Club Members Participate in Winter Field Day

Lew French led the Winter Field Day effort. Here is his report submitted to Greg Fisher of Montrose County:

On January 26 and 27, 2018 Montrose County RACES (RACES) participated in Winter Field Day (WFD), www.winterfieldday.com., as an exercise to practice set up and operation in winter conditions. Members of the Montrose Amateur Radio Club (MARC), Delta County Auxcom, and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) participated. A total of 19 hams participated. Set up started at 0900 Saturday. Tear down was completed by 1400 Sunday.

Approximately 350 radio contacts were made using a mixture of CW (Morse Code) and phone (single sideband voice). Contacts as far away as Puerto Rico and Hawaii were made. Operations were conducted on the 20, 40, 80, and 160 meter bands.

The station was housed is the MARC travel trailer parked on the Montrose EOC parking lot. The MARC antenna trailer was use as the center support for a clip lead, multi-band dipole, 132 feet in length. Approximately 30 radials 66 feet in length were extended into the arroyo near the EOC.

Heat in the travel trailer was provided by a small portable electric heater running on AC mains power from the EOC. Generator, battery, and solar power were used for the radio transceiver.

The EOC was used for food preparation and as a gathering place for participants.
Participants appreciated the ability to warm up and relax in the EOC.
Due to band conditions we did not operate between 0000 and 0600 on Sunday. One participant spent the night at the EOC.

Results including our final score for the event will not be known for several months. As a training exercise it was successful. While this was our first year of participation in WFD we anticipate doing it again.

About Dave Casler, KEØOG (Webmaster)

Ham radio operator for over 40 years, Dave Casler holds Amateur Extra class call sign KEØOG. He is the webmaster for the Montrose Amateur Radio Club and is happy to receive articles and photos from club members. Dave enjoys HF SSB ragchewing, PSK-31, APRS, and software-defined radio (SDR).
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