Winter Field Day 2023 (Jan 28, 29 UTC)

Join the Winter Field Day!

You do NOT have to operate from a cold location; home operation is an allowed category.

Winter Field Day is a communications exercise. WFD is held on the last full weekend in January. WFD can be worked from the comfort of your home or in a remote location. You can participate by yourself or get your friends, family, or whole club involved. Winter Field Day is open to participants worldwide. Amateur radio operators may use frequencies on the HF, VHF, or UHF bands and are free to use any mode that can faithfully transmit the required exchange intact. Similar to the ARRL’s Field Day, bonus points are earned in several ways, including using non-commercial power sources, operating from remote locations, satellite contacts, and more.

Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day is sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association. We passionately believe that Ham radio operators should practice portable emergency communications in winter environments as the potential for freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and other hazards present unique operational concerns. WFD is formatted to help increase your level of preparedness for disasters and improve your operational skills in subpar conditions. Click here to read more about the history and purpose of winter field day.

Do check out the rules, as there are some important things you must know.

During the last weekend in January, ham radio operators worldwide participate in Winter Field Day. We encourage you to grab your radio, get outside and join us during this uniquely challenging event. Click on the links below to view our 2023 Rules and our Resources page. The Resources page has a plethora of information, including FAQs, logging software recommendations, operating aids, and more.


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4 Responses to “Winter Field Day 2023 (Jan 28, 29 UTC)”

  • John Sakowich W4FBL:

    If people are allowed to do field day from home that what is the point of field day??
    It is not FIELD DAY if your not out in the public or SO CALLED FIELD.
    If this is the case then call it home day. Most people cheat anyway for the paper.
    This is why I do not do field day and don’t turn on my radio. Keep making consessions and this is what you get

  • NW7US:

    John Sakowich, why even have a radio if you won’t turn it on?

    I’m not affiliated with the WFD organization. I didn’t make the rules. I’m just reporting. Have you expressed your views with them?

    73 de NW7US dit dit

  • NW7US:

    Note: what do many field day operators simulate by being in WFD? Simulation of using radios in emergency situations. Isn’t it required that there be non-emergency participants who can handle emergency comm traffic? Or do you want an end-of-the-world event simulation where there’s no non-emergency station available to handle the emergency traffic?

  • Herb:

    Why they don’t let operators use FT8 is beyond me. It’s mentioned that the organization wants operators to have the ability to exchange more than contest info. I’ve operated WFD for four years now at K3YTL. Not once have I ever heard anyone send anything other than the contest exchange. And they have VHF bands usable too. We set up a 6 meter station with a small yagi on a hill and totally in the clear. NOBODY does JS8 on the VHF bands. You can’t learn if there is no activity. Sorry for the gripe

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