Have some Winter FUN! Winter Field Day this weekend!

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  1. N8KC

    N8KC Ham Member QRZ Page

    WFD2020.jpg Get out and rock your winter.. that's right, Field Day FUN in the middle of winter, solo or with a group. This weekend, Saturday & Sunday. Rules, times, everything you need to know are all posted on the WFDA website.. https://www.winterfieldday.com/ DX welcomed! Hope to hear you lighting up the bands!!
    LB6BG, KG4BFR, NJ1S and 3 others like this.
  2. K8HIT

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    Looking forward to it.

    Our club will be running as a 7H MI.
    N8JFJ, KD8CIV and AD8BU like this.
  3. N5CM

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    Our club operating as N5I (Louisiana).
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  4. K1FRC

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    For ham ops working two meters, I'll be monitoring 146.55 simplex from low elevation Beacon Falls. It's hard to work my station because I'm down by the Naugatuck river in what's basically an RF hole. If you work me on FM or Wires-X digital, you ought to get an award! As always, good hunting! de K1FRC
  5. N1NDN

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    We'll be operating as W2C from Indian Lake NY. Looking forward to getting out and playing some radio!
  6. KA4TLC

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    Sandhills ARC of NC will be operating N4C 3h
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  7. WA3TVH

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    I will be operating Frances Slocum State Park (POTA K-1354) Sunday starting around 12:00 UTC. Not looking snowy or bitter cold. Will be on 40 and 20. de WA3TVH
  8. W4ZNG

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    Will be out in Desoto National Forest in southern MS: camping, operating 1O QRP, and (maybe) getting rained on.

    Very much looking forward to Saturday, and even Sunday with its 50% rain forecast.
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  9. KQ6XA

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    Defining 10 watts SSB as QRP Class is absurd; it should be 50W or 100W.
    It is a left-over artifact of an old CW-centric QRP clique of SSB haters.

    [Note to: the nay sayers, go away. I'm a CW op, too)

    10 Watts PEP SSB is roughly equivalent to a few hundred milliwatts of CW.
    Or, maybe 50 milliwatts of weak signal data such as Olivia, Contestia, or JS8call.

    Re-defining the QRP SSB Class to a maximum 50 Watts or 100 Watts, would go a long way toward fairness, and a level playing field.
    It would also encourage more portable outdoor stations to participate with SSB voice.
    Myself included :)

    5 Watts on CW gets out like 100 Watts SSB voice.
    1 Watt on CW gets out like 20 Watts SSB voice.
    250mW on CW gets out like 5 Watts SSB voice.

    For those who are interested, here is the RF engineering/guestimation/field experience behind this comparison, and the given conditions:
    Operators = skilled, talented operators
    Language = American English
    CW Speed = 15WPM
    Bandwidth CW = 1kHz
    Bandwidth SSB = 2.7kHz
    Signal/Noise Ratio CW = -1dB SNR a Talented CW Op
    Signal/oise Ratio SSB = +12dB SNR a Skilled SSB Op
    5 Watts Power CW = 37dBm
    100 Watts Power SSB = 50dBm
    Difference = 13dB

    Note: Some tricks can be played with CW or SSB to skew this comparison.
    Things like bandwidth and super-operator talent (contest ops), language (Japanese is 3dB better than American English), speech compression, morse speed (coherent CW is better), and types of noise or fading present. For those wondering about DSP noise reduction... most of the
    super-ops who can copy either CW or SSB at abnormally bad noise levels, don't use DSP noise reduction to do it!
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2020
  10. KQ6XA

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    I hereby challenge any Winter Field Day nay sayers to a Low Power /Pedestrian Mobile QSO.
    A great event to have some brisk fun.
    Let's do it.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2020
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