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Winter Field Day

FLASH. It’s official. Our WFD 2020 “deployment” will be held at the Upper Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department’s station in Beallsville, MD. Rain or shine. Details and directions below.

MCACS will be participating as a group in Winter Field Day again this year.

Winter Field Day is based on the premise that emergencies don’t always happen when the weather is nice. Our intent is to strongly emphasize EMCOMM training objectives. Specifically, our objectives are to test our go-kits and hone our technical, organizational, and operating skills, and enable our participants to test their personal preparedness and clothing for setting up a portable station in the field under winter conditions In this Field Day. We also want to give everyone who wants to a chance to operate, particularly those who are new to HF operation and/or digital modes. And we want to try out as many go-kits and antennas as we have available, even if it means making fewer contacts. Most EMCOMM operations use NVIS techniques, so wire antennas will be the focus. Running up the score is absolutely the lowest priority for us.

The dates for WFD at Jan 25-26. If you are interested in participating, send a note to KN3U, indicating your interest and resources you would like to contribute. Do you have some emcomm equipment or a new portable HF antenna that you would like to try out? Please let us know. Or just stop by.

We’ll have a setup that is similar to last year’s effort, albeit in a different location. We will have one or more tents for operating positions, plus the MAIPN van. We plan to operate 3I MDC.

Setup begins at 0730 on Saturday, with on-the-air operation commencing at 1400 and running overnight until 1400 Sunday.

Winter Field Day, January 2019

Address: 19801 Beallsville Rd (MD Route 109), Beallsville, MD

Directions: From the down-county area, take Route 28 west. From I-270, it’s about 17 miles to Beallsville. At the traffic light, turn right (north) on MD route 109, and the station is on your right. You’ll find us behind the station. There is plenty of parking to the right side of the station.

Alternatively, Take I-270 north to the Route 109 exit and head south on Route 109 (toward Sugar Loaf Mt. and the Potomac River). 14 miles later, as you come into downtown Beallsville, it’s hard to miss the station on your left. If you reach Route 28, you’ve gone 80 meters too far. (Notice what I did there?)

Maryland/DC Hospital Drill

Ten MCACS members participated in the quarterly Maryland/DC hospital net on the evening of Jan. 2, operating from stations at three county hospitals. Winlink traffic was passed to and from all participating hospitals, and a voice net was conducted on the Central Maryland Repeater Group’s network of linked 70 cm repeaters. The next hospital drill will be on April 2.