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Winter Field Day 2019

Club members and participants will be setting up our station, W2SO, at the our Club House on Friday, January 25th, after 2 PM. We’ll be setting up the club operating stations, antennas, and amenities as we prepare to camp out in anticipation of this event.

Winter Field Day begins on Saturday, January 26th, 2019, at 2:00 PM and runs for a full 24 hours before ending on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

Join your friends and fellow Ham operators as the Lancaster Amateur Radio Club participates this year in Winter Field Day!.

Participate with the Club!

Club members and participants will be setting up our station, W2SO, at the our Club House on Friday, January 25th, after 2 PM. We’ll be setting up the club operating stations, antennas, and amenities as we prepare to camp out in anticipation of this event.

Winter Field Day begins on Saturday, January 26th, 2019, at 2:00 PM and runs for a full 24 hours before ending on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

About Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day has been a popular Ham radio exercise since its inception in January of 2007. In recent years, organization has been driven through the Winter Field Day Association, a committee of operators ready to help run this practice drill.

Much like the ARRL’s Field Day, Winter Field Day is not a simple contest. Operators world-wide are challenged to practice and exercise their emergency communications skills during the winter months, in the face of inclement weather or adverse conditions.

Last year, LARC, operating as W2SO, took second place among indoor 6I class stations with a total score of 5,360, the third largest operating station in WFD overall.

Learn More

To learn more about Winter Field Day, including rules, site locations, and more, visit the official web site at https://www.winterfieldday.com/

If you have questions about how LARC will be participating, or how you can take part, feel free to reach out to the club via our website or Facebook. Reach us in person at a Thursday open house, or via radio during the Club Info Net on Monday nights.


Upcoming Club Events

Winter Field Day

Join the Lancaster Amateur Radio club January 26th, 2019 from 2:00 PM Eastern through January 27th, 2019 at 2:00 PM Eastern as we participate in Winter Field Day.

Learn more about Winter Field Day

Ongoing Club Activities

Club Info Net

Every Monday night at 8PM on the W2SO Lancaster VHF Repeater.
Tune in at 147.255Mhz+, PL 107.2, via Echolink, or listen online at Radioreference.

The Monday Night Club Info Net is hosted by Sal, KD2LIG.

Thursday Open House

Every Thursday our Club House is open from 6:30 pm – till ?

The club house is located at 525 Pavement Road in Lancaster  Map

General Membership Meetings

General Membership Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at   7 pm,  except July and August

Meetings are held at the Lancaster OEM Bldg, 5235 Pavement Rd , Lancaster.

Dunkirk Lighthouse Special Event

INTERNATIONAL Lighthouse and Lightship (ILLW) Weekend on

Aug, 20 and 21st.             Special Event

lighthouse_tower_closeUp  This is one of our clubs premier events of the year

A few of us will be camping out there beginning Wednesday evening.
Some members will be arriving for the weekend starting on Thursday

There will be a Civil War reenactment on the lighthouse grounds,
Saturday and Sunday. I was told a cannon will be fired.
They have a very interesting war scenario planned and also camp out.
There will be live music and some special exhibitors there

Our role is participating in the International Lighthouse/Lightship
weekend which is a ham radio special event
with over 400 lighthouses worldwide that are activated with hams.
List of participating lighthouses <http://illw.net/index.php/entrants-list-2015>

Our radio club sets up similar to field day with our hf radios and antennas
We make many radio contacts and send out Lighthouse QSL cards and certificates

All LARC club members and family are welcome to attend and participate
in this lighthouse special event. Come out for the weekend or the day.  You can camp out , tents or campers or stay at the local motels
Bring your radio gear, antennas, electrical cords , etc. or you can
use one of the clubs HF stations

Bring a chair !!!!!   drinking cup, knife, fork ,radio, antenna ,
electrical cords , rain gear, jackets,
bug spray and any special food and refreshments you would like.

The club will be providing hot dogs and hamburgers

We will be monitoring the clubs repeater and 146.400

National Parks on the AIR

Our club will be activating the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site for the 100th anniversary of our National Parks Service.  The TR Site is a unit of the National Park Service, the only NPS location in Western New York.  641 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202 Tours

LARC members will be running an HF radio station using our club call W2SO and making radio contacts with hundreds of hams.

Our first of several activation’s will be June 11th and 12th. More information on times and radio details will be posted on our clubs email reflector.