Winter Field Day

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Winter Field Day (*New*)

Count Down and Planing

Photos to follow:

This wiki page is to document the plans for this years SPAR rules winter field day event. This event is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter.


The 2016 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 30, 2016 through 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 31, 2016.

The contest runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Saturday to 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Sunday. For 2015, the dates are January 24 and 25th. Station set up may begin no earlier than 1300 UTC (8:00 AM EST) on January 24, 2015.


This years event will be held in maybe someplace!

Call for more information:



Talk-in Freq:

147.120 MHz

field day power (alternate sources)

  1. Gas generator: will have several
  2. Pedal (human) power: ???
  3. Power Packs (portable batteries): commercial (auto or home-built)
  4. Bert can supply 12v at high amps
  5. Solar arrays: (small)
  6. Water wheel or Windmill: ???

the operating bands

Bands: All bands, except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.
Modes: Any mode

the exchange


a) Number of operators: 1, 2, Multi
b) Site: Indoor, Outdoor, Home

For example, 2 operators at a remote campground would be 2O, 1 person at home would be 1H, 5 club members operating from a community center would be MI.

Exchange: Callsign, True RS/T (not all 599), Category, local outside temperature (with F or C). For example 1 person from a campground where the temperature is 28 F might send "KX5XYZ 449 1O 28F" or "KX5XYZ 449 1O -2C"

QSO Points: 1 point per QSO, regardless of band and mode. The object is to be able to communicate and in an emergency it doesn't matter what band and mode is used. Busted exchanges will be penalized by 1 additional point for each missed exchange or callsign. Duplicate contacts (same station, band and mode) will not be counted, but will not be penalized.

Multiplier: Count 1 multiplier for each mode operated per band. For example, operating CW and Phone on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters, CW and PSK31 on 20m, FM on 2meters and satellite on 1.2 GHz would be a total multiplier of 12.

Bonus: Count 1000 points if commercial power is not used, 1000 points if outdoors and 1000 points if not at home. For example, operating outdoors in your backyard without commercial power would be 1000 + 1000 = 2000 points (outdoors, no commercial power), while operating from a campground tent using commercial power would be 1000 + 1000 = 2000 points (outdoors and not home).

Final Score: QSO Points x Multiplier + Bonus Points.

the stations

  1. The trailer of Bert (W4GOB)
  2. The bus of David (KC4ZVW)
  3. ...

the operators

  • KA4QXP -- Kirk
  • KC4ZVW -- David
  1. operating station: the bus
  2. HF rig: IC-718, tuner, 40m dipole and 20m loop (made on sight)
  3. digital station: FT-817, TNC
  • KD4WOV -- Tom
  • N4LGH -- Tracy
  • NT4K - JC
  • W4GOB -- Bert
  1. operating station: Mobile trailer
  2. HF rig: Kenwood TS-480SAT 100w, tuner, Budistick, 40m G5RV JR
  • WB7DMX -- Bobby
  • If your not on this Field day mail list, why not?
Email David KC4ZVW or Tom KD4WOV and get your name on this list of participants. This is just a core of the group, last year we have quite a few that showed up that was not on the list. If you don't have equipment to bring you may come and operate on the stations setup. You can operate on HF even if you do not have privileges on HF by having a control operator present. Come and enjoy the operating time and fellowship of Ham radio.


purpose of the SPAR event

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 web site. 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. 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 and registering, using your amateur callsign as your user name.

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

Revised: 14 January 2015