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2006 Field Day Pictures

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This year the OCARC again held Field Day at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, ideal with it's huge fields for an antenna farm and quiet noise conditions. Here is a view of the main gate entrance to the Los Alamitos JFTB base.

Photo by W6HHC 

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The OCARC bought a brand new 40-ft aluminum triangular tower for this year's FD event. Working to assemble it on Friday afternoon are (Left-to-Right) Paul-W6GMU, Ken-W6HHC, Lee Evans, Bob Evans-WB6IXN, Bob-AF6C, and visiting from near Sacramento Chris-KJ6ZH.

Photo by K6PEQ/N6PEQ

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Friday afternoon set-up preparations are in full progress now. To the left and rear are FD Chairman Willie - N8WP and Larry-K6YUI (on the ladder) getting up the mast for the RTTY/VHF/UHF antennas. In the foreground (L-to-R) are Nicholas-KI6AUL and Bob-AF6C assembling the 20M 3-ele beam, then Lee Evans (at base of new tower), Paul-W6GMU, and Bob Evans-WB6IXN.

The microwave tower for the California Office of Emergency Services EOC building is in the backround

Photo by W6HHC

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The 3-element 20M beam has been slipped onto the short mast of the tower.

Shown (L-to-R) are Willie-N8WP, Lee Evans, Paul-W6GMU, Nicholas-KI6AUL, Dan-N6PEQ, Chris-KJ6ZH, Ken-W6HHC (partially hidden), and Bob-WB6IXN.

Photo by AF6C

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Walking the 20M tower into position took a total of 10 people.  Four walking the tower, three holding down the base, and three on the guy ropes.

(L-R) are Ken-W6HHC, Dan-N6PEQ, Willie-N8WP, Chris-KJ6ZH (partially hidden) and Lee Evans.

Photo by AF6C

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Larry-K6YUI climbs the 20M tower to fasten a second-set of guy ropes after the breeze picked up and was twisting the 40-ft tower a bit.

Photo by K6PEQ/N6PEQ

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    Work begins on assembling the Force 12 tri-band beam for the RTTY HF operations.

(L-toR) Larry-K6YUI (team captain for the RTTY team), Willie-N8WP, and Dan-N6PEQ.

Photo by K6PEQ

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     RTTY/VHF/UHF Antenna     "Take One"

Trying to "tilt-up" this mast on a "push-up" mast did NOT work.

(L-to-R) are Cheryl-KG6KTT, Larry-K6YUI (on push pole), Dan-N6PEQ (on ladder), Frank- WF1A, Bob-WB6IXN, Willie- N8WP, Ken-W6HHC, Lee Evans (in black shirt), Nicholas-KI6AUL, and Paul-W6GMU.

Photo by AF6C

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"Take Two"

This time they use a military-grade stacking mast to succesfully get the RTTY/VHF/UHF antenna farm into position.

(L-R) are Larry-K6YUI, Bob-WB6IXN, Dan-N6PEQ, Paul-W6GMU, and Willie-N8WP.

Photo by K6PEQ

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Which Way is North? The RTTY/VHF/UHF antenna farm.

From top-to-bottom:
Cushcraft 13B2: 13 element 144 Mhz yagi.
Force-12 C3: 10/15/20 M 2 full-size elements per band.
M2 440-21: 21 element 432 MHz yagi.
Force-12 EF-606: 6 element 50 MHz yagi.
Elk 2M/440L5: 146 & 440 MHZ log periodic yagi

Photo by W6HHC

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After a hard day of tower and antenna preparations on Friday afternoon, Larry-K6YUI selects a thick juicy steak from co-chef Kristin-K6PEQ.

Photo by W6HHC

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(L-to-R) Enjoying a well-deserved steak-dinner are Frank-WF1A, Bob-AF6C, Paul - W6GMU, co-chef Kristin-K6PEQ, Larry-K6YUI, and Willie-N8WP.

Photo by W6HHC

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At the end of the day on Friday, the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. The 20M 3-ele mono-beam is on the left and the RTTY/VHF/UHF antenna mast is on the right.

Photo by W6HHC

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After dinner on Friday night, Dan-N6PEQ checks out the performance of the RTTY antenna (and propagation) with his battery operated FT-817 QRP rig... and works a French Polynesian station on 2.5 watts off the back of the beam on 20M.

Photo by W6HHC

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