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On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 21:26, friends at kc3arc.org<friends at kc3arc.org> wrote: Good Evening Everyone,
I enjoyed seeing everyone last night.
Since I’m in charge of the food, this is my understanding from last nights meeting. Field Day will be held at the EOC. I will be setting up the conference room with the food.
Everyone will be in charge of their own breakfast on Sunday, on Saturday, we will meet at Hollywood dinner at time to be determined by Jay.
For lunch on Saturday, I will be ordering a hero sandwich and some salads. Cost will be divided among the people attending, I know I saw a signup sheet going around at the meeting, who ever has it can you tell me how many people we are expecting on Saturday so I can order the hero. If you were not at the meeting can you please let me know if you are coming for lunch on Saturday.
I will have a coffee pot going and water. If you want anything else to drink please bring it with you.
For dinner we will be doing a pot luck. So far, I know there will be chili, mac and cheese, and chicken.
Sunday lunch will be leftovers.
Please get back to me on what your contribution.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
On Dec 30, 2016, at 7:21 PM, friends at kc3arc.org wrote:
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
I’ve been thinking about Winter Field Day which is January 28 and 29, 2017. I know it is going to be at the EOC, but who will be participating? Since I’m not planning what iis done for the radio’s I can plan for the press release and food. To that end, this is what I was thinking about the food.
January 27, Friday, preliminary Set up Everyone will be responsible for their own food. January 28, Saturday Set-up Breakfast at Diamond State Restaurant, near the EOC. Will need a count to give the restaurant. Lunch, order a sandwich platter, everyone to share the cost for the platter. Dinner, Everyone bring a covered dish.January 29th, Sunday Breakfast on your own, Coffee Pot will be set-up I have a dual coffee pot. Lunch, Left overs from Saturdays dinner. I will get water, if you want something else beside water to drink, please bring it with you.
Please let me know if this is a good idea and if you are planning on attending Winter Field Day by
Below is the Rules I found and in the Subject Line is the website.
2017 WFD Rules
Purpose: To foster Ham 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. Don’t let those winter doldrums keepyou locked up in the house... get out and play some radio!!
When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pmEST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2017, the dates are January 28th and 29th. Station set-up maycommence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 27th. Station setup may consume no more than12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.
Bands: All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.
Modes: Any mode... CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, 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.
Entry categories: (see further clarification in “definitions” below)
Indoor: Operation from inside a remote, insulated, heated (or cooled, depending on your local weather), andweather-protected structure where an Amateur station is normally not available. (Park buildings/cabins,community center, EOC, senior center, club shack, etc).
Outdoor: Operation from a location partly or fully exposed to the elements and at least 30 feet away fromyour normal station location and not using any part of a previously erected antenna system or ham station. Acampground, park pavilion, canopy, picnic table, tent, pop-up camper, or a backyard shed/tent/deck, etc maybe used. Operation from a non-insulated car/truck/van/boat (mobile or not) is considered “outdoor”.
Home: Operation from inside a home or inside another structure attached to a home that could or would bethe usual location of an Amateur station (garage, sunroom, etc), generally using a previously erected antennasystem. A “Home” entrant may still be eligible to claim the “alternate power” bonus if not using commercialpower. Use of any pre-existing (on site) or permanently installed antenna system or station componentsrenders your station a “Home” station.
Entry Class: your entry “class” is a number designated by the number of stations in your entry that are capable ofsimultaneous transmission. (Explained further in summary below)
Exchange: Your WFD exchange will be a combination of your “class” and “category” and your ARRL section asdescribed below, using an appropriate letter designator or phonetics (examples: 1I, 2H, 5I, 6O, 3H, 9I, etc) In short:Call sign, Class + Category, ARRL Section.
Example: K4YM this is KB8X, we are Two Hotel, Ohio ..or in CW: K4YM de KB8X TU 2H OH...
KB8X this is K4YM, thank you, we are Twelve India, West Central Florida ..or in CW: KB8X TU 12I WCF
In summary: There are only 3 categories of entry: Indoor, Outdoor, and Home as described above and inthe definitions. Your entry class will depend on the number in your exchange. That number will bedetermined by the number of stations capable of simultaneously transmitting at your WFD site. If you onlyhave one station set up, but plan on using it on several bands and modes (example: 160-2m, CW, SSB, FM,Digi, etc), the number in your exchange would be “1”. If you have 10 stations set up and operators working atall of them, regardless of bands, and modes, the number in your exchange would be “10”. If you have onlytwo operators, but have two HF stations set up and a third and possibly fourth station dedicated to VHF, UHF,or a Satellite contact, your exchange number would be “2”, as one op would have to leave a station idle tomake contacts on the other. In other words, don’t count a station where one station has to be left idle to makecontacts on another. Once you decide upon your number of stations (class), you must use it for the durationof the contest. There are no points awarded for number of stations and it does not affect your score.
QSO Points: 1 point per Phone QSO, 2 points per CW & Digital QSO... Busted exchanges will be penalized by 1additional point for each missed exchange or call sign. Duplicate contacts (same call, band, and mode) will not becounted, but will not be penalized.
Mode and Band Multipliers: Count 1 multiplier for each mode operated per band. For example, operating CW andPhone on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters, CW and PSK31 on 20m, FM on 2meters would be a total multiplier of 12x.Power Output Multipliers: >100W = 1x, 100W or less = 2x, QRP = 4x (QRP defined below)
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You may claim 1500 bonus points if no commercial power is used in powering your WFD station. (see
“alternate power” definitions below). Your logging-only computer may use any available power.
You may claim 1500 bonus points if your operation is “Outdoors” (see definition below).
You may claim 1500 bonus points if your operation is not a “Home” operation (remote).
You may claim 1500 bonus points for making a QSO via Satellite (once only, see Satellite rule).
Example: Operating outdoors on your back deck table more than 30 feet from your usual station withoutcommercial power and using a temporary WFD antenna, set up within the allowed timeframe, would be 1500+ 1500 = 3000 bonus points (outdoors, no commercial power), while operating from a campground tent usingcommercial power and making one Satellite QSO would be 1500 + 1500 + 1500 = 4500 bonus points(outdoors, not home, and Satellite).
Note: There must have been at least 1 valid QSO in order to claim any bonus points. This is to ensure thatsomeone claiming bonus points without actually making any contacts cannot win a category! Bonus pointsmay not be claimed unless all stations covered in your entry qualify as well.
Claimed Score Tabulation: QSO Points x Power Output Multiplier x Band/mode multiplier + Bonus Points.
Log submission deadline and contents: Logs must be submitted to www.wfda at winterfieldday.com via email or bysnail-mail before 0000 UTC March 1st to be considered. Emailed logs should contain
logs must be in Cabrillo format and should contain the following information:
Frequency: kHz, band, or a generic frequency for the band. Frequency accuracy is not used to judge validQSOs.
Modes in the log: CW = CW. PH = Phone, as in AM, SSB, FM, C4FM, DStar, Mototurbo, DMR, etc (..ifthe end result is voice transmission, it’s phone). DI = Digital, as in RTTY, Olivia, Packet, PSK, SSTV, ATV(if the end result is text or pictures on a screen, it’s digital). Note: Working the same station in multipledigital or phone modes on any one band will result in “dupes” in your logging software.
Date and time: UTC/GMT (..need not be exactly accurate. Exception: QSO’s time-stamped/logged outsidethe contest period will be disqualified)
QSO data required: Entrant’s Call, Class + Category, ARRL/RAC Section --- Call worked, Class +Category, ARRL/RAC Section. Any station worked without an ARRL/RAC section designation is to belogged simply as “DX” in the space allotted for the section identifier. DX entrants would give DX or theircountry as their “section” in their exchange.
Bonus Points: Please enter your calculated bonus points in the Cabrillo Soapbox comments as shown directlybelow with a short explanation. The soapbox is just above the main body of the log in the header.
The Cabrillo QSO template is as follows:
SOAPBOX: BONUS 3000 (remote location and generator pwr) (example)
-----info sent-------- -------info rcvd--------
QSO:freq mo date time call #Cat sec call #Cat sec
QSO:03750 PH 2017-01-28 1911 K5XXX 12I STX WB9XXX 2H IL
QSO:07030 CW 2017-01-28 2021 K5XXX 12I STX K8UO 14I MI
QSO:14070 DI 2017-01-28 2031 K5XXX 12I STX K6XXX 14I MI
Results will be posted on the Winter Field Day Association website (winterfieldday.com) as we check and score them.Your pictures, videos, description of operations, and logistics are encouraged and welcome at both the website and theWFD Facebook group.
Paper Logs: Electronic logs are far more preferred, but for those who have no web access nor use a computer, paperlogs (neatly written) in the same format as above may be submitted to:
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the following in the subject
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line... "WFD 2017 Log KD8XXX" with KD8XXX being the callsign you used for the event. If
question about WFD, please put "WFD Questions" in the subject line to ensure your query gets to the right in-box.
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Tom Phelps WD8MBE
235 Leonard Ave NW
Massillon, Ohio 44646 (Please write “Paper Log” on the envelope)
Further definitions & rules clarifications:
Station Location Limitations: A WFD operation, regardless of the number of stations operating under one call sign,must be located in one physical location; ergo all station equipment, including antennas, feed lines, and accessoriesused must be located within a 1000 foot (300m) circle at the site chosen. Remote station operation (via internet link)is allowed, but may only enter WFD as a “Home” station (w/o bonus pts) since a remote station, almost by definition,is previously assembled and operates off local commercial power.
Qualifying Alternate/Non-Commercial Power: Any power not connected to the commercial power grid...generator (stand alone or built into an RV), battery (which may not be re-charged from commercial mains while inuse), solar power (yours), hydroelectric (yours, not the local power company’s!), wind power (yours), etc. You mayonly recharge batteries in use using alternate power... generator, solar, hydro, wind, etc. Batteries, when not in use,may be charged by any means available. WFD operations claiming the “alternate power” bonus, must run all stationequipment and accessories from an alternate power source, with the exception of the logging-only computer. Inmultiple station set-ups, that means all stations working under one call sign must do the same. If even one station in amulti-station set-up uses commercial power, the group may not claim the bonus.
Station accessories & power requirements: Your logging-only computer/device may use any power available (..in areal emergency there’d likely be little contest type QSO logging going on). If you are claiming an “alternate power”source for bonus points, any peripheral devices that assist in the making of WFD QSOs must also run on an “alternatepower” source. Simply put, if your computer is used to generate the transmission of or the decoding of WFD QSOsand you’re claiming alternate power, it must also run on alternate power. This standard also applies to any otherexternal devices used in making or decoding transmissions like CW keyers/decoders, tablets/iPads, voice memorykeyers, soundcard links (rigblasters, etc), equalizers, and audio filters (timewave, etc).
QRP: CW = 5 watts maximum carrier. Phone/Digi = 10W maximum peak power.
Multiple Transmitter Limitations: The use of more than one transmitter on a single band & mode is prohibited.Operation of multiple transmitters at different physical sites is prohibited (see station location limitations above).Indoor: Operation from inside a building or structure at another temporary, remote (away from home) location whereamateur radio equipment and antennas are not typically available, including community centers, parkbuildings/cabins, etc. If it has a permanent roof, windows, doors, and walls, it's indoors. Indoor stations, alreadyeligible for “remote” bonus points, may also claim “alternate power” bonus points if not using commercial powerOutdoor: Operation from a location remote to your normal at-home station and fixed antennas, such as locations withno permanent buildings, no insulation, no central heating/AC system, including campgrounds, park picnic tables,tents, some RV's (see above), lean-tos, etc. Comfort allowances are made for windbreaks, sun/rain/snow cover(canopy/tent/pop-up), and heat source (fire, patio heater, catalyst/propane heater, torpedo/kerosene heater, electricheater, etc), or cooling if needed. Operating from your pool deck or backyard screen gazebo would be considered“outdoor” as long as it’s not attached to the house and you’re more than 30 feet from your normal station. An open-air pavilion with no walls would be considered Outdoor as would a tent, canopy, or canvas pop-up. An entrant using aplugged-in, fully enclosed, insulated, and centrally heated/cooled motor-home or trailer would be considered “Indoor”although they may still be eligible for “remote” and “alternate power” bonus points. A station set up thusly may stillqualify for the “alternate power” bonus if not using commercial power. Conversely, operation from an un-insulatedvehicle (car, van, boat, or truck, mobile or not) would be considered “outdoor”. In order to claim the “outdoor”bonus, all stations in your entry must fit the definition, no exceptions.
Home: Operation from a place where an amateur station is already or would normally be established, whether it’syour home or another person’s, including any enclosed structure attached to the home (garage, deck, sunroom). Useof any pre-existing feed line or pre-mounted antenna system, such as a backyard tower/beam, roof antenna, orpreviously installed dipole/wire, or previously installed rig renders your station a “Home” operation. A home stationmay still claim “alternate power” bonus if using non-commercial power. Operation from another ham’s home otherthan your own, from a seasonal rental (..like your Florida/Arizona snowbird condo), or from a second home you ownwould still be considered a “Home” operation unless no equipment, antennas, or accessories were present before thestated WFD set-up time (in which case you’d be an “Indoor” entrant and eligible for the “remote/not at home” andpossibly the “alternate power” bonuses).
Allowed Bands: The Amateur non-WARC band allocations recognized by the ITU, i.e. 160, 75/80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6,and 2 meters, plus the UHF bands. To qualify as a band worked, at least 1 valid, non-solicited, two-way QSO musthave taken place on said band during the contest. The WARC bands (30m, 12m, & 17m) and 60m are off-limits for
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WFD QSOs as they are for any other contest. Entrants are strongly advised to avoid parking on recognized nationalsimplex calling channels on the 6m, VHF, and UHF bands and use adjacent frequencies.
Satellite Contact rules: Satellite contacts do not count as a new mode/band multiplier. Satellite contacts are limitedto ONE ONLY per entry so as to not tie up satellite frequencies with stations calling CQ WFD. A simple CQ (versusCQ WFD) is sufficient and you should be prepared to give a signal report and your VHF Grid Square to the otherstation versus your normal WFD exchange. A satellite contact is worth 1500 bonus points, one time only. Makingfurther contacts earns no extra points. If you complete a satellite QSO, be sure to note the bonus points as well as ashort synopsis of the contact in the “Soapbox”. Chances are very good that the other station will not be a WFDcontestant and he will likely want a confirmation of the contact afterwards, especially if your location is remote. Beconsiderate and comply.
Qualifying WFD QSO: You must copy the full exchange (with the exception of Satellite QSOs, see above). QSOsmay not be solicited... in other words; you may not call someone, use the internet (email, IMs, Facebook or spottingnetworks) or repeater/digipeater to request/suggest they meet you on any frequency for a WFD QSO or set up a QSOin advance of WFD. The internet, Echolink, VOIP, IRLP, repeaters, digi-peaters, and cross-banding are off-limits andbarred from use to make WFD QSOs as they are in all other contests, with the single exception of a cross-bandSatellite QSO. Do not park on the national VHF/UHF/6m calling frequencies to make QSOs. Entrants may not countfor QSO credit any contact with anyone who is or was a participant in their WFD operation or is present at their WFDlocation. No credit may be taken for QSOs involving, light, laser, or LED unless the stations are more than 1000mdistant from each other and the receiving station includes detection circuitry.
Qualifying WFD Modes (underlined): CW, Phone (includes SSB, AM, FM, Dstar, C4FM, Mototurbo... if the endresult is voice it’s phone), and Digital (includes PSK, RTTY, Olivia, Packet, SSTV, ATV and other soundcard modes.If the end result is text or a picture, it’s digital). Note: Working the same station in multiple digital or phone modeson any one band will result in “dupes” in your logging software.
Operator: Any person that operates a radio, keyboard, microphone or CW key, including logging assistance. Thisdoes not include non-operators, such as those who cook or serve food, but do not participate in the radio operation.Miscellaneous:
Cabrillo Logs V3 is preferred
All rules governing amateur radio at your location must be observed throughout.
Bonus Points: The more details you add here will help with scoring.
Although not required, we recommend the WFD Logging program by N3FJP. www.n3fjp.com. W3KM also hasexcellent logging software www.qsl.net/w3km
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