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2021 Winter Field Day Information

Introduction to Winter Field Day 2021

Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours on January 30th and 31st from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. There is no group gathering this year, however there is a group effort and we can all operate out of our homes. 

Winter Field Day uses all NON-WARC bands.  This means you can operate on 160,80,40,20,15 and 10 meters, as well as 6, 2, 1.25 and 70cm bands.  Modes may be any mode that can faithfully transmit the exchange intact without a conversion table… This means CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Fell-Hell, Olivia and JS-8 Call are permitted.  FT-8 and FT-4 are not permitted.  For additional information and the complete rules please see:  https://www.winterfieldday.com/

How GBARC Members Should Operate WFD

All GBARC members should normally operate as Home stations for their category.  Given the extreme cold weather I strongly recommend no one operate as an Outdoor station. This means your exchange would be "[Callsign] 1H CT".  Even if you operating QRP on 5 watts you would be 1H.  If you have a Technician license you can operate voice on son 10 meters, 6 meters. 2 meters, and 70cm, and you can operate CW on::

  • 80 meters(3.525 - 3.600)
  • 40 meters (7.025 - 7.125)
  • 15 meters (21.025 - 21.200)
  • 10 meters (28.000 - 28.300)

GBARC Local Contacts

To give everyone a chance to operate Winter Field Day we want to encourage everyone to "get on the air" and make contacts locally.  In keeping with our normal emergency communications protocols I would encourage people to monitor our normal simplex channels on VHF and UHF.  Just to remind everyone they are: 

  • VHF Simplex AV1 - 146.580
  • UHF Simplex AU1 - 446.025

 

Logging Information

Logging your contacts should be done using a logging program that can produce a Cabrillo contest log file.  The two most popular are:

You can also use any other program (FLDIGI for example) that can produce a Cabrillo formatted log. It is important you indicate your power level (usually 100W) which will give you a bonus of 2X.  See below for more information about your log submission.   If you are unsure, contact N1DID or NR1T for additional information.

GBARC will have a “group/club” score tallied by having club members fill in the “CLUB:” line in their Cabrillo log file. Individual club members should send in a log under their own callsign (operating under their own privileges) with the name or callsign of the group noted on the “CLUB:” line. Please use the club name "Greater Bridgeport ARC" so that we don't conflict with other GBARC clubs.

Here is what your Cabrillo log should look like if you edit it in a text editor.

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START-OF-LOG: 3.0

Created-By: whatever program you used to make this log

CONTEST: WFD

CALLSIGN: [YOUR CALLSIGN]

CLUB: GREATER BRIDGEPORT ARC

LOCATION: [YOUR TOWN]

ARRL-SECTION: ct

CATEGORY: 1H (or your other mode)

CATEGORY-POWER: LOW (QRP, LOW or HIGH)

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for not using commercial power (if applicable)

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for setting up outdoors (if applicable)

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for setting up away from home (if applicable)

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for Satellite QSO (w/N8HM)

SOAPBOX: BONUS Total 6000 (Sat QSO, remote location, outdoors and gen pwr)(example)

CLAIMED-SCORE: xxxx (your calculated total score including bonuses)

OPERATORS: Call #1, Call #2, Call #3, etc.

NAME: Your Name (contact person)

ADDRESS : #### Your Street

ADDRESS-CITY: Your city

ADDRESS-STATE: Your state

ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: Your postal code

ADDRESS-COUNTRY: Your Country

EMAIL: Your Email Address

QSO: 3750 PH 2017-01-07 1911 W8D 1O OH WB9X 2H IL

QSO: 7030 CW 2017-01-07 2021 W8D 1O OH K8UO 14I MI

QSO: 14070 DI 2017-01-07 2131 W8D 1O OH K6XXX 14I LA

END-OF-LOG: 

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GBARC Repeaters

VHF Repeater WA1RJI
Receive: 146.445 MHz
Transmit: 147.445 MHz
(+1MHz offset)
CTCSS Tone: 77Hz

UHF Repeater N1KGN
Receive: 441.700 MHz
Transmit: 446.700 MHz
(+5MHz offset)
CTCSS Tone: 77Hz

Echolink Node:
441700