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Fred (KT5X) & Steve (WD9FJL) (contest call W5YA) take FIRST PLACE in ARRL Field Day!

Fred Maas and his partner, Steve Keithley, operating as W5YA, nailed a first place this year in the 2003 ARRL Field Day Event in the QRP - CW category (1B2B) with 753 QSOs, 195 QSOs more than the nearest contender.

Fred says: "Conditions were much worse this year than last, and poor conditions have a
big impact on QRP operations. Our antennas seemed more effective, however, and we equaled our score from 2002 when we placed second nationally. We knew we had done well, but place is another matter.

Antennas:

80 meter full wave loop

40 meter Moxon array aimed east
40 meter wire array aimed west

20 meter Moxon array aimed east
20 meter wire array aimed west

15 meter Moxon array aimed east
G5RV omni-directional

10 meters, G5RV omni-directional

Station:

Elecraft K2, back-up K2, electronic keyer, full computer control and automatic logging, memory keyer, automatic antenna tuners, computer memory tuner configurations.

B category requires that all set up, all housekeeping (cooking), and all operations be performed by just two individuals. The WD9FJL/KT5X partnership setting up on the ranch of Mel W5INB and Paula KD5DKH began in 2000 with a third place finish. We were first in 2001, and second in 2002.

We are VERY indebted to Mel and Paula for their incredible hospitality and letting us set up on a ridge on their ranch."

 


Fred, King of the Jungle


Steve making log entries


Fred racking up QSOs


Left – WD9FJL, aka Stumpy
Right – KT5X, aka Indy or Gran Poobah

 

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