NOGA participated in the 1998 ARRL Field Day, setting up operations at Russ Richardson's, AE4NY, trailer in the woods of Banks County Georgia. The NOGA team consisted of Russ, AE4NY, Rick Black, K4RAB, Sam Billingsley, AE4GX, and Mike Boatright, KO4WX.
We operated the full 24 hour period (well, we did sleep a little) on HF and 6M. The highlight (or lowlight, depending on your perspective) of the weekend was the fun we had trying to get a dipole into the air. Ever seen grown men cry?
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|"This is too much like work!"
Sam Billingsley, AE4GX, operating his Index Labs QRP+, Sunday morning
|"New York's that way, right?"
Rick Black, K4RAB, Armstrong operator in search of 6M contacts to the Northeeast
|"Wonder why we didn't see any skunks this weekend?"
(Left to Right) Russ Richardson, AE4NY, Sam Billingsley, AE4GX, Rick Black, K4RAB, and Mike Boatright, KO4WX (operating his 20M handheld) packing up after the contest
|"But I've got the beam pointed West!"
Mike Boatright, KO4WX (foreground), operating 40M CW, and Rick Black, K4RAB (background) working Canada on 6M
|"Man, don't they know I ain't got no QSK?"
Mike Boatright, KO4WX, operating 20M CW on the HotWater-8 at 1.6 watts into an inverted G5RV up about 25 feet.