Fathers Field Day!
Yep, it’s Fathers Day. With Field day being next weekend, what better opportunity do you have to get your Ham Enthusiast something they really need! Better yet, get yourself something. I’m sure you deserve it!
Along those lines I thought I would list some of my favorite things for Field Day. Things that you might need in your kit.
- Yaesu FT-891 – This is my go to radio for any operations outside the shack. It is a small radio and very light for the 100 watts and other features it has. I have not seen another radio in the $600-$650 range with it’s list of features. Good size and clear screen for this size radio.
- Spectrum Scope allows a quick peek at the band. While not the same as an IC-7300, it’s a feature not found in any radios at this price.
- 5 memory Slots for repeating recorded messages.
- Band Shift and Width tuning.
- May favorite feature, DNR. Digital Noise Reduction has 15 different noise-reduction algorithms that really help pull out that SSB signal from the noise.
- I also run all my digital modes from this radio and a Signalink. PSK31, FT-8, JS8Call, Winlink, etc.
- Dewalt 8V Max Gyroscopic Screwdriver – I have this very handy and small, battery powered screwdriver down in the garage. I take it out on Field Day but I would really like a second one to keep in the house and take out for Radio Events. (hint)
- Irwin Vise-Grip Wire Strippers – A must have in your radio tool bag.
- Sunix LED Work Light – I just got this light a few weeks ago and I am really liking it. It puts out a huge amount of light and lasts for hours. It has a magnetic base, you can hang it and one of the best features, it has red LEDs. So if you are working some Field Day stations at night, the red LEDs keep yours eyes adjusted and don’t bother the other 4 people that fell asleep in their folding chairs. lol
- Kizen Solar Powered Lantern – You definitely need these lanterns! These solar recharagable lanterns are awesome. They are small, light, solar charged and give off a lot of light. In the closed position it acts as a flashlight. When you expand it, you have a nice little lantern you can set on the table or hang from the tent or canopy roof. I highly recommend you pick up a couple of these. For $17, you can’t go wrong.
- X-Treme Silicone Rubber Fusing Tape – You need a roll of this in your bag. I always have some in the camper. Can seal up just about anything in a pinch. To protect something from the weather and to protect your from it! (Think high voltage).
- Stay on time with a USB GPS Receiver for your laptop. – As mentioned in a previous article I did, this is a cheap and very useful USB dongle that gives your GPS coordinates and the current time.
- A Fused Powerpole Distribution Block is always a good thing to have. They come in many sizes and even kits you can build yourself.
The list can go on but you already have a lot of stuff ready for Field Day. Right?
Don’t forget your favorite antennas, coax cable, radio headsets and more. What about allowing others to listed in? Do you have an audio splitter and a regular set of headphones? I use a Behringer Microamp 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier. This allows me to plug in 4 headsets and each of them have their own volume control. A great thing to have if you are splitting the work and someone else is doing the logging, using a GOTA Station or you just want the public to listen in.
Get yourself or your favorite Ham something they can use and truly enjoy. Hope to hear you on the air this Field Day! I’ll be operating a lot of digital and some SSB as W0RRZ, the Western Colorado Amateur Radio Club. We will be operating from the top of the Uncompahgre Plateau in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. If your in the area, come on out on Saturday or camp for the weekend.
73 – JohnnyF, WJ0NF, 100WAAW ID: 1849