anticipation of poor propagation conditions. Actually, however, we were surprised and pleased, as was everyone else, that reasonably good propagation did occur for the event.
It was start time and the real fun began. We had some pretty good pileups going on 20 and 40 meters. We had a few operators that worked CW, but the majority of operation was on phone.
Saturday night we had a steak and chicken barbecue. Ono Grinds (good food). Our thanks to Karen and Phil for the excellent grilling.
We were fortunate to have a few visitors from the mainland that stopped by. Some saw our announcement in the Maui paper, but others just spotted the antenna (kind of hard to miss the rhombic). We we glad to see them and some of the visiting amateurs took the time to operate KH6RS for a few minutes.
We finished operating and took down the Rhombic on Sunday. Lots of work, but lots of fun. At our July club meeting, we discussed the few things that needed improvement and hopefully we will be able to fix them next year.
De KH6RS BLoG
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