Very interesting -- thanks for sharing -- it seems like a wonderful weekend -- one question -- with regard to the guy who brought the solar panels -- what are you going to do next year? Take them off his roof? LOL
Well, it wouldn't be as much fun for some of us if we did it the same next year. I think that the fuel cell is adequate to power everything so we might just get a second hydrogen tank for it. Actually there's talk of finding a different location next year just to make it more of a challenge. We just need to start planning more than a couple months in advance...
Your fuel-cell powered FD is just a mildly updated version of what I remember of my days with IRAC (Irvington NJ Radio Amateur Club) more than 50 years ago. We used multiple 3KVA gasoline-fueled generators for our 3-4 rig Field Day station, along with a lot of "festoon" strings of 115V incandescent lamps along the paths connecting the tents. Maybe you should try to get permission to use a wind-power site next year (as you seem to be in CA, there should be some not too far away). Of course, you might have some Doppler modulation effects from the turbine blades!
I'm still Advanced class, W4LGN, but inactive these days.
That sounds like a good idea. I've got a surplus military mast of the type where you assemble sections and then have to rais it to a vertiacl position. A telescoping mast sounds like it should be easier...
For Field day, we've found it preferable to have a mix of horizontally polarized and vertcally polarized antennas to reduce the interferenced between stations.
I have specialized as the FD 40M CW op for about 25 years. Polarization is a big help with inter-station interference. I also use several antennas with different take off angles for different target ranges. The NVIS is best out to around 200 miles. A dipole at 30' is best from around 200 miles to 600 miles or so, and a vertical with elevated tuned radials for longer distances.
I have a power splitter so I can feed them one at a time or multiple antennas and still show the transmitter 50 ohms.
This is from the Midwest. From eastern Oregon you probably don't have a lot of stations in the 100 mile range or so, and the NVIS might not be that useful.
Seems like I remember some MAD magazine thing that went something like (say the following out loud) --
"My next-dooor neihbore gots himseelf one uh dem HAM-sandweech radioh's, he says. But it gots too much juice. It wuz turnin' on lights all over dah place that iz turned off! I tol him dat ifn' he didn't quit burnin' my cellar bulbs, heed haf to pay my 'Lectric bill!"
@eetcowie: Seems like I remember some MAD magazine thing...
I keep on forgetting all about MAD magazine until someone mentions it, and then I remember how much I liked it when I was young.
I haven't read one for years now, but I recall being somewhat dissapointed the last time I saw one. Is it really not as funny as it used to be (like SNL doesn;t seem to be the same as in the early days), or is that just me growing old?