Charles and I have just concluded a wide-ranging phone conversation. One element of that conversation was clarification on how we might do something similar we got an email about. A group Wyndell Ferguson associates with is going to set up a VHF/UHF “Bring Your Own Handy-talkie Radio” station. Their idea, and one that we think is worth emulating, in our case with a station with an antenna raised up with Kathy and my scissor lift, with a table and chair, power and antenna adapters – YOU bring YOUR handy-talkie and we will have people there able to help you to get connected up to use your radio at Field Day 2023.
The plan is for people to use their radio to call on a national calling frequency. If you have a dual band radio you can even make calls on VHF and UHF. We will provide a laptop to log contacts. Bring you and your radio and a charging cord if you will stay for awhile.
With your radio on simplex VHF and the national calling frequency 146.520 you can call CQ Field Day W5W and see if you get a reply. If you do and your radio is a dual band radio, ask your contact to try and call you on UHF frequency 446.000. We will further explore frequency options, but there are two.
Whether you have a BaoFeng, Kenwood, Yaesu, ICOM, Anytone; no matter the radio, please bring it out and we will get you onto the air. Operate and learn your radio, then move over and work with someone who is running an HF rig!