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Winter Field Day 2023 Jan 28 & 29

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  • 04 Feb 2023 8:00 AM
    Reply # 13084779 on 13033155
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    Here is CARA's 2023 Winter Field Day Log Submission:

    Well done, Neeroo VE6NRO!

    Contest Manager (

    Contest: WFD
    Call Sign: VE6NQ
    Category: 1M
    Location: AB  - Created from Section question
    Power: LOW  - Created from Power question
    Band: ALL
    Club: Calgary Amateur Radio Association (VE6NQ)  - Created from Club question
    POTA: No - Created from POTA activation question
    Non-Comm Pwr: Yes - Created from Non-commercial Power question
    Op Outdoors: No - Created from Operated Outdoors question
    Not at Home: Yes - Created from Away from Home question
    Temp Ants: Yes - Created from Setup Antennas question
    Sat QSO: No - Created from Satellite QSO question
    Mobile Op: No - Created from Operated Mobile question
    QSOs in Log: 312
    Confirmation: 24yvt8dn.wfd

    Log deadline: 2023-02-28 23:59:59 UTC
    Received at: 2023-02-03 18:03:14 UTC

  • 01 Feb 2023 6:44 AM
    Reply # 13080656 on 13079331
    Neeroo Sharma-Hall wrote:

    Hi Sam,

    I'm sorry we missed each other. 

    As Wilson mentioned, WFD, like many other events, tend to run for 24 hours, noon to noon.

    If you're able to arrange a visit to the club station, lots of radios to see and listen to!

    73, Neeroo, VE6NRO 

    Im Available all day after 2:50 pm

    73 Sam

  • 31 Jan 2023 8:30 AM
    Reply # 13079331 on 13033155

    Hi Sam,

    I'm sorry we missed each other. 

    As Wilson mentioned, WFD, like many other events, tend to run for 24 hours, noon to noon.

    If you're able to arrange a visit to the club station, lots of radios to see and listen to!

    73, Neeroo, VE6NRO 

  • 30 Jan 2023 9:59 PM
    Reply # 13078955 on 13033155

    Sam, the contest runs from noon to noon Saturday to Sunday, so we packed up at 12 noon. It only took about an hour to stow everything.

    Sorry you missed us.

    Wilson VA6JWL

  • 30 Jan 2023 8:48 PM
    Reply # 13078909 on 13033155

    When did you pack up? I came around 5:00 pm and wondered around the community freezing my but off and left at around 5:30 pm Lol

    73 Sam                                                                      Your Friendly Neighborhood SWL

  • 30 Jan 2023 7:31 PM
    Reply # 13078847 on 13033155
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    Debrief Report ON CARA 2023 Winter Field Day. Contesting Details to Follow.


    January 30, 2023

    Winter Field Day 2023 has concluded. Thank you to the Executive and the Trailer Group for permitting the use of the communications trailer, allowing us to participate in this event.

    The trailer always impresses those who see it for the first time and we had quite a few new people attend. Here is a quick overview:

    1. Approximately 25 people came to the site on Saturday to help set up, visit or operate.

    2. The Yagi was raised on the trailer mast. We put up the 40m ham stick.

    3. No dipole this year.

    4. The radio and laptop behaved well, no CAT problems. There was a little hiccup at the beginning with a baud rate mismatch between laptop and radio. Once resolved, no issues were encountered.

    5. 20m was very noisy. We did not have any interior roof lights on but the solar system was on so it's possible that was the source but it was a lot of noise, S8+.

    6. 15m was quite good - worked through lots of pileups. Received great signal reports from Texas and Minnesota - "booming", "awesome", "S9++"

    7. Will confirm once the log is submitted, but we made approximately 500 QSOs in this event.

    8. Very happy to report that 3 recent graduates of the Basic class operated this event - Chris, VE6TNO, Isaiah, VA6YAL and Claude, VE6GTX (vroom vroom!!). Chris has operated at the station a few times but for Isaiah and Claude it was their first. I am chuffed they took my little practice QSO script to heart as well as my suggestion to take the time needed to ensure getting all the required information despite me being a little yelly sitting beside them - QRZ! QSL! again, again - hi hi!

    They did very well and should be proud of their first HF contest.

    9. Take down went well. We did several sweeps of the site to ensure nothing was left behind and that the spot was clean.

    Some maintenance items:

    A. I have the laptop with me. I will work with Rob – okay lean heavily on him! – to submit the log.

    B. I also have the tent canopy and side panels. They are hanging in our basement to dry. To be honest, it looks like a clean room/meth lab like you would see in the movies – really cool, kids are impressed! I’ll fold and pack them up when they’re completely dry.

    C. Question about the laptop – it refused to recognize a second com port. If it is by design or desire, nothing further to do, carry on. If not, I can update the driver so additional ports can be added – please advise.

    D. Bendy light at the radio end of the table doesn’t work – bulb burned out?

    All in all, it was a successful event on a very cold weekend. We are happy to provide more information or clarifications as needed.

    Thanks again for letting us play radio with the trailer!


    Peter LaGrandeur, VA6RPL

    Neeroo Sharma-Hall, VE6NRO

  • 30 Jan 2023 4:28 AM
    Reply # 13077818 on 13033155
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    CARA 2023 Winter Field Day - 'Comm Trailer High Lights'

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  • 30 Jan 2023 4:24 AM
    Reply # 13077814 on 13033155
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    CARA 2023 Winter Field Day - 'What Is Winter Field Day?'

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  • 30 Jan 2023 3:41 AM
    Reply # 13077807 on 13033155
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    CARA's 2023 Winter Field Day was another success!  WFD is all about getting away from the comfort of our home shacks and the club station, and setting up in a temporary location for world contesting in adverse conditions.  The day time temperatures were around -15C with wind chill of -25 at times.  We survived and made many contacts.  Many thanks to the participants who made the weekend go so smoothly.    :-)

    CARA comm trailer at 2023 global Winter Field Day.

    A bright sunny weekend at our 2023 Winter Field Day.

    The fire ring was a warm and cheery addition to the 2023 Winter Field Day.

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  • 28 Jan 2023 9:32 PM
    Reply # 13076771 on 13033155

    Sam, I'm not involved with the Field Day group, but I expect they would welcome you to sit in anytime.

    Wilson VA6JWL

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