This year’s Jock White Field Day for Branch 37 took place at Awarua’s Planet Labs site and the maiden voyage for the the van’s first run for anything radio related.
Everything went well, with only a few minor hiccups. Firstly we had to adjust the aerials considerably. ZL4IG (Robin) had his ‘Freebie 40m aerial’ out in the neighboring paddock, we had a 40m dipole, and an 80m inverted-vee set up. Rigs in use were both Icoms, one a 706 and the other a 746. The 746 started giving a few issues later on in the contest.
There are a lot of people to thank for making this possible :
ZL4NB – For getting the van set up in time with a desk, and temporary battery setup. For supplying the BBQ and arranging the event with ZL4IG.
ZL4IG – For giving us the use of the site, keeping the ops on their toes, helping with aerial issues, and of course operating CW! Thanks heaps Robin!
ZL4AU – A Jock White Field Day wouldn’t be the same without Roly! Thanks for all your help Roly, it’s always awesome to watch that CW in full flight!
ZL4OM – For operating, and test-sleeping the van. And for all the logistics and helping out in general.
Ash Fraser – For helping out with logistics as well, and her general support.
Susannah Shefford – For helping out, and keeping me (ZL4ARG) on my toes. Susannah is now considering doing her license exam too!
Photos will be available soon, as well as the results when they come to hand.