Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Winter Field Day 2020

This was my 5th Winter Field Day event which was scaled down from previous years efforts. I was not able to operate the entire time and some other operators had other commitments so this was a
1 Home station this year.

I had planned to at least get an 80 meter wire antenna up but mother nature decided to flood a good part of my backyard so I had to use my 32 foot vertical which hurts me on 80 meters.

I was able to operate some Saturday evening so I missed the chance for any 20 meter operating and 40 meters was about dead so I had to limp along on 80 meters. Sunday morning I was able to make 20 and 40 meter contacts and I mainly focused on PSK31. Operating was done only on 20, 40 and 80 meters. I tried Sunday for any 15 meter contacts but had no takers. I did learn that on my IC-7200 I could use the manual notch filter (MNF) to knock down some of the monster PSK31 signals and restore my waterfall display. Usually the MNF is used to notch out birdies or someone that is tuning up near your frequency.

The station setup was a IC-7200 radio, LDG tuner, Signalink USB for digital, K42 CW reader for CW and the ground mounted vertical.

 Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

 Band       CW   Phone     Dig   Total       %
 ----            --      -----        ---     -----       ---
   80           4         1           24      29        29
   40           7        14          30      51        50
   20           6         8            7       21        21
                  --      -----         ---    -----       ---
 Total        17       23          61     101      100

Final results

Operator ND9E
17 CW contacts
23 Phone contacts
61 digital contacts
9 multipliers

Total claimed score was 4722

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