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ICARC Participation in 2022 Field Day

Here's our planning page for 2022 field day.

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Field Day Operating sheet

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Field Day Rules

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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 2022 will be held June 26-27, 2022. 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) on Friday.

Exchange: Stations will exchange their Field Day operating Class and ARRL section. Example: a three-transmitter class A station in Iowa would send "3A IA" on CW or "3 Alpha Iowa" on Phone. DX stations send operating class and the term DX (i.e. 2A DX). A station may be worked only once per band. 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.

Bonus points:

ICARC 2022 Field Day Radios:

Looking for a new HF radio? Come to field days and use one or the ICOM-7300 SDR radios!
KC0JFQ has managed to uncover a pair of dynamic microphones with heavy desk stands.
So there is a crash project to build a microphone pre-amp circuit to allow the use of your favorite mic with the 7300.

The circuit is rather generic and should work with other radios.
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The circuit board is on order, and I hope to have it arrive in time to build & test before field day.
Circuit Board Image

Board Status:
Boards are here!
Three(3) are populated.
Regulator pinout wrong. Fix applied to board shown on this page.
Microphone preamp doesn't work. Possible installed backwards.

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ICARC 2022 Field Day Plans:

(left over from the ICARC meeting of June, 2019)


Current events are leading towards a cancellation of a group activity this year.
This plans section remains as our ongoing outline.

ICARC has the shelter at Iowa City's Hickory Hill Park reserved for 2022 Field Day operations.
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.


  1. Coordinator - Mike, KE0QKF
    1. Submit FD scores to ARRL

  2. Power Sources - Cordell, WØCJB
    1. Generator -- Honda 2000 from Aero Rental
    2. Gasoline, 5-gallon can

  3. Antennas and other Equipment from storage - Cordell, WØCJB & Emmett, KEØNBH
    1. Antennas
    2. Coax cable & guy rope
    3. Ground rods & grounding wire
    4. Spud gun (W3ACO)

  4. Transceivers - Rich, W3ACO & Willy, KCØJFQ
    1. ICARC TS-50
    2. ICARC Heathkit SB-1400
    3. WIlly IC-7200
    4. WIlly IC-7300
    5. MIke IC-7300
    6. JOhn IC-7300

  5. Computers - Kyle, ???KDØZBI??? & John, ACØXY
    1. Computers - one per operating position
      Supplied by ACØXY, KØCF and KEØQKF
    2. Software (N1MM+)
    3. Networking hardware (Router and CAT5e cables)

  6. Potluck dinner 18:00 - Willy, KCØJFQ
    1. Catering from Costco -- Chicken legs
    2. PotLuck for other things
    3. Beverages
    4. Participants are encouraged to bring a salad, hot dish or dessert
    5. Club suppliues paper plates, napkins, cups, etc.

  7. ICARC Signs - Kyle, ???KDØZBI???

  8. Bonus Points, etc. - Carl, KCØHZV
    1. Assign someone to copy W1AW FD message (KØCF volunteered 2019)

  9. Publicity -
    1. Press-Citizen, KCRG, and/or other area Radio/TV stations
      1. Sample press releases are in the Field Day packet from ARRL
    2. Bring FD to attention of youth groups, potential new hams, others
    3. Post fliers around town

Last updated Mar 22, 2022 by KØCF