Chief David Palla is retiring as Fire Chief for the City of Hurst, Texas. His retirement party will be held at the Hurst Conference Center on March 22, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.
Chief Palla, call sign KE5IST, is a long time supporter and advocate for Amateur Radio and our radio club in particular. He recognizes the value of Amateur Radio to the community and has made our club feel welcome and our service valued as we provide communication assistance for community events, weather events, and other community needs.
Our 2023 Winter Field Day was great fun!! We operated as 3O (three stations, outdoors). We used independent power ( generator and battery ) for the entire event! Three stations operated continuously throughout the night. The bands were pretty good. We operated 10 and 20 meters until early evening, then 40 meters and finally 80 meters for the last few contacts.
For a few hours we shared the park with a church group of nearly 100 kids who seemed to be using our antennas as goals for their football game. After they left, our antennas were still standing and we continued to operate.
Jeremy, N5KKE brought a smoker and prepared chickens and hot dogs. We ate well and enjoyed moderate temperatures throughout the night, until about 6:00 am.
In early morning the thermometer plunged and the wind picked up. We got a taste of real winter and decided that some kind of tent or shelter with sides would have been a great idea!
Great spirits and good fun kept us warm and we operated until about 9:00 am on Sunday. After filling ourselves with doughnuts and hot coffee we packed up and headed for home and warm beds.
These events are a ton of fun. If you haven’t been lately you’re missing out. Our next field day is the end of June. I hope you’ll join us.