Field Day 2002 will be from June 21 through June 23, 2002 (always the 4th full weekend in June).
[Site Map - 45K PNG image]
The site is only 20 minutes drive from the intersection of highways 17 and 85. Please use our map to the Field Day site for reference. For talk in, use the clubs two meter repeater while in the valley. When out of repeater range, use the output frequecy (147.39 MHz) as a simplex freqency.
For Field Day 2002, please take note of these important times!
So what can you do at Field Day? Plenty! And visitors are welcome. WVARA has found that having as large a Field Day as possible gives the maximum ammount of people a chance to participate in the event. No matter what you do whether it is something mainstream such as HF or VHF operation or something more rare such as digital communications or satellite work, there is a place for you. Even if all you want to do is to pitch in and help to set the stations up or just take a look around and watch what is happening you will be welcome at any Field Day site.
WVARA has also found that with a large site we can compete for a good score in the contest. In the last few years, WVARA has finished as one of the top clubs in the nation. Will you help us capture first place this year?
Station coordinators have already gotten their checklists on the FD-L mail list. For reference for future years, they areHow to Contest sidebar.
Here is a list of who are the Field Day Band Captains (station coordinators) for 2002. If you wish to volunteer to help with their station, please send e-mail to "Their Call"@WVARA.ORG or contact the Field Day Coordinators. Our current planning scenario for 2002 is a "twenty two alpha" site. (22A contest category, meaning 22 transmitters all on emergency power)
For anything shown as "???", please feel free to volunteer.Simultaneous stations in operation: HF Phone Stations 160m - KQ6OB 80m - K6EI 40m - AD6CL 20m - K6UCK 15m - K6ENT 10m - AD6RY HF CW Stations 160m - none 40m - AE6CH 20m - W1SRD 15m/80m - N6DE 10m - K6PUD (station setup K1LPI/KO6YQ) HF Digital Stations 40m - N3EOP/KG6GTX (PSK31) 20m - W6ZZZ (PSK31) 15m - W6EI (PSK31/RTTY) 10m - N3EOP/KG6GTX (PSK31) VHF/UHF Phone Stations 6m - N6FFC/KG6BKI 2m - N6FFC/KG6BKI 220 MHz - N6FFC 440 MHz - K1LPI VHF/UHF CW Stations none VHF/UHF Digital Stations 2m - Packet KF6SPI Microwave and Above Stations 1.2 GHz - K1LPI 2.4 GHz - ??? N6FFC 10 GHz - AD6A 24 GHz - AD6A 474 THz - AD6A (laser) Satellite Station Satellite - KO6YQ (LEO) / KG6IAL (AO-40) Special Stations GOTA (Get on the Air) - none --------- Bonus Points (12 possible areas) 1. 100% Emergency Power (petrol) - KF6EMB (Svend Power & Light) 2. Alternate Power (solar, 6m) - KF6EMB 3. GOTA (make 400 QSOs) - none 4. Media Publicity - W6ZZZ (Mountain Network News article) 5. Message via NTS (10 messages) - KF6SPI/AD6RY 6. Message to Sect Mgr (ARES ops) - AD6RY/K6PUD 7. Non-traditional Mode Demonstrations (max 3) a, APRS - K1LPI b. Digipeater - N3EOP c. SSTV - W6EI/K6RAI 8. Public Info Table - KF6LSK/KF6MCM 9. Public Location - W6ZZZ (article inviting public in MNN magazine) 10. Satellite QSO - KO6YQ/KG6IAL 11. Site Visit by Govt - W6ZZZ (Mountain Emergency Response Corp) 12. Copy W1AW Bulletin - CW ???, Phone ???, RTTY W6EI --------- Site Operations Data Network Fiber - KF6EMB/W6EI Data Network Admin - KG6BNL Food, Drinks & Ice - KF6EMB/KD6WJV/KG6AQD Guest Greeters - WB6KHP, others ??? Porta-Potty - N6FFC Safety Officer - K1LPI Videotographer - KG6BRT
WVARA Field Day History (e-mail from June 2002).
ARRL posted an article on May 9, 2002 called "Plan for a Successful ARRL Field Day--Your Club Will Benefit".
For visitors not familiar with the Santa Cruz mountains, we posted some safety tips from Marc W6ZZZ.If you are coordinating a Field Day station for WVARA (a role which we call a "band captain") this year or considering it for an upcoming Field Day, see K6PUD's Field Day Band Captain's Handbook.
WVARA FD 2002 site map (45K PNG image)
WVARA Field Day Band Captain's Handbook
WVARA Field Day Station Checklist (54K PDF)
Visitor Safety Tips
ARRL Field Day web page
WVARA's FD-L mail list
WVARA Field Day History
TRW ARC, Sunnyvale
Cisco ARC, San Jose
That's a good question, and if you asked ten hams, you would probably get ten different answers. Some would say that Field Day is a contest, others would say that it is an emergency preparedness exercise, still others would say that it is a party and yet others would say that it is a public relations exercise. Who is right? They all are! Field Day is all of those things and more. The best description anyone can find is that Field Day is all of ham radio in one weekend!
During Field Day, ham radio clubs, groups and individuals take to the field in simulated emergency conditions (living in tents and running on generators and batteries). They are given 24 hours to set up as many stations as they are able. In the next 24 hours they are try to make as many contacts as they can with those stations. All aspects of ham radio are used in this pursuit. More than a million contacts will be made on HF and VHF, CW, SSB and digital modes this weekend. Bonus points are awarded for making an extra effort such as making contacts via satellites or sending and receiving message traffic.
Field Day isn't just about radio though. Clubs use this biggest of all yearly events for many other activities. With much of the clubs membership assembled it is a natural time for BBQ's and other gatherings. Also with all of ham radio on display this weekend it is a choice time to show off what we do best. The media and government officials are invited to attend to view what ham radio can do.
As you can see, Field Day is indeed all of ham radio in one weekend and anyone that attends their first Field Day rarely misses one again!
While Field Day isn't strictly a contest, that is how the entrants are rated and why not? A contest is a great way to evaluate a stations performance. It is also a great way to simulate message handling which will be a big part of any response to an emergency.
So what is a contest? Put most simply, in a contest the objective is to make as many contacts in as many places as possible in a prescribed ammount of time. For Field Day, the objective is simply to make as many contacts as possible in the 24 hours you are alloted. To make those contacts valid, you have to exchange a certain ammount of information. The "exchange" for Field Day is your entry class (number of transmitters) and your ARRL section.
So how do you go about making these contacts? Just as you would for any other QSO in amateur radio, there are only two ways to initiate a conversation. You either have to answer someone who is calling CQ or call CQ yourself and wait for someone to answer you. Which method is better? It is generally accepted that staying in one place, calling CQ and letting the other stations come to you is quicker and less tiring. However, this only works if you have a signal that is loud enough to attract other stations. If you aren't making any contacts or aren't making them fast enough, you are forced to switch to the search and pounce method. Excelent operators can rack up the QSOs almost as fast this way. Which ever method you employ, a Field Day contact sounds like this:
CQ Field Day CQ Field Day this is K6PUD Kilo Six Papa Uniform Delta calling CQ Field Day and listening.All that is left is to record the contact on your log sheet and get ready for the next contact.
Obviously because of the variability of radio propagation and other factors, many contacts aren't this neat and clean. This is especially true when multiple people are calling you or you are getting interference from another station, but learning to deal with these conditions are part of the lure and purpose of Field Day!