The Winter Field Day Association (WFD) sponsors an Annual Winter Field Day competition. Each year, SCARS participates in these activities and operates emergency radios for 24 hours straight. Each year this is on the fourth full weekend in January. This year, that will be January 25, 2020, through January 26, 2020, at the Red Cross, 1205 Halley Ave, in Norman. Contact any SCARS officer if you’d like to be a part of the fun, or just show up. More information is available at club meetings, and on the WFD website at https://www.winterfieldday.com/ . Each year we set up an operating tent, and a number of antennas to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. In addition, the contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for the upcoming year.
The plan for 2020 is to operate from the Norman Red Cross building at 1205 Halley Dr, Norman, OK 73069. All are invited and are welcome. Anyone with any interest in amateur radio should plan to stop by. We’ll be operating in class 3I again this year. The number 3 signifies the number of simultaneous transmitters, and the I means that we are working inside.
Typical field day setup will start Saturday, January 25th at about 9:00 local and tear-down will happen on Sunday, January 26th at about 13:00 local. We start transmitting at 13:00 local on Saturday and operate for 24 hours straight until 13:00 local on Sunday.
So, if you’re interested in helping before or during the event, please contact any of the following personnel. Contact info for these is either on the SCARS membership roster or on QRZ.com.
- Field Day Chair: Mark N5HZR
- Safety Officer: Chris KE5JZN
- CW Station: Bing NI5G
- SSB Voice Station: Al AE5L
- Digital Modes (PK31, JT8CALL): Randy W6KPR
- Food: Phil KD5UGO, Ron, or David
- License Testing: Peter N5UWY
- Fox Hunt: Phil KD5UGO or Michelle W5MQC
- Anything else: Ed AG5DV or Mark N5HZR email@example.com
See you at Winter Field Day 2020!
Study the questions now, and you can take a free license test at the Field Day site. Pre-register online at w5nor.org/vereg, study for the exams and we will see you Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 pm.
Fox Hunt – aka Transmitter Locator Training
This year we will also be operating a VHF ‘fox-hunt’ event at 4:00 pm. Bring your directional antennas and join the fun. You’ll be able to learn how to perform a transmitter location task and have fun making it happen. No registration required, just show up at 4:00 pm.
Each year SCARS members prepare a bar-be-que dinner for all of the hams, friends of hams, and wanna-be hams. This year the hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot links start at 6:00 pm on Saturday. The club provides buns, burgers, hot dogs, hot links, plates, condiments, and drinks. Make sure you bring a side dish or salad to fill up the rest of the plate. Bring along any special drinks you’d like, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair. If you’d like to get more involved in Amateur Radio, this is a great place to make that happen. There will be plenty of operating stations that you can watch, or actually operate. No license required.
This year SCARS will be operating as designator 3I OK. The two signifies 3 simultaneous transmitters, and the I status is an indoor station. The first of our two transmitters will be primarily a Phone station, operating from three different tuned antennas on the 15, 20, 40, and 80-meter bands. The second transmitter will primarily be operating CW, from another dipole.
In addition to the main transmitters, we will be operating a “Get-On-The-Air (GOTA)” station, and a Free VHF transmitter. The GOTA station is allowed without adding to the station count because it must be assembled, and operated by people that haven’t already been operating on the HF airwaves. This will be operated using a vertical antenna north of the operating position. This station is described in the GOTA section of this page. The free VHF transmitter will be a 6-meter transmitter that is allowed to encourage the use of VHF on field day. This station will be using a vertical built out of thirty feet of cyclone fence ‘top rail’.