Ipswich & District Radio Club – VK4WIP

VHF – UHF FIELD DAYS: SUMMER 13th – 14th January 2024, WINTER 22nd – 23rd August 2024.


Contest Manager

Roger Harrison VK2ZRH ([email protected]) Contest Dates are 13th & 14th January 2024 Summer, 01:00 UTC Saturday to 00:59 UTC Sunday. (0400 / 0359 in VK6).

Winter Dates are 22nd June 2024 & 23rd June 2024, 01:00 UTC Saturday to 00:59 UTC Sunday. (0300 / 0359 in VK6).

Contest Introduction

The VHF-UHF Field Days provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity to “head for the hills” and see how far and how many they can work.

The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple operator stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours, but there are also 8 hour sections for operators who may not be able to camp overnight. Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours.

The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations, so there is also a separate Home Station section.

All contacts must be simplex: contacts through repeaters or satellites are not allowed. There is plenty of FM activity, but one feature of the Field Days is a high level of SSB activity.

It is possible to do very well with only modest antennas if you pick a good hilltop. Another option, if your station is easily transportable, is to operate from more than one location during the contest period.

Aim Of The Contest

The overriding aim is to get away for the weekend and have fun! But next after that, the aims are:
  to encourage more activity on VHF and microwave bands;
  to encourage people to work greater distances than usual by operating portable, and
  to provide opportunities for people to activate or work into new grid squares.

For more info go to the WIA website and under the headings Members, Contests.

Thanks and best of luck

Bob (VK4EK)