Field Day

Come Join SCRA at Winter Field Day 2021 (even if only virtually)

Weekend of January 30 & January 31

Why Winter Field Day???

ARRL Field Day (FD) started back in the 1930s as a test of amateur radio operator’s ability to work “in the field” under emergency-like conditions. FD has become one of the most popular events in ham radio and has grown beyond a mere teste of our EmComm capabilities. But emergencies don’t always occur during nice weather. Winter Field Day (WFD) adds the challenge of less-than-ideal weather. The rules are much simpler and  there are not as many bonus point opportunities. But the bonus points that are available are worth much more than the typical bonus points for FD.

Under normal circumstances, we would do WFD as a group. But due to COVID-19, SCRA will be doing WFD as a distributed event, much like we did for FD2020 last summer. Fortunately, the WFD rules allow for such operation. Each member will be operating individually, but we will collect the logs from individual member’s stations and calculate an aggregate club score.

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Winter Field Day Logistics & Training Meeting:

  • January 16, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, On-Line – See Below for Details

Winter Field Day Weekend, January 30 and January 31:

  • Setup – It’s up to you
  • Operating – Begins Saturday, January 30, 11am
  • Dinner – You’re on your own. Remember to keep your energy up!
  • Operating Ends Sunday, January 31, 11am
  • Tear Down Sunday, January 31, 11am until you’re done

Where:      Your place

Stations:

  • Whatever you like

Bands: 160, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m 10m, and >=50 MHz

Classification and Exchange: It’s up to you 

Callsigns

  • Use your own callsign

 SCRA Winter Field Day 2021

I would like to encourage all SCRA members to participate as much as they can from home. Even if you only have a Technician class license, you can still participate. Try making contacts on 2m FM simplex (repeater contacts are not allowed).

  • If you operate from your home, you would be a  Class H (Home) station. 
  • If you can set up a portable station, at least 30 feet from your house, you could be an Outdoor station (Class O), An Outdoor station is non-insulated and partially exposed to the elements.
  • If you can set up a station at a location other than an existing ham station, but insulated and weather-protected, you would be an Indoor (Class I) station.
  • For all classes, there is a 1500 point bonus if you do not use commercial power.
  • If you are no t a Home station, there is an additional 1500 point bonus.
  • If you are an Outdoor station, there is another 1500 point bonus.
  • If you make at least one satellite contact, there is a 1500 point bonus.
Winter Field Day Rules

Visit the Winter Field Day Association’s website for a copy of the rules: www.winterfieldday.com

Field Day on 2m FM ???

If you were wondering whether or not you could make Winter Field Day contact on 2m FM, the answer is “Absolutely, Yes!”. For more details, check out the article written by Fred Seitel, AE6SF that appeared in the June 2020 issue of Short Skip: Field Day on 2m

Also, Robert Klahn, AD6I, of the San Francisco Amateur Radio Club (SFARC) put together a document encouraging their members and members of other Bay Area clubs to get on 2mFM for Field Day 2020 He also suggests calling frequencies. Here’s a link to their document: SFARC_FieldDay2020_on_2mFM . We can use these same frequencies for WFD.

Logging the Contacts

We encourage all members to log their contacts using the N3FJP Field Day Contest Log. You can download the software here: Winter Field Day Contest Log

You will need to register the software, and the fee for that is $8.99. If you already have a copy registered, be sure to download version 2.7.

Fred, AE6SF, has put together a nice document for how to set up the N3FJP software. Check it out: .N3FJP Winter Field Day Logger Setup

When submitting your log, there is a field where you can enter a club or group name. Please enter “Sonoma County Radio Amateurs”. Please enter this exactly as shown; otherwise, the ARRL will not accurately aggregate the scores from all participating SCRA members.

Also, please e-mail me a copy of your database file To do this, click File, and then select Export ADIF. Select the location to save the file. Append your call sign to the beginning of the default file name, followed by a dash. The default file name is WFD. As an example, I would change the file name to “N6IIY-WFD”. These files will be used to determine who will win what we hope will be some highly-coveted awards. We haven’t dreamed up what all those awards will be, but they will be highly-coveted.

Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Social Time

We will have a Zoom session open during the entire weekend. Please send me an e-mail for an invitation to that session. There will be four hours where I hope as many of you as possible can attend:

  • Saturday, January 30, 1pm to 2pm
  • Saturday, January 30, 6pm to 7pm
  • Sunday, January 31, 8am to 9am
  • Sunday, January 31, 11am to noon

For More Information:

Brian Torr, N6IIY

Winter Field Day Chairman

Tel: (707) 575-5871 (home)

(707) 953-0377 (mobile)

n6iiy@arrl.net