Oakville ARC Field Day Huge Success

Boy did we have fun at this year’s Oakville Amateur Radio Club Field Day. P6180076P6180012 P6180085 P6180051

We ran three stations (CW, SSB, digital) and a Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station plus one of the guys VE3IAN did a satellite QSO for us.

Our change of venue to a pavilion at Bronte Creek Provincial Park proved ideal as we had a covered secure shelter with lots of doors and windows plus 110-volts everywhere.

So while we operated with generators we had the advantage of using 110-volts for our lighting.

The Saturday night BBQ was one of the best in years with chicken, sausage, hamburgs and hot dogs on an outdoor grill handled by Mike, QSK who picked up all the food and did all the cooking.

Our GOTA station was wildly popular with some newcomers returning for a second day of operating and this in Tony’s case was his first time on the air.

Three of our XYLs got on as did one 14-year-old. Emma, 14, worked the Virgin Islands and another XYL worked Hawaii. Big thrills for all.

As to our overall QSO total we’re up slightly from last year and the wire antennas seemed to work just fine thanks to Mike, MW’s helicopter which raised the antennas to the very top of the 60′ trees.

Very cool.

Here’s a link to more photos.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing and yoga. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.
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