Winter Field Day Update

Our Saturday January 20th meeting at Custer to plan for the upcoming Winter Field Day was very productive. Andy Joinnides, KD2VSJ, Peter Rutlin, KKD2WHB, and I looked at what we must do to be a part of Winter Field Day this coming weekend. We are pleasantly surprised. We’re in great shape! Four HF rigs will be available.

All rigs will be on battery power. One, the Club’s Kenwood HF radio will likely be our main transceiver because it is connected to the Club’s antennas. Another one, an Icom 7300 – Andy’s heart-throb, might be used in its place because it is newer and more functional.

The other two rigs are Shacks-in-a-box, supplied by Peter and myself. They will also be battery-powered. One will be serviced with wire antennas set up in nearby trees adjacent to Custer.

The third rig, my shack-in-a-box, will be connected to a Diamond BB7V vertical all-bander stuck in the ground of the adjacent parking lot outside Custer Institute. I’m considering putting together an NVIS antenna, but only if time permits.

Of course, if you’re a QRPer, bring your QRP rig and plug it into one of our antennas, and you’ll be good to go.

Operators are strongly encouraged to arrive at noon on Saturday, January 27, to help set up the antennas and to get the transceivers hooked up to power and antennas.

We’ll test-run the rigs through their paces until 2, when the Winter Field Day event begins. They will run under W2AMC’s call sign.

Now it is up to you, our operators, YOU to sign up to work the event for six hours each day on these transceivers in two-hour shifts from 2 PM to 8 PM on Saturday and again from 8 AM to 2 PM on Sunday.

Stay warm and be safe.

73 Dick President Peconic Amateur Radio Club

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