January 7 Meeting
      Br-r-r-r. It's Winter Field Day Time!
    SVRC to Participate in Contest

TAKING IT ON THE ROAD: SVRC members Joe Armstrong (K9ATG) and Mitch Hopper (K9ZXO) gave a joint presentation on "From Telegraph to Television: The Amazing History of Sangamon County Communications" on September 15 to nearly 90 members and guests of the Sangamon County Historical Society. SVRC members sneak previewed the Powerpoint show a week earlier. The duo have been invited to give their history-laced presentation to other local groups. The SCHS meeting was co-sponsored by SVRC.
Updated January 4, 2016
     Like snow? Winter hats, gloves, boots and jackets?  An open fire, and all the hot chocolate you can consume? Have we got an event for you!
     The Sangamon Valley Radio Club will hold its first Winter Field Day, the weekend of January 30-31 in Pawnee. All hams are invited to set up and compete in the 24-hour event, participating in a world-wide  contest the following weekend sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association. Participants can use either the club's call sign, W9DUA, or their own.
        WFDA is an informal association of licensed amateur radio operators world-wide who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done at Field Day each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns. For contest rules, go to

      "Like the American Radio Relay League, of which SVRC is a part, and its affiliates, Amateur Radio Emergency Services and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services, WFDA believes that maintaining operational radio skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios. For us, formalizing an event that for many of us has been a series of informal winter field day-style gatherings,  will give everyone a chance to become familiar with and participate in something that's both fun and an essential part of being a ham radio operator," said Armstrong, who is coordinating the SVRC event.
     SVRC's Winter Field Day will be held on the grounds of the We The People Alliance Gun Club, 1627 N. 175E. Road in Pawnee, about 20 minutes southwest of Springfield. The site is being made available to the Club by its owner, Ralli Mottar, W9TPA. Maps will be distributed at the January 7 meeting.
      Participants will be able to set up in an area on the north and east side of the club's red building, whose restroom facilities will be open. With Dutch oven cooking and a wood fire. warm beverages and hot food will be available. SVRC Winter Field Day participants will begin operations on Saturday at 11 a.m.,  the heartiest among them sticking it out for the full 24 hours. The international competition ends on Sunday at 11 a.m. Visitors are welcome to watch, but if you plan to participate, you will need to bring your own shelter and radio equipment.
SVRC vice-president Joe Armstrong, K9ATG,  a veteran winter field day operator, will talk about all the aspects of participating in such events when he speaks to SVRC members at the club's Thursday, January 7 meeting, the first of the new year. Armstrong will accompany his talk with a powerpoint underscoring both the fun and seriousness of winter outdoor operations and what you will need to participate in it. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the American Red Cross Building, Outer Park Drive, Springfield. All licensed amateur radio operators and those interested in the hobby are invited. Refreshments willl be served.