ARRL Field Day is June 23-24

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

What will you be doing?

Winter Field Day – Jan 27/28

 Winter Field Day

 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.

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 2018, the dates are January 27th and 28th.

For More Information:
https://www.winterfieldday.com/

WASH Two Meter Simplex Contest


18th Annual – WASH Two Meter Simplex Contest

This January will mark the Eighteenth Annual WASH 2 Meter Simplex Contest. We’ve already had a lot of interest in it, and this year promises to be even more exciting!  Everyone who participated in it the last sixteen years had a blast, & we hope to continue the tradition again this year! Rules were been revised before the 2013 event, following feedback from participants, and we have a new chair & a new address for mailing your logs from years past — please make certain that you use this year’s address!

Date & Times: Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 7 to 11 PM EST.
(That’s January 14th 0000-0400 UTC to the purists!)

Objectives:
• To make as many contacts as possible
• To have fun!

Band, Mode & Frequencies:

The contest will take place solely on 2 meter band.
• FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts. The FM frequencies are all standard 2 Meter simplex frequencies, as per the ARRL 2 Meter Band Plan, every 15 kHz, from 146.505 to 146.595 MHz , and 147.450 to 147.580 MHz. Use of simplex frequencies in the “FM Experimental Simplex” band of 145.510 to 145.670 are not recommended. See list of recommended simplex channels at the end of the rules.

• CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan)

• SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan).

• Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan) Multiple digital modes may be used, and participants are free to use any generally accepted Digital mode, but only ONE Digital QSO with a given station regardless of mode
→ Note: Listen for CW QSO’s around 144.1 MHZ 15 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for SSB & AM QSO’s around 144.2 MHz 30 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for Digital QSO’s around 144.51 MHZ 45 minutes after the hour

Power Limit: Maximum 100 watts output.

Exchange : Callsign, contact number, ZIP Code.
For the purposes of the contest, the 5 Digit ZIP Code for your location is sufficient — do not use the “Zip +4“ code. Mobiles and portables should use the ZIP code of their location as determined to the best of their ability. Canadian stations will use their 6 digit postal code

For more information & Rules check out page 17 of the WASH Rag
http://www.n3sh.org/WASHRAG/WASH1217.pdf

Straight Key Night – January 1


Every day is a good day to send CW, but January 1 is reserved for Straight Key Night. Enjoy CW as it has been sent and enjoyed since the earliest days of Amateur Radio. This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred. There are no points scored and all who participate are winners.

For more information: http://www.arrl.org/straight-key-night

Times: January 1 from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC

Subpedition to the USS REQUIN

From:  NAQCC WPA Chapter on the USS Requin

It’s been a tradition for the WPA Chapter to do a subpedition to the Requin on the day before Thanksgiving each year. However it must be a bit different this year because the sub won’t be available then.

So this year it will be the day AFTER Thanksgiving (Friday November 24).

Mike (KC2EGL) and I(K3WWP) and perhaps a couple other chapter members will arrive at the sub a little before 1500Z and start operating as soon as we get set up – hopefully at 1500Z or a few minutes after at the latest.

The Requin has only one antenna and hence only one band at a time can be used. We’ll use the following schedule for the first 90 minutes:

1500-1530Z 7039 +/-
1530-1600Z 10117 +/-
1600-1630Z 14059 +/-

After that we’ll go with the band(s) that seem the most active. We’ll stay there until activity dies out or the sub closes, whichever comes first. We’ll use the sub call of NY3EC (NAQCC # 8483). QSL via the info on QRZ for NY3EC. We’ll try to keep the QSOs short so everyone who wants to work the sub gets a chance.

I hope that covers it all. If not, email naqcc33 -at- windstream -dot- net with the
subject “USS Requin Question”.

 

Time to mark your calendar!

Its Contest Time!

The 2018 ARRL contest dates have been loaded into the W3KWH website calendar. CLICK HERE to see what date you should save in 2018.  The big one of course is the 2018 ARRL Field Day – June 23 & 24.  {At this time we dont have the Breezeshooter dates}