Tulsa Amateur Radio Club Converts Chandler Park
to Field Day Paradise
The weather was
great - most of the time. We got our equipment set up without any serious
problems; we talked with friends and family; we participated in a contest
called Field Day. Field Day 2000 was a tremendous success for Tulsa Amateur
Without antennas, there would be no Field Day.
This one worked great.
Operating with the
special Field Day call sign, W5OK, club members and guests made contacts all
across the country calling "CQ CQ Field Day CQ CQ CQ Whiskey 5 Oscar
Friends get together at Field Day
Setup went smoothly although
there were a few trips here and there to find the odd connector for the rig or
a tablet for logging. When everything was set up, Chandler Park looked as if it
had sprouted tall metal grass.
This was one way to try to beat the heat and
The operators chose various
methods of protection from the sun from air conditioned motor homes to a screen
room with 360 degrees of air. No matter what the cover, everyone made contacts
galore, ate lots of barbeque, and drank gallons of water and soft drinks.
needs the cooperation of many groups and several were with us on this Field
Day. The Tulsa County Sheriff's Department did a great job with security; the
Salvation Army from Sand Springs brought all the cold water and soft drinks we
could hold; the National Weather Service provided information on flash floods
and nasty weather; Creek County Civil Emergency Management brought their lights
so we could see after the sun went down; and the Life Flight helicopter
provided a spectacular landing and an opportunity for all to see, up close,
what is involved in their part of an emergency.
The Life Flight helicopter lands in the middle of
Field Day 2000.