its a wrap

2017 Field Day Results

Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:


               CW                    Digital                   Phone
            QSOs Pwr(W)   QSOs Pwr(W)      QSOs        Pwr(W)
      160m
       80m - 187    100                                 112              100
       40m - 454    100        81     30              95              100
       20m - 154    100        33     30              12              100
       15m  -  18    100                                   10              100
       10m
        6m                              7     50
        2m
      1.25
     Other
 Satellite                              1     50
      GOTA                          61    100


     TOTAL - 813               114                      298

Total QSO Points = 2152 X2 (power mult)= 4304

Bonus points - 1250

Total Score = 5,554

% of total score

CW contacts = 59%

SSB contacts= 14%

Digi contacts = 11%

Bonus points = 23%

Past years for comparison:

2012 (4F)  1,306 QSO     5,122 points

2013 (3F)  1,480              6,036

2014   "     1,539              6,510

2015   "     1,407              6,142

2016   "     1,325              5,924 

2017   "     1,225              5,554

Score declines parallel sunspot activity decline.  2017 saw zero signals on 10 meters and only a couple dozen QSO on 15 meters.  40 and 80 meters were very noisy despite lack of storm activity in the area.  Let's hope the cycle reverses soon so the HF bands will again be crowded during Field Day!

On the bright side, many new or inexperienced hams turned out to dip their toes into the HF waters.  Nine different GOTA operators made a total of 61 SSB contacts.  Several members experienced PSK31 for the first time.  W7HD again pulled a satellite QSO out of his hat.  We had a safe FD again, with no equipment failures.  NG7A's loop antennas for 80 and 40 worked well.  Dinner from Bubb's Grub did not disappoint.  All in all, OVARC enjoyed a fine Field Day.

Only 363 days until the next one!

73 de W8TK

OVARC FD Chairman