Thursday, June 29, 2023


Well the SEKARC Field Day 2023 was a success! The location of the Crawford County Historical Museum worked out very well. So well that we told them that we are planning on this site for our 2024 Field Day as well. We gave a donation to their cause for the use of the facility and they appreciated having us. One of the things I learned is that we need to provide the museum lobby with an informational display about what we are doing in hopes to inform their visitors.

A morning thunderstorm delayed our setup but we were pretty much ready to go by start time. But it sure did add to the humidity level Saturday! WOW it was hot! Our trademark extension ladder antenna went up well and gets easier each time. Tyler mentioned on the net that we might want to make a mono band antenna built specifically for 20 as that seems to be the busiest band all day AND night on Field Day. We also raised a multi band dipole that seemed to have some issues with the signal getting out but seemed to receive well. Lot's of learning for us this time around.

Late Saturday we were not planning on staying over night to operate but about 10:30pm the air conditioning went out in the trailer which solidified the decision to not operate all night. We shut things down, moved the generator back to it's secure location for the night and came back the next morning. Back on the air about 6am and making lots of contacts. Weather was a lot better Sunday. Warm but a nice breeze and the humidity was much lower. We stopped at 1pm and the results are below.

Thanks to all that we able to contribute with their time and skills... special thanks to Tyler and Justin for what may be the best privately owned emergency communications trailer in the Midwest. Excellent work and we are planning on having a club meeting soon centered on the trailer. We are also as a club considering making a donation to the trailer equipment by purchasing a mini pc running about $350 so both stations in the trailer can have it's own pc to process with. If you as a club member want us to hold off and reconsider that donation then let us/me know. 

Here are the details from the Field Day Log Reporting! THANKS to all that helped.. let's make next year even BETTER. I am working on a slide show of photos from the event so stay tuned for that in the next day or so.



  1. I enjoyed FD and the FTDX10 was , well it is still K0VLL's . Heheh . Thanks so much to Matt for letting us use it for FD . Enjoyed seeing everyone that came out . Hope to see more next FD .

  2. Strong work guys. Great effort. May i suggest a 20 meter half square.


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