Winter Field Day Association
Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.
We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.
Disasters are unpredictable by nature and can strike when you least expect them. WFDA's goal is to help enhance your skills and ready you for all environmental conditions found in the US and Canada during the spring, summer, fall and winter Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event and this is what local and state authorities are expecting when they reach out to the emergency service groups that offer their services.
If you are serious about emergency communications as we are; we welcome you to join us for our yearly event. We are sure you will find this event a pleasant change and challenge to that of a normal summer time field day.
During 2006 the suggestion for SPAR to sponsor a Winter Field Day was made and after discussions in the Forum, rules and a date were set. On January 13-14, 2007 the First Annual Winter Field Day was held and based on comments from participants; this will indeed go down in the record books as the start of an annual tradition.
It all started in June when Charles, N5PVL asked if SPAR would be interested in sponsoring a winter field day activity. There followed a discussion, proposed rules and modifications, all culminating in a vote in September approving SPAR's sponsorship. Next came a flurry of activities to get the word out on a very short notice and finally, the actual contest in January.
Walt (W5ALT) and Charlie (KY5U) contributed greatly to the success of SPAR and WFD. However, due to medical issues, activity within SPAR, their forum and support of WFD have declined. Walt did state in the forum that he was somewhat overloaded.
Many amateur operators were upset that 2015 scores were not posted and we could not get a response out of SPAR. They also thought that WFD would just fade away. That is when several of us band together and formed Winter Field day Association.
The rules were the same until we felt a change in rules was needed. The date is still the last full weekend in January. A committee was setup to get things setup and running.
They are: Tom (W8WFD), Bill (VE3FI), Dave (W3DET), Erik (WX4ET) and Ken (N8KC).If there are any questions, comments, suggestions or complaints, please contact us at: