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W5NAC to participate in ARRL Field Day 2017

ARRL Field Day will be the last full weekend in June, this year June 24 – 25. NARC will be working from the City/County Mobile Command Post trailer located behind the Pilot’s Lounge at the airport. We are planning for at least 2 full time HF stations operating phone and CW, and possibly a third station operating digital (JT65/JT9). Setup will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 with the event officially beginning at 1:00 p.m. Everyone interested in Amateur Radio is invited to participate. #ARRLFD

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NARC’s newest Special Event Station operation K5T commemorating San Jacinto Day was a great success, in spite of some horrible band conditions. Club member operators for the event were Ralph WD5RAH, Ray W5NRF, Roger K0YY, Bob K5ME, and Army AE5P.

A total of 639 contacts were logged, with 99 CW, 353 SSB, and 187 digital. Of special note was the incredible effort by Ralph WD5RAH who completed 182 contacts using JT65/JT9. Considering that it requires at least 6 minutes to complete just one contact using these modes, that is a lot of time in the chair to complete 182. An e-mail was received from a ham in Sri Lanka that Ralph was heard on 40 meters there early Sunday morning. Incredible!

Primary source of information for the Special Event was where at last count, 3244 lookups of the K5T callsign were logged. While all contacts will be confirmed via Logbook of the World (LOTW), it’s going to be interesting to see how many paper QSL cards we receive.

Many thanks to the club members who operated the event. It was hard work given the poor band conditions, but it was also great fun.

73, AE5P

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