Emergency Preparedness Response
This photo shows me participating in the ARRL field day as a class One-Charlie-Alpha-Bravo mobile station.
The object of field day is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.
In this photo, I have the control head for my Kenwood TS-480 removed from my radio stack, and remotely positioned at the rear of my mobile.
I am using separation cables 10 meters in length that I made up for this purpose, and they connect the control-head with the transceiver mounted in the front of my mobile.
The TS-480 comes with two different mounts, one for a mobile, and the other for desk mounting, and that is the one being used here.
I keep this mount and the separation cables in my mobile just for occasions such as field day, or when out camping, and I wish to play ham radio outside as I am doing here.
I had my field day operation set up on the north side of the Red Deer river south of Wardlow AB, on the north boundary of Dinosaur Provincial park overlooking the badlands. If you haven't been in this area of eastern Alberta, take it from me its in the sticks.
Course there were moments when I wondered about being out in the middle of nowhere, what with some of the wild weather that I had to contend with.
I was a fair distance from the main road that passes through the area just south of Wardlow, and a major storm cell that developed while I was there, had me glad that I had four wheel drive on the way out.
Here is a look at the badlands.....
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Storm cell approaching....