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KARC Winter Field Day 2023







KARC Winter Field Day
January 28-29, 2023

The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club will be participating in Winter Field Day 2023, to be held on January 28-29 at the farm of Peter, VE7DNZ in Knutsford.  We will be operating  the club callsign VE7UT as Class 2 Outdoor BC, on CW, phone and digital modes.  We will be using an old grain storage "shed" (an old homesteader building) located about 700 metres from the parking area on Mannings Road.  Peter has plowed a "road" into the shed, but it's only suitable for high clearance 4x4 vehicles, and there is parking near the shed for those so equipped.  We will be shuttling people into the Winter Field Day site so it's your choice if you want to hike into the site, or be chauffered in!

Setup will start at 1100 hours PST on Friday, January 27, and the exercise will kick off at 1100 hours PST on Saturday, January 28 and run to 1059 hours on Sunday, January 29.

Myles, VE7FSR plans to install a small wood stove in the shack, so it should be nice and cozy inside.  We will be using the club's IC-7300 as our main HF station, and Myles' SGC-2020 ADSP QRP radio (extra points for QRP!) as our second station; please feel frree to bring your own radio if you like.  We have at least three HF antennas we want to try, using telescoping masts and some nearby trees for supports.  Power will be supplied by a 3KW generator, and we will have lights inside.  For those interested, there is lots of room for winter camping adjacent to the "shed", and there is also room for two or three cots if you want to sleep inside.  You will need to supply your own chair and whatever else you need to keep yourself warm and well fed; the club will be bringing tables and other "accoutrements" needed for portable HF operation.

Bathroom facilities will be "primitive" so please be forewarned!

If you are interested in participating please contact Myles in advance so we know how many to expect.  Ralph's XYL Rita will be cooking dinner for us on Saturday evening (chili, corn bread, etc.) so please confirm your participation by January 21 so Rita knows how many to cook for.

We will be holding the final planning meeting on January 24 at 20:30 hours PST online at:

A Google Earth KMZ file is attached showing the location of the shed, as well as a KMZ file showing where you can park.

Here is a link to Google Maps that you can use to help you navigate from the Knutsford Community Hall to the parking spot on Mannings Road.

We will be monitoring 147.320+ (the VE7RLO repeater) so if you need directions to the site or a shuttle in from the parking area please call "CQ VE7UT".  We will also be broadcasting the Winter Field Day location on APRS starting on January 27, look for VE7UT on!