Come out and join in the fun at the York Region Amateur Radio Club Winter Field Day.
Summer Field Day
Summer Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, sponsored by the ARRL, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In Canada, it is sponsored by RAC and is the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country and our club's largest annual "on the air" event.
Since the first Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.
To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant's operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and YRARC also engages in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations run continuously for twenty-four hours, providing all operators with a chance to try out the various stations running at the site. The club also takes advantage of the extra points for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.
Summer Field Day usually takes place at
4812 Vandorf Sideroad, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5
Winter Field Day
Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done
each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.
We believe as do those entities of ARRL/RAC Organizations like ARES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.
Disasters are unpredictable by nature and can strike when you least expect them. WFDA's goal is to help enhance your skills and prepare you for all environmental conditions found in Canada and USA during the winter. Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event and this is what local and provincial authorities are expecting when they reach out to the emergency service groups that offer their services.
If you are serious about emergency communications as we are, we welcome you to join us for our yearly event. We are sure you will find this event a pleasant change and challenge to that of a normal summer time field day.
Winter Field Day 2020 will be located at:
Winter Field Day Scores
2018: 4812 VANDORF RD, WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE
2 POWER CATEGORY
6000 BONUS POINTS
10690 CLAIMED SCORE
10222 CALCULATED SCORE
2017: 4812 VANDORF RD, WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE
2 POWER CATEGORY
4500 BONUS POINTS
York Region has an annual check on perspective hazards which covers items like wildfires, drinking water emergencies and terrorism. This checklist is called the H.I.R.A. (Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment).
The H.I.R.A. for York Region identifies several weather based hazards, including Ice Storm and Severe Snow Storm / Blizzards for the Winter and Extreme Heat and Tornadoes / Windstorms for the Summer.
Testing our EMCOMM capabilities in York Region in all seasons is of high importance.