Mark your Calenders and charge the batteries and find your Long Underwear …
We have three weekends of outdoor radio coming up starting on January 30 &31 with the SPAR (Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio) Winter Field Day Event.
The 2010 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 30, 2010 through 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 31, 2010.
The object of the event is familiar to most Amateur Radio operators: set up emergency-style communications and make as many contacts as possible during the 24 hour period. The rules encourage as many contacts on as many bands and modes as possible, because during a real emergency, the most important factor is the ability to communicate, regardless of band, mode or distance.
If you follow this Link you will be brought to the SPAR Site with all the information you will need should you decide to participate.
Now last year in this event it was so cold when I operated that I actually Froze my radio and camera. So not only was I unable to talk to anyone as the radio froze during setup (temps were colder than -20 deg C) but as the camera froze as well there was no pictures or video of my failure. This year for this and the FYBO I plan to try and keep the electronics that little bit warmer…
Next on February 6th comes the Arizona ScQRPions QRP Club comes the 2010 version of the FYBO. Now although this could stand for FreezeYour Butt Off… I will let you decide what the “B” stands for…
Above the Brass Monkey on the QSL Card shows how cold it was
Last year 2009 Martin VA3SIE and myself operated this event from Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa and had a great time…
Above Martin VA3SIE with his KX1
Above Bob VA3QV with his FT 817
Here are the rules for the 2010 FYBO (Freeze Your B___ Off) Contest:
FYBO Winter QRP Sprint, sponsored by the Arizona ScQRPions
Saturday, February 6, 2010, 1400Z-2400Z
QRP HF Only. CW or SSB (5W max). Near QRP calling freqs (no WARC bands).
Categories: Single Op (Home/Field) One Operator/One Station/One Call
Multi-Single(Home/Field) Multiple Operators/One Station/One Call
Multi-Multi (Home/Field) Multiple Stations/Multiple Operators/One Call
Work stations once PER band segment. Score 1 point per QSO.
Exchange RST, State/Province/DXCC Country (SPCs), first name, power out, and
temperature (Fahrenheit) at OPERATOR’S POSITION. Indoor stations must report INDOOR temperature.
Example: 579 AZ Frosty 2W 40F
SPCs (each counts once PER band),
Field Location: x4 (Field per ARRL FD definition),
Alternative Power: x2 (per ARRL FD definition),
QRPp (less than 1W): x2,
Lowest Operating Temp (at OP’S POSITION):
65+ F = x1;
50-64 F = x2;
40-49 F = x3;
30-39 F = x4;
20-29 F = x5;
Below 20 F = x6.
For contacts with NQ7RP, add 100 points. One contact PER mode PER band allowed. See example below.
Final Score Template:
[(QSOs x SPCs)](x Temp Multi)(x Field)(x AltPwr)(x QRPp) + (NQ7RP Bonus Points)
EXAMPLE SUMMARY: (Thanks KI0II – Multi-Multi – FYBO 2004)
Field – Yes (or No)
Category – MultiMulti
Operator(s) – KI0II, W5RRR
Alternative Power – Yes
Lowest Temperature – 28
QRPp – No (or Yes)
BAND Raw QSOs Valid QSOs Points SPC NQ7RP
80CW 0 0 0 0 0
80SSB 0 0 0 0 0
40CW 6 6 6 5 1
40SSB 2 2 2 1 0
20CW 56 56 55 26 1
20SSB 2 2 2 1 1
15CW 13 13 13 9 0
15SSB 2 2 2 1 0
10SSB 2 2 2 1 0
Totals 83 83 82 44 3
Final Score = 82 QSO Pts X 44 SPC = 3608 X 5 (Temp Multi for 28F lowest
temp) = 18,040 X 4 (Field Ops) = 72,160 X2 (Alt pwr -Solar) =
144,320 + 100 X 3 NQ7RP bonus points = 144,620 Total points
If you work NQ7RP on a band (e.g. 20m SSB and 20m CW are EACH a band), please enter a “1” in the NQ7RP column for that band/segment.
Alternative power is a non-generator or mains power source. Batteries count if they are charged from solar, wind, or some natural source of energy. Here is an excerpt from the ARRL Field Day rule…
7.3.8. Alternative Power: … without using power from commercial mains or petroleum driven generator. This means an “alternate” energy source of power, such as solar, wind, methane or water. This includes batteries charged by natural means (not dry cells). …
Top Entry in each category receives a certificate.
Please include your soapbox comments with your log! We’d like to hear of the trials of cold-weather operating, and any and all anecdotes are appreciated.
Logs are due 30 days after contest.
Please mark logs with category, i.e, single, multi-op, multi-multi and home or field.
The automated form for 2008 was a disaster. Please cut and paste a copy of the example summary and scoring template above into your email entry, fill it out with YOUR information using this page as a guide. Put your comments in for the Soapbox area, list of operators for multis, and links to pictures, etc. Attach individual pictures or whatever else to your entry and email to:
FYBO2010 at AZScQRPions dot org
Be sure to include your call with any separate emailings so we can match up with what comes in other emails. Hard copy, if you must, to John (K5JS). Be sure to INCLUDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS for confirmation that we received your logs.
SCORES WILL BE POSTED BEGINNING WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE END OF THE DAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE SUBMITTAL PERIOD.
Include summary sheet, callsign, operator(s), power, location, and lowest operating Temp. Please include a mailing address for each entry so we can mail the certificates out. QRZ dot COM will be used for addresses unless you provide a better one. Logs are always fun to look at and put into databases to play with, but they are not required.
NOTE: This is a fun contest, NOT an episode of Survivor. Be aware of the temperature and the possibility of cold injury! PLEASE be careful.
and are from the club website listed above…
In the past I have operated this event several times and although most of the participants seem to be in warmer climates and also CW operators the multi for the Temps works as a great equalizer and anyone who participates from our Tempeture ranges should have a respectable score and a great morning and afternoon of playing radio. I don’t recommend doing this one once the sun goes down as its really cold then and we already have the maximum multi during the day time…
Now again to mention the Public Service side of our hobby the Canadian Ski Marathon runs the following weekend which would be February 12, 13 and 14 with the bulk of the operating on the 13th and 14th. The Amateur Community provides communication for Safety and Logistcs in an area where there is very limited Cell Service as well as Private Commercal Radio Systems. Radio Operators find them selves working along side Military Radio Operators, First Responders (Fire, Police etc) as well as manning checkpoints and providing a badly needed service to the community at large. You get to a location and you have to communicate… For this event its suggested you bring lots of toys and to be honest you should:
“Plan for the worst and hope for the best”
You might have to put up a beam, you might have to change locations to just hear the repeaters… You never know… However on the bright side the people who coordinate this for the Amateur Radio Side have been doing this for years and normally try and pair up a experienced Ski Marathon Radio Operator with a newer Radio Operator so he can benefit from the experience of years of operating and so next year we have two experienced bodies for future events…
Harold VA3UNK is looking after the communications side of things and you can email him by clicking on –>THIS LINK TO EMAIL HAROLD<– if you want to test your abilities as a communicator or need more information on the event…’
So as you can see its going to be busy time for radio in the great (but cold) outdoors in the next few weeks. All three events are fun… and I hope to hear you on the air…
Not to mention it gives me something to blog about rather than b!tching about how Canada Post lost my baluns for a couple of days…