Wellesley ARS Winter Field Day, January 27, 2024

Dan Brown, W1DAN, writes:

[The Wellesley Amateur Radio Society] will participate in Winter Field Day on Saturday, January 27. The club will operate from Elm Bank Reservation in Natick, in the first large parking lot on the left at the top of the hill.

Set up will begin at 1:00 P.M. Field Day starts at 2:00 P.M. The park closes at sunset. Teardown will be at 4:00 P.M. so we can be out of the park by 4:30 P.M.


The Talk-In frequency, will be 146.58 simplex. This frequency will be monitored from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M, on an HT with a 1-2 mile range from the park.

If we need to make any last minute announcements, we will make them on the 147.03 repeater.

  • One or more HF antennas will be available for use.
  • A 12V 40 Ah battery with power-poles will be available for power.
  • Bill, N1WEN, has offered to bring an easy-up shelter with side panels.

If you would like to participate, just show up!

You may bring your own radio(s), coax, antennas, table and chairs. There is a large field nearby for erecting antennas. You are welcome to bring an additional pop-up shelter.

The club call, W1TKZ, will be used for the event. We will operate in the 2 transmitter Outdoor class. We would like to ask all participants to use the club call, W1TKZ, while operating from Elm Bank from 2 to 4 P.M. on Saturday.

All amateur bands, except the WARC bands, may be used, so bring your 2M radios, too.

This will be an outside event, so dress for the weather. I recommend warm boots, wool socks, long underwear, wool hat, heavy jacket, mittens and gloves. If there is precipitation (rain or snow) a waterproof layer will help keep you dry.

Just a reminder, if you operate during the club event using the club call W1TKZ, you are still eligible to operate during the contest from home or another site, under your own call, for the remainder of Winter Field Day.

If you participate in the W1TKZ Field Day you are not allowed to contact W1TKZ. But this should not be a problem since W1TKZ will only be set up for 2 hours on Saturday.


   -Leandra, AF1R

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