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Scottsdale Amateur Radio Field Day 2018 Recap

W7UF Field Day – working 20 meters SSB

Field Day Photos

We want to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed this year’s Field Day with the Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club.

We had a small, but great turn out. Attila (W7AMR) and his wife Barbara were the first to arrive at the campsite on Friday evening, followed by James (N7ELL), and finally, my tent was pitched at 3:30 am on Saturday morning. Sorry for the early wake-up call in the middle of the night, thanks to my car alarm, which was followed by a howling performance of the Coyote Orchestra in the near distance.

After a short night we got up early and James, Attila and I enjoyed a hot breakfast at Ski Lift Lodge & Cabins which was just minutes away from the campsite.

With plenty of tall pine trees around us, we had no problem finding a spot and James and Atilla had the club’s Alpha Delta DX-CC multi-band 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10-meter dipole up in no time.

The dipole was supported by a surplus military fiberglass mast in the middle and was oriented N/S with the broad side E/W, just perfect.

Later, on Saturday morning, Chris (K7TAB), Doug (K8DRH), and Fred (K7PY) joined us at the Field Day location.

Chris – K7TAB chasing Sattelites


We operated as 3A and saw most contacts on 20 & 40 meters SSB, with some action on 15m CW James and Atilla, manned the generator powered Yaesu FT-891 operating phone with 100 watts, while I set up my little QRP rig with an end-fed wire thrown over a tree.  5 watts seemed to be a challenge and Fred and I decided to give it a run with his battery-powered portable Yaesu 857 connected to my Alex-Loop with a whopping 18 watts. Fred did all the sending and receiving while I acted as the remote tuner and logger.

Chris was chasing satellites and made contact via CAS-4B with W6YX Stanford Amateur Radio Club (5F Santa Clara Valley). There was also a surprise visitor.

Cynthia (W8SPU) from the Coconino Amateur Radio Club made a surprise visit and briefed us about what her club was up to.

In the afternoon we were joined by Sergey (NS6W) with his young daughter and we had all a great time operating and socializing in no particular order.

Fred and Doug left late on Saturday evening and James, Atila, Chris and I took turns on the Yaesu with 100 Watts and a wire until about midnight.

The next morning we slept in a little bit and started operating around 7:45 again until the official end.

Alex Loop pumping out 18 Watts CW















After it was all set and done we had following results:

  • 25 cw contacts
  • 64 ssb contacts
  • 114 total points from contacts
  • 100 Bonus Points thanks to Chris’ Satelite contact


Working the CW Station

James N7ELL
Atilla with wife Barbara W7AMR
Doug K8DHR
Chris K7TAB
Fred K7PY
Sergey with daughter N6SW
Christoph NE7EE










Tearing down all the equipment was a breeze thanks to teamwork. Thank you, everyone, for making this year’s a Field Day a success!

I have never planned a Field Day before, and this was my first, but I already have ideas in my head for next year. With that, planning for Field Day 2019 has officially begun.

73 and we’ll see you down the log.

Ham Radio Contesting Presentation – by James Wasson, N7ELL

Here is a great presentation on ham radio contesting given by our own James Wasson, N7ELL.
Lots of info for those that want to know more about the nuances of contesting and how to do it…

What is contesting
Why contest
What is and is not required
Types of operators and contests
Components of the event
Resources – where to find out more
List of useful links



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Ham Radio Class – Technician Level

The Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club is announcing Technician Level training…







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SARC 2018 Field Day…

Hi Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Field Day participants,

In the past couple of days we have received a little rain but it’s unlikely there was enough rain for the Forest Service to open the closed areas before Field Day occurs next weekend.  Our first alternate site outside the closed areas (just SE of Kendrick Peak) is still open for camping (NO OPEN FLAMES).

Here is the club field day location as listed on the ARRL field day locator website (  It’s labeled as Water Haul Tank or Aspen Tank on Google Earth on Fire Road 245 just west of Highway 180.


The weather should be cool and comfortable.  Be sure to bring your camping supplies, water and food.  Due to fire restrictions, we might not be able to heat up food unless we have an electric hot plate. So plan appropriately for your meals.

I hope to see many of you at Field Day.


Scottsdale ARC

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Field Day 2018

Field Day Sticker (2018)ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than
35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

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