View Full Version : SPAR Winter Field Day - Jan 26, 27

01-19-2008, 05:12 PM
SPAR, the Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio is once again sponsoring Winter Field Day. This is the 2nd year for this growing event and many are sure to participate.

Quote[/b] ]SPAR Announces Winter Field Day 2008

Field Day is perhaps the most popular of the many activities enjoyed by Amateurs. Every June the bands come alive with improvised signals proving the ability to respond to emergencies. The event also offers an opportunity for camaraderie and a chance to test ourselves in less than ideal circumstances, however, emergencies and natural disasters don't always happen in the summer. Winter winds, icy limbs and bitter cold replace the thunderstorms and blistering heat of summer. To test our abilities to operate in the winter, in 2007 SPAR established a Winter Field Day event and invited all Amateur Radio operators to participate. The event was enjoyed by many and considered a success. Therefore it is time to issue the invitation for the Second Annual SPAR Winter Field Day!

The 2008 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 26, 2008 through 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 27, 2008. The object of the event is familiar to most Amateur Radio operators: set up emergency-style communications and make as many contacts as possible during the 24 hour period. The rules encourage as many contacts on as many bands and modes as possible, because during a real emergency, the most important factor is the ability to communicate, regardless of band, mode or distance.

The official rules can be found at the SPAR website (http://www.spar-hams.org/contests/winterfd/index.php?pg=2). The event is open to all amateurs, although we encourage everyone to join in the discussions and other activities sponsored by SPAR. Information about SPAR can be found on the SPAR home page (http://www.spar-hams.org/index.php). Membership is free and open to all amateurs who want to encourage technical and operating skills. You can register by going to the SPAR Forum (http://www.spar-hams.org/forum/phpbb2/index.php) and registering, using your amateur callsign as your user name.

Please join with SPAR in promoting amateur radio and keeping our bands alive!

Dave, W3KM, author of the popular FREE logging program Genlog (http://mysite.verizon.net/dmascaro1/) has added support for Winter Field Day in his logging software. Just download Genlog, install, and then download and install the current update file and you should be good to log.

Mike, N0EXE and I will be out in the deep woods of Wisconsin again this year on the air as W9IDX and looking forward to working as many of you as we can.

01-19-2008, 05:41 PM
706 in a bag with hamstick dipole. I'm ready!

01-19-2008, 06:21 PM
Will be taking the K2 to this place

There is a spot where you can string a wire between to large pinnacles (some technical scrambling required) for an awesome antenna setup.

73 m/4

01-19-2008, 06:28 PM
I purchased a Super Antennas MP-1 with the 80M coil and a tripod. #I also ordered the MFJ 12 foot telescoping antenna for it as per the suggestion of Ryan, N2RJ and a couple others. The primary reason is to use it in the upcoming ARRL International DX contest from a DX location, but I'll be field testing it in the WFD next week. #Don't know for sure what radio I'll use yet. #I'm actually thinking about taking the FT-101 out and going olde school. #I'm sure as I get closer to the actual event, I'll consider what a brute that thing is to lug around and take either the 703+ or the 706.

01-19-2008, 07:09 PM
It's freaking middle of winter! I'll be in my shack, wood stove blazing.

01-19-2008, 07:46 PM
Quote[/b] (n2jso @ Jan. 19 2008,15:09)]It's freaking middle of winter! #I'll be in my shack, wood stove blazing.
And there is an exchange format for such luxurious environs: RST/1H/outside temperature. That will be me.

01-20-2008, 12:27 AM
I'll be RST/2I/Frozen

01-20-2008, 12:58 AM
I'll be in for it a little as KC2ESD 1H in my toasty radio room.
I brought Winter Field Day up at the club meetings and asked if they wanted to do WFD. They told me good luck, they don't what to freeze their butts off. http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

73 and good luck Rick KC2ESD

01-20-2008, 04:23 AM
I expect to be on the air as YV1/W5ALT. My dipole is down, so I'll try putting it back up on Saturday morning.

Walt, W5ALT

01-20-2008, 04:48 AM
I tried to get the local guys involved, but no go...

One thing I heard from many was that it would be better to set the date further in advance... if it'll always be the 3rd full weekend of January, that'll work.

As it is, I'll operate from my shack. Possibly on generator power, we'll see.

01-20-2008, 04:14 PM
Hi Dave,

Well, the WFD date was "officially" set in November, but the only dates under consideration were within 1-2 weeks of each other. The plan is to keep the same weekend each year - 3rd Saturday of January, but if there are conflicts with other major contests, it might slide a week.

Hope to work you!

Walt, W5ALT

01-20-2008, 04:35 PM
Quote[/b] (w5alt @ Jan. 19 2008,23:23)]I expect to be on the air as YV1/W5ALT. My dipole is down, so I'll try putting it back up on Saturday morning.

Walt, W5ALT
It must be COLD there in the Winter!!!

(only in Merida though.... http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif )

01-21-2008, 01:07 AM
Quote[/b] (KC9ECI @ Jan. 19 2008,17:27)]I'll be RST/2I/Frozen
599 FROZEN !

01-21-2008, 01:30 AM
Minus five nine nine frigid

Someone at the club asked about a winter operation. I explained about SPAR's WFD. However, as the temperature plunged toward zero, so did the enthusiasm.


01-21-2008, 08:05 PM
Greetings From Michigan, The USECA Amateur Radio Club
Canít wait for WFD, we will be using the call K8UO. We will
Be operating from Camp Ozanam north of Lexington MI.

01-24-2008, 11:16 AM
For those in the northern climes using CW, the minus sign is the same as the hyphen -....-

Do not confuse this with BK or = -...-

To summarize, -....- should be used before negative temperatures, not -...-


01-25-2008, 04:41 AM
I will be operating in the field from the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in the northe east corner of the Mojave Desert.

The refuge is 1,600,000 acres of 100% un-tamed wilderness with no man made improvements. It is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the continental United States. Two states the size of Rhode Island can fit inside the refuge with enough space left over to build over a quarter million football fields.

Access is primarily by foot or by horseback. #So my station will consist of what I can carry in.

I plan to set camp in the high desert area at about 4300' elevation near the base of the Sheep Mountain range. #I hope to make it to this location 2 hours after nightfall Friday evening and set camp. #I hope to be on the air throughout the event.

The WX at that location for tonight is for rain and 3 or more inches of snow. #Snow and rain is predicted for that location throughout the weekend. #So if you are inside working the WFD...PLEASE...give me and any others around the country that are huddled in tents a QSO...the RF may be our only heat source...hi hi.

It's going to be a great weekend to "PLAY RADIO"!


01-25-2008, 06:40 AM
Hopefully I'll get my HF Rig/Antenna installed and ready to go before the contest starts. That sounds like fun. Now I really can't wait to buy my rig Saturday morning!!!

01-25-2008, 11:19 AM
Yesterday it was -30F +/- around here. There's 2 to 3 feet of snow where we're setting up. Last year we drove cars up to the cabin and walked on bare ground to hang antennas. This year I'm thinking it's going to be my 4X4 and a vertical antenna clamped to a picnic table or the tailgate of my truck.

01-27-2009, 03:46 AM
for WFD I was QRV from a hunting and fishing camp in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I used a random wire antenna with my IC-751A, powered off a marine battery, and operated outside the cabin for about 4 hours in the beginning of the contest at temperatures bewteen 3 and 9 degrees Farenheit. Had some fun and then some coctails inside. Ice fishing the next day so no more operating after that. Total of 28 Qs on SSB 20/40/80 meters. Will be back next year.

01-06-2010, 12:20 AM
can anyone recommend a logging program with freeware download for the upcoming WFD.. We will be setting up a CW shop outside with a generator.. Thanks and 73s Tom/kj4hui@gmail.com

01-06-2010, 12:56 AM
Winter Field Day from North Charleston, SC: