Ham Radio - Annual Field Day Event

June 23, 2012, Sponsored by the Foothills Amateur Radio Society: http://www.fars.ca/

Tom Ohba and John Sobkowics have been encouraging us to checkout the world of Ham Radio for quite some time. Well. we got some boys out to the annual event and it was a lot of fun. 

The Event was held at Scott Nalder's Farm near Okotoks and although it was a rainy day the weather didn't detract much from the activities.


First thing we got involved with was some Antenna setup activities. Need these up before any transmissions could begin. Then we watch them hook up some of the actual radio equipment. Lots of hi tech stuff here. 

Then the event started at exactly 12:00 noon. We were now competing with the rest of North America in getting linked with other Ham radio operators and exchanging their Call handles.  Team with the most wins.  

 We received a  great BBQ lunch (supplied by the FoothillsAmateur Radio Society, free of charge :>)

There are a lot of acronyms, here's a few to start with: http://ww2.isys.ca/lberta/qcode1.html

Tem Members

Karl Burndorfer, John Sobkowicz - Scout Leaders
William Lloyd, Daniel Urquijo, Sam Lloyd, Ethan Conrad - Scouts
Ham Radio Operators - Linda Dimate, Tom Ohba,

Photo Library 

DSCN0648.JPG (1839881 bytes) Just like setting up a tent, right? DSCN0649.JPG (1842967 bytes) Never used a tractor to put up a tent.  DSCN0650.JPG (1800147 bytes) This was to be the main antenna. Needed to point it down toward California. DSCN0651.JPG (1810380 bytes) Steady it out, and use those scout knots to tie it down guys.
DSCN0652.JPG (1815186 bytes) OK Tom is going to belt that antenna to the bailer shovel.  DSCN0653.JPG (1798424 bytes) Up a bit more, there, great. DSCN0654.JPG (1971197 bytes) Just get this belt around and snugged up. There done! They call these types of antennas Yagi-Uda antennas.
DSCN0655.JPG (1857918 bytes) HQ for the bigger antennas DSCN0656.JPG (1856957 bytes) Some intro's and explanations around making the calls and logging the info... DSCN0657.JPG (1828883 bytes) Got to get a couple computer involved too.  DSCN0658.JPG (1801477 bytes) William entering in one of the successful calls though to Idaho. 
DSCN0659.JPG (1774210 bytes) Lots of acronyms used here. The list of 3 letter ones is impressive, QST DSCN0660.JPG (1755538 bytes) Station 2, Tom is working his 5 watt radio. After a while all his calls seem to get trumped by others with more powerful Radios.  Tom, not out to be defeated, decided to bring out his 100 watt radio.   
2012-06-23 13.48.08.jpg (101940 bytes) Taking over the Mike 2012-06-23 13.48.17.jpg (103538 bytes) OK, follow the script... 2012-06-23 13.50.07.jpg (101877 bytes) Victor, Echo... Alpha Bravo!  
DSCN0661.JPG (1730807 bytes) After a great lunch we kind of felt bad the dog didn't get lunch with us.  DSCN0662.JPG (1772976 bytes) So we went back to sneak out a sausage or something. DSCN0663.JPG (1735086 bytes) He was all over that!  DSCN0664.JPG (1788212 bytes) Sausages and Ham, mmmm... definitely go together!