Re: Winter Field Day

James Whitehill

Thanks Bill for info.  Currently I am checking out my 40 and 20 hamsticks as possible WFD antennas.  I can put them on my car roof or on a mast system I have, depending on weather and space.  I will test my endfed random wire antenna at home before taking it out in field. 

For regular FD in 2021, I put a hamstick at top of portable mast and brought down from the feedpoint a 32 ft. sloping counterpoise (e.g., other leg of the dipole).  Operating position was in garage and on battery power, I had no trouble getting out on 40 and 20 with 5 watts.  I seem to recall that year we combined scores as a club, so QRP did not count extra points, but CW did.

Sure hope I can make it on 28th for some operating time with my own setup.  If this cold hangs on, I might reduce my effort to just showing up to see how things are going and congratulating the hardy souls like yourself taking on WFD.

Jim, N0SSM.

On Mon, Jan 16, 2023 at 8:42 AM Bill McFarland - N0AXZ <billmcfarland10@...> wrote:
Isn't it funny what auto fill spell checkers will do if we are not careful: "Heber" was supposed to be "generator".

On Sun, Jan 15, 2023 at 10:33 PM Bill McFarland - N0AXZ via <> wrote:
Good to have you. I think we will all use our own call signs. Bring your antennas and power if you have them. Since we will each have our own logs then you can even do paper if you want. I guess haven’t used my laptop in the cold so we will see about the operation. I will have my Heber for AC if you need it. 
Hoping for 60 degree weather!!

On Sun, Jan 15, 2023 at 11:10 AM James Whitehill <jdwhitehill1603@...> wrote:
Hi Bill,

Thank you for again setting up for WFD this year.  I would like to join you for a bit of operating cw qrp, if this dang cold XYL and I have been fighting for weeks abates enough.

Some questions:  I have a 40/20M cw QRP rig and batteries for power.  Will there be antennas set up I could use for 40M and 20M?  Daytime, I may only do 20M, but 40 sometimes is useful even during daytime because of contests crowd.Otherwise, are there trees wehere I can sling up an endfed antenna?

Are all operations using K0SI call sign or personal sign?

What about logging?  I'm even thinking a paper log, rather than laptop.  If laptop, I have the WFD logging software.

What is your experience with laptops battery life in cold?

Jim, N0SSM

On Wed, Jan 11, 2023 at 9:43 PM Bill McFarland - N0AXZ <billmcfarland10@...> wrote:
Winter Field Day is coming up Jan 28 -29.
The club will try again as the weather permits.
Cosmo Park, SW corner. My generator and go kit.
Bring your own if you like. Bring your go kits, antennae, and power sources if you want to see how they do in the cold (not TOO cold).
Can you operate your radio with gloves on? (I can't).
But the headset keeps my ears warm.
See for all the info.
So far I have W0RAG and KC0EZE volunteering. (I am sorry if I missed anyone else who might have indicated interest). 
I plan to operate from 1:00 to Dark. (1/28)
Bill N0AXZ


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