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 keep you 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 (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2017, the dates are January 28th and 29th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 27th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 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), and weather-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 35 feet away from your normal station location and not using any part of a previously erected antenna system or ham station. A campground, park pavilion, canopy, picnic table, tent, pop-up camper, or a backyard shed/tent/deck, etc may be 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 be the usual location of an Amateur station (garage, sunroom, etc), generally using a previously erected antenna system. A "Home" entrant may still be eligible to claim the "alternate power" bonus if not using commercial power. Use of any pre-existing (on site) or permanently installed antenna system or station components renders 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 of simultaneous transmission. (Explained further in summary below)
Exchange: Your WFD exchange will be a combination of your “class” and “category” and your ARRL section as described 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)
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO, regardless of band and mode. The object is to be able to communicate and in an emergency it doesn't matter what band and mode is used. Busted exchanges will be penalized by 1 additional point for each missed exchange or callsign. Duplicate contacts (same station, band and mode) will not be counted, but will not be penalized.
Multiplier: Count 1 multiplier for each mode operated per band. For example, operating CW and Phone on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters, CW and PSK31 on 20m, FM on 2meters and satellite on 1.2 GHz would be a total multiplier of 12.
Bonus: Count 1000 points if commercial power is not used, 1000 points if outdoors and 1000 points if not at home. For example, operating outdoors in your backyard without commercial power would be 1000 + 1000 = 2000 points (outdoors, no commercial power), while operating from a campground tent using commercial power would be 1000 + 1000 = 2000 points (outdoors and not home). Note: There must have been at least 1 valid QSO in order to count bonus points. This is to ensure that someone claiming bonus points without actually making any contacts cannot win a category!
Final Score: QSO Points x Multiplier + Bonus Points.
Logs: Logs should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before 0000 UTC March 1st to be considered. All logs must be in Cabrillo format and should contain the following information:
Mode (CW = CW, AM SSB FM = PH, Digital = RY, SSTV = TV, Satellite = SA)
Date and time (UTC)
Callsign, ARRL/RAC Section and Exchange sent
Callsign, ARRL/RAC Section and Exchange received
The Cabrillo QSO template is as follows. Please enter BONUS points in the Cabrillo Soapbox comments as shown.
SOAPBOX: BONUS 2000
--------info sent-------- -------info rcvd---------
QSO:freq mo date time call ct sec , call ct sec
QSO:3799 PH 1999-03-06 0711 K8XXX 2O STX , WB5XXX 1O LA
Results will be posted on the Winter Field Day Association website. Pictures, description of operations and logistics are encouraged and welcome.
Location - the place where an amateur station is setup for the contest.
Home - operating from the place where an amateur station is normally established. If the station used in the contest is setup before 8AM local time, it should be considered a home operation.
Indoor - operating from inside a building at a temporary location where amateur radio is not normally available, including community centers, etc. If it has a both a permanent roof and walls, it's indoors.
Outdoor - operating from remote locations with no permanent building, including campgrounds, tents, RV's, etc. An open-air pavillion with no walls would be considered Outdoor.
Band - the normal amateur band allocations recognized by the ITU, i.e. 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, plus the UHF bands. To be counted as a band, at least 1 valid QSO must have taken place on the band during the contest. 75 meters counts as part of 80 meters.
Mode - CW, Phone (including SSB, AM, FM), Digital (including PSK, RTTY, and other soundcard modes), SSTV, satellite.
Operator - Any person that operates the radio, keyboard, microphone or CW key, including logging assistance. This does not include non-operators, such as someone who brings food, but does not participate in operating.
Cabrillo Logs V3 is preferred
All rules governing amateur radio must be observed throughout.
Bonus Points: The more details by you will help with scoring.
Although not required, we recommend the WFD Logging program by N3FJP. www.n3fjp.com
W3KM also has excellent logging software www.qsl.net/w3km/