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2019 Holiday Party Directions to Greenbriar Clubhouse

The BRARA Holiday Party will be held at the Greenbriar Clubhouse.

The address of the clubhouse is 10525 180th Place S. Boca Raton FL

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Directions If Your Starting Point is North or at Clint Moore Road:
(ie Clint Moore Road, Atlantic Ave (Delray), Boynton Beach Blvd, etc)
– Take US 441 (State Road 7) south.
– Pass the traffic light at Clint Moore Road
– At the next traffic light (one block south of Clint Moore Road), turn right onto Boca Chase Drive into the Boca Chase Sub-Division. There is a waterfall fountain on the northwest corner. The entrance way is has a median with 2 lanes on both sides.
– Continue with Boca Chase Sub-Division Instructions below.

Directions If Your Starting Point is South of Clint Moore Road:
(ie Yamato Road, Glades Road, Palmetto Park Road, etc)
– Take US 441 (State Road 7 north.
– Pass the traffic light at Yamato Road.
– Pass the blinking traffic light for the fire station.
–   At the next traffic light (one block south of Clint Moore Road), turn left onto Boca Chase Drive into the Boca Chase Sub-Division. There is a waterfall fountain on the northwest corner. The entrance way is has a median with 2 lanes on both sides.
– Continue with Boca Chase Sub-Division Instructions below.

Boca Chase Sub-Division Instructions:
– After entering the Boca Chase Sub-Division, continue down Boca Chase Drive.
– At the second right, turn right onto 180th Place S. The is a sign on the corner for Waterberry Homes and Greenbriar.
– The road will curve 90 degrees to the left.
– Continue down 180th Place S. The Greenbriar Clubhouse is located after the 3rd right (after 105th Avenue S.) on the right side. It is the building with a pyramid looking roof.
– Park on the street in front of the clubhouse. Please do not park on the grass or in the driveway of the clubhouse.
– There is additional parking in the tennis court which are located right after 180th Place S. Curved to the left, on the left had side. You will have to walk to the clubhouse (about 3 blocks).

Greenbriar Clubhouse Address: 10525 180th Place S.
Greenbriar Clubhouse Phone: 561-488-1923

BRARA 2019 Holiday Party Potluck Dinner

WHEN
Thursday 12-DEC-2019 Holiday Potluck Party

TIME
Approximately 6pm to 8pm with setup at 5pm

WHERE
Boca Chase Greenbriar clubhouse in Boca Raton at Clint Moore and RT441/SR7.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAIL DIRECTIONS

Please watch for exact directions to the clubhouse in future communications.

WHAT TO BRING
Attendees who do not bring an item are asked to make a donation to help offset our costs.

An appetizer, main dish, drinks, deserts or a cash donation.

Before commiting to an item, please review the 2019 Holiday Party Potluck Signup List.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW POTLUCK ITEMS

CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP FOR THE HOLIDAY PARTY

HELPING HANDS
We will need helping hands to setup and cleanup.

Our obligation is to ensure the clubhouse is properly cleaned for our security deposit refund.

FOR QUESTIONS:
John.C N1QFH EMAIL: wirehead52@gmail.com TEXT 207-239-0268

Thank you for your kind offerings.

de N4BRF

MARCO mini Dxpeditions by Jay Garlitz AA4FL

Adventure is a more appropriate way to describe the DX trip BRARA member Jay Garlitz was just on. The Medical Amateur Radio Council holds its annual business meeting at Xenia on even years but on odd years the location is the choice of the President. Holding that office and being odd I crafted a four day business meeting in Tampa this year followed by an eight day cruise out of their port. Four ports of call were made by the Carnival Miracle and it was a miracle MARCO was able to get through the logistics needed to operate DX on land in three ports.

Twelve cruise cabins held fifteen hams and nine spouses who embarked with all the documentation needed to hold special operating events in Belize as V31D, at Roatan Isle of Bahia in Honduras as HQ9D, and on Grand Cayman as ZF2D. All we needed was kismet that local plans, the weather, customs, cruise ship tenders, propagation, security, getting back on ship in time for departure, and Murphy would all cooperate. With the cruise ship only being in port 7-9 hours in each location; but when debarkation/embarkation, tender time, transport to operating location, and station set-up/breakdown was factored in; that meant only 3-5 hours of radio operation at each special event location!

No on-ship operation was pursued other than 2m HT use. So why tackle this less than ideal operating task? The bonding experience for a group of medical hams was invaluable and the publicity generated could be a boon to membership growth. We were crazy enough to try and succeed but we did bring our own Psychiatrist along just in case! Each DX location has a different set of operators as members also enjoyed the holiday operation but there were enough time slots for all that desired them. Planned times of operation were off 1-2 hours in UTC as the published cruise literature did not state that Tampa time was being used for arrival and departure in each port rather than going by local time.. NFDXA members were on standby and many worked us, with some of the best signals heard!

V31D was activated at a rental unit about 8 miles north of port up the coast, just off the water. The station was set-up on the rooftop under cover of a three story building with dipoles gently sloping down to trees on the property. HF1 was an ICOM IC-706/markIIg for 20m phone and CW operation. Station two was an ICOM IC-7000 primarily used for FT8 on 17m. Our co-hosts were a former mayor of Belize City and a former jet pilot in thee Belize forces, and they were of great help in planning. Ropes were pre-positioned in the trees for antenna support and help on the ground as present for getting the antennas hung in place. We quickly got on the air in an early to mid morning start, for almost five hours of operation. Propagation on 20m was poor and noise levels high until it was closing time when conditions were improving. FT8 on 17m was active with signals decoding throughout. After getting the operators familiar with the equipment at this first port of call we made 114 QSO’s with hams in 19 countries.

HQ9D was a short operation. The QTH was a diving and eco lodge 35 minutes from port, necessitated as the port is on the south side of Roatan at the base of a mountain. The NW coast location on the water we chose afforded great take-offs for NA, SA and Europe. The equipment used was the same as on V31D but operating time was less than three hours. The shack was set-up on the balcony of a second floor cabana facing the water. Lodge staff assisted with the antenna placement. The top floor of the building had a yoga studio perfect for hanging the antennas from, in Zen. Propagation was better and afforded us 122 contacts in 6 countries.

ZF2D was a much different operation. We had the use of the guest station of ZF1EJ, the Cayman Island Radio Club. We brought along our IC-7000 for 17m FT8 but had two of his radios for 20m CW and 20m SSB, Three stations were on the air at a time and each had its own tower and multiband antenna that one would salivate over! A log periodic at 100 feet and a Pro-67 at 70 feet were accompanied by a C3 somewhere in the 50 foot range, Station owner Eden ZF1EJ operates from 630 KHz to 6m and has an impressive antenna farm well beyond the antennas we used. Phil ZF1PB and John ZF1DJ spent the day with us as well. In four hours of operation we made 315 Q’s in 24 countries.

With the experience of planning these expeditions one fact is abundantly clear, it is much better to fly to a Caribbean Dx location and rent a super station. HQ9X is available on Roatan and sleeps ten (was not available for our visit). ZF1EJ allows visitors to use his guest shack, J6 has a great rental that sleeps six and has a fully equipped station, a location I am headed to for CQWW phone this year. With these plus more DX turn-key rentals available, there are opportunities for us OMs, OBs and YLs to take BRARA DX trips.

Auction Guidelines and Rules

1. All auction proceeds are for the benefit of the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

2. All bidders must be current members in good standing of BRARA. All classes of membership are eligible to bid on and acquire items.

3. All items will have starting bids below the BRARA Board of Directors’ good-faith estimate of the item’s fair market value.

4. Bids shall be in whole dollar amounts, and must exceed the current bid by ten percent of the current bid, rounded to the next whole dollar.

5. The winning bid shall be the highest bid placed on the BRARA website by midnight on the 14th day following the start of auction for that item.

6. Winning bidders will be notified by email at their preferred email address in the BRARA membership listing, and will have 7 days to contact a BRARA officer to arrange for payment and pickup of the item. No item shall be released until paid for.

7. If the winning bidder fails to make timely arrangement for payment and pickup, the item may be offered to the second-highest bidder, reposted as a new auction, retained in BRARA inventory, or disposed of by other means, at the discretion of the BRARA Board of Directors.

8. Items which receive no bids may be reposted as a new auction, retained in BRARA inventory, or disposed of by other means, at the discretion of the BRARA Board of Directors.

9. A good faith effort will be made to include any condition issues affecting item value in the item’s description at time of auction posting.

10. All transactions are final. Payment by the bidder constitutes a donation to BRARA and shall not be construed as a retail or private purchase.

11. All bidders agree to accept full responsibility for any item or items acquired, and to indemnify and hold BRARA harmless from any adverse events arising from participation in the auction, including any adverse events arising from the acquisition, ownership or use of any item acquired.

12. The BRARA Board of Directors reserves the right to make case-by-case exception to and/or to amend these rules at any time. No case-by-case exception shall be construed as an amendment to or cancellation of these rules in whole or in part.

Capability: Member Silent Auction

For the past months our club has been recipient of many donated radios and related gear and hardware. Each donated item has been examined for functionality and appraised with a value. The appraised value was used to calculate the asking price. In all cased the board has decided to discount the asking price by 33.3% to derive the discounted price.

As a benefit of being a member, you will be able to look over these for sale items and place an online bid.

Please see the below example where an appraised item of $500.00 is being sold with an asking price of $400.00. The discounted price is $266.80 and the current BID is for $276.80. In this example each item appraised over $100.00 will make the next bid increment by $10.00. If that value is lower than $100.00, the next bid increments by $1.00. The next BID amount for this example will be $277.80 which is $10.00 higher than the previous bid.

At this time, the final bids on these for sale items will be announced at our monthly meeting. Please note some of the logistics for the online bidding may need to be adjusted as we gain more experience with this process.

Each month at a board meeting the next group of items to be sold will be announced to members. When a member logs on to our website and navigates to TOOLS > FOR SALE, these items will appear and the bidding shall begin. With all final bids, the winner shall pay by check or cash and all sales are final.

When this capability in enabled hopefully in March, may you find the best deal and enjoy your prize.

HOW THIS WORKS

The first step is to logon. Navigate by hovering on TOOLS and clicking FOR SALE.

When FOR SALE is clicked, the list of items for sale and bid history are presented as two TABS.

The “For Sale by Bid” Tab 

Lets review each section

Action Item Details provides some high level information about the item that include where available and applicable the model, serial code and manufacturer.

The Pricing Details is the next section and shows all the value, pricing and bidding details. Depending on the appraised value, the next bid is automatically incremented by $1.00 or $10.00 to arrive at the next bid price. if you HOVER on the Discount you will be shown the percent discount and if you HOVER on Current Bid you will see how many bids have been placed.

The ACTION section is where all the activity occurs. To bid on an item, click Place Bid. If you click on View PICs, the list of pictures will be shown and you may scroll through those as needed.  If the item for sale has an associated link for further technical information, click on Tech Details.

When you click on Place Bid the following information appears. You may hover on the amount and  use the arrow up or down to make the dollar amount change. Or you may directly enter the amount into the bid. The bid will never go lower than the earlier bid.

If you are OK with this bid, click on SUBMIT and a new confirmation popup window will give you one more chance to confirm or cancel. Or by clicking CANCEL will return to the above PLACE BID options.

When confirmation popup window appears, you may click OK or CANCEL.

If CANCEL is clicked, no bid is placed and no further action is necessary.

When OK is clicked, all the relevant item and member information is recorded in our database.

The “My Bid History by Date” Tab

The second tab My Bid History by Date shows the items that user has placed bids.

This tab shows the exact same information as the For Sale by Bid tab and is a history of the bids in descending order by date.  One difference is in place of ACTION now appears an Inventory section.

The status, inventory Asset Tag, number of placed bids and the current bid are shown. Also the Tech Details is also displayed and behaves as the 1st tab for this button.

2019 Wintah Field Day Rules

Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio!!
When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2019, the dates are January 26th and 27th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 25th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

Bands: All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.
Modes: Any mode… CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc…

Suggested Frequencies: (to make it easier for entrants to find each other)

HF CW – 1810-1820, 3.530-3.550, 7.030-7.050, 14.035-14.055, 21.030-21.050, 28.030-28.040

HF SSB – lowest 30 kHz of the US General Class Phone bands (160m- 15m), 28.400-28.425MHz (10m) 6m/VHF/UHF – adjacent to, but not on, nationally recognized simplex calling channels.

Entry categories: (..if operating as a group under one call, all stations in your entry must fit the category you choose. Also see further clarification in “definitions” below)

Indoor: Operation from inside a remoteinsulated, heated (or cooled, depending on your local weather), and weather-protected structure where an Amateur station is normally not available. (Park buildings/cabins, community center, EOC, senior center, club shack, etc).

Outdoor: Operation from a location partly or fully exposed to the elements and at least 30 feet away from your normal     station location and not using any part of a previously erected antenna system or ham station. A campground, park pavilion, canopy, picnic table, tent, pop- up camper, or a backyard shed/tent/deck, etc may be used. Operation from a non-insulated car/truck/van/boat (mobile or not) is considered “outdoor”.

Home: Operation from inside a home or inside another structure attached to a home that could or would be the usual location of an Amateur station (garage, sunroom, etc), generally using a previously erected antenna system. A “Home” entrant may still be eligible to claim the “alternate power” bonus if not using commercial power. Use of any pre -existing (on site) or permanently installed antenna system or station components renders your station a “Home” station.

Entry Class: your entry “class” is a number designated by the number of stations in your entry that are capable of simultaneous transmission. (Explained further in summary below)
Exchange: Your WFD exchange will be a combination of your “class” and “category” and your ARRL section as described below, using an appropriate letter designator or phonetics (examples: 1I, 2H, 5I, 6O, 3H, 9I, etc) In short: Call sign, Class + Category, ARRL Section.

     Example: K4YM this is KB8X, we are Two Hotel, Ohio ..or in CW: K4YM de KB8X TU 2H OH…

KB8X this is K4YM, thank you, we are Twelve India, West Central Florida ..or in CW: KB8X TU 12I WCF

In summary: There are only 3 categories of entry: Indoor, Outdoor, and Home as described above and in the definitions. Your entry class will depend on the number in your exchange. That number will be determined by the number of stations capable of simultaneously transmitting at your WFD site. If you only have one station set up, but plan on using it on several bands and modes (example: 160-2m, CW, SSB, FM, Digi, etc), the number in your exchange would be “1”. If you have 10 stations set up and operators working at all of them, regardless of bands, and modes, the number in your exchange would be “10”. If you have only two operators, but have two HF stations set up and a third and possibly fourth station dedicated to VHF, UHF, or a Satellite contact, your exchange number would be “2”, as one op would have to leave a station idle to make contacts on the other. In other words, don’t count a station where one station has to be left idle to make contacts on another. Once you decide upon your number of stations (class), you must use it for the duration of the contest. There are no points awarded for number of stations and it does not affect your score.

QSO Points: 1 point per Phone QSO, 2 points per CW & Digital QSO… Busted exchanges will be penalized by 1 additional point for each missed exchange or call sign. Duplicate contacts (same call, band, and mode) will not be counted, but will not be penalized.

Mode and Band Multipliers: Count 1 multiplier for each mode operated per band. For example, operating CW and Phone on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters, CW and PSK31 on 20m, FM on 2 meters and 440 would be a total multiplier of 12x.

Power Output Multipliers: >100W = 1x, 100W or less = 2x, QRP = 4x (QRP defined below)

Bonus points:
1. You may claim 1500 bonus points if no commercial power is used in powering your WFD station. (see “alternate power” definitions below). Your logging-only computer may use any available power.
2. You may claim 1500 bonus points if your operation is “Outdoors” (see definition below).
3. You may claim 1500 bonus points if your operation is not a “Home” operation (remote).
4. You may claim 1500 bonus points for making a QSO via Satellite (once only, see Satellite rule).

Example: Operating outdoors on your back deck table more than 30 feet from your usual station without commercial power and using a temporary WFD antenna, set up within the allowed timeframe, would be 1500 + 1500 = 3000 bonus points (outdoors, no commercial power), while operating from a campground tent using commercial power and making one Satellite QSO would be 1500 + 1500 + 1500 = 4500 bonus points (outdoors, not home, and Satellite).

Note: There must have been at least 1 valid QSO in order to claim any bonus points. This is to ensure that someone claiming bonus points without actually making any contacts cannot win a category! Bonus points may not be claimed unless all stations covered in your entry qualify as well.

Claimed Score Tabulation: QSO Points x Power Output Multiplier x Band/mode multiplier + Bonus Points.

Log submission deadline and contents: Enter your log summary utilizing the “Input 2019 Log Summary”  button located on the website homepage. Logs must be submitted to  via email before 0000 UTC March 1st to be considered. Logs should contain the following in the subject line… “WFD 2019 Log KD8XXX” with KD8XXX being the callsign you used for the event. Logs MUST be submitted as an attached Cabrillo File, not as an email text. If simply submitting a question about WFD, please put “WFD Questions” in the subject line to ensure your query gets to the right in-box. ALL logs must be in Cabrillo format and should contain the following information:
         Frequency: kHz, band, or a generic frequency for the band. Frequency accuracy is not used to judge valid QSOs.

Modes in the log: CW = CW. PH = Phone, as in AM, SSB, FM, C4FM, DStar, Mototurbo, DMR, etc (..if the end result is voice transmission, it’s phone). DI = Digital, as in RTTY, Olivia, Packet, PSK, SSTV, ATV (if the end result is text or pictures on a screen, it’s digital). Note: Working the same station in multiple digital or phone modes on any one band will result in “dupes” in your logging software.

Date and time: UTC/GMT (..need not be exactly accurateException: QSO’s time-stamped/logged outside the contest period will be disqualified)

QSO data required: Entrant’s Call, Class + Category, ARRL/RAC Section — Call worked, Class + Category, ARRL/RAC Section. Any station worked without an ARRL/RAC section designation is to be logged simply as “DX” in the space allotted for the section identifier. DX entrants would give DX or their country as their “section” in their exchange.

Bonus Points: Please enter your calculated bonus points in the Cabrillo Soapbox comments as shown directly below with a short explanation. The soapbox is just above the main body of the log in the header

The Cabrillo Entry template is as follows:

START-OF-LOG: 3.0

Created-By: N3FJP’s Winter Field Day Contest Log 1.6 

CONTEST: WFD

CALLSIGN: W8D

LOCATION: OH

ARRL-SECTION: OH

CATEGORY: 1O

CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OPS

CATEGORY-STATION: PORTABLE

CATEGORY_TRANSMITTER: ONE

CATEGORY_POWER: LOW

CATEGORY_ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED

CATEGORY-BAND: ALL

CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED

CATEGORY-OVERLAY: OVER-50

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for not using commercial power

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for setting up outdoors

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for setting up away from home

SOAPBOX: BONUS Total 4500 (remote location, outdoors and generator power)(example)

CLAIMED-SCORE: xxxx (your calculated total score including bonuses)

OPERATORS: Call #1, Call #2, Call #3, etc

NAME: Your Name (contact person)

ADDRESS: #### Your Street

ADDRESS-CITY: Anywhereville

ADDRESS-STATE: Ur QTH

ADDRESS-POSTAL CODE: UrZip

ADDRESS-COUNTRY: Ur Country

EMAIL:

QSO:  3750 PH 2017-01-07 1911 W8D           1O  OH     WB9XXX        2H  IL

QSO:  7030 CW 2017-01-07 2021 W8D           1O  OH     K8UO          14I MI

QSO: 14070 DI 2017-01-07 2131 W8D           1O  OH     K6XXX         14I LA

END-OF-LOG:

—————————– ——–info sent——  —————————info rcvd—

QSO:   freq   mo date                time  call                       Cat sec      call                   Cat sec 000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444

123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345

QSO:   3750  PH 2017-01-07   1911  W8D                    1O  OH     WB9XXX        2H  IL

QSO:   7030  CW2017-01-07   2021  W8D                    1O  OH     K8UO             14I MI

QSO:   14070 DI 2017-01-07    2131  W8D                   1O  OH     K6XXX          14I LA

Results will be posted on the Winter Field Day Association website (winterfieldday.com) as we check and score them. Your pictures, videos, description of operations, and logistics are encouraged and welcome at both the website and the WFD Facebook group.

Paper Log and log not in the correct format: (New for 2019 ) Paper log are being accept. However, they must be legible and in the correct Cabrillo format or they will be rejected. They must reach my QTH before the Deadline posted above. A PDF form will be available for download.

Mail logs to: Tom WD8MBE

235 Leonard Ave N.W.

Massillon, Ohio 44646

On your return address, please also include the callsign that was used during the event.

Logs submitted in wrong file formats, as email  texts and as screen captures will no longer be accepted. logs must be submitted in the correct Cabrillo format and as an attached file of your email.

Further definitions & rules clarifications:
Station Location Limitations: A WFD operation, regardless of the number of stations operating under one call sign, must be located in one physical location; ergo all station equipment, including antennas, feed lines, and accessories used must be located within a 1000 foot (300m) diameter circle at the site chosen. Remote station operation (via internet link) is allowed, but may only enter WFD as a “Home” station (w/o bonus pts) since a remote station, almost by definition, is previously assembled and operates off local commercial power.
Qualifying Alternate/Non-Commercial Power: Any power not connected to the commercial power grid… generator (stand alone or built into an RV), battery (which may not be re-charged from commercial mains while in use), solar power (yours), hydroelectric (yours, not the local power company’s!), wind power (yours), etc. You may only recharge batteries in use using alternate power… generator, solar, hydro, wind, etc. Batteries, when not in use, may be charged by any means available. WFD operations claiming the “alternate power” bonus, must run all station equipment and accessories from an alternate power source, with the exception of the logging-only computer. In multiple station set- ups, that means all stations working under one call sign must do the same. If even one station in a multi-station set-up uses commercial power, the group may not claim the bonus.
Station accessories & power requirements: Your logging-only computer/device may use any power available (..in a real emergency there’d likely be little contest type QSO logging going on). If you are claiming an “alternate power” source for bonus points, any peripheral devices that assist in the making of WFD QSOs must also run on an “alternate power” source. Simply put, if your computer is used to generate the transmission of or the decoding of WFD QSOs and you’re claiming alternate powerit must also run on alternate power. This standard also applies to any other external devices used in making or decoding transmissions like CW keyers/decoders, tablets/iPads, voice memory keyers, soundcard links (rigblasters, etc), equalizers, and audio filters (timewave, etc).
QRP: CW = 5 watts maximum carrier. Phone/Digi = 10W maximum peak power.
Multiple Transmitter Limitations: The use of more than one transmitter on a single band & mode is prohibited. Operation of multiple transmitters at different physical sites is prohibited (see station location limitations above).
Indoor: Operation from inside a building or structure at another temporary, remote (away from home) location where amateur radio equipment and antennas are not typically available, including community centers, park buildings/cabins, etc. If it has a permanent roof, windows, doors, and walls, it’s indoors. Indoor stations, already eligible for “remote” bonus points, may also claim “alternate power” bonus points if not using commercial power.
Outdoor: Operation from a location remote to your normal at-home station and fixed antennas, such as locations with
no permanent buildings, no insulation, no central heating/AC system, including campgrounds, park picnic tables, tents, some RV’s (see above), lean-tos, etc. Comfort allowances are made for windbreaks, sun/rain/snow cover (canopy/tent/pop-up), and heat source (fire, patio heater, catalyst/propane heater, torpedo/kerosene heater, electric heater, etc), or cooling if needed. Operating from your pool deck or backyard screen gazebo would be considered “outdoor” as long as it’s not attached to the house and you’re more than 30 feet from your normal station. An open- air pavilion with no walls would be considered Outdoor as would a tent, canopy, or canvas pop-up. An entrant using a plugged-in, fully enclosed, insulated, and centrally heated/cooled motor-home or trailer would be considered “Indoor” although they may still be eligible for “remote” and “alternate power” bonus points. A station set up thusly may still qualify for the “alternate power” bonus if not using commercial power. Conversely, operation from an uninsulated vehicle (car, van, boat, or truck, mobile or not) would be considered “outdoor”. In order to claim the “outdoor” bonus, all stations in your entry must fit the definition, no exceptions.
Home: Operation from a place where an amateur station is already or would normally be established, whether it’s your home or another person’s, including any enclosed structure attached to the home (garage, deck, sunroom) . Use of any pre-existing feed line or pre- mounted antenna system, such as a backyard tower/beam, roof antenna, or previously installed dipole/wire, or previously installed rig renders your station a “Home” operation. A home station may still claim “alternate power” bonus if using non-commercial power. Operation from another ham’s home other than your own, from a seasonal rental (..like your Florida/Arizona snowbird condo), or from a second home you own would still be considered a “Home” operation unless no equipment, antennas, or accessories were present before the stated WFD set-up time (in which case you’d be an “Indoor” entrant and eligible for the “remote/not at home” and possibly the “alternate power” bonuses).
Allowed Bands: The Amateur non -WARC band allocations recognized by the ITU, i.e. 160, 75/80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, plus the UHF bands. To qualify as a band worked, at least 1 valid, non-solicited, two-way QSO must have taken place on said band during the contest. The WARC bands (30m, 12m, & 17m) and 60m are off-limits for WFD QSOs as they are for any other contest. Entrants are strongly advised to avoid parking on recognized national simplex calling channels on the 6m, VHF, and UHF bands and use adjacent frequencies.

Satellite Contact rules: Satellite contacts do not count as a new mode/band multiplier. Satellite contacts are limited to ONE ONLY per entry so as to not tie up satellite frequencies with stations calling CQ WFD. A simple CQ (versus CQ WFD) is sufficient and you should be prepared to give a signal report and your VHF Grid Square to the other station versus your normal WFD exchange. A satellite contact is worth 1500 bonus points, one time only. Making further contacts earns no extra points. If you complete a satellite QSO, be sure to note the bonus points as well as a short synopsis of the contact in the “Soapbox”. Chances are very good that the other station will not be a WFD contestant and he will likely want a confirmation of the contact afterwards, especially if your location is remote. Be considerate and comply.
Qualifying WFD QSO: You must copy the full exchange (with the exception of Satellite QSOs, see above). QSOs may not be solicited… in other words; you may not call someone, use the internet (email, IMs, Facebook or spotting networks) or repeater/digipeater to request/suggest they meet you on any frequency for a WFD QSO or set up a QSO in advance of WFD. The internet, Echolink, VOIP, IRLP, repeaters, digipeaters, and cross-banding are off-limits and barred from use to make WFD QSOs as they are in all other contests, with the single exception of a cross-band Satellite QSO. Do not park on the national VHF/UHF/6m calling frequencies to make QSOs. Entrants may not count for QSO credit any contact with anyone who is or was a participant in their WFD operation or is present at their WFD
location. No credit may be taken for QSOs involving, light, laser, or LED unless the stations are more than 1000m distant from each other and the receiving station includes detection circuitry.
Qualifying WFD Modes (underlined): CWPhone (includes SSB, AM, FM, Dstar, C4FM, Mototurbo… if the end result is voice it’s phone), and Digital (includes PSK, RTTY, Olivia, Packet, SSTV, ATV and other soundcard modes. If the end result is text or a picture, it’s digital). Note: Working the same station in multiple digital or phone modes on any one band will result in “dupes” in your logging software.
Operator: Any person that operates a radio, keyboard, microphone or CW key, including logging assistance. This does not include non-operators, such as those who cook or serve food, but do not participate in the radio operation.
Miscellaneous:

All rules governing amateur radio at your location must be observed throughout.

Bonus Points: The more details you add here will help with scoring.

Although not required, we recommend the WFD Logging program by N3FJP, www.n3fjp.com. W3KM also has excellent software  N1MM also has some excellent software, but it can be tricky to set up for WFD and if done improperly may not log properly. Be sure that whatever software you use generates a properly formatted Cabrillo WFD log file. THAT’S what you’ll attach to your entry submission email

Change for WFD 2019

Paper Logs will be accepted

 

FAU: Report on 2018 Collegiate QSO Party

On behalf of the Florida Atlantic University Amateur Radio Club, K4FAU, our sincere thanks to the members of the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Club for the use of the club station on September 15, 2018 to participate in the 2018 Collegiate QSO Party.  See:

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I am pleased to report that our club came in first place in the Collegiate High Power category:

Andy Milluzzi‎ to ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative

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I am happy to announce the final results for the 2018 Collegiate QSO Party! Please see the listing below. A formal email will be sent out to all who submitted logs and an article will appear in an upcoming issue of QST.

Collegiate High Power (150 watts or more)

1st – K4FAU 467
2nd – W0QQQ 336
3rd – W1RMC 256
4th – W6BHZ 158
5th – W8UM 16

Collegiate Low Power 
1st – W0YQ 1595
2nd – W0EEE 79
3rd – W8EDU 69
4th – K5LSU 58
5th – K4KDJ 12
6th – W1YK 10
7th – VA3UOT 5
8th – W3ABT 0

Employee High Power 
1st – K1EEE 139

Employee Low Power 
No Entries

Alumni High Power 
1st – W4ATL 525

Alumni Low Power 
1st – W2RS 25
2nd – N9FM 20
3rd – AE3A 0

Individual High Power 
No Entries

Individual Low Power 
1st – K4VBM 15
2nd – N1SOH 7
3rd – VE2GT 5
4th – K8RGS 1

Only two members of the FAU club were at the controls for all of the contacts, Sjaak VanDam and Grant Baron.

Hopefully there will be coverage of this event in an upcoming issue of QST.

Again, our thanks from K4FAU to N4BRF.

73s,

Steve Sanderson KK4FBU
FAU Amateur Radio Club
Boca Raton Amateur Radio Club
aardvark@illinois.edu

Field Day 2018 Results

Looks like we finished 2nd to W4CB in Virginia in class 3E. They are a very good contest station with 4 great operators.  They had over 9K QSOs to our 7K. There were 22 stations in 3E.

In either event, I think this was a real fine showing and besides, we all had a lot of fun.

Art
WA8VSJ

FLORIDA RANKING

Boca Raton ARA        7004
LARA                             6570
Platinum Coast         6338
Davie/Cooper City   4608

Event: HamCation Carpool plans and reservations

Event: Hamcation CLICK FMI

Vehicle: 8-person Toyota Sienna

Reservations: FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE basis

Contact: John Cole N1QFH

  • EMAIL wirehead52@gmail.com
  • TEXT 207.239.0268
  • ADDRESS: 14426 Amberly Ln Unit 405 Delray Beach FL 33446

Costs:

if 6 people pre-paid $30 per person by cash or check
if 7 people pre-paid $26 per person by cash or check.

Departure Location: BRARA Ham shack at West Delray Park  CLICK FOR MAP

Departure Time: 6am on 9-FEB-2019 CLICK FOR TRAVEL MAP

Return Time: estimated between 5pm and 6pm that day

RESERVATIONS FOR 6 PASSENGERS

  • John Cole N1QFH (driver)
  • Sam Feldman WM3Q
  • Rich Ladisky KB1J
  • Ralph Mele W1DAR
  • Jeff Stahl K4BH
  • John Holzapfel KE4IDW

NOTE: People who PAID-IN-FULL will appear as GREEN

STANDBY RESERVATIONS

  • Jay Kolinsky NE2Q
  • George Sintchak WA2VNV