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ICARC Participation in 2020 Field Day
Here's our planning page for 2020 field day.
All of these plans are contingent upon how the COVID-19
events play out.
Field Day Rules
Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June,
beginning at 1800 UTC (1:00 PM CDT) Saturday
and ending at 2100 UTC (4:00 PM CDT) Sunday.
Field Day 2020 will be held June 27-28, 2020.
The object is to work as many stations as possible on all amateur
bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands)
and in so doing to learn to operate in abnormal situations
with less than optimal conditions.
A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of
emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the
general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.
Stations may work 24 consecutive hours.
Set-up may not
begin earlier than 1800 UTC (1:00 PM CDT)
Exchange: Stations will exchange their Field Day operating Class and ARRL section.
three-transmitter class A station in Iowa would send "3A IA" on CW or "3 Alpha Iowa" on Phone.
stations send operating class and the term DX (i.e. 2A DX).
A station may be worked only once per
Phone, CW and Digital modes on a single band are counted as separate bands.
Scores are based on the total number of QSO points times the power multiplier plus bonus points.
Phone contacts count one point each and CW and digital contacts count two points.
If all contacts
are made using an output power of 150 watts or less, the power multiplier is two.
- 100 points per transmitter if all transmitting equipment operates on emergency power.
- 100 points for attempting to obtain publicity from the local media.
- 100 points for locating the Field Day operation in a public place (shopping center,
park, school campus, etc).
- 100 points for a Public Information Table at the Field Day site.
- 100 points for origination of a formal Field Day message to the ARRL Section Manager or
Section Emergency Coordinator.
- 10 points for each formal NTS style originated, relayed or received and delivered during
the Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100 points (ten messages).
- 100 points for completing at least one QSO via satellite.
- 100 points for making a minimum of five QSOs using an "alternate" energy source, such as
solar, wind, methane or water, including batteries charged by natural means.
- 100 points for copying the special Field Day bulletin from W1AW.
- Up to 300 points (100 points for each mode) for setting up a demonstration of a
non-traditional mode, such as APRS, ATV, and SSTV.
- 100 points if your Field Day site is visited by an elected government official as the
result of an invitation issued by your group.
- 100 points if your Field Day site is visited by a representative of an agency served by
ARES in your community (Red Cross, Salvation Army, local Emergency Management, law enforcement, etc)
as the result of an invitation issued by your group.
- 100 points if your GOTA (Get On The Air) station completes a minimum of 100 QSOs
ICARC 2020 Field Day Plans:
(From the ICARC meeting of June 13, 2019)
ICARC will participate in the June 2020 Field Day
at Iowa City's Hickory Hill Park.
Hickory Hill Park is in northeast Iowa City,
off of North Dodge Street (Iowa Highway 1),
near the Hy-Vee food store.
If you are heading north on North Dodge,
you will turn right (south) onto Conklin Lane.
Go to the south end of Conklin Lane
and you will be in the Hickory Hill parking lot.
Here is a photo map of the area.
Setup will begin Saturday morning at 8:00 AM CDT sharp! The main task is to put up the antennas.
Rich will bring his
"spud" gun to shoot lines over tree-tops.
The generator will be set up and fueled,
extension cords run,
radios set up and connected and computers and networking cables
will be connected and tested.
We must be finished setting up well before operation begins at 1:00 PM CDT!
We will operate in the portable, independent of power mains, 3-transmitter category (3A) on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.
The 3 HF radios will operate SSB and CW on all bands beginning at 1:00 PM CDT, and ending 24 hours later.
- Radios will operate SSB unless a CW operator asks to switch to that mode.
CW operators are
responsible for their own keyers and other equipment.
- Operator times will be scheduled, subject to change as operators come and go.
So please show up and operate
as it's convenient for you!
- Coordinator - Emmett, KEØNBH
- Submit FD scores to ARRL
- Power Sources - Cordell, WØCJB
- Generator -- Honda 2000 from Aero Rental
- Gasoline, 5-gallon can
- Antennas and other Equipment from storage - Cordell, WØCJB & Emmett, KEØNBH
- Coax cable & guy rope
- Ground rods & grounding wire
- Spud gun (W3ACO)
- Transceivers - Rich, W3ACO & Willy, KCØJFQ
- ICARC's Kenwood TS-50, Heathkit SB-1400
- Willy's Icom IC-7200
- Computers - Kyle, KDØZBI & John, ACØXY
- Computers - one per operating position
Supplied by ACØXY, KØCF and KEØQKF
- Software (N1MM+)
- Networking hardware (Router and CAT5e cables)
- Potluck dinner - Willy, KCØJFQ
- Catering from First Avenue Hy-Vee -- Chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans
- Arrange for paper plates, napkins, cups, etc.
- Participants are encouraged to bring a salad, hot dish or dessert
- ICARC Signs - Kyle, KDØZBI
- Bonus Points, etc. - Carl, KCØHZV
- Assign someone to copy W1AW FD message (KØCF has volunteered)
- Publicity -
- Press-Citizen, KCRG, and/or other area Radio/TV stations
- Sample press releases are in the Field Day packet from ARRL
- Bring FD to attention of youth groups, potential new hams, others
- Post fliers around town
Last updated Mar 22, 2020 by KØCF