Winter Field Day Is Coming

Big Island ARRL News, 25 January 2018, 1515 UTC, Post #438.


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According to the supporters of “Winter Field Day”, emergency portable operations training “should not be limited to fair weather scenarios.”  With that in mind, “Winter Field Day” organizers are encouraging all radio amateurs to sharpen their communications skills on Saturday and Sunday, 27-28 January 2018– the dates established for this off-season communications exercise.

Here are the details:

“Purpose: To foster Amateur camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs.

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2018, the dates are January 27 and 28. Station setup may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 26. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How and when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

Bands: All Amateur bands, HF, VHF and UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 metres.

Modes: Any mode: CW, SSB, AM, FM, D-Star, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc.

Suggested Frequencies: (to make it easier for entrants to find each other) HF CW – 1810-1820, 3.530-3.550, 7.030-7.050, 14.035-14.055, 21.030-21.050, 28.030-28.040

HF SSB – lowest 30 kHz of the US General Class Phone bands (160m- 15m), 28.400-28.425MHz (10m) 6m/VHF/UHF – adjacent to, but not on, nationally recognized simplex calling channels.

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If you live in northern latitudes, please prepare accordingly with cold weather clothing, shelter, and transportation.

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Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section