Saturday, January the 25th started out as a nice, sunny and mild winter day for the Pecos Valley, and a perfect day for a Winter Field Day event. PVARC members Gerald Cox, Jim Tucker and Jay King set out to Bottomless Lakes State Park to enjoy the day and make a few contacts. The bunch used the PVARC club call sign, W5ZU, under the class '2 Oscar New Mexico' meaning 2 stations operating outdoors.
Jay, personal call W2AFE, ran CW on his QRP rig, an Elecraft KX-2 on an end fed vertical. At last count, Jay had made made four contacts. Gerald, (W0COX), and Jim, (KB0QNW), made approximately eight voice contacts on 20, 40 and 80 meters using Gerald's Yaesu FT-891 into a vehicle mounted Eurocom Sigma all band vertical antenna.
Both stations were operated on battery power.
During the Field Day event, the trio was paid a visit and warm welcome by Bottomless Lakes RV Park Host Rita D'Elia. The display drew Rita's curiosity though her husband had been a ham for a number of years.
PVARC members were also at Bottomless Lakes during the prior weekend to activate Parks On The Air. POTA is a volunteer endeavor where hams choose a park to set up operations at after publishing their intentions to do so. Interested stations around the globe take note of the day and frequency and attempt to contact the station.
As the afternoon progressed during Field Day, so did the customary southeast New Mexico wind. The crew began dismantling the operation around 2:30.
Jay's end fed vertical
Gerald's Eurocom Sigma