I'm looking forward to the 2011 Winter Field day, which is being held over the weekend of 29th/30th January. This will be the fourth year I have taken part in this event.
Now I'm not a fan of winter, and I hate the cold with a passion....but I do believe that SPAR has it right, emergencies and disasters do not always happen in the "good months". And it is because of this that ARES members must train and operate in less than ideal conditions.
This year six of us will be deploying to Leggat Lake, about 7 kms north of Parham (40 kms north of Kingston). We have the use of by brother-in-laws uninsulated summer cottage, that thankfully does have an operating woodstove, and you'll find me very close to it.....if not sitting on top of it for most of the weekend.
The rules for the SPAR Winter Field Day can be found HERE. We plan of having three HF stations on the air - 2cw and 1 ssb. We have a 80m OCF dipole, a 20m loop, and a Buddipole system ready to go.
Hope to work you guys on the air that weekend.