FIELD DAY 2014

AT THE

KAMPGROUND

Jerome, Idaho

WIDE VIEW OF GROUNDS

A view of the K7MVA field day 2014 location in the "back 40" of the Jerome, ID KOA Kampground.

Tents are visible but the tri-bander is behind the tree in the middle and can't be seen.

BEAM GOING TOGETHER

Tri-bander being assembled on the top of the table.

NOW GOING TOGETHER LEVEL.

After trying to get the elements straight with each other, the question was asked, "why not put it on the deck to make sure things were level?" After all, the deck is bigger than the table.

Someone said they didn't put it on the deck to start with because it was too far down there! :-)

BEAM ASSEMBLY

After moving things to the deck all went together in no time at all.

BEAM ASSEMBLY

Kelly, K7SU

"Now, that looks better."

WONDERING WHY

Gary, KG7JVB is wondering why it was done that way, and not the other.

PUT IT UP THERE

Jim, W7OUU

"Now we need to put it up on top of the tower."

KOA KAMPGROUND BOSS

Oscar, KC6GWG

Our host for the weekend

"Looking good."

ASSEMBLY WATCHER

Chris, W7CTH

"Looks like I got here just in time to watch."

GOING UP

Jim, W7OUU

Looks over the situation.

"Looks good, let's getter up."

Jim is the president of the MVARC for the year 2014.

BEAM ALIGNMENT

Jim, W7OUU and Oscar, KC6GWG

Getting the tri-bander in position to mount it on the tower.

BEAM FINE TUNING

Jim, W7OUU fine tunes the placement of the beam with his foot while others make sure he is using the proper foot.

TOWER RASING

Jim, W7OUU

Unhooks the tie-down chain so that the tower can be raised.

WATCHING TOWER GO UP

Dave, WA7SDO

Making sure Jim gets things unhooked correctly.

TOWER RASING

Steve, K7WKR

Steve, our current vice president and this year's field day coordinator barks instructions to someone off camera.

TOWER INSPECTOR

Jason Potter

Jason is Steve, K7WKR's Godson and was helping just as though he was a member of the club.

In this case he watches the antenna go up to vertical.

He and Chris, W7CTH saw that the coax was not connected. So it had to be lowered.

:-)

COAX CONNECTION

Here, Jason is connecting the coax and putting some tape around it just in case some moisture gets in overnight.

TOWER GOING UP.

The tri-bander is on it's way back up after getting it's coax connected.

 

BEAM ALIGNMENT

Bill, W7AAZ is making sure that all is lined up.

THE BORG

Doc, AC7M is adjusting his newly implanted Borg optical eye piece.

TENT ASSEMBLY

The tent on the left belongs to the MVARC, and the other one belongs to the KOA Kampground. They are free-standing and are NOT connected to either the shed in the back, nor the deck they will sit on.

TENT ASSEMBLY

Sides being installed so the wind doesn't blow things over into Wyoming.

TENT ASSEMBLY

Doc, AC7M is connecting one of the many bungee things to hold the tent wall in place.

GENERATOR

Dan, KG7JVE and Kelly, K7SU take the generator to the back of the shed so it would not be heard from the operating stations.

This generator is on loan from Oscar and the KOA Kampground.

40 METER ANTENNA SETUP

Under the direction of Bill, W7AAZ friends are working on putting up the 40 meter vertical.

RACES/ARES Trailer

While Bill, W7AAZ and his group work on putting up the 40 meter antenna Terry, K7THF is backing in the comm trailer he takes care of.

WHO NEEDS HELP NOW?

Kelly, KF7UFJ is wondering what is going on.

KOA KAMPGROUND hosts

Oscar, KC6GWG gives parking instructions to a guest that just arrived while his XYL Kim, KD6GLL prepares breakfast goodies.

DISCUSSION

Mike, W0LVJ and Jim, W7OUU discuss what to do next.

40 METER POLE

Dan, KG7JVE explains to Bill, W7AAZ about that pole that doesn't fit the 40 meter antenna like Bill says it will, as others look on.

40 METER VERTICAL

Billy, KF7QIY is standing on a picnic table connecting the ground radials.

40 METER GROUND RADIALS

Showing what Billy is really doing.

Billy, KF7QIY is standing on a picnic table connecting the ground radials.

WHAT NOW?

Kelly, KF7UFJ and Tony, KG7DQO

Kelly to Tony, "Now that all the work is done, what shall we get into now?

WHAT NEXT?

Larry, KG7JVA left

Kelly, K7SU right

While looking at the makin's of the 10, 15, and 20 meter stations a comment was over heard saying "Crap, which wire goes where?"

TRI-BANDER

This is the view to the south from our operating position a 125ft away.

BREAKFAST on Saturday

While Kelly, K7SU gets to the front of the chow-line Kim, KD6GLL (our hostess) pours him a cup a juice.

Dan, KG7JVE is wondering if there will be any left.

SATURDAY BREAKFAST

Kim, KD6GLL (our hostess) pours juice for other thursty guests..

K7MVA BANNER

Josh, W7ZCU shows off the size of the Magic Valley Amateur Radio Club's banner while showing Rosey, KF7UFI operating the 20 meter station in the background.

GETTING STARTED

Background - Kelly, KF7UFJ (watching)

From front to back...

Steve, K7WKR - 10 meters

Doc, AC7M - 15 meters (working on breakfast food)

Kelly, K7SU - 20 meters (trying to find the display)

Rosey, KF7UFI - 20 meter logging

 

IN OPERATION

Contest has started and we are now on our way...

10-METERS

The ten meter station.

Steve, K7WKR tuning

15 METERS

The fifteen meter station.

Doc, AC7M making CW contacts

20 METERS

The twenty meter station.

Rosy, KF7UFJ logging

Kelly, K7SU making contacts

SERVER FARM

Server farm that all the stations report to for log keeping.

Next year this station could be running on a laptop, possibly.

WATCHING OPERATIONS

Jim, N7ZGH is watching the activity and learning how field day contacts are made.

SERVER & FOOD

Alex, KF7LDR the Magic Valley Amateur Radio Club's secretary/treasurer and server caretaker is watching how things are going with the server while having breakfast.

40 & 80 METER STATIONS

Resting...

40 METER CONTACTS

Josh, W7ZCU makes contacts on the 40 meter band while Alex, KF7LDR explains what is going on to a guest.

CHATTER, CHATTER

John, N7MAJ keeps a close eye on the chatter coming from the 20 and 15 meter stations.

THE CHATTER

Where the chatter is coming from...

Doc, AC7M takes a break from working all that CW on 15 meters while Jim, W70UU and Rosey, KF7UFJ log in contacts on 20 meters.

ROTATOR

Doc, AC7M and JIM, W7OUU are trying to find out who will control the rotator. Looks like Jim is winning this round, huh? :-)

WATCHING THE GOINGS ON

Matt, KF7GXO

Smiling because he is watching his wife have fun on the keyer that we had for demonstration.

HAVING FUN WITH THE KEYER

Beth, XYL of Matt, KF7GXO

For never have seen a keyer or heard CW before today she is doing pretty darn well, indeed. Just think how well she will do when operating and learning CW on a straight key?

Looks like we will have a new ham in the area very soon.

LEARNING HOW IT ALL WORKS

Oscar, KG6GWG and Rosey, KF7UFJ instruct Kurtis, KF7OBQ on how things work on the air for field day

LEARNING HOW IT ALL WORKS

Oscar, KG6GWG and Rosey, KF7UFJ instruct Kurtis, KF7OBQ on how things work on the air for field day.

LUNCH

Lunch has arrived.

LUNCH CREW

Our hosts at their KOA Kampground.

It was a very good lunch and on time too!

:-)

Thank you Oscar, Kim, and the family for such a wonderful place to hold field day and for Kim to cook lunch for the bunch.

Oh, that breakfast was sure a surprise.

THANK YOU!

LUNCH

Lunch is served. "Let's eat!"

LUNCH

Lunch is served. "Let's eat!"

 

Rolly, KF7JGW digs in.

LUNCH

Lunch is served. "Let's eat!"

LUNCH

Lunch is served. "Let's eat!"

LUNCH

Lunch is served. "Let's eat!"

LUNCH

Lunch is over. "Back to work on 40m"

John, N7MAJ

40 METERS

John, N7MAJ tunes around on 40 meters after having lunch.

 

20 METERS

Kelly, KF7UFJ, and XYL Rosey, KF7UFI enjoy a little "togetherness" on 20 meters.

Please CLICK HERE to see and hear the explanation of RIT.

 

Magic Valley Amateur Radio Club's 2014 Field Day activities on June 27, 28, and 29.

All photos, video, photo editing, and page layout by Bob, KC7QR.