Winter Field Day 2015
January 24-25 @  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 4 stations operating from the county communications trailer including a 40 meter SSB, 20 meter SSB, multi band CW and PSK31 station. We also made contacts on 80 meter SSB.  We were able to make several more contacts then last year and 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 watt generator and heat was provide by propane and kerosene heaters.  We stay very comfortable with temperatures in the upper 30's and calm winds on Saturday, but Sunday proved to be more challenging with temperatures in the low 20's and strong winds.

Special thanks to KD8MMH, KD8PEV, W8DW, KD8PEZ, KC8YVF, N8XPS, K8HY and K8EMQ  for participating in this years event and to everyone else that stopped out to visit or help with setup and tear down. 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 24, 2015.  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 and possibly the conference room of the airport terminal if needed.  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

NOTE: New setup area will be next to the west side of the airport terminal building.  Will can utilize the fence post for attaching our antenna lines.  We will use the terminal conference room for our warming and eating area for this years event.  Operators please keep this in mind when determining your best solution for your antenna setup.

The 2015 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 24, 2015 through 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 25, 2015.

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, distance or weather.

The official rules can be found at the SPAR web site and the event is open to all amateurs.


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