This year, for the first time, the AARC sponsored a team for the SPAR Winter Field Day. You may be wondering “What is Winter Field Day, and how does it differ from ARRL Field Day“?
Well, of course, it’s held in the winter. The rules are a bit different, using the temperature as part of the exchange. Other than that, It’s a great opportunity for a social event, just like it’s counterpart in June.
Field Day is considered to be emergency preparation, right? So . . . . What happens not if, but rather when we have an emergency that requires to get on the air in the dead of winter?
Well, we can prepare for that. . Of course besides, putting a signal on the air, we have to be fed, so we had a carry in dinner as part of our operation.
We made over 200 contacts, using SSB, FM, and CW. Bands were activated from 80-10 & 2 Meters. All told, I think it’s fair to say that everyone had a good time.
Here’s some pictures of our event.
Here's a shot of one of the Buddipoles that were used. They, along with a G5RV at 30' ensured a good presence on all bands.
Tomas, KC8ZEH hunting for new stations to work
Rex, NX8G (Foreground, with Bryan, N8WD hidden from view discuss strategy
Rick, KC8SUI logging a contact using N3FJP WFD software
Don, K8OMO running CW
Bryan, N8WD working one of the high bands, using his Icom IC-D7100, hooked up to a Buddipole
Rick, KC8SUI working hard on 40 Meters
Shawn, KD8ZEZ (foreground) is being coached by Rex, NX8G, while operating the other Icom IC-D7100
Mike, KD8RUQ preparing to run some CW. The Icom IC-7100 was a bit different, but soon became a favorite rig for several of us.