ARRL Contest Program Issues Field Day 2020 FAQ

CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

some Frequently Asked Questions related to the Field Day temporary rule waivers .

http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-contest-program-issues-field-day-2020-faq .

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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SOTA Activations and Outdoor Operations

For those interested in SOTA or outdoor portable operations, I am attaching some recent photos of recent operating locations from which I have been working. In addition to SOTA activations, I do some maintenance and custodial work for the Alpine Club of Canada so I have been operating from the ACC back-country huts. The video link below is a short tour of one of the huts I visit frequently which has a short clip of my operation within the hut.

Sota set-up on Allstones Ridge

sota activation in Japan as JJ1TLL

With Troy (VA6TNA) on a SOTA activation of Corkscrew Mountain

Great Cairn Hut, Selkirks.

Elizabeth Parker Hut, Yoho

Fryatt Hut, Jasper

 

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

Snow birds fly over VE6BLD in Lacombe

The Canadian Snow birds flew over Lacombe in support of all the front line covid 19 workers.

 
Click the video below

 

Click the following link to watch full video from my YouTube channel

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeRi082bclQ

Snow Birds flyover

Watch the snowbirds fly over Saturday after 9:30 am

 

https://www.todocanada.ca/city/central-alberta/event/edmonton-red-deer-rocky-mountain-house-canadian-snowbirds-operation-inspiration/