MWRS operated portable during the Sunday morning segment of this year’s Summer Field Day, from the oval behind our club rooms. This oval is at a high point in Terrey Hills and provides a good outlook in all directions. Operators were Nick VK2FS, Geoff VK2MIA, Matt VK2RQ and Carlo VK2MXC. In addition we had several club members turn up to say g’day and see how we were going.
Weather was warm and sunny, quite humid as it had rained overnight and the residual moisture was evaporating out of the ground.
For 6m, we used a squid pole supporting an inverted V, with the peak about 7 metres above ground level. FT-897D radio running on 2 x 12V 7Ah SLA batteries.
For 2m, 70cm and 23cm we used high gain Yagi antennas on a portable mast, rotated by hand. Unfortunately the coaxial relay for our 23cm equipment was playing up so we didn’t make any contacts on that band. IC-7000 radio running on large blue SLA battery.
Total contacts 19, with a great 6m opening to VK5, VK4 and ZL. Due to the nice opening, our score for 6m was almost our best category!