Amateur Radio Field Day June 22-23, 2013
Location: Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, 7321 Lochside Dr. Victoria BC Canada
On the June 22-23 weekend, we will be holding Field Day at Heritage Acres in Saanichton, in partnership with New Horizons Amateur Radio Club and with the Victoria Short Wave Club. Founded in 1929, the Victoria Short Wave Club is the oldest radio club in Canada.
The purpose of Field Day is to make as many contacts as possible and to learn to operate in abnormal situations (temporary antennas and power supplies) and in less than optimal conditions (in shelters and communications trailers). A large number of individuals and clubs across North America take part, so there are many opportunities to make contacts. Last year we made over 500 contacts on CW and voice in the HF bands and we certainly plan to meet or beat last year's score. Watch an excellent video produced by Chris, VE7ALB/VA7OL, explaining the 2010 Field Day.
Field Day Antenna systems are built on site in approximately 2 hours. We have a lot of fun setting up and operating the temporary antennas and the various stations, and enjoying a BBQ dinner together. Please put these dates in your calendar.
Field Day Report 2012
Victoria New Horizons Amateur Radio Club and the Victoria Short Wave Club joined with West coast Amateur Radio Association for Field Day this year. The location was Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, 7321 Lochside Dr. Victoria BC Canada.
Field Day Video 2012 produced by Christopher ve7alb. CLICK HERE.
It was wet, but very interesting. The T-Bird club had 66 T-Birds out, down from their estimated 100. Might have been the liquid sunshine that caused that. There was very good cooperation with them and us using the space, with their interest in Amateur radio and our interest in the beautiful cars it added to the enjoyment. Because the car club was there a count was not kept of the general public. A conservative guess would be about 150 people from the general public. There were about 50 Hams there over the 2 days, and about 35 people out for the barbecue supper.
Now the best part:
- CW contacts 357
- Voice (phone) 183
- There were also contacts on digital, 6-m and 2-m.
Heritage acres has been booked again for next year as it is a very good location for amateur radio. 73 VE7GOF, Co-chair Field day Committee
Field Day Report 2011
The Field Day committee would like to thank all those who came out to Field Day. Whether you came out to be involved, or, to visit. There were approximately 150 people in total over the two days. Included in that number were children, grandchildren and a great grandchild (Future Hams?), also members of the general public. The Victoria New Horizons Amateur Radio club provided pizza for lunch, WARA provided a pot luck supper.
While the exact numbers are not yet known there were 324 CW (morse code) contacts and 219 Phone contacts along with several Packet contacts. With everything considered this is the best field day in recent memory. Given the amount of contact on CW, and voice and the number of people including the general public coming out to it. It will be interesting to see if we can do even better next year.
Field Day Video 2011 produced by Christopher ve7alb. CLICK HERE.
More Field Day 2011 pictures - CLICK HERE
Field Day Report 2010
Field Day Video 2010 produced by Christopher ve7alb. CLICK HERE.