Blog Update and Winter Field Day 2019


Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! Today I am doing a quick blog post to kind of give yall an update as to what is going on.

I really enjoyed doing my podcast back in 2017, and really miss doing it. I don’t really know why I didn’t do it on Youtube rather than paying for a media host and doing it as podcast. Even though, that meant that I had to be in front of the camera rather than just a an audio version of it. I can see the pros and cons of both.

Over the past year or so, My wife and I tried to start our own business. As part of that business I was doing Youtube videos on different topics. I guess that is what kind of got me out of my comfort zone and in front of the camera. So I decided rather than just restarting my audio only podcast and paying for the hosting and all that, I figured I’d just do it on Youtube and be done with it.

So my tentative plan is to get back into the swing of things with this blog, because I really miss doing this and all of yall. So here is what I’m thinking right now. I will be doing a review post and short 5 minute or so Youtube video every Friday. I will try and do at least one post a week on the blog and maybe a topical video on Youtube every other week. I might even do short little news topic or something like that on a non regular time schedule.

What are yall thoughts on this? Please let me know in the comments below.

OK, let’s move on to Winter Field Day.

Winter Field Day starts today at 2 PM Eastern time and runs until 2 PM Eastern time tomorrow.

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…

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 remote, insulated, 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 transmissions. (Explained further in summary below)

For more information regarding the rules of Winter Field Day this year, check out the rules on the Winter Field Day Website. 

Let me know if yall participate in Winter Field Day this year and if yall had any issues or something exciting happened.

Until next time…

73 de Curtis, K5CLM

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