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Bonuses (The Field Day Kind)

CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

There is another aspect to Field Day besides counting your QSO score and applying multipliers. Many of these bonuses are for activities that will project the excitement of amateur radio into our community. Others are to demonstrate and develop the robustness of amateur radio. Some of these items require preparation before Field Day.

You can claim bonus points depending on your entry class, here we will concentrate on Class B, C, D and E stations. They also are also available to Class A and Class F stations. Bonuses available to only one class will be described in the coming up post for the bonuses for that class along with other available bonuses with short descriptions. The descriptions here include extensive quoting from the ARRL Field Day Rules.

There will be a separate post for each of Classes B. C, D, and E showing all available bonuses.

Participation in these activities is optional. The point values are equivalent to those for making several QSOs, which In part makes up for the time that you would have to take away from talking on the radio.

Bonuses to more than one of Classes B, C, D and E which need a little explanation

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Field Day in Social Distancing and Correction about Class B

CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

Field Day in Social Distancing and Correction about Class B

The evening of June 3rd, I watched an IARU workshop entitled “Field Day in Social Distancing,” presented by Anthony Luscre K8ZT. Anthony has done a Class B Field Day in various locations across the United States for many years. The presentation dealt with many ways of participating in Field Day while preserving distancing rules. You can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLk5_BIpF6s . It is 90 minutes long, with comments and questions taking up the last 25 minutes.

As I watched it, I noticed a mistake that I made in trying to guide you. Specifically, about Class B stations. From “Field Day Frequently Asked Questions” at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2019/2019-FD-FAQ-RevA.pdf :

“Convenient access across one’s backyard to their home station facilities is not in keeping with the spirit of Class A or Class B portable operations. Such convenient backyard operations on property of home stations remain either Class D (commercial power) or Class E (emergency power), even if home antenna structures are not used. If the station will be a ‘good hike’ away from a home station (eg, at the rear of a several acre lot, or perhaps operating from a farmers field down the road) – clearly away from home conveniences (away from home utilities, or home restrooms/bedrooms, or even eating facilities/refrigerator/kitchen) – then Class A (3 or more persons portable) or Class B (1 or 2 person portable) is appropriate.”

So, it appears that the idea is that not only is your station portable, but your sustenance and upkeep should be self-contained as well. Anthony stated his feeling that if you take everything that you will need — power, apparatus, tools, food, sleeping arrangements, etc. — out of your house and plan not to go back, it doesn’t matter that much how far you go.

Background, official rules, and many hints can be found at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/2020%20Field%20Day%20Packet(1).pdf .

ARRL’s official Field Day site is http://www.arrl.org/field-day .

Comments or questions to John VA6SJA, va6sja@rac.ca
John VA6SJA

Counting Your QSO Score

CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

Counting Your QSO Score

We, as representatives of CAARC, encourage your participation in the 2020 ARRL Field Day on June 27 and 28, and your submission of your station score to the ARRL.

Which QSOs can you count?

Field Day QSOs take place on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all authorized amateur radio bands 50 MHz and above. Field Day QSOs made using amateur radio satellites are also counted, record these as a separate “Satellite” band. These must be between two amateur stations on the earth. Only one contact may be counted on any single channel FM satellite. There is some more information about using satellites on Field Day at https://www.amsat.org/field-day/ . AMSAT is hosting a complementary Field Day during the same Field Day period.

QSOs are separately counted in each band for each of the three modes of voice, CW and data (AMTOR, D-STAR (Digital Data) point-to-point., Hellschreiber, MT63, FSK441, JT6M, JT65, .FT8, Olivia MFSK, Packet Radio if used point-to-point , PACTOR if used point-to-point, PSK31, QPSK31, PSK63, QPSK63, RTTY are a few examples of data).

Only one contact with any other amateur station is counted for each band-mode. Find another station, change your mode, or change your band.

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Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day

CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

We are interrupting the flow of our series about how to participate in Field Day because the ARRL has made an announcement specific to 2020 Field Day that effectively changes some of the rules. The original may be found at:

http://www.arrl.org/news/temporary-rule-waivers-announced-for-2020-arrl-field-day

We have repeated it here with permission of the ARRL:

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Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day

05/28/2020

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Making a Field Day QSO that counts

CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

First an amendment to the  last post, the second participant in a Class B station would not have to be an amateur as long as he or she is supervised while making QSOs by the licensed amateur and the amateur is ready to take over to check for the existence of a third party agreement in case there is an answer to a CQ from beyond Canada and the United States. So, an interested family member could be your partner.

Making a Field Day QSO that counts

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CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

Paul VA6MPM has agreed to co-chair distribution of information for CAARC members’  (and any other interested amateur’s) entries in the ARRL Field Day.

We encourage your participation in the 2020 ARRL Field Day on June 27 and 28, and your submission of your individual station score to the ARRL. The 24 hours of on-air operations start at 1800Z June 27. You may operate for any convenient part of that period.

We are going to publish what we hope are bite-sized chunks about participating in Field DayThe official ARRL Classes for one or two participants are (from easiest to hardest), choose one:

  1. Home station using only one of your own call signs (Class D). Another licenced household member may also use this station equipment with only one of their own call signs for a separate entry. Class D stations may not count contacts made with other Class D stations. Using emergency power for a home station changes your class to Class E and allows you to claim a bonus and also allows contacts with any Field Day Station to be counted.
  1. Vehicular Mobile (Class C): Stations in vehicles capable of operating while in motion and normally operated in this manner. Normally used by one operator with his own call sign.
  1. Small group portable (Class B) set up and operated by no more than two persons. This can be your regular equipment set up so as to operate from your back yard, and I believe, your garage if it is not your regular operating position. A variant is Class B – Battery, in which All contacts must be made using an output power of 5 Watts or less and the power source must be something other than commercial mains or motor-driven generator. Set-up must start later than 0000 UTC on the Friday (Thursday afternoon or evening local time) preceding the Field Day period. Set up your station up with an effort of a total of 24 hours or less.

In the QST Field Day results each class is listed in in its own category, so in essence, you will compete with similar stations.

We will make further posts, about:

  1. Which QSOs can be counted and what you have to record for each QSO,
  2. Point score for each type of QSO
  3. Multipliers and bonuses
  4. Reporting your score

Background, official rules, and many hints can be found at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/2020%20Field%20Day%20Packet(1).pdf .

Comments or questions to Paul VA6MPM (find his email on QRZ.com), or John VA6SJA, va6sja@rac.ca .

John VA6SJA and Paul VA6MPM

CAARC participation in ARRL Field Day 2020

On a posting on February 23 I had asked anyone interested int CAARC’s participation in ARRL Field Day 2020 to come to the March meeting of the Central Alberta Radio Club to establish an organization.

Because of all the commotion about the COVID-19 virus and because I am part of the vulnerable population, I will not be going to the club meeting.

If the club wishes to proceed with participation in Field Day, providing that it seems wise at that time, I am willing to provide advice and support to the extent that I have time. I do think however, that it is time for a new set of “doers”, including the chairman, etc.

If you can’t go to the meeting and wish to indicate support, I will collect your comments and advice to send to a member of the club executive. It would be best that I compile these comments before the meeting tomorrow evening.

Please you send me any of your thoughts by noon MDT tomorrow, March 18 AT va6sja@rac.ca ..

John VA6SJA

CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

We had a lot of fun on Field Day 2019.

Should CAARC have an entry in the 2020 ARRL Field Day on Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28? If you want it to happen, come to the CAARC general meeting on March 18. We will be deciding if there will be a CAARC entry at that meeting. If so, we will need help; we will start creating a planning and organizing structure and distributing responsibilities.

We decided this at the general meeting on February 19.

Note: : There would probably also be participation on Friday. Up to 24 cumulative hours of set-up for an emergency powered portable station is allowed to start up to 42 hours before the start of the 24 hours of on-air operations at noon (MDT) on Saturday.

John Allen, VA6SJA

CAARC Field Day 2019 has Come and Gone

By John VA6SJA CAARC Field Day Chairman 2019

We had a field day! It happened because of the participation of interested people. Good job everyone! There are many stories, and I don’t have space to tell them all and there are some that I probably don’t know. Feel free to post your story.

CAARC had sponsored a Class 1F Field Day held at the Red Deer County Emergency Communications Centre in June of 2018.

BOB VE6BLD advocated for a fun Field Day with generators at the October 2018 CAARC general meeting. I had hoped there could be a repeat of last year’s County Class F Field Day as well as to hold this Class A Field Day. But this first independent CAARC Class 3A Field Day took a lot of organizing, and Ryan VA6DSJ, who could allow us access to the County’s Emergency Communications Centre was on emergency assignment dealing with an Alberta wildfire. So, this year’s Class F Field Day was cancelled and this Class 3A Field Day had to do for this year.

I had made a participant and visitor log book allowing for 35 entries and there weren’t enough lines! Hams and former hams came from as far away as Canmore and Edmonton. More hams and family members came for the roast pork supper. At least one couple came because they saw the Field Day signs on the road,

And we got photos that help tell our story! View them on this site.

All the participants worked together to make this event happen. A good example is the set up and troubleshooting needed to get everything working, including improvising on the spot. For one instance, on Friday afternoon Bob VE6BLD and Darcy VE6DDD looked around to find a way to replace the missing centre insulator for the driven element on the Mosley TA-33 Jr. beam that Garry VE6CIA had lent us. They found a discarded snow shovel with a fiberglass handle. Darcy spliced it into place with the help of cable ties and electrical tape and the crew put it in place on top of one of Bob’s masts that could be assembled from the bottom.

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Report on CAARC 2018 Field Day

Well, ARRL Field Day is over for another year. Some Central Alberta amateurs operated this event from the Red Deer County EOC Amateur Radio Station. I would like to thank CAARC for encouraging me in this venture. I also thank Rod, VE6XY, and Stephen, VA6SGL, for trying to keep me grounded. And a special thank you to Brian for helping me understand the radios and correcting the aim of the HF beam antenna and for serving as Safety Officer. Ric Henderson, now Assistant County Manager of Red Deer County, found a way to let it happen. Ryan Mysko of Red Deer County served as the Red Deer County EOC member of our planning team. And a big Thank You to him for being patient with the preparations and testing and facilitating our access to the county’s radio station.

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