Author: James

FD17

As we just wrapped up another fun and successful Field Day, I wanted to take some time to not only reflect on the weekend but also thank some of our key players.

Many might not know the history of Field Day, let’s start there. Field Day is an annual amateur radio event encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the While the event is worldwide, it is huge in the United States. Field Day is the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, operators throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public utilities are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather. In Wadena, we seen this firsthand and we were requested to assist there.

To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant’s operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities making it an event with camping out, cookouts, etc. The event typically lasts a continuous twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity, the presence of elected officials, getting new operators, etc.

Field Day this year in my opinion was not a contest but an experience. This year we ended up doing some cleaning and setting up the meeting room of the clubhouse for food. We had some changes in the food schedule. With some fast thinking, I am glad that we could keep everything stocked. I like seeing some leftovers rather than an empty pot.

This year, I was involved a little more with Field Day as it was an event. I ended up doing some reading and found some bonuses that we had completed, could complete, etc. I invested a couple of hours and set up our info table (which I just had from our hamfest), we contacted the police department, and had a little extra fun with Facebook.

Now while I might avoid doing more with social media, I ended up posting a lot of photos and stuff to Facebook. I love our Facebook presence and sharing who we are with our community at large. I enjoyed getting every notification and seeing what it was smiling with every like, comment and idea for future growth.

We were able to bring many technicians to the mic this year. Leah, ke0nrc has had her callsign a month and would not step away from the mic. While she will not admit it, she is hooked. GOTA ended up going very well as we have a lot of new hams and also members of our Skywarn program that are technicians and do not participate in contesting.

Chad, w0sav, was able to bring his camper named ALBERT. ALBERT has solar panels to power it and that brought another bonus to our day.

While the bonuses were fun, socializing and getting to know people was a lot of fun. Everyone needs to checkout our Facebook page and see the stories by photos.

As we improve, Scott asked for more help in planning. Aaron offered to help and hopefully next year we are able to get more and more people to help. We will have to have an equipment plan to know what we are using. This year we did have the highest number of points that we have had in a long time. Hopefully if you are reading this you will be there next year!

St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club 100th Anniversary QSO Party

Welcome to the 2017 Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club Anniversary QSO Party.  This contest helps us all be prepared in a number of ways, gets to know one another, allow for some friendly competition and try out our emergency preparedness skills.  Since this contest is limited to the 2M FM band, it does not require any fancy equipment and all can participate.  The contest is just a short 2 hour time frame.

When:
Friday, May 26nd, 2017 @ 7 to 9 PM (local time)

Objectives:
To make as many contacts as possible, encouraging the use of 2M simplex mode, and to have fun!

The Hunter vs. the Hunted:
Consider operating from a remote location, high point, or perhaps a roving mobile; Mobile stations are able to re-work stations from a different location

Frequencies:
The contest will take place solely on 2 meter band using simplex mode; (e.g. no repeater contacts). According to the ARRL band plan, these frequencies (between 146.40-146.58 & 147.42-147.57) are for simplex use.

For this contest, we will use only these 8 frequencies with a convenient 20 kHz separation.

Valid Contest Frequencies
147.4x 147.420 147.440 147.460 147.480
147.5x 147.500 147.520 147.540 147.560


Exchange
:
Callsign, Name. Membership in club (-,no / M,member / B, board member / W, w0sv), 5-digit zip code. Rover stations should use the zip code of their current location at the time.

Example Stationary Exchange:
“K0VU from NF0H, please copy Hank, a member, from 56387”                 “NF0H from K0VU, please copy Ed, a member, from 56303”

Example Mobile/Rover Exchange:
“KA0EQK from W0MFI/M, copy Jim from 56367”

Then….

“KA0EQK from W0MFI/M, copy Jim now from 56379”

Contacts:
Work as many different calls and locations as possible, giving exchange as noted above. Work each station once per ZIP Code — i.e. Mobiles can be re-worked whenever they change locations.

Scoring:

  • Use the handy log and scoring sheet
  • Each Non-Member Contact is worth 1 point
  • Each Member Contact is worth 5 points
  • Each Board Member is worth 10 points
  • And working W0SV is 20 points.

Multipliers:
# of unique 5-digit zip codes

Power:
Stations running:

  • <= 5 watts output: 3X score
  • > 5, <= 50 watts output: 2X score
  • > 50 watts output: 1X score

Final Score:
Total Points = # QSO points x zip code mult. x Power mult.

Logging:
Contest log sheets can be downloaded from the SCARC web site, www.w0sv.org, All logging must be on paper, no computers.

Post-Contest:

Send paper logs to:

SCARC Anniversary QSO Party

401  4 St N

Waite Park MN  56387

 

Please direct questions via email to <n0uv@arrl.net>

Log entry Submission DeadlineJune 15, 2017 at the club meeting.

Contest Results Posted:       On the SCARC website. www.w0sv.org

To download the official log sheet, click here W0SV QSO Party Log Sheet

 

Servers are changing!

We are making the move! No, not buildings. Our address will stay the same!

We are moving from .net to .org. We own both domains, but are cleaning it up. Our emails and website are both going to be at .org from now on. Email addresses of our board members have changed. We are also removing the position emails so that the position does not have an email, it is the person that has the email.