On the eve of Field Day, after assembling the antenna, we put together the rest of the station.
For this trip, we just ran the ladder line through the window, straight to the balanced antenna tuner.  The TS-480 was wired to the power supply and the antenna tuner.  Speakers, microphone and logging program were made ready…

Getting the radio ready

Getting the radio ready

We tested the antenna tuner, which was able to tune all HF bands except 160 meters with this antenna configured as a dipole.  We are guessing that we could run the antenna as a flat top vertical against a counterpoise or ground on 160 meters, but we didn’t try it on this trip.

The Tuner settings for our antenna were as follows:

Settings for the Ranch Doublet

Settings for the Ranch Doublet

Finally, Saturday arrived and we were ready to try it out…  We operated with my Call (wb0smx), which gave us full Extra Class privileges.  Randy started out on 20 meters…

Randy waiting for field day to start

Randy waiting for field day to start

John worked quite a lot of 80 meters that night…

John working 80 meter phone on Saturday night.

John working 80 meter phone on Saturday night.

We used the N3FJP Field Day logging system. I’ve been using this for about three years, and it works great.

N3FJP FieldDay Logger

N3FJP FieldDay Logger

We worked a good part of the US, including Alaska and Hawaii. Here is a map of the sections we contacted…

Sections Worked 2009

Sections Worked 2009

And here is a copy of our field day log…

     Call Used: WB0SMX  Class: 1B                  ARRL Section: AZ

20   PH    2009/06/27  18:06:00  N6FR       3A     SV
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:08:50  VE6AO      1D     AB
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:10:24  KK7PR      3E     OR
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:14:55  W7VJ       1E     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:16:55  W7R        2A     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:23:52  K6SMX      3F     SB
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:26:11  W7PU       4A     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:27:28  WN6K       2A     SDG
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:30:08  N6JW       1E     ORG
20   PH    2009/06/27  18:33:42  W7ECA      2F     MT
15   PH    2009/06/27  18:41:11  W5KFT      5D     STX
15   PH    2009/06/27  18:50:35  K0SWI      9A     IA
15   PH    2009/06/27  18:54:20  N6NF       1D     SCV
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:20:29  W6YX       4F     SCV
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:28:06  W7BJN      1D     EWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:34:01  K6WC       6A     SCV
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:36:10  VE7CVA     2F     BC
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:37:17  W7PIG      3A     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:38:43  K7LED      6A     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:40:56  W7DG       5F     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:44:54  K0AJW      2A     ND
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:47:26  W7PRC      2E     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:50:49  AB0MW      3F     SD
20   PH    2009/06/27  19:53:32  W7Q        6A     OR
40   PH    2009/06/27  20:45:33  K6SOA      3A     ORG
40   PH    2009/06/27  20:49:10  N7Z        2B     MT
15   PH    2009/06/27  20:54:07  KH6RS      1A     PAC
15   PH    2009/06/27  20:59:18  N0MA       3A     IA
15   PH    2009/06/27  21:01:19  K5EOK      3A     OK
20   PH    2009/06/27  21:23:33  VE7PCE     2A     BC
20   PH    2009/06/27  21:29:36  W7EK       3A     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  21:31:06  NT7H       3A     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  21:36:40  VE7VRG     4A     BC
20   PH    2009/06/27  21:39:49  N3HBX      1E     MDC
20   PH    2009/06/27  21:42:51  W7NNN      1E     WWA
20   PH    2009/06/27  21:46:36  NE7WY      3A     WY
20   PH    2009/06/27  21:51:37  KS0GLD     3A     KS
20   PH    2009/06/27  22:02:59  K5FD       2A     WTX
20   PH    2009/06/27  22:04:18  KI6CG      1D     MT
20   PH    2009/06/27  22:06:33  K6AM       1A     SDG
10   PH    2009/06/28  01:45:27  KD7UT      1E     NV
10   PH    2009/06/28  01:46:56  KA3GWD     1D     EPA
10   PH    2009/06/28  01:51:50  K4EU       1E     VA
10   PH    2009/06/28  01:55:08  W7DG       5F     WWA
10   PH    2009/06/28  01:56:50  W3AO       20A    MDC
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:01:46  AG6AU      9A     SV
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:11:51  WOEBE      3A     MO
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:12:34  N6NA       4A     SV
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:17:37  KU4JZ      1D     NC
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:22:18  K7LED      6A     WWA
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:31:28  W5KFT      1D     STX
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:38:42  KD6LM      2A     SF
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:44:16  N4PY       2A     NC
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:45:52  VE3OZ      1E     ON
10   PH    2009/06/28  02:52:05  W1EDH      4A     CT
10   PH    2009/06/28  03:06:29  WA8RRA     5A     MI
10   PH    2009/06/28  03:11:06  WD9EXZ     6A     IN
6    PH    2009/06/28  03:22:55  K0SDW      2A     CO
6    PH    2009/06/28  03:24:36  K7LED      6A     WWA
6    PH    2009/06/28  03:26:14  W0EEA      2E     CO
6    PH    2009/06/28  03:28:35  W7BI       2A     WWA
6    PH    2009/06/28  03:32:09  VE7SUS     7A     BC
6    PH    2009/06/28  03:34:19  W7DK       3A     WWA
6    PH    2009/06/28  03:45:11  K0PJ       1E     WWA
6    PH    2009/06/28  03:52:11  K0HA       1D     NE
80   PH    2009/06/28  04:59:25  VE7SCC     3A     BC
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:02:52  VA6ZZZ     1E     AB
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:04:13  VE7CVA     2F     BC
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:08:14  W7PRC      2E     WWA
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:11:42  W7RNF      3A     ID
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:14:27  W7NGI      2A     ID
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:15:35  K6AM       1A     SDG
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:16:39  K6SOA      3A     ORG
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:19:31  W6ICR      2F     SDG
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:20:29  N6R        12A    SB
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:25:23  W7EI       1A     AZ
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:29:09  WF6G       2A     SJV
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:30:44  W7ROE      1F     MT
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:34:03  W6CUS      3A     EB
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:36:10  K6LY       3A     SCV
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:41:05  NR6P       4A     ORG
80   PH    2009/06/28  05:43:41  KB7EOC     3C     OR
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:01:19  K6RH       1D     LAX
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:03:50  W7PIG      3A     WWA
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:05:50  N6PEQ      1D     ORG
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:07:36  VE7FI      2F     BC
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:09:28  W0DK       2A     CO
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:21:02  W9UFO      2A     NM
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:23:04  K9RM       1E     IN
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:34:58  AB7QG      1B     UT
80   PH    2009/06/28  06:40:29  N7JEC      1D     OR
20   PH    2009/06/28  06:46:19  KH6RS      1A     PAC
20   PH    2009/06/28  06:52:37  KC9CCQ     2E     MN
20   PH    2009/06/28  06:55:40  KL7Y       1A     AK
20   PH    2009/06/28  14:30:00  K6NV       2A     AB Natural Power
20   PH    2009/06/28  14:33:43  VE7SAR     2A     BC Natural Power
40   PH    2009/06/28  14:38:56  KE7NO      1B     MT Natural Power
40   PH    2009/06/28  14:40:34  W7RNF      3A     ID Natural Power
40   PH    2009/06/28  14:46:00  K0IP       3A     ID Natural Power
40   PH    2009/06/28  14:47:07  W6UUS      3A     SDG Natural Power
20   PH    2009/06/28  16:02:46  KL2AX      1A     AK
10   PH    2009/06/28  16:30:19  AD1L       1E     WMA
6    PH    2009/06/28  16:47:42  KD5C       4A     WTX
6    PH    2009/06/28  16:51:34  WX5W       1D     STX
6    PH    2009/06/28  16:56:15  N5BL       2E     NM
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:04:53  W8TCM      5A     MI
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:07:55  KD0FAA     2A     CO
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:13:16  KE0MF      3A     CO
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:14:46  W1GQ       1D     NH
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:16:06  W1NVT      2A     VT
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:26:22  W0NT       11E    CO
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:43:57  W3YA       3A     WPA
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:53:25  W10P       3A     RI
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:58:00  W3KWH      3A     WPA
15   PH    2009/06/28  17:59:12  N3NIA      4A     WPA

Finally, WB0WHO got a chance to try CW on a set of Iambic Paddles.  He said it would take some getting used to.  It turns out that every station we heard during the contest was running CW with a computer at crazy speed (> 50 words per minute, I would guess), so I didn’t even try my luck on cw.

John at the CW paddles

John at the CW paddles