January 26/27 2019
Winter Field Day is the highlight of the winter in Warm Sunny Florida and geared to maintaining and enhancing our members’ operational skills. Our Outdoor location is out in the wilds, but still quite comfortable, protected, and easy to get to. The Generators scare off the bears. It is a 24-hour round-the-clock contest starting on Sat. at 2pm. with most of the action on Saturday to about 10pm and then Sunday morning. Antenna set up starts around 2pm on Friday and generally includes some cannon practice as well as deploying the Club’s two trailer towers. Grill time is late Saturday afternoon.
ARASWF does not treat this as a high-pressure contest. We are just practicing our emergency radio operator skills to contact hundreds of other hams. Operators can participate as a single operator or as part of an operator/logger team. The N3FJP contest software is pretty easy to use. Guests are also invited to participate, and control operator and coaching is available. Our participation will be dependant on the number of operators signed up, but if an operator has a special interest — all options are on the table: CW, SSB, Digital, Sattelite [1 contact max for 1500 bonus points,] and VHF. Operators can sign up for one or more 1-hour time slots. Operators may also use the site to test their Go Box stations.