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Emergency Grid Down Comms: Winter Field Day

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by OH8STN, Jan 18, 2019.

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  1. OH8STN

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  2. NL7W

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    Nice video and presentation, STN! Well done.
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  3. WN1MB

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    Quotes from video that stood out for me:

    "...getting comfortable with the misery..."

    "...train(ing) as you fight..."

    Have never operated WFD, nor had I planned on operating WFD 2019. This video, besides getting me longing for my annual tent camping every September, had me toying with the idea of carting some gear out to the SUV and take off for some cold weather FD ops - even if it's from the confines of the SUV with a temporary, makeshift antenna.

    Currently it's 3°F / -16°C - so we'll see how this grand plan develops. heh.

    Thanks, STN! And 73.
  4. G3SEA

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    Cool !
    I mean really Cool Temps. :cool:

    Only place to come near those temps here is up on Mauna Kea
    on the Big Island of Hawaii at 13,803 ft in Winter :cool:

  5. K7JOE

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    Hey all -- it's almost winter FD ! Our club will be on air for WFD, setting up a ham station and some semi-permanent antennas at our local "maker's studio/laboratory" -- it's a great way to bridge into the maker community (many are hams or show interest)... the location is not exactly "outdoors off the grid" but it's a good excuse to try some experimenting with battery/solar power, and also the maker lab needs some help installing some ham antennas -- they have a reserved space for a small HF/VHF/UHF ham station and some equipment, but have lacked antennas for a long time. Several hams will be there to set up / test the new system - along with bringing a big pot of Chili for those who want to come by for some socialization. Should be fun.

    ALL welcome!
  6. KC5SAS

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    Several months ago I brought up the idea of our club, the Ascension Amateur Radio Club, , participating in Winter Field Day 2019. My original plan, as President of the club, was to set up at our station in our EOC and operate from there in the relative comfort of the office environment. But after much discussion our members agreed that it would be better to focus on dragging our old EmCom trailer out of storage and using it. The trailer has been sitting up with almost no use since the floods in 2016 hit our region. We have had a couple of work days to do some repairs and check some of the equipment but Winter Field Day is a great time to do a more prolonged "shake down" of the trailer as well as to give more of our newer members a chance to get familiar. We are going out on Saturday morning, pull the trailer out and set everything up and may do some informal operating during the afternoon. By sundown we will put it all away and back in its storage area. We won't be out overnight.
    Sunday morning several of us plan to drive out to neighboring Livingston Parish to see the ham club there and their Emcom trailer which they plan on having out at the Parish courthouse. Livingston and Ascension Parishes have great working relations and we are looking forward to seeing their new trailer.
    To learn more about AARC/K5ARC please visit our web site at and listen for us on the air Saturday afternoon.
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  7. KG5ZLE

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    See you on Sunday!
  8. AH6BI

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    "...Shorts and flipflops..."
    We make do in Hawaii.
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  9. KA0HCP

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    Everyone makes their own sacrifices.... ;)
  10. W5WI

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    Great video! I'll share it with our local club and other clubs in the Section!

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