It’s Field Day time again, where amateur radio operators get to showcase and practice their emergency communication by setting up and operating a radio station under impromptu or unusual conditions.
Once again, local pandemic conditions have restricted access to our usual preferred site, so we are adapting by once again setting up a hybrid operation.
The club station VE6FAR will be on air as a 5E station on emergency power, operated by Vince VE6LK and Dann VE6TD, along with some guest operators.
Operators that wish to join in the live action can attend on site and operate out of the Okotoks Composite High School parking lot on Woodhaven Drive. A logging computer and wireless access can be provided. Contact Vince or Dann for details.
A Zoom video conference call will be set up and open starting at 11:30 MDT for those wishing to join.
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When joining, please be sure to set your name and call sign in your Zoom client.
Feel free to drop in and encourage the operating team at any time during the 24 hour event. Into the late hours Saturday, you may find the team has signed off for the night. If so, come back to the Zoom session Sunday morning some time.
Winter Field Day is January 29th and 30th, running noon Saturday to noon Sunday, Mountain Standard Time.
FARS will be taking part under similar Covid restrictions as last year, and your support is needed.
We will be doing an all virtual event, including the VE6FAR station spanning and operated by the VE6LK and VE6TD stations. This includes combined, network-based logging.
We will have a Zoom conference call open during the entire event for anyone to drop in and visit. Winter Field Day is, after all, a very fun and social event. The Zoom meeting is on the air. Kindly ensure you set your name with your call sign when joining the call so we recognize you and admit you. Meeting ID: 862 0611 1266 the password wfd22@FARS
We have prepared an operating and logging guide for our participants. It describes the very important submission process and details of the participants’ logs, and how to make sure your entry and your score is counted toward the overall VE6FAR Cycle25 club score. Last year we had 9 team members amassing a combined 14,754 points. Our aim this year is to blow past that total in the first few hours of the event.
There have been some changes to the WFD rules this year, most notably imposing a maximum output power of 100W for all stations. And FT-8 is still not permitted. Logs are due March 1.
Additional points are available for anyone operating QRP.
The VE6HRB hub repeater upgrade was completed July 25.
The upgrade brings some improvements to the network, most notably better receive sensitivity, and higher transmit power for better link performance to all VHF repeaters. We also have better voice announcements and remote manageability.
Another round of small enhancements is planned, but with minimal service interruptions.
Many thanks to the technical members who assisted on site: VE6QLT, VA6IAB, VE6LK, VE6AZX, VE6TD
The node no longer has internet connectivity over the AREDN mesh network to reach the Winlink CMS servers, so it returns a “no CMS available” error when connecting. The RF portion remains functional, but it can not be used to send or receive messages.
The VE6FAR-10 node in Calgary remains fully operational.
To provide a better coverage footprint, we’ve added a digipeater at the Aldersyde repeater site southeast of Calgary in the MD of Foothills, also on 431.000MHz. It is named VE6HRA-8. This digipeater allows Winlink users to access either node. The combined coverage area is
Joel VE6EI and Dann VE6TD recently presented an introduction to Winlink and a live demo to the SASTAR group. The slide deck is available here: Winlink Intro and Demo