MVARA CHECKS OUT NEW SITE FOR THE 2018 ARRL FIELD DAY EVENT
The Members of the MVARA Had our test-out-the-site operating event 10/21/2017 at Barre Park, just south of Barre Mills, WI. (County OA + Drectrah Coulee Road). This was in preperation for the upcomming ARRL Field Day 2018. Equipment was an Icom IC-7300 and off center fed dipole at about 20 feet.
The Site seemed to worked well. There is lots of space for antennas, enclosed kitchen/operating position, a bunch of picnic tables under a roof, and nice bathrooms. There was some QRN but we found that it was the well pump. We can turn the breaker off for it and that takes care of the problem.
Made quite a few contacts on several bands using the new FT8 digital mode. Had some great pulled pork thanks to Cory; KC9NOJ , and some nuclear meltdown chili from Dan, W9FCC. So far everybody has survived....but the night is young... After all was said and done the group settled in for some good eats and a few Libations to celibrate the success. It should work out just fine.
Barry Park is a quant little place for small town get togethers
and small festivals.