Saturday, June 22, 2013

Annual Ham Field Day Begins

A lot of people I know are currently in remote locations shouting into radios, exchanging class and section.  The means of deciding these are quite arcane, and can be read in very minute detail at the ARRL web site.  Let's just say that Formula One is simple by comparison.

Field Day is a great exercise, and the competition for points maintains incentive to operate the whole 24 hours.  The knowledge of Murphy's Law thus gained is invaluable for radio communication in disaster situations. The various go-bags and deployable equipment systems developed by the clubs are a definite emergency asset. The self-confidence in knowing that one can actually do this isn't bad either.

The contest gives extra points for copying the Field Day message and submitting your copy.  There are several opportunities.

From ARRL:

(Times UTC)

SATURDAY CW       1400
         Phone    1500
         CW       0000 (Sun)
         Digital  0100
         Phone    0145
SUNDAY   CW       1400
         Phone    1500
         Digital  1600

K6KPH Field Day Bulletin Schedule

SATURDAY CW        1403 
         CW        0030 (Sun)
         Digital   0130 

SUNDAY   CW        1430 
         Digital   1630 

W1AW will operate on its regularly published frequencies.
CW frequencies are 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975, 21.0675, 28.0675 and 147.555 MHz.

Digital frequencies are 3.5975, 7.095, 14.095, 18.1025, 21.095, 28.095 and 147.555 MHz.

Phone frequencies are 1.855, 3.990, 7.290, 14.290, 18.160, 21.390, 28.590 and 147.555 MHz.

W1AW will transmit the Field Day bulletin using 45.45-baud Baudot, PSK31 in BPSK mode and MFSK16.

The Maritime Radio Historical Society station K6KPH will transmit the W1AW Field Day 2013 bulletin for the benefit of West Coast stations on 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975 and 21.0675 MHz using CW.

K6KPH will transmit the Field Day bulletin using Baudot, FEC AMTOR, BPSK31 and MFSK16 on 7.095 and 14.095 MHz.

The K6KPH schedule is accurate as of June 17, 2013.

Any additional transmissions or changes in the schedule will be posted on the web at, w1aw sked.pdf.