Amateur Radio Week in S.C.

So apparently our governor proclaimed this week as Amateur Radio Week in South Carolina just in time for Field Day.

I’m in the process of making my final preparations for Saturday. Last night I picked up a case for my laptop, some food and drinks for the day, and a couple other odds and ends. Our club is looking to work “12A” meaning we’ll have 12 stations going at any given time. We’ll set up out on a farm owned by one of our members out in the Camden countryside. Temperatures could be in the mid-90s by Saturday, but there doesn’t appear to be any rain in the forecast.

Steve and I decided to partner up to work digital modes on 15 meters. I don’t have a lot of experience with that band at all, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. What I do know about 15 meters is that it’s highly subject to fluctuations in sunspot activity.

I read this over at W2LJ’s QRP blog last night and I’m a little dismayed:

Band conditions seem to be headed right into the toilet as Field Day weekend approaches.  The Sunspot number is 66 and declining. We’ll get to see amateurs create their “own” propagation this weekend.

When we did Winter Field Day a few months back we dealt with poor atmospheric conditions from a coronal mass ejection earlier that week. I hope things improve enough so Steve and I can at least make a few contacts.

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