Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.
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Yesterday, Ruth KJ1V and Michael N1FBZ rode the tram to the top of Jay Peak to take a look at the K1JAY repeaters. They determined that the inside antenna needed to be changed. Now that the spare inside antenna has been installed, you should be able to work both repeaters now if you are in range.
Steve W1SRF, from North Troy, was the first to respond to KJ1V's call for any one listening. He used to be a member of the Border Amateur Radio Club when they used to maintain the Jay Peak Amateur Radio repeaters, before STARC was asked to take ownership. Thank you Steve!!
Let us know how they are working for you if you are in range of them. We hope to get back on the outside antenna this Spring.
There are a lot of ham radio activities coming up in the next few weeks!.
Saturday, January 25, 9-noon: Northern Vermont Ham Radio Breakfast at JP's Deli, 139 River Road (Rt 117), Essex Junction. If you are in or plan to be in the area, be sure to stop by. This is simply 30 hams having breakfast and telling tall ham tales. The food at JP's is great!
Saturday, February 1 - Sunday, February 2 UTC (specifically, 7PM Friday night until 7 PM Sunday night EST) is the Vermont QSO Party. Get on and put Vermont on the map! Yes, conditions are not great with the sunspot number at 0, but many contacts can still be made if you know when and where to look. Peak times are Noon-4 PM on 20 meters and 3-7PM on 40 meters and you should plan to call CQ at those times. FT8/FT4 contacts are valid (read the rules!) and these can provide a lot of action when SSB and CW slow down. If you do not have a station or not much of a station, consider coming over to the W1NVT multiop. I put new operators on in the afternoon specifically to gain experience. It is a great opportunity. You may also inquire about anyone in your area who has a good station they would like to share for the weekend. Details on the Vermont QSO Party: www.ranv.org/vtqso.html
Saturday, February 22 is HAM-CON. We have moved to the Hampton Inn in Colchester (I-89, exit 16) this year. We will have another great list of presenters, activities and door prizes available. Speaking of forums, what do you want to hear about? I know what I'm interested in, but I need to know what YOU are interested in, so please do let me know this. Be sure to clear your calendar so that you can attend, and bring lots of other hams with you to the show! Buy your tickets early on-line and save $$. Details on HAM-CON: www.ranv.org/hamcon.html
Everyone always asks, "How can we grow amateur radio?" The simple answer is to be active in what we do and enjoy. When others see this, it is contagious. If we just sit around and talk about the good ole days, that doesn't inspire folks! Get out, get on and have fun!