WGARS Winter Field Day 2020
- Category: Root
- Written by Blake Raab (N4BWR)
This past weekend, I participated in Winter Field Day with the West Georgia Amateur Radio Society. I woke up around 7:30 on Saturday morning and didn't go to bed until Sunday evening. Winter Field Day is about being prepared for emergency communications by practicing setting up in a less than optimal operating environment and trying to quickly and accurately exchange information with as many other stations as possible. Unbeknownst to us, there was already an event scheduled at the VFW fairgrounds that can only be described as a rave. There was insanely loud music until after 1 AM, so I decided against setting up the good microphone that I brought. That being said, I was still able to produce the video below.
WGARS was able to beat our score from last year, probably by a decent amount. We had ten multipliers this year, as opposed to five for last year. The score is a good indicator that we're starting to get pretty good at quickly setting up and operating, but one of the best parts of the experience is just having the opportunity to spend time with some great people.