Winter Field Day 2013
January 26-27 @  Harry Browne Airport

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The Winter Field Day was a big success.  We began set up at 9 am on Saturday morning and were operational by noon.  All together we had 6 stations operating from the county communications trailer including a 10 meter SSB, 20 meter SSB, 40 meter SSB, 80 meter SSB, CW, and PSK31.  Although there weren't a lot of contacts made, we did prove that we could operate multiple stations at the same time out of the trailer and not interfere with one another.  Power was provided by the county Honda 6500 and 3000 watt generators and heat was provide by propane and electric means.  We managed to stay pretty comfortable considering the mid 20 temperatures and strong winds on both days.

Thanks to W8EAB, KD8MMH, W8DW, KD8PEZ, KC8YVF and KA8YXV for participating in this years event and to all that stopped by to chat.  We look forward to next year.



The Winter Field Day will be held at Harry Browne Airport beginning at noon (12 PM) on Saturday January 26, 2013.  This will be a combined ARES and SVARA event and is open to all operators.  Like the summer field day, we will have multiple stations operating from the county communications trailer, SVARA trailer and N8ERL's hanger at the airport.  We are planning to man the stations for as long as possible depending on the weather.  Those interested in operation a station, please contact Dave Paquette, W8DW at


The 2013 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 26, 2011 through 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 27, 2013.

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 and the event is open to all amateurs.


W8EAB Photos

Dave working the CW station

Ron working the 20 meter station

Mike working the 10 meter station

Mike working 80 meters

Dave "hamming" it up

Fred just chilling

Emmett with one of those "oh no" moments

Dave stopped by to check things out

Brian woking the PSK31 digital station

Brian and his daughter

Fred at the PSK31 station

Full moon over the airport

Clear night, cold temps

KC8YVF Photos

Dave working all band CW

Emmett working the 40 meter station

Mike working the 20 meter station

County Comms trailer with the BWD90 10-80 meter folded di-pole antenna

The Honda 6500 and 3000 watt generators running the trailer and heating