Eastern MA Section Manager Field Day 2024 Trip Report

Jon McCombie, N1ILZMy favorite job as Section Manager is touring Field Day sites. This year was no exception! 
I got started Saturday morning and headed directly to the FD site for the NorthEast Amateur Radio Club (N1ERC), in the beautiful Fourth Cliff recreational area in Humarock, MA. When I arrived, they were just finishing setup, and waiting for the fun to start at 1400.  The site provides an especially dramatic view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately for me, the fog was in, so no views for me. Maybe next year? 
Next was a visit with the Braintree Emergency Management group (KC1KWC) set up as a field site in the garage/storage area given by the Town of Braintree. Nice setup there, gents! Well done! 
Next on the visit list was Sci-Tech in Natick. Congrats to Bob Phinney and the crew at Sci-Tech for creating and running an operation I consider to be one of the crown jewels of the Section; really of the whole country. 
My next visit was the Boston ARC (W1BOS), set up in Westwood, MA. For the last several years, they’ve set up FD at the same campsite, providing shelter from wind and rain and plenty of trees for antennas. Very nice! 
My first stop on Sunday was the Whitman ARC (WA1NPO) site in the YMCA campgrounds in E. Bridgewater. Another outstanding selection for FD site: a shelter from wind and rain, plenty of antenna supports in a convenient location. 
Next on the list was a visit to the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) site in Falmouth, MA. FARA had a fantastic setup, with three towers erected, a few dipoles, and their crown jewel, the FARA communications trailer. The trailer provides at least three operating positions and has a patch-panel to connect radios to antennas. What an outstanding example of engineering! Well done, Ralph, N1YHS, and FARA! 
Alas, traffic leaving Falmouth was horrendous, so I couldn’t get to the Barnstable Amateur Radio Club (BARC) before they had finished breaking down after FD. 
This was a great – if tiring – Field Day for me. I’m very much looking forward to visiting FD sites next year. Did you have a great FD? Could you write a few paragraphs about your setup and how you did FD? Have some pix to publish? Send ‘em my way, and I’ll see about getting it on the EMA Section website! 

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