SCARS Field Day 2018 was held on June 23-24, 2018, at the Cleveland County Red Cross building located at 1205 Halley Dr in Norman, OK. We operated as a Class 2F designation, with a CW transmitter in a tent and an SSB transmitter in the radio room. In addition, we had a free VHF transmitter running on 6 meters in the radio room with the SSB folks. And, our Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) transmitter was located in the lobby of the building.
The CW crew operated on a 40/80m fan dipole, about 40′ in the air, in the North/South plane. The SSB crew used a 10/20/40 fan dipole about 35′ in the north/south plane.
The GOTA station used three sections of chain link fence rail as a homebrew vertical antenna located on the northeast side of the building. This antenna had a tuner located at the base giving it the capability of multi-band operation. The antenna was fed with 300′ of RG-6 cable running back to the shack.
Lots of bad weather this year. We took a direct strike to the incoming power pole which took down Phase A in the building. Some quick rewiring and we were back in operation. 12 hours later the three transformers were replaced while we switched to battery power to continue transmitting on the 6 meter rig.
The SCARS VE Team provided a license testing session on Saturday with several new\upgraded licenses obtained.
About 550 contacts were made during the event. Also, several participants took part in a “Fox Hunt” as a fun side activity on Saturday.
Above all, a good time was had by all.
See you next year.