Field Day 2016 was a fun one for the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers. Pine Ridge school was the location and the 4000’ elevation provided for cool weather. K6ARP operated as 2A using several dipoles to choose from, as well as a K636XA paired with a AB-577 mast system to launch the 160 pound antenna into the air. Jason Boyer (N6EY) provided the gear and effort to establish a VHF/UHF station for terrestrial and satellite contacts. A GOTA station was also setup allowing those unfamiliar with contesting a chance to enjoy the bands at a friendly pace.
A big hit with those that attended was lunch and dinner on Saturday, followed by Sunday breakfast all prepared by Craig Roberts (W6CMR) and his wife Michelle. They also had a special treat and surprised the group with a field day logo cake Saturday night.
As always, Field Day is a learning experience when setting up temporary stations. It also makes it interesting. Cursing was avoided until a review of the SWR on some antennas evoked a response, but the problem was rectified in short order. The group effort to setup, operate, and tear down the stations worked to provide a positive environment. Unfortunately, with band conditions as they were, not all of the bands were friendly to work with but the group did their best.
The furthest contact was to India on 40 meters around 0900 UTC Sunday. A pair of Dunestar bandpass filters worked very well to keep the CW/digital station and phone station going simultaneously without problem.
While C.A.R.P. is usually engaged in fundraising around Field Day, the timing this year allowed the club to participate. Looking to the future, 2017 will again provide an opportunity for the club to participate in the event. The addition of the C.A.R.P. communications trailer by that time will be a welcomed resource. If you were unable to join us this year, we hope to see you in 2017.