Originally posted June 2021
Lot's of fun and a good deal of learning this weekend [thanks to 90 degree heat and high humidity outside].
Forty contacts in 16 states and two countries across 80; 40; 20; 15; 10 and 2 Meters.
I was able to clearly receive stations in states as far away as California. Washington and Idaho. Even though I did not make contact my admiration and amazement for what these antennas and radios can achieve continued to grow.
It was fun to have Mark W2UIS as first contact on 2 Meter simplex [146.520] followed by Jon KC2BNW transmitting QRP (5 watts) from a 4000' mountain in the Adirondacks.
Also made my first 15 Meter contact and first 10 Meter DX contact [Tennessee] thanks to Field Day 2021.
My knowledge of the best times for several bands from 80M to 10M significantly increased as I devoted some time to scanning each band at different times of the day. I'm hoping a few of us can team up to create listen at different times over a 5 to 10 day period at different times of the year to build our understanding of 'optimum times' for each band in our region.
Looking forward to coloring the ARRL map with our Grandson Henry.
When you use the ARRL website to report your results you can assign them to a club and you get a nice confirmation form shown below. I designated my 130 points to OMARC...of course!