ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! However, due to the COVID pandemic the DARC/W5FC will not be hosting a club/group event for 2020. Instead, following the ARRL guide lines it is suggested you work as an individual station such as a 1D NTX, or 1E NTX – staying safe! We hope that you will participate as this is such a fun event and the more stations on the air the more fun it will be. Stay tuned in on this web frequency we will have more information coming – including some best practices for operating 1E or 1D, logging and more.
For Reference Here is the link to the ARRL Field Day 2020 Rules: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/1_61-2020%20Rules.pdf
Good news from the ARRL – on May 28, 2020 the ARRL posted a temporary rule waiver for Field Day 2020. In summary this update will allow class D stations typically as “home stations”, including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power to obtain QSO credit for contacts with other Class D stations. In addition, only an aggregate club score will be published, which is the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club. These new temporary rule waivers will make it easy for individual stations ( ie. 1D NTX ) to fully participate in the event with full points AND contribute to the club score for W5FC. You can read over the waiver at the following link:
Link to the ARRL FD main page: http://www.arrl.org/field-day
Link to submit your log online at: https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php
Review the DARC FD2020 best practices post and join the virtual events planned: https://w5fc.org/2020/05/31/darc-field-day-2020-best-practices/
One last thing – the DARC has created a shared photo gallery for everybody to share their station photos – so please consider sharing your photos if you participate in Field Day 2020 with the DARC: https://photos.app.goo.gl/gxxuGbeYwkYd48Tp7
Questions or comments please drop us a note at: https://w5fc.org/contact/