Superstition ARC The President's Corner

For July 2019 By Steve, KB7KWK

Hello everyone. I hope you are all staying cool. Well the club had a very good Field Day this year. In fact, I believe it was the biggest the club has ever had as far as attendance and contacts made. We had around 45 people up at Lost Eden and we made around 600 contacts. I arrived at the location on Thursday morning around 11:30 and was the first one there. I was all alone for about 5 hours. The temperature was around 72 degrees and the wind was blowing. It was great. I spent some time picking out where I would like the club station and booth to be and then I started unpacking all my camping gear.

As late afternoon came, Charlie NJ7V and Brian W7JET arrived and began setting up there camps. A little while later a few more people showed up. By Saturday Morning most everyone was there. We still had our share of problems this year as well. We had some lost keys, a lost dog, and a few break downs on the way home. Yes once again my truck broke down. Last year my wife's truck broke down on the way up costing several thousand dollars to repair. Not as bad this time. I did not blow the engine; just had a stuck thermostat and we lost a wheel bearing on the camp trailer. Rod ended up with a flat tire near Mount Ord. This was the best Field Day ever in spite of a few problems.

I want to thank Jeff K2DFE and Dan KC7MSU for putting together a wonderful event. I would also like to thank our newest and youngest club member 13 year old Nari and his family for joining us. I think Nari had a blast, learning a bit more about ham radio and the fellowship we all had. Everyone was great helping him out. He even made a few contacts to boot. I am not going to write anymore about Field Day here in the Presidents Corner. Take a look at the rest of the News Letter to see Jeff's article on Field Day.

I look forward to seeing all of you at club meetings and outings in 2019. When you see me out there or hear me on the air, please say hello.

73 Your 2019 Club President Steve Estes, KB7KWK