Field Day 2009 – A Big Success!

June 30, 2009

Field of Tents

Field of Tents

Seattle ACS and MST enjoyed a great turn-out for Field Day 2009.  Many members and friends visited the event site at the West Seattle Campus of South Seattle Community College.  It all got started early Friday morning when the CBRNE Support Team of the Seattle Police Department delivered a 35 x 20 foot tent along with generators and furnishings.  A team of ACS and MST volunteers worked with the SPD crew to set up the tent in only 45 minutes – definitely a well oiled operation.  The tent served as the primary facility for operations, mess and socializing.  Over the course of the day many of the participants set up antennas, operating shelters as well as personal tents.  Power was generated by solar, wind and gasoline and stored in large batteries. 

Ethan our Newest Member with Frank

Ethan our Newest Member with Frank

 

 

Bob Helling with friends - photo by K7PAL

Bob Helling with friends - photo by K7PAL

 

 

The official event began on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM and ran to 11:00 AM Sunday.  Tammy Zoch Field Day event coordinator is in the process of compiling a Field Day after action report which will include attendance numbers as well as our contest points.  It was generally agreed that this year we exceeded our past performance in the number of contacts made and the different types of modes employed. 

Stay'en Kool in the shade

Stay'en Kool in the shade

Thanks to Frank McJunkins for burning up the ether on CW and bagging some great DX, Curt Black for introducing us to some new digital modes and pulling an all-nighter working SSB and Jim Hadlock – who took us into SPACE, the final frontier, demonstrating the technology and snagging satellite contacts.  Special thanks to Tammy, Lee, Dave Mann, Jim Hadlock, and Curt who brought their radio gear a made it available for all to use.  

Curt with a new Ham - photo by K7PAL

Curt with a new Ham - photo by K7PAL

Sat Radio Discussion

Sat Radio Discussion

The food was great, thanks Todd for providing ACS with our official Field Day grill which will be deployed at subsequent events – Dave and Todd great job grilling.  Thanks to all who brought and shared food and drink.  Our appreciation to Bob Helling for his work as Safety Chief – you kept us briefed and safe.  Thanks to Greg Eastman for organizing over-night security for Friday and to all those who stood watch.   Dave Mann – great job as PIO getting the message framed and out to the media and special thanks to Tammy for organizing the whole event – getting us tracking and making it happen…

K7WA SpaceMan

K7WA SpaceMan

South Seattle Community College provided us a great site – this was our third year there.  We thank Greg Gillespie, Interim VP for Administrative Services for his and his staff’s support which was essential to making this event a success.  Thank you for the use of the site, mowing the grass and assistance from the security crew. 

Wind Generator - photo by K7PAL

Wind Generator - photo by K7PAL

It is important to remember the reason for doing Field Day is to practice Amateur Radio’s ability to operate for extended periods of time, off the power grid and support local jurisdictions in their disaster response and recovery operations.   In the City of Seattle ACS and MST are blessed with the strong support of our City government.  We were visited by Deputy Mayor Ken Nakatsu who was there to convey Mayor Greg Nickels strong support and appreciation for both emergency radio teams and amateur radio. 

Dave Mann and Deputy Mayor Ken Nakatsu

Dave Mann and Deputy Mayor Ken Nakatsu

We want to tell more of the story of our Field Day – this is just the first page of the story.  Please send Mark Sheppard your photos, reflections and stories about Field  Day. What was your most memorable moment? – what did you get out of being there?  e-mail Mark at mark.sheppard@seattle.gov and we will post here.  

I had a great time – hope you did – 73’s Mark

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