CVARC Winter Field Day

CVARC hosts several portable operating events each year.

The first event this year is Winter Field Day,  January 26, 2019, from 10 AM to 4 PM at Dos Vientos Park Picnic Pavilion, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  

CVARC has reserved the pavilion from 8 AM to 5 PM, so please plan on setting up no earlier than 8 AM.  (We may want to use this venue again, so we don’t want to anger the Recreation and Parks Gods.) We’ll have pizza and drinks available around lunchtime.

Winter Field Day is a contest sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association:  Visit their web page for contest details. 

You can participate in the contest as an individual, as a member of a group (AA6CV) or not at all.  Stations outside the US are fair game (Yea) but FT8 does not count as a valid mode of operation for scoring (Boo-hiss).  Otherwise the rules for logs,  groups, etc. are similar to the ARRL Field Day in June.  The contest commences at 11 AM. I will have pre-printed log sheets available.

This is a great opportunity to try out new gear, antennas, and operating modes prior to the ARRL Field Day.  (Just watch where you point that new magnetic loop antenna, please).  This is a great opportunity to ask questions, try out stuff and slide on up the learning curve.

New for this event is a newbie station build from the ground up.  This is an informal Basic Radio Tech Talk class.  Starting with a pile of equipment,  we will build and operate an HF portable station including a self-contained solar generator (weather permitting).  If you, or anyone you know, is new to the hobby and is looking for some hands-on experience, this is the event for you.  The station build will start at about 10 AM.

Hope to see you all there,

Bill Willcox

CVARC Operations

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