Hams in the News: Winter Field Day

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KD8DEY, Jan 28, 2019.

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  1. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

  2. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    GREAT press release
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  3. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Egad, not again, "... Bluegrass Amature Radio Society...", as somebody even noted on their public Facebook page. Even the professional media editors and proofreaders can't get the spelling of AMATEUR correct. :(

    WFD was a fun event. Like many, I operated from the comfort of home. Hey it was unusually blustery cold rain here in WCF! :eek: Brrrr... no MN thick skin any more :p

    My excuse to stay warm inside and OTA was to give those that braved the outdoor elements another contact to put in their logs, and to try to help tutor the fledgling contest op's that always appear during any kind of FD event.

    An interesting blend of Morse CW, SSB and PSK31 modes. Unlike a CQWW or SS my average keyer speed seemed to be below 20 WPM, some styles of run pileup management were cringe-worthy, and my ears were treated to many unusual phonetics. Although I will admit some embarrassments of my own with PSK31 MMVARI operation.

    I made a couple of hundred QSO's but unfortunately B.A.R.S. (K4KJQ?) was not one of them. Maybe next time.

    73, John, WØPV
  4. N8DAH

    N8DAH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Op'ed WFD 2019 as NM8RC in Sparr MI with KC9ON was pretty close to Zero, had fun learned I need lighter batteries and RG8/LMR400 is not easy to work with in sub-freezing temps!

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  5. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Now that's a real Winter FD! :cool: Congrats on the operation and thanks for the QSO on 40m CW.

    CU agn, 73, John, WØPV
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  6. KD2IBQ

    KD2IBQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Perhaps the Bluegrass "Amature" Radio Society is actually what is meant, as a play on words, i.e.
    " amatuer, a part of an electric device that moves under the influence of a magnetic field"
    73 KD2IBQ
  7. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I get the joke :), but ... hmmm, errrr ...:oops:o_O:confused: ,,, in regard to the electric device me thinks you meant to write ARMATURE (?)

    Incidentally, armature radio actually does exist, see the link to the Alexanderson Alternator.

    Also, BTW, my call sign is WØPV, as in phonetically Papa VICTOR. :D

    However, in previous posts I neglected to properly indicate being the sole operator at W4SUN, the club call sign used during WFD. That's my bad, hopefully a clarification that doesn't make anything else worse. :rolleyes:

    Communicating via text quickly with precision can be challenging :p

    Relating to the challenges of communicating via text modes, it was a bit frustrating for me during WFD, when on PSK, a mode I rarely use, when several callers actually SPELLED OUT their exchange category, ie, 2 India or 1 Hotel, instead of just 2I or 1H. Perhaps this was meant to enable recognition if signals are weak and garbled, but it was also longer in time and made for very awkward logging in N1MM+, point and click would not work. :(

    73, John, WØPV, op @ W4SUN for WFD 2019
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2019
  8. KB8DNQ

    KB8DNQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    If any of you worked W8LKY thanks for the contact.
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  9. KD2IBQ

    KD2IBQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    YUP, your right, got to do fire my proofreader......
    73 KD2IBQ
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  10. KI6PMD

    KI6PMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Burrrrr ! I think any of the stations that did WFD back in that neck of the frozen woods should get at least any extra 1000 points just for showing up ! I operated from the warmth of my shack! by the way it was a chilly 74 deg. out side here in So Cal ! Had a great time on the bands 73 all KI6PMD Phil..
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