Last weekend ARK participated in IARU Region 1 Field Day. In Norway, this contest is more known as National Field Day and is coordinated by the Norwegian Radio Relay League (NRRL). ARK usually treats this as a full three-day social event where we travel to a cabin far away from Trondheim, and treat our members to a nice balance of antenna assembly, food, social exposure and a many new contacts on the radio. This year, we traveled to Fjellvær Gjestegård on Fjellværøya, Hitra.
Our main antenna was a spiderbeam for the 20/15/10 m bands. The mast is turnable by a rotor attached to the bottom.
A custom-built shortened 40m dipole allowed many contacts to Europe. The 40m dipole, nicknamed “bananphone” or “bananantenna”, was mounted on a mast borrowed from Røde Kors.
We also had dipoles for the 80m and 160m bands, mounted between the bananaphone, trees and a lattice mast.
The shacks were set up in one of the cabins and in the truck we used to bring in our equipment.
A portable yagi antenna was used to obtain 4 QSOs over the SO-50 satellite.
In the end, we were able to get just over 1000 QSOs.
Many new operators had the chance to get on the air. We are very happy about the turnout, with a total of 35 people attending the event. A big thank you to LB0VG and LB5DH for organizing the event, and all of the participants for making Field Day such a great trip.
More images, and full resolution of all images, can be seen at http://bilder.la1k.no/fd2017.