Reflections on Main Street
I had such a nice time working at the Main Street Festival this past Saturday that I decided to write about it. John and I arrived at the Woman's Club a little after 6:00am to find that the crew had the club tent halfway up already. Pud/W3DQI told me that I would be shadowing Bob Cook for the day. I became very nervous at this point; not only was I going to be working on my own, but I would be shadowing the Number One Guy. I soon found that my fears were unfounded. Bob turned out to be a very friendly person. I was amazed at how easily Bob could answer everyone's questions.
For part of the morning we drove up and down the street. Bob answered questions and helped people to find their locations, all while making sure that traffic was able to move. The rest of the morning we were walking. Bob introduced me to quite a few people, and I found myself "rubbing elbows with the big boys", notably Louis L. Goldstein, the State Comptroller. Not only did I get to shake his hand, but he gave me a "God Bless You All Real Good" souvenir coin. I also met Mayor Casula and Congressman Hoyer.
Now don't get me wrong, I did do work while having all this fun. I transmitted messages from Bob back to Net Control, and to my delight I never got nervous while transmitting. All in all I had a very nice day and I'm looking forward to next year's festival.
-73 and God bless y'all real good, de N3OYN
The May Feedback
Before I say anything else, I want to thank Pud/W3DQI for taking over most of the Feedback duties last month while I was ill. Also Jim/WI3N, Roger/N3MIJ, Kevin/W3DAD, Joe/KU3Z and all the other helpers that make it possible to do something like that. I think the issue was unquestionably up to the high standards of the club.
It's another jam packed Feedback with a very active month of May passing into June with Field Day preparations, The Pallotti 5K run, and the usual VEC testing, skeds, hamfests, etc..
Our technical editor, Kevin/W3DAD has provided an article about ALC; and we have some reflections on the recent Main Street Festival by Patty/N3OYN and Jim/WI3N. Notice the letter of thanks from the Main Street Committee also, provided by W3DQI. Roger/N3MIJ has provided the summary of the Montpelier Festival.
The Pallotti Daycare 5K Run/Walk will be held on 8 June. Net control setup is scheduled for 7:00am and the race is supposed to start at 8:00. Meet at Pallotti, at 8th and Montgomery streets in Laurel. Maps of the course may be available at the meeting.
You'll notice some thoughts on the upcoming Field Day (22-23 June) elsewhere in this issue. I would like to add that this upcoming meeting will be the last before 22 June, so maybe we could think about a special get together, possibly right after the Pallotti 5K. Don't be afraid to speak up.
The following is a list of the FCC's most recently
issued call signs as of May 1, 1996; Thanks to Joe/KU3Z and Pud/W3DQI
District Group A Group B Group C Group D
Extra Advanced Tech/Gen Novice
0 AB0BS KI0CS ++ KB0WHV
1 AA1PY KE1EO N1XFI KB1BXY
2 AB2AW KG2GV ++ KB2YSX
3 AA3OF KE3WL N3XHP KB3BOP
4 AE4TZ KT4PM ++ KF4JEE
5 AC5HR KK5ZR ++ KC5UHB
6 AC6UL KQ6FX ++ KF6DMG
7 AB7QN KJ7XJ ++ KD7AAC
8 AA8WV KG8WW ++ KC8DNZ
9 AA9SA KG9GG ++ KB9NNQ
Hawaii ++ AH6OO ++ WH6DAW
Alaska ++ AL7QI ++ WL7CSZ
Virgin Is WP2X KP2CJ NP2JF WP2AID
Puerto Rico ++ ++ ++ WP4NLY
++All call signs in this group have been issued in this
FIELD DAY 1996; 22-23 JUNE
Now is the time to start thinking about ideas for this year's Field Day operation. To summarize last year's event, from memory:
-The weather was kinda lousy. Rain, then very warm, always humid.
-There was usually operating time available for anyone who wanted to operate or log.
-We made a successful HF satellite contact.
-A boom truck was used to actually lift a beam with rotator to a 35' height.
-For the first time ever, our Army surplus antenna masts went up perfectly.
-Some terrific tents were borrowed, and a great pot luck picnic was eaten.
What can I do to help? This is a brief listing of items and tasks that have either been talked about, or need to be talked about:
Last year we ran 3 HF stations. Possibly we should drop to 2. A VHF/UHF station would also be good. Needed are transceivers, SWR/PWR meters, mikes, phones, cables. A portable packet station would be good too.
1 HF beam, 2 G5RV wires, 160m longwire. If we tilt up the beam, we'll need some long lengths of good rope for the guy lines. This is the area where most of the effort goes at setup. (And most of the fun).
The radios themselves typically run from deep cycle marine batteries. This may be a sticking point, so if you have a battery to lend please speak up. A generator is usually used to power support equipment such as lighting, fans, and tools. Also need power cables, lighting (clamp-on and drop lights are good), and ground rods with braid.
Tent or tents, tarps, folding tables and chairs. Any other comforts you think will help.
A copy of the rules. (Hey, why not?) Dupe sheets, logging paper, pencils, a visitor's log, public information handouts, old Feedbacks, the sign.
Food & Beverage
Cooler of iced water or drinks; lunch preparation volunteers, pot luck supper goodies, plastic forks, paper plates, paper towels, caffeine. Possibly a location for breakfast.
Traditionally, the most recently upgraded Extra in the club. However the club now has a call, KB3BLK. I think that the traditional honor should be held somehow though.
First aid gear. Various tools that you have several of at home but didn't think to bring. Sleeping bags or cots. Insect repellant, sunscreen, rain gear, trash bags.
The site is the same as last year, near Supplee Lane at Rocky Gorge dam.