Winter Field Day 2017



Winter Field Day was held on  January 28th & 29th!! It was an excellent time and very successful- we had over 185 HF contacts on 4 bands. Thanks to all who participated, and thank The Lord for the great weather! Check out the photos on the “Winter Field Day Photos” page.

All QSO’s will be uploaded to the LoTW by February 14, 2017. Below is information that was used to organize the event.


Date:  Saturday, January 28th  & Sunday, January 29th, 2017 

Time:  10:00 am – SETUP

2:00 pm – ON THE AIR

Place:  1808 Ratchford Dr Dallas NC (across from the 321 Flea Market)

Contact:  NC0G (George Poteat) for more information about the event

Since all of our operations will be conducted inside the club camper/trailer, we will have 2-3 stations running (depending on weather conditions and the number of active operators that sign up).  Ideally, there will be 2 operators per station.  

We will have limited space inside the camper, so I will setup an Operator Schedule on 3 hour increments.  

There will be no need to tow the trailer to a location.  The trailer is already setup in the Poteat field, but help with antenna and rig setup will be needed at 10 am.  Winter Field Day will begin officially at 2 pm on Saturday Jan 28th.


Saturday 2 pm – 5 pm

Saturday 5 pm- 8 pm

Saturday 8 pm – 11 pm

Saturday 11 pmSunday 2 am

Sunday 2 am – 5 am

Sunday 5 am  – 8 am

Sunday 8 am  – 11 am

Sunday 11 am – 2 pm


As with all outdoor events, we have to eat well and be comfortable.  NC0G will fire up the smoker and smoke a pork butt and we will get hamburgers and hotdogs grilled on the BBQ.  Below is a list of additional items needed to make this event a success.


hotdog buns

hamburger buns



potato salad

fruit salad

specialty side items (cook’s choice)


sweet tea/unsweetened tea


potato chips

dessert (cookies, cake, pie)

plates/plastic ware/cups/napkins

gas for generator


Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Annlette Key

KV4WB  ann*lette*key*@*gmail*.*com (omit *)

January 28 and 29, 2017

This is our first Winter Field Day! Similar to Summer Field Day (but perhaps, colder), Winter Field Day is a two-day operating event, outside, in the field, to promote amateur radio portable deployment competency, fellowship and fun.  Emergencies don’t always happen in good weather, so this event could help all those involved learn to operate in all-weather conditions. 

Thanks to George Poteat, NC0G, we are going to have it in a field on his property. We will set up the GCARS/ARES Command Trailer (a very nice camper)and operate inside of it, with, perhaps a tent outside for solar/hardcore outdoor operating. We plan to have at least two (2) HF stations (digital/CW and phone). Hopefully, we will have BBQ, hot dogs and hamburgers and a pot-luck style meal. 

Set up is at 8 a. m., Saturday, January 28, 2017, cleanup on Sunday, January 29, at 10 a.m.  If you are not a member of GCARS/GAARC/ARES/RACES and are interested in attending, please leave a comment below, and we will fill you in on the details.

If you want to participate from home in the nation-wide contest, you can. More information can be found at:

Winter Field Day contest rules can be found by going to this page, then clicking the link to the Google Drive file. It’s titled “WFD2017Rules.pdf”