I was fascinated by amateur radio as a kid, I would go to my older friends house Cory G Cook K6ACY to mow his grass. After finishing the lawn work I would make my way to his shack in his garage. Sometimes he would be on the radio other times he was working on a radio or amplifier. Both activities interested me. I was an experimenter at an early age and batteries were expensive for kid mowing lawns. So I asked Cory if he had a power supply, he said "lets build one". We built a simple supply using a multi tap transformer and a bridge rectifier. Put it in an aluminum chassis and I was hooked. Then one day I was hanging out in his shack and he had a schedule with a tuna boat off the coast of Chile. He made contact with the boat then called a lady in Chula Vista CA. and switched in his phone patch so the lady could talk to her husband. I was amazed and radio was in my life ever since. My dad and his friends were CB radio operators in the 60's and 70's. They built small transistorized amplifiers using MRF 454's and they were quality units using Motorola application notes. I really look forward to field day, I think any operator that does not participate is doing themselves a disservice. There is no better training for an emergency that requires amateur radio than field day. Operators get exposed to fast paced crowded band conditions. They also gain real world experience setting up a station and finding out what works and what doesn't. Field day is also a great way to introduce people to HF radio the non radio operators are always amazed when they hear people from all over the United States on a wire we hung up in the trees. The technician class operators already have radio experience but need a little motivation to upgrade.
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THE COMMUNICATION TENT FIELD DAY 2012
THE 2012 FIELD DAY CREW
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