ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada and is open to all license classes. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends and family 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 on-going COVID pandemic the DARC/W5FC will NOT be hosting a club/group event for 2021. Instead, in accordance with the ARRL guide lines for 2021 you can work as an individual station such as a 1D NTX, or 1E NTX and have your individual score count towards the DARC club score. 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 – or drop in on DARC Discord Channel and say hello and join the Discord DARC Field Day 2021 channel for even more interaction, fun and giveaways.
For Reference Here is the link to the ARRL Field Day 2021 Rules: https://contests.arrl.org/ContestRules/Field-Day-Rules.pdf
The temporary COVID rule waivers for Field Day 2020 have been modified and extended for Field Day 2021. 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 with new for 2021 limits on power. In addition, an aggregate club score will be published, which is the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club. These temporary COVID rule waivers will make it easy for individual stations ( ie. 1D NTX ) to fully participate in Field Day with full points AND contribute to the club score for W5FC submitting your log for the Dallas Amateur Radio Club.
Link to the ARRL FD main page: http://www.arrl.org/field-day
Link to submit your log online at (Be sure to claim club credit using Dallas Amateur Radio Club): https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php
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 2021 with the DARC: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Vb6qyVvK2UU2jeSFA
Questions or comments please drop us a note at: https://w5fc.org/contact/
Other Notes and Tips
Here are some settings to consider if you are going to run N3FJP logger for Field Day 2021 – Under Settings in N3FJP Contest Logger look for Web Upload Contest Status –> Other Online Score Sites:
You will want to enable Score Distributor for All Scoreboards with the check mark box as shown above. Be sure to fill out the bottom section with your call sign and the other fields – pay attention to the Club Name and use: “Dallas Amateur Radio Club” Then when you look online you can see your score plus the club score on the https://contestonlinescore.com/ site during the Field Day Contest.
After The Event – Upload Your Log
Upload your log and information online to claim 50 bonus points – be sure to claim all your other possible bonus points and power multipliers – use this ARRL site: http://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php Be sure to list the club or group name as Dallas Amateur Radio Club – so the DARC gets club credit for your hard work. Logs are due no later than Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
After you finish successfully filling in the online form and submitting the form print/save as a PDF and send that confirmation to us: info at w5fc dot org – any issues or if you need help reach out to us in Discord (link on the w5fc.org page). Be sure to list Dallas Amateur Radio Club for the club/group name to be entered into a club drawing for one of three prizes. Here is what the confirmation page looks like and what you need to send over to be entered into the drawing and/or one of the exciting official DARC award certificates: ( you could also just send over the email confirmation you receive from the ARRL acknowledging your online submission.)
Here are the entries we have received: