By the time most of you read this, Field Day 2021 will be history, but as I write this, it is but a few days away. Almost every piece of HF gear I own (except for the amplifiers) are packed away in my camper, along with four or five antennas, an AB-577 mast from AB2E, lots of tools, cables, and hardware, and just about anything else that I think we might possibly need. If there is one word which sums up Field Day perfectly, it is PREPARATION. If you have good preparation, you will have a good chance at having a great Field Day. To say that I am anxious, and chomping at the bit, would be entirely appropriate. Field Day is by far my favorite amateur radio event of the year.
Speaking of annual events, another one that I am very fond of is held over the first week in July every single year. It is the 13 Colonies (http://www.13colonies.us) event, and I not only love working it, but I am also one of the operators for K2I, the New Jersey station. The idea is to work all 13 Colonies, plus the 2 bonus stations, and earn a nice certificate. It is a lot of fun, and from our location here on the East Coast, it is relatively easy to work them all. I routinely do it on the first day or two of the event, often just using the 40 meter band. I encourage all of you to check it out. You can look for the spots on DX Summit (http://dxsummit.fi) or eHam.net (https://www.eham.net). Go to the QRZ page of KU2US (https://www.qrz.com/lookup/ku2us) for more information. You will not regret it.
During the month of June we held our first in-person General Membership and Board of Directors meetings of the year, and both were quite successful and enjoyable. The ZOOM meetings got us through the COVID era and allowed us to stay active and keep the Club together, but even as convenient as they were, they paled in comparison to an in-person meeting. I for one am very happy to be able to get back to meeting in person, and I look forward to being able to keep doing it, especially now that the weather is nice. Maybe in the winter time if a blizzard is upon us, we can do another ZOOM meeting, but for now, I am happy to do them in person once again. And for those who cannot make it, we are committed to having a live ZOOM simulcast of the meetings, so we will have the best of both worlds.
For those of you with VHF capability, the summer E-skip season has been perking up lately, with many reporting 6 meter contacts to Europe. If you are looking to increase your VHF DX totals, now is the time to do it, as the E-Skip season is a short one. Someday I am going to put up that 6m beam that is in my shed, but for now, just let me know if any of you work any good ones. It may encourage me to get that job done!
This month, we welcome back Gene Schoeberlein, AA2YO, of West Deptford, who is returning to GCARC after a brief absence from the Club. Great to have you on board.
That is about all I have for this month. I hope all of you are having a great summer, and are getting your antennas in shape for the fall DX season. And don't forget the NAQP phone and CW contests next month in August. They are a blast to operate and you don't need big power or big antennas. Until then, 73 and hope to see you all at the next meeting.