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VHF UHF Field Days

Contest Manager

Roger Harrison VK2ZRH [Interim Manager !]

Rules for the 2016 Winter Contest are posted below. They also appear in the June issue of Amateur Radio magazine

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.

This Years Winners

Results of all VHF-UHF Field Days are available in the "Files for Download" section.

Previous Years Winners

Results of all VHF-UHF Field Days are available in the "Files for Download" section.

Contest History

The first VHF-UHF Field Day was run as a trial in January 1989. It was quite well received so it has continued since then. In 1998, there was a trial Spring Field Day which also proved a success. Support for the Field Days has continued to increase, and a third event - the Winter VHF-UHF Field Day - was introduced in 2008.

In 2014, the WIA board decided that the contest should be run with two parallel sets of rules and scoring systems. John Martin VK3KM departed as Contest Manager after the Winter 2014 event.

Upcoming Contest Date & Time

 Winter 2016 - Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.

Contest Rules

Full details of the contest rules for both divisions are available in the "Files for Download" section below.

Contest Scoring

Full details of the scoring system, and scoring sheets, are available in the "Files for Download" section.

Further Information on Maidenhead Locators

Each four-digit Maidenhead locator (Square) identifies an area which covers one degree of latitude and two degrees of longitude. Detailed explanation of the Maidenhead locator system can be found in the Download section below. Also available is a computer program that can convert latitude and longitude into grid locators, and vice versa.

An easy way to find your latitude and longitude from a Google map is to click this Link to the iTouch Map web site.

To find the six digit Maidenhead locator for any location, click this Link to the F6FVY web site.

Submitting Your Log

Logs should be accompanied by a cover sheet including a scoring table as described in the rules. A sample scoring sheet is available for download at the bottom of this page.

Only electronic logs in ASCII (.txt) format are accepted now. Upload your log files to the Field Day web site via this Link

Contest Results

The aim is to have results finalised approximately four weeks after the Field Day, with the results posted here, publicised via the usual WIA channels and then published subsequently in Amateur Radio magazine.

Contest Award

Each top-scoring station in every Section–Sub-section will receive a colour certificate in .PDF format, sent to the contact email address on their log cover sheet.

Logging Software

Any logging software can be used so long as the necessary information is included in the log. Please refer to the rules for details about this.

A suitable logging program is VK Contest Log, developed by Mike VK3AVV. It is available for download on the author's web site by clicking on this Link.

Contest Sponsors

The VHF-UHF Field Days are sponsored by the WIA.

Files For Download

Winter VHF-UHF Field Day Rules 2016
2016 Winter VHF-UHF Field Day Rules_website.pdf

Summer VHF-UHF Field Day 2016 Final Results - Divisions 1 and 2
Summer VHF-UHF Field Day 2016 Final Results.pdf

Spring VHF-UHF Field Day 2015: Results - Division 1 and Division 2
Spring 2015 Field Day Results_16Jan16_final_1000Z.pdf

Summer VHF-UHF Field Day Rules 2016
2016 Summer VHF-UHF Field Day Rules.pdf

Spring VHF-UHF Field Day Rules 2015
Spring VHF-UHF Field Day Rules 2015.pdf

Winter VHF-UHF Field Day 2015: Results - Division 1 and Division 2
Winter VHF-UHF Field Day 2015 Results.pdf

Winter VHF-UHF Field Day Rules as of 12 June 2015
Winter 2015 Rules_UPDATED_FINAL_12Jun15.pdf

Summer VHF-UHF Field Day 2015: Results - Division 1 and Division 2
Summer VHF-UHF Field Day 2015 Results.pdf

Spring VHF-UHF Field Day 2014: Results - Division 1 and Division 2
Spring VHF-UHF Field Day 2014_results_final_at_8Jan15.pdf

Basis of distance-based scoring for the VHF-UHF Field Days
Distance_Based_Scoring_ARMAG_2014_06_June-2.pdf

Spring VHF/UHF Field Day Article and rules from AR Magazine October 2014
Spring_VHF_UHF_Field_Day.pdf

Winter VHF-UHF Field Day 2014: Results [Division 1]
Winter VHF-UHF Field Day 2014 Results [Div1].pdf

Winter VHF-UHF Field Day: Rules [Division 2]
Winter VHF-UHF Field Day 2014 Division 2 Rules.pdf

Winter VHF-UHF Field Day 2014: Results [Division 2]
VK WINTER FIELD DAY DIVISION 2 RESULT2.pdf

VHF-UHF Field Day scoring sheet [Division 1] in DOC, DOCX, PDF and ODT formats
VHF-UHF Field Day Cover Sheet.zip

Information on the Maidenhead grid locator system
Maidenhead Locators.PDF

Detailed article on Maidenhead grid locators by Guy Fletcher VK2KU
Collecting Gridsquares on VHF-UHF Bands.pdf

Software to find Maidenhead locators, distances and bearings
DXLOC30.zip

VHF-UHF Field Days 1989 - 1997: Rules and Results
VHF-UHF Field Days 1989 - 1997.pdf

VHF-UHF Field Days 1998 - 2002: Rules and Results
VHF-UHF Field Days 1998 - 2002.pdf

VHF-UHF Field Days 2003 - 2007: Rules and Results
VHF-UHF Field Days 2003 - 2007.pdf

VHF-UHF Field Days 2008 - 2010: Rules and Results
VHF-UHF Field Days 2008 - 2010.pdf

VHF-UHF Field Days 2011 - 2012: Rules and Results
VHF-UHF Field Days 2011 - 2012.pdf

VHF-UHF Field Days 2013: Rules and Results
VHF-UHF Field Days 2013.pdf

VHF-UHF Field Days 2014 (Summer & Winter): Rules and Results
VHF-UHF Field Days 2014 [Div 1].pdf

VHF-UHF Field Day Logs 1989 - 2014 (graph)
VHF-UHF Field Day Logs 1989 - 2014.jpg


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