LDXA Field Day History

From the very first informal conversations before the club was formed, operating in Field Day was seen as an important objective for the organization.

As soon as the club officially organized in early 2002, we began searching for a suitable Field Day location. After pursuing several leads that did not pan out, we found Ross Hills Park. We obtained permission from Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Department to use the grounds in front of the David Ross house and then we got serious about putting together a viable Field Day plan.

2002

Steve/W9TN more or less volunteered (some might say coereced) to lead our FD effort. Ernie/K9EFP volunteered (no, really!) to provide meals.

Our first Field Day was judged to be a success. When the ARRL released the scores, we found ourselves in the middle of the Class 2A pack - about what we expected.

Participants:
N9LF W9TN W9DF KF9UP N9KT N9GKE K9EFP KB8KHM N9IP N9FN

2003

After our first Field Day, several visitors asked to join the group and our numbers swelled a bit. We added a GOTA station - under the guidance of Steve/WR9A. Our score improved about 10 percent over the previous year.

Participants:
N9KT K9WX KF9UP N9LF KB9VZD K9FN N9FN W9DF KB9SSS N9ZND WR9A N9GKE K9EFP W9TN K9HER N9XB KB9KHM

2004

FD 2004 was largely a repeat of the previous year. We continued operating as class 2A, and finished again in the middle of the 2A pack.

Participants:
WR9A N9GKE KC9ERM N9FN KE7BDZ K9HER KB9SSS N9LF N9IP W9DF N9KT KF9UP K9WX K9EFP

2005

For any number of reasons, we have lost a few members, At the same time, The Hoosier DX & Contest Club (HDXCC) was having trouble finding a site. We ended up combining our efforts (and antennas). The result was our highest score ever.

Participants:
N9GKE K9EFP N9FN N9LF N9KT W9TN K9HER WR9A N9IP WN9O W9IU N9NS KF9UP K9WX

2006

We continued operating as Class 2A and continued to place mid-pack (and second to HDXCC in the state). We made a few incremental improvments to our set up, but made no big changes.

Participants:
N9LF KF9UP KE7BDZ N9FN K9EFP KC9ERM N9GKE K9HER WR9A N9KT N9IP KB9SSS N9OXF

2007

Much to our dismay, Ernie/K9EFP and XYL Linda retired and moved out of the area. Ernie and Linda have more than ably provided the food service for all five of our previous Field Day operations and they will be missed.

Kathy (XYL of Bruce/N9GKE) and Cheryl/K9HER took on the thankless task of feeding the troops and did a fine job of upholding the high standards that Ernie set in his tenure.

Participants:
N9LF K9WX KF9UP W9DF WR9A K9HER N9FN N9KT W9TN N9IP N9GKE N9OXF K9FN

2008

We decided to operate in class 3A this year, but encountered serious interference - something we had never previously experienced. The only solution was to shutdown the third station and continue as a two-transmitter (class 2A) setup. As a result, we submitted our score in the 3A class.

Particpants:
N9LF N9GKE K9HER WR9A N9IP W9TN KF9UP W9DF N9FN K9WX

2009

In 2009, we found that - for a variety of reasons - we were short on operators. Rather than do a poor 2A effort, we decided to switch to Class 1A. It ended up working out nicely, and we placed in the top ten nationally (in our class).

Participants:
2009: N9LF N9KT N9FN K9WX N9IP W9TN KF9UP

2010

After our top-ten finish last year, we decided to remain in class 1A and we again placed in the top ten.

Participants:
N9LF N9FN N9LJX WR9A N9GKE KF9UP N9IP W9TN N9KT K9WX

2011

For the third consecutive year, we competed in class 1A. A rule change this year allows 1A teams to use a "free" VHF station, so we added 6m and 2m at nearly the last minute. This also allowed us to claim not only an additional 133 QSOs, but to also claim a additional bonus points for youth operators (Zoe age 3 1/2, and Brett, age 14).

Thanks to pretty good propagation, outstanding operators, the addition of a VHF station and all those bonus points, we again scored in the top ten nationally and first in the state.

Participants:
K9HER N9KT N9LJX W9TN WR9A N9GKE K9WX N9LF K9FN N9FN N9IP KF9UP N9OXF

2012

We made a couple of key changes this year. First, we returned to class 2A after running 1A the last three years and second, we decided to take a more relaxed approach to Field Day and try some new things.

Key differences from past years:

Setup went smoothly and we were on the air for the full 24 hours. We again had one station dedicated to 40m and the other ran 80/20/15/10m and either station could run either mode at the operators discretion. There were a few hours of dead time on one station in the middle of the night, but that was expected.

The result was our best score ever, even after missing some bonuses and perhaps a few QSO points. Simply fantastic. The whole team did a fine job. In particular, the two new club members, KC9QVF and K9ELF really stepped up and put in a very fine effort.

Particpants:
N9FN K9FN N9LF KF9UP WR9A N9GKE K9ELF KC9QVF N9KT K9WX W9TN N9LJX

2013

After switching to 2A last year, we returned to 1A this year.

Key differences from past years:

Setup and on-air operations went smoothly. The QSO totals seemed to be down a bit but as this things happen, that was the case for many or most groups. The result was another top ten finish in the 1A category.

Particpants:
N9FN K9FN KF9UP K9ELF KC9QVF N9KT K9WX W9TN N9IP N9LF

2014

Once again, we chose to operate as 1A this year. We could probably have eeked out a 2A setup, but we could not be competitive in the class without a few more operators.

Operationally, this year was nearly a 2013 duplicate. The key exception being the return of on-site meals. A few changes in the kitchen setup seemed to work out pretty well.

Participants
N9FN KF9UP K9ELF KC9QVF N9KT K9WX W9TN N9IP N9LF N9LJX N9GKE WR9A

2015

To boost the social aspects of Field Day, we decided to run 2A and to make it a more casual operation. It turned out to be a good decision as everyone agreed that it was a fun weekend. Oh, and we just happened to make our largest ever number of QSOs and highest final score. We also placed 10th in the highly competitive 2A class.

Participants
K8DXB N9LF N9FN K9FN K9ELF N9LJX K9WX N9KT KF9UP W9TN N9GKE

2016

We again decided to run two stations (2A). Some technical glitches caused some concern, but things were repaired in short order. No sunspots and low solar flux (72) resulted in relatively poor propagation. It quickly became clear that we would be setting new records. Our final score was above our average 2A operation, so this can be considered a successful run.

Participants
K8DXB K9FN N9GKE W9TN KF9UP N9LF N9LJX WR9A W9VNE K9WX N9KT