20151208 - Spring VHF Field Day
Post date: Dec 8, 2015 7:14:46 PM
Spring VHF/UHF Field Day Image: EMDRC
Lets try and improve on the situation from the Spring VHF Field day by increasing VK6 activity and logs for the summer field day on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January 2016.
The VHF-UHF Field Days provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity to "head for the hills" and see how far they can work.
The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple operator stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours, but there are also 8 hour sections for operators who may not be able to camp overnight. Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours. The VHF-UHF Field Days are for outdoor ham radio fun - and for stimulating activity on all bands 6m and up !
The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations, so there is also a separate Home Station section.
All contacts must be simplex: contacts through repeaters or satellites are not allowed. There is plenty of FM activity, but one feature of the Field Days is a high level of SSB activity.
It is possible to do very well with only modest antennas if you pick a good hilltop. Another option, if your station is easily transportable, is to operate from more than one location during the contest period.
Each top-scoring station in every Section–Sub-section receives a colour certificate in .pdf format, emailed to them; this includes top-scoring Foundation stations. Second and third place-getters also get certificates.
There's no minimum distance that has to be worked - in the past, contacts over 50 metres have been logged!
Some past participants have entered a log with just one contact !
And the activity is supported by an on-line app, called Contest Radar. See www.contestradar.com
So go on give it a go on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of January.