Winter Field Day

Come Join SCRA at Winter Field Day 2022

Weekend of January 29 & 30 at Spring Lake Park Campground

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. But FD takes place in the summer, when weather is typically nice. But disasters do not always occur in such nice weather. Winter Field Day (WFD) was devised by a group of dedicated amateur radio operators who believed that hams should be equally prepared for a disaster that occurs during the winter and created the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA).

 For more details regarding the forming of WFD, please visit their website: www.winterfieldday.com .

 The first WFD was held in January of 2007. SCRA has only participated in a total of three WFDs, in 2019, 2020, and (virtually) in 2021. It is now time to get back to an “in-person” WFD operation for 2022.

 Unlike FD, WFD does not offer bonus points for engaging with the public and getting media attention. Therefore, it is not as important that we set up in public place and have a public information booth. Still, we should be prepared to answer any questions from passers-by about what we are up to (when they see our setup, they will know we are not your normal campers!).

 The Plan for Winter Field Day 2022

We have secured the use of the Group Campsite at Spring Lake Park Campground for this purpose. Normally the group campsite does not allow RVs, but under the condition of our special use permit, we will be able to use RVs for operating positions.

We will begin setup on Friday, January 28, at about noon. Our goal to have all the antennas set up and coax cables run before nightfall. 

Our plan is to run three stations:

  • Phone – located in Jack, K6ROW’s motorhome, with Jack, K6ROW as station captain
  • CW – located in a tent with propane heater, with John, WB6FRZ as station captain
  • Digital – located in Rick, WW6RC’s travel trailer, with Howard, K6SID as station captain

If you would like to operate one (or more) of these stations, please contact the station captain to arrange a time slot.

The operating period is from 11am on Saturday to 11am on Sunday. We will begin tearing down at 11am on Sunday and should be ready to leave by about 1pm or shortly thereafter. 

Power will be supplied by one or two generators. We need to keep the noise down, especially during the evening hours when generators are normally not allowed. We will have deep-cycle batteries and inverters for use during the evening hours if it is necessary to shut down the generators.

For antennas, we will be using the following:

  • Zero-5 – covering 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m (from SCRA)
  • Off-Center Fed Dipole – covering 75/80m, 40m, 20m, 10m (not 15m, from SCRA)
  • Spider 4-Band Antenna – covering 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m (from WW6RC)
  • 15m Loop (from N6IIY)

WFD has three Entry Categories, Home, Indoor, and Outdoor. We will be in the Indoor category, since two of the three stations will be in an RV where we will be weather protected.

New for WFD2022 is the power limit of 100 Watts.

Doug, KF6LMB, has volunteered to tow the Breadbox (SCRA’s cargo trailer with most everything we need for WFD and FD) up to the site, so we will have convenient access to the Zero-5, OCF, coax, tents, etc.  

Our exchange will be 3I, indicating that we are operating three transmitters in the Indoor category.

Scoring

There have been a few changes regarding scoring for WFD2022:

  • Bonus points used to be 1500 points, now they are only 500
  • Power limit is 100W, but power multiplier for this category is still 2.

Phone contacts count 1 point per QSO. Digital and CW contacts are 2 points per QSO

Mode and Band Multipliers – Count 1 multiplier for each mode operated per band. For example, operating CW and Phone on 80, 40, 15, and 10m, CW and PSK31 on 20m and 15m would be a total multiplier of 12x.

Power Output Multipliers – 100W or less = 2x; QRP (not in our plan) = 4x

Bonus Points –

  • 500 points for not at Home (we can claim this)
  • 500 points for Outdoor (we cannot claim this)
  • 500 points for no commercial power (we can claim this)
  • 500 points for QSO via Satellite (any volunteers?)

Claimed Score Tabulation: {QSO Points x Power Output Multiplier x Band/Mode Multiplier) + Bonus Points

Logging Contacts

As in years past, we will be using the N3FJP Winter Field Day Contest Log program. This is a different application than the ARRL Field Day Contest log. SCRA has a license for this program. Paper logs are no longer permitted for WFD, so we will need to collate all the data from the logging computers into one file for the submission. For those supplying laptops for logging, contact me if you need a license for the N3FJP Winter Field Day Contest Log program. 

Food

Iola, KK6HRE, has volunteered to bring the refreshment supplies for the weekend and keep a pot of coffee on. We will have pizza for dinner on Saturday night. Please e-mail me if you will be there for dinner on Saturday. 

Access to the Park

Our camping fee includes parking for up to 10 vehicles. After the 10 vehicle limit is reached, it will be $7 per vehicle per day. If you have an annual county parks pass, please use it, and consider carpooling with others. Keep receipts for parking; SCRA will reimburse your parking fees. There might not be sufficient room for all vehicles at the Group Campsite, but there is a large parking lot at the boat launch not too far away. 

For More Information  please contact me:

 Brian Torr, N6IIY
Winter Field Day Chairman
Tel: (707) 575-5871 (home)
(707) 953-0377 (mobile)
n6iiy@arrl.net