Thank you to everyone who made this past weekend a truly awesome Field Day!
In preparation for Field Day, we are going to have our first antenna party this Saturday at 10am in the parking lot of Pinecone Lumber — 895 E Evelyn Ave in Sunnyvale — https://goo.gl/maps/zmXCCxp7tRNsTp1b7
This is our opportunity to assemble and test one of our HF yagis on its tower, Hope to see you there!
This year’s Field Day operation (June 24-26) will be at the top of Mora Hill located in the San Antonio Open Space Reserve. We will likely be running HF/SSB, HF/CW, HF/Digital, as well as VHF/UHF stations at 5 watts output in the Battery category. There will also be a Get On The Air (GOTA) station for rusty hams. As a COVID precaution, we will not be providing a GOTA coach this year, and will be encouraging social distancing at all our stations.
We will operate for the entire 24-hour period (11am Saturday to 11am Sunday). This means we will need operators throughout the event. Your involvement is welcome during set-up, tear-down, and throughout the 24-hour on-the-air period! You can see a description of our previous 2019 Mora Hill Field Day operation at: http://www.arrl.org/soapbox/view/9899
In preparation for Field Day, we want to get an idea of who is likely to be around to assist with set-up, tear-down, and operating. If you are planning to participate at Mora Hill, please complete the following on-line survey. We want to ensure that everyone who has a desire to operate gets an opportunity: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7HWZMDB
Jim Peterson, K6EI
WVARA Field Day Coordinator
For those who are interested, the ARRL has issued an updated set of FAQs at:http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-contest-program-issues-field-day-2020-faq
Our annual Field Day Brainstorm Lunch will be 12:30pm this Sunday, Feb 23. We’ll meet at Burger King (W. Trimble Road just north of Hwy 101 in Santa Clara). Bring your thoughts on what you liked last year, what could be improved, and any ideas that you’d like us to consider for 2020.
Many, many warm thanks to Steve Sergeant, KC6ZKT, and his lovely wife Jean for the excellent job they did organizing and feeding our Winter Field Day team at Henry Coe State Park this past weekend.
Saturday night’s chili was especially fantastic, the weather was near perfect except for a little overnight rain, and we all had a really great time. I also learned a whole bunch about debugging quirky antenna/radio/laptop issues that never occur when I’m sitting at my home station.
I’m already looking forward to WFD-2021.- Jim, K6EI
Here are a few photos from WFD. Wayne N6BTU
WVARA members: Please complete this short survey about your potential interest in Winter Field Day 2020:
Winter Field Day, the event is held in late January (the next one is
1/25 – 1/26). The emphasis is on a contest that can prepare operators for emergency communications deployments in harsh environments.
More details are here:
Field Day is June 21-23, and this year WVARA will be participating in the 9 Alpha Battery category. Here’s a tentative list of the HF band captains and equipment based on last year’s event.
Feel free to let me know if you have additional information or suggested changes:
Band Mode Captain Rig Laptop
20/160 SSB Jack B K3 (Jack’s) Jack
40/10 SSB Mark S K3 (Mark’s) Mark
80/15 SSB Jon K K3 (Jon’s) Jon
20 CW Greg O K3 (Greg’s) Bill Fehring
40 CW Jim P K3 (Jim’s) Bill Fehring
80/15 CW Jim P KX3(Jim’s) Bill Fehring
TBD Digital Bill AE6JV K3 (AE6JV’s) AE6JV
TBD Digital TBD TBD TBD
GOTA SSB Kevin KX3 (AE6JV’s) TBD
ARRL released the latest QST at their web site today. Among other things, it contains the results for Field Day 2017.
To say the least, “we did good”. Our score of 19350 in 13AB was the 4th highest score, just 410 points behind 3rd-place W4EZ (9AB).
W4IY (12A) scored 20930, still pretty close. First place was once again held by W3AO down to just 16A, at 39430, about twice our score!
(How do they do that every year???).
Interesting that W4EZ and ourselves were the only AB stations in the top 10. I guess the other guys need power to do the job.
Congrats to all, it not only was a fine effort under trying propagation conditions, but a very fun one as well. Especially thanks to Bobbie and Bill for their organization efforts! May this years Field Day be even more fun, and please someone arrange for some sunspots for that weekend.