Winter Field Day 2021

January 30/31, 2021

From Winter Field Day website

Winter Field Day Association
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 Organizations like ARES & RACES 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 that 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 ready you for all environmental conditions found in the US and Canada during the spring, summer, fall and winter Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event and this is what local and state 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 Weather Advisory

Friday 1/1/2021 4:00 AM until 10:00 AM EST

Action Recommended
Execute a pre-planned activity identified in the instructions
Issued By Cincinnati/Wilmington – OH, US, National Weather Service

Affected Area
Portions of East Central and Southeast Indiana and Central, South Central, Southwest and West Central Ohio

Description
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY…

WHAT…Freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations of a few hundredths of an inch.

WHERE…Portions of East Central and Southeast Indiana and Central, South Central, Southwest and West Central Ohio.

WHEN…From 4 AM to 10 AM EST Friday.

IMPACTS…Slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are possible.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS…A period of freezing rain will occur before temperatures warm enough for this to change to plain rain.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
Slow down and use caution while traveling. Prepare for possible power outages.

FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35

12/30/2020
The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.” In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees are per application. There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address.

This fall, ARRL filed comments in firm opposition to the FCC proposal to impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and application fees and urged its members to follow suit.

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