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AA0CW   Contact Moderator
AA1SB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a great time, driveway portable!
AA3C   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Running the MFJ BigEars, FT-891, MFJ-939 from the patio powered off of a generator. It was great
hearing 10 and 15m open and made the weekend more fun. Not sure about allowing 'D' run full power
AA4AQ   Contact Moderator
Great Propagation during the entire Field Day Period. First Field Day operation with the Mitre
Northwest Florida Amateur Radio Club. We operated from the QTH of K4PV.
AA5DE   Contact Moderator
I had all of this information in a summary file generated by logging program. Why was it necessary
to re-type all of it on your form rather than just uploading the summary sheet and the dupe sheet
AA5JC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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AA6DW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great event as always.

I have solar power at my home. During the contest almost 50% of ALL contacts were made while I was
running off my Tesla batteries.

Some allowance or bonus credit and a rule change is in order for the many of us who have similar

I have included 2 photos--one of the Tesla batteries at my QTH and one of me at the end of the day
AA6W   Contact Moderator
Field day 2020 was fun.  The amateurs in San Benito county had fun!  The propagation was not too
good, but we endured.  73 GL,  Don.
AA9UF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The Cabrillo function of my MixW software does not include Field Day, so therefore, I cannot submit
a Cabrillo file.  I don't plan on using MixW next year. I may go with fldigi instead.
AB1OP   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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AB1XK   Contact Moderator
Great Event in a time of much upheaval
AB2E   Contact Moderator
Wow, that was fun!
As usual, things did not go as planned! At 1:45 local time just 15 minutes
before the start, I was informed by my XYL that we had to finish a new bathroom
and paint the first floor of a house we are renovating since the new tenants
wanted to move in a week sooner. Off we went, and a grueling 8 hours later we
made it back home. Totally exhausted but managed to get on for 4 hours before
having to stop to sleep. Around 1130Z I got up and was able to put in a very
productive final 5.5 hours (9.5 hours total).
So much for hoping to operate for 24hours.
Nice to make a few Qs on all 6 HF bands, but 80m was the money band, and 20m
a close 2nd. I was hoping to break 1000 Qs but didn't quite make it.
Pleased that I came close averaging 100 Qs/hour for the duration and had a peak
rate of 240/hour.
AB2GD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Despite some rainy weather and some loop antenna issues, I still had a good time on field day! While
I missed hanging out with other hams, the current situation allowed for me to try new things without
worrying about stepping on any toes!
AB2WS   Contact Moderator
My wife and 6 month old son had their first Field Day together! The bands were busy and the noise
floor in Atlanta was high, but our family enjoyed this kind of social distancing!
AB9M   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
FD 2020 - a much different approach this year;
All Digital using WSJT-X and N1MM+ with FRS 6600 running very low power into an ACOM 1500 driven to
140 Watts OUT... (much easier on the transceiver) through the Palstar HF-AUTO to either the
160-80-40 Half - sloper or TH-7 at 50 feet. 

FT4 rates were exceptional! I generally just ran (Called CQ) and re-enabled transmit to start CQing
on my next slot while sending RR73 or 73. Many times I would have callers while the station just
worked sent 73 and "Call 1st" would start the next QSO. (See runs and Rates png files)
AB9MZ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The original plan was to use my 15KW generator. The generator started, but failed to provide power
to the house / shack. So we had to go back to commercial power.

Michael Cicchetti (KC9OPV) is an Extra, but had no significant HF experience. So I had a lot of fun
sharing my knowledge and teach him how to operate digital mode FT8 on HF, as well as basic HF radio
(ICOM IC-7300) operation.
AC0WI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed the time I was able to participate in Field Day. I learned/relearned some things about my
software - fldigi. I had a surprise contact with a member of my former club in MO (I now live in NH)
on psk31. For a while, the contest took a back seat to catching up! Thankful to be back on HF bands
again after the move - took me almost 18 months before I got my antennas up in the air.
AC1BB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Indoor magnetic loop antenna.
AC2PT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Rig: ICOM 7300 (newly purchased at HRO and installed day of FD2020)
Antenna: Hexbeam 20-6m @ 25ft (newly built for FD)

Operated ~10 hours total. Wanted to break 100, for my first real FD participation, but the bands
seemed to close with an hour to go and I wasn't able to make it.
AC6X   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Matt Bennet, AC6X, and Ryan Kinnett, NG6F, packed their stations up and hiked them up to a hilltop
in Glendale to work 80 meters thru 440 MHz. Social distance was maintained, of course. Ryan's trusty
dog, Apollo, really wanted a turn on 2 meter FM!
AC8JF   Contact Moderator
10 meters had excellent propagation on Saturday, and most bands were full of activity. Our club got
good turnout for 1D and 1E stations, and we held a video chat to substitute for our regular park
pavilion. Field Day turned out nicely despite this year's limitations.
AC8JW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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AC9QR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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AD0JA   Contact Moderator
What a fun contest this year with great propagation, especially on 40m, 15m, and 10m!  10m was alive
on Sunday, many stations were active from the east coast.  Additionally, I significantly upgraded my
portable setup this year and used a 40m inverted vee and Mosley TA-32 Jr on a 35' pole.
AD0WX   Contact Moderator
All of my QSOs were completed on solar power.
AD0YM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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AD2P   Contact Moderator
Setup in the woods of NW NJ using wire beams at 30' which worked very well.  A bit uncomfortable
with the humidity but the generator had enough power to run lots of fans.  Some rain but what's FD
without rain.
AD4ES   Contact Moderator
I had a lot of fun with Field Day this year.  Lots of activity on the bands. Usually I am 2F with
the club but at home this year as 1D like a lot of others.  Absolutely great to be able to work
other 1D's.  It kept the bands open all the time.  Wish 1D to 1D could continue,just have 1D's count
as half value. Change points as follows: CW 4 points, SSB 2 points Class D to Class D 2 points if
CW/digital or 1 point if SSB.  Works for me. Hey, this IS a soapbox!!!
AE4FQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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AE6JV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
It was a strange way to do FD. I miss working with others to set up a station.

I entered as 1E so I wouldn't be under time pressure launching antennas into
trees. I ended up with a 20M 2 element wire beam, a 40M dipole, an 80M dipole,
and a 3 element 2M Yagi/Uda. There was coax and power running through an open
window, and coax running up 2 flights of stairs to the 3rd floor for the 2M

For me, this was S&P all the way. For someone who "doesn't do CW",
I sure spent a lot of time in that mode.

I go a couple of 15M QSOs at the start of the contest, but 15 really came into
its own on Sunday, starting about 1300z. I spent some time on 20M FT4 and phone,
but decided, "Nobody goes there any more. It's too crowded." (Berra)
and went back to 15 which improved my rate.

Conditions to the west coast were poor.

20-20 hindsight says I should have entered 2E and operate FT4/8 on HF while logging QSOs on 2M FM.
AF0Z   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
We had great weather here in the Twin Cities area (MN), at least during my 23 hours of operating. 
As usual, the N3FJP Field Day logger was great ... as was my q-u-i-e-t Honda EU-2200i generator! 
Being a casual "S&P" contester, I was pleased that my 385 contacts were about 70 more than last
AF9FA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great time this year!! Again I learned a lot. Tried a different antenna on the second day as a
comparison. The antenna patterns, being completely different, netted me a wider range of locations
than I would otherwise have.
AG0H   Contact Moderator
Thanks to all who participated in a great Field Day experience.  Our Club decided to encourage all
the members to participate from their homes.  We also had a concurrent WEBEX meeting going on
throughout the contest.  The bands were great and I worked 37 regions on CW with 100 watts. Again,
thanks to all who worked and/or participated this year on FD!

73 de AGØH
AG3Q   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First time doing field day NOT in a field. But, ran a generator and sat under a canopy tent to keep
the spirit up and suffer in solidarity with those lucky enough to still have a "A" station. Looking
forward to next year!
AG6AG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This Field Day presented challenges like no previous event I have ever assisted with. This year, I
lead a group of operators that worked with all the Ventura County, CA clubs to put together a method
for us all to interact and visit with each other virtually.

Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and we got a record number of VHF only operators on the air this year!
AG6JA   Contact Moderator
On normal Saturdays, I operate from my mom's basement, but I haven't done this since March due to
COVID-19 concerns.  My antennas are not permanently mounted, and important equipment, like
transceivers go back home with me, so every visit there is almost like a field day set-up and
tear-down. This time, I stayed in the basement, and had about what a normal Field Day would have
AG6QR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This year, I made it as much of a Field Day as I could, without actually going into the field or
meeting other hams in person.  I operated "backyard portable" using no utility power, and no
permanent antennas or permanent antenna supports. My KX3 was paired with a Hardrock-50 amplifier and
Buddipole antenna.  Biggest disappointment was the proliferation of 1D stations, though I understand
the extraordinary circumstances this year. I hope we can put the "Field" back in to Field Day next
AG7CC   Contact Moderator
Had a fun backyard field day.  Wind blew the antenna down Saturday evening, but it was just as well
because T-storms were coming.  Only got to operate 5 hours, but I was surprised to catch 15M and 10M
AG7WI   Contact Moderator
First field day! Great opportunity to test out operating under emergency power under less than ideal
conditions.  Looking forward to many more years of practice (and better propagation).  Nephews came
and helped set up and one decided he wanted to learn CW and went home with a Speed-X straight key.
AH6EZ   Contact Moderator
Although the Jefferson County ARC WA was all operating 1D or 1E, as a club, we hosted a 24 hour Zoom
conference as an educational resource for our newer members and to chat in real time about our
successes and failures. It felt sort of like being a club FD experience. My personal goal was to
operate all bands and modes, including satellites.
AI1G   Contact Moderator
AI4VE   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Operated from my back porch with temporary 100 ft doublet and LiFePo batteries as 1E. Would have
been 1B except I had access to home facilities (AC felt good after 8 hour stints in 95 deg heat).
The antenna was strung about 35 feet and worked surprisingly well. The bulk of QSOs were on 40m and
20m with three each on 15m and 80m. I worked exclusively search and pounce. Good practice inserting
my QRP signal into the pile-ups. Lots of fun but I missed working as part of a group. My points went
to QRP Amateur Radio Club International (QRPARCI).

Will, AI4VE
AI6SL   Contact Moderator
First time operating 1D.  But it's just not the same without a team, the BBQ and the ham talk.
AJ2J   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a blast even though band conditions weren't great.  Looking forward to next year!

-California DX Association, AJ2J
AJ2X   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First time operating Field Day in a couple decades, and the first time back on the air in 14 years!
My old TS-520S and hastily erected 40 meter dipole (and I) struggled a bit (what is this "computer
logging" you speak of?), but the fun was worth the effort!  I just kept grinning like a kid again.
AJ4BB   Contact Moderator
thunderstorms in the Nevada desert meant I had to disconnect the transceiver frequently. The air was
so charged that the antenna wire was even energized when it was disconnected. Lesson learned, good
grounding is necessary, and a surge protector for the coax line is a must have as well. nothing was
destroyed, however it was a bit scary nonetheless
AK7VV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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JD3PC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great weekend, very different than my last 5 years of Field Day - just me, by myself.  I was 1E
(solar panel and battery) and very surprised to see so many 1E participants.  I only had a handful
of contacts, which was great for my QRP effort and the weather Saturday and Sunday was the best in a
long time.
K0AD   Contact Moderator
It was fun to hear all the 1D stations that were social distancing from home.  Let's hope that, by
next year, Covid will be behind us so Field Day can return it's focus to stations in the K0AD 1D Minnesota
K0ALT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Thanks for the special rules for 2020.
K0ANS   Contact Moderator
The W1AW Bulletin reached Colorado with 100% copy on 40m MFSK16 Saturday night.
K0BAK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Having just gotten my ham van back on Tuesday (after a 2-month repair!), I was activating POTA parks
on frenetic roves, recovering from said roves, and starting work to add 50vdc power to the van. So
Field Day wasn't a top priority for me.

After an exhausting day on Friday of a significant bicycle ride and park activations, I had no
energy to take the van out on Saturday and chose to rest and work on the 50v project. Sunday morning
I felt better, so I decided to go back to recently-reopened Hopewell Furnace to operate FD as a 1C.
I got there not long after it opened at 10am, and was making contacts by 10:40.

Since there are no section multipliers, I thought it made sense to start on 40m where there might be
more strong stations to work. I went down to 7MHz and worked my way up the CW operators. As
expected, most signals were plenty strong enough for a good software decode since I don't know Morse
Code beyond my own callsign. I got 44 CW contacts in 1.5 hours, not too bad for a no-code op in S&P.
Since I was wandering into the digital section, I decided to skip up to the SSB Extra band and work
my way up on voice.

After the fourth SSB contact, I noticed a 1.7kHz gap in my waterfall that was otherwise filled with
overlapping signals and started calling CQ (after listening and asking if in use of course).
Naturally, my contact rate shot up and I got 108 contacts in about 70 minutes. I only stopped
because it was getting too hard with legal limit 1D stations increasingly encroaching on me on both

I went to 40m FT4 and mixed calling CQ with sniping the stronger calling stations; my little bit of
FT experience in the RTTY and June VHF contests helping to give me a small bit of confidence in my
FT operating practices. Of course, the rate is slower than traditional modes, but it was nice to
give my ears and voice a break, as well as turning off the 400w amplifier to conserve battery

At 1800z, the bands got much less busy due to the FD 24-hour rule, but I could continue. I went back
to voice calling, this time in the General 40m band. 60 contacts in about 30 minutes was an even
faster rate than before, probably because everyone could hear better without overlapping signals. 

Wanting to try 20m, I went to FT4 and got a decent result of 7 contacts in 11 minutes, but got bored
and went to SSB. I decided to jump right to CQing, finding a clear spot up high. 63 contacts in 37
minutes was still a good rate, though almost all were distances you'd expect from 40m daylight, not
20m; I think I only had 5 or so that were 1000+ miles away.

Altogether, I did what I could, and I think I did OK in the time I had:

Operating time (not including drive time): 631 minutes
Total clock time: ~9 hours
Claimed score: 552
QSO points:402 (44 CW, 38 DG, 238 PH)

-- Pete K0BAK
K0FE   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Interesting and Fun Field Day 2020!

Operated as a 1D SC w/ my Dad giving me a hand 

Used FT8, FT4, PSK31, and SSB.  

Lots of fun was had!
K0NW   Contact Moderator
I'm glad you allowed "D" stations to contact other "D" stations.  Without that, activity would be
pretty grim.
K0OMH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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K0RJW   Contact Moderator
A PT effort and bit strange working 1D from home this year.  But it was still fun to see 15/10 open
for a change with plenty of stations to work. It's back to the field next year I hope!  -- Ron,
K0SI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Rain Early, clear skies later!
K0SWE   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First Field Day participation.
K0UA   Contact Moderator
It would have been more fun to have been on the Field Day site instead of at home.
K0UK   Contact Moderator
K0WOI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was, by far, the most enjoyable field day experience I've had since being licensed nearly 30
years ago.  Ran ultra light portable with a battery powered CW only rig from a beautiful location;
weather was great; and propagation was really good.  Looking forward to next year!
K0XTR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Definitely had a fun time this year We will see everyone next Field Day. Had Arvada, CO Fire
Department come out for the Pandemic 100 points.
K1CHR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Well 2020 FD sure was interesting...when life tosses you lemons...make lemonade.
As our usual CCDXARC NH FD was very limited because of COVID...I decided to operate
from home with my son, a first for very nice! had planned on 2E, but club
needed the extra 2D it was.
20m was very tough, but the other bands had some nice openings, and with the ARRL
rule exception for Delta stations, activity seemed real high...the one and only nice side effect of
limited gatherings...
All and All, had fun, very happy to operate with my son,but sure would have liked to have been with
a bigger club group as usual with the CCDXARC group here in NH..hopefully next year!
Neil, AE1P, with Josh,KB1UPS
K1EEE   Contact Moderator
New antennas on all bands worked great and propagation was the best for FD in years. Thanks for all
the great CW Q' and operators
K1FMB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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K1FR   Contact Moderator
Pretty minimal effort, but FD is always fun and brings back super memories.
K1LB   Contact Moderator
Covid-19 social distancing implemented with class 1E. A Solar System powers ham shack 24/7x365,
Elecraft KX2 transceiver cranked down to 5w for FD, to a Butternut vertical antenna. Enjoyed home
base this year for FD, de K1LB Woody
K1LHO   Contact Moderator
This is my first FD CW entry, and boy is it easier than trying to pick out a bunch of SSB sceamers. 
Ham Radio the old fashion way.

Mike (Lousy Ham Operator)
K1LOK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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K1REZ   Contact Moderator
Due to the Corona-virus Pandemic, Ive been camping out in a tent on my land since March 18th (over 3
months). Some one asked me a few weeks ago if I was ready for Field Day and I told them "I ought to
be, Ive been living in Field Day conditions for 3 months now." Most of that time, the only email I
had was Winlink, so amateur radio has really helped me keep in contact during the pandemic.
K1XK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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K2CYS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Surprisingly, propagation was not so bad.  Better than last year, I think. And no bugs!  The only
upside of Field Day in a pandemic.  Had a wonderful club experience as the member of the Garden
State Amateur Radio Association met 3 times on Zoom to shmooze during the event and we shared the
scoreboard among ourselves.  Hopefully, next year we can be in the field but, all things considered,
it was a great event.
K2EMJ   Contact Moderator
My first ever from licensed location FD, always been a part of Morris Radio Club FD and just doing a
small part from home for the club. Missed being a part of club FD due to COVID-19 but learned how
much experience my fellow hams have, it is a lot harder to do all the FD tasks by yourself.

BUT still had fun, made contact with 7 different states so that was cool from a completely portable
set up in backyard FD station with a generator.

I really think I should have been 1B since no permanent home equipment/antennas were used. I think
ARRL should rethink rules and that FAQ answer to setting up in backyard, I do not see why I need to
be away from my home to be a B class, it makes no sense to me that I had to run E just because I had
bathroom, especially this year with COVID-19.
K2MFW   Contact Moderator
Digital only: Class D to D should be 1 point. Class D to any other should be 2 points. All other
class to class should be 3 points. Giving every digital contact 3 points does not encourage going
out into the field.
K2MTS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
A great opportunity to test my chops operating under adverse / emergency conditions. I have a lot to
learn even after many years of being an amateur operator. Sometimes frustrating to find a way to
work around the "big guns" but it added to the challenge. 73 DE K2MTS...
K2NJ   Contact Moderator
Our group definitely prefers CW.  This was a very special year for participation - we had fun.

The 2020 FD was our absolute best CW entry ever - and a 27% improvement in total contacts over 2019
which is now second best year. 

Unique geopolitical circumstances and terrific short-skip conditions were the
ingredients for sustained great rates.
K2PO   Contact Moderator
Well that was interesting.
The local club scratched its FD, so I hoisted a 40m/20m twinlead dipole up into the trees (tnx
K7RF), and did an operation from the barn.  
I'd bought a 100w solar panel and battery this year and opened the new boxes for this event. 
Unfortunately, the Oregon sun didn't entirely cooperate.  So on Saturday I ran 25-40w to keep the
battery from depleting.  In the first seven hours of the event 227 QSOs went into the ether, powered
by Ole Sol’s bounty.  After the sun went low I switched to a little Honda generator.  There was
even less sun on Sunday, so I stayed with the generator.  (I learned my K3 draws about 24-27 watts
on receive.)
40m sure was the money band, including a run from 0354z – 0730z in which I stayed at 7045 and
worked 335 QSOs.  That was fun.  However, 20m disappointed.  The dipole was up 60+ feet, so I would
have thought I could get a run going with 100w, but I never really did, and lots of my S&P calls
weren’t even met with a ‘?’.  I'll have to look into that.  I managed 80, 15 and 10m with a
tuner.  (How many recent contests have netted more 10m QSOs than 80m?)
I made 2 SSB QSOs - just to make sure I still knew how.
I slept 4 hours, which was a welcome break.
‘Hoping things are back to normal next year!
K2QPN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First eve Field Day by my self. Interesting time. Not as much activity as I anticipated.
K2SE   Contact Moderator
I worked from home due to COVID 19 concerns. I missed the camaraderie enjoyed working from the club
site but still had fun for the limited time I was able to participate.
K3ARO   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator

K3ATO   Contact Moderator
Great condx on 20CW, lots of fun plus many great ops.
K3FR/M   Contact Moderator
Too many 1D/1E stations on the air, if 1D to 1D contacts OK next year, you need to make it more
valuable to contact mobile and portable stations, particularly the lower power stations i.e. less
than 50 watts.  Anyway, had a good time for 90 minutes of contesting, this was my first FD in 33
K3LT   Contact Moderator
First time operating a home station (1D).  I operate a low-profile station consisting of an
"Outpost" tripod with the MFJ "Big Stick" vertical on a coil, an indoor 20m dipole, and loaded
rain-gutter downspout operated as a "random wire" antenna tuned with a manual tuner (MFJ-949E). 
First time using FT8 in Field Day mode with WSJT-X ver. 2.2.2.  I was impressed by my performance on
15 meters using 15m., only had a handful of CW QSO's on 40 and 20m. this time.  Many thanks to all
the stations that worked me!  As usual, can't wait for next year!  

And, BTW -- Field Day IS a contest!  It is also everything else! 

73 de Larry, K3LT
Dover, DE
K3NQT   Contact Moderator
State Senator Wayne Langerholc congratulated BCARS on their Field Day effort K3QNT 29 June 2020
K3RLW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My first Field Day EVER.  Never even been to one in my lifetime, so this was an interesting and fun
exercise.  Wish it had been a "normal" one, but I did the best I could considering the
K3TOW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This year was different. I missed doing Field Day with the Murgas Amateur Radio Club gang, and all
the challenges that go along with a group effort.  Ran my station remotely this year, internet
latency made digital my go to mode this year.

Hopefully next years Field Day will be back to normal.  Bad food, bad jokes, good radio fun.

Kind of a down weekend, as our Club lost one of it's more active members. WN3LIF/SK  73 WT.  

K3YMI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Really enjoyed my first "solo" field day event.  Seems like many folks were especially friendly this
year and patient with making contacts.  

Used a simple, portable antenna and used a computer only for logging.  Decoded CW by ear and used
paddles to send CW by hand.  Operated 1D since I used between 25 and 75 watts and did not have
battery capacity.
K4ABX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was my first Field Day experience. I wish I could've shared it with club members because Im new
to Ham radio and I had a lot of questions. None the less, I was able to get setup and got a few
QSO's. Very exciting to hear someone say your call back to you. Looking forward to learning some
more about propogation, antenna setup for the next event.
K4CGY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Good contest and many things learned about the system set-up and band conditions. However it was not
Field Day it was HOME DAY.  So many big home stations with yagi's working each other they frequently
didn't hear those running A & B class.  It was all an D/E event.  Let's not do this again. K4CGY
K4DRS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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K4FAN   Contact Moderator
We had our grandson Logan visiting, so I missed some operating time. Had a good run on 15m phone,
better than search and pounce! Thank you to ARRL for making the Covid-19 version of Field Day a lot
of fun, and it proved how adaptable we are!


Eric Robert Webner
K4G   Contact Moderator
Who would have thought that doing Field Day from home would be so much fun...  My generator needed
work and this event gave me the push to get it up and running for FD.  The goal was to run as 2E
with my granddaughter running a second rig on VHF but we ended up only using one radio using a 1x1
call of K4G.  My granddaughter made 6 contacts and had a blast...  73 Dallas KD4HNX
K4KZM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Although I only had 10 QSO's, I found the experience very enjoyable and educational.
K4MJF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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K4NMR   Contact Moderator
ICOM-756ProIII, 100w and a wire!!
K4TRH   Contact Moderator
I was a 1E this year, 5 watts, CW only. The antenna was a portable linked dipole in a inverted vee
shape, with the apex about 15 feet up on a fishing pole. So the rig was kind of a simulated
emergency setup and I worked out of our travel trailer. I logged the old fashioned way, with the
ARRL log sheet and dupe sheet in order to be independent of a laptop or pad. Conditions in TN seemed
good on 20M and 40M except for some occasional QSB. 20M was a little better for me and there were
plenty of strong CW stations calling CQ on both bands. I roamed the bands searching for a new one,
knowing that a weak CQ would not attract much attention. One observation is that, at least for field
day, stations running at 30+ WPM might have a better QSO rate at maybe 20-25 WPM that us mortals can
copy in one pass? But maybe that's just me. I am an old timer and spend quite some time pounding my
straight key.

Thanks to the stations who had the patience to extract my signal out of the fray and put me in the
log. BTW, I have been a ham for 60 years this year, and I thoroughly enjoyed this event.

K4TS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was a challenging year.  Wanting to hold the event as a group and then finding a public
location willing to host our club.  It came down to a lot of last minute planning and a smaller
turnout than normal.  It was a good event overall and had some new hams participate and "Elmers"
there to help.
K4ZXN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This year was certainly different than any other field day I've ever participated.   Our club Shelby
Amateur Radio Club chose to operate separately and accumulate a club score from those stations.   We
had to alter our Field Day Plans amid the COVID-19 Restrictions that our Governor put in place.  We
kept up a ZOOM session throughout the majority of the 24 hours so that we could peak in and chat
with one other during the event.  This was a great way to stay in touch and replicate as best we
could the fellowship aspect of Field day.
K5DHY   Contact Moderator
Had a fantastic run on Saturday on six meter SSB from EM12 to the northeast US and ONS.  Worked 77
stations in under 20 minutes non-stop.
K5EIS   Contact Moderator
This year I enjoyed having decent propagation on FD and being able to operate from the comfort of my
air conditioned home in Texas, instead of outside in the heat and biting insects. However, I missed
operating and socializing with our club members.
K5JSG   Contact Moderator
This was my first ever FD in which I had participated in.  I recently got into HF and have been
waiting to participate in FD.  I have to say, I had a great time.  My ears may not recover for a
while, and I may be hear the exchanges and call signs in my dreams for the next few nights, but I
would not trade the experience for the world!

My most memorable exchange was hearing what sounded like a child about 3-4 years old giving the
exchange with the help of dad or grandpa in the background.  The operator taking the exchange was so
patient and really took his time.  Made me smile really big, thinking the kid might be heading down
a road to follow in his father/grand father's foot steps and hopefully find that Ham Radio is fun! 
Kudos to the operator who took the call as well as having the patience of a saint!

It was so much fun!  I highly recommend anyone to participate! Thanks ARRL, for having this fun

See you next year on the air!!!

Jeremy - K5JSG
K5OF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
RV camper generator
Rig purchased in 1985. Moth balled and not on air since 2001. Memory battery replaced by me
approximately 3 weeks ago. Performed FB!
Outboard DVK
Manual antenna switches (Two) – feeding OCF 80-20M 60-65 feet high, Flag dipole 80-20M 30-35 feet
high, 15M dipole 25 feet high hung approximately 3 hours before event (last minute thought/addition
between two magnolia trees). One dummy load for testing, etc.
Old Dentron tuner with switchable inductance, worked FB!
Computer logging
TrippLite LC2400 line conditioner to protect electronics

To have fun and Run! Run! Run! maximizing rate. Improve and keep up with skills. 
Upon the recent events I decided I would operate as a 1E and put in the maximum single op effort I
could muster for the 24-hour period. Since I work the over nightshift at our local hospital
screening all persons who enter for the COVID-19 in a support role for our clinical staff I figured
I could do this and still get some rest while maximizing the rate and goal of filling the log. I am
use to some sleep deprivation! I have not done a single effort since the late 1990’s preferring
multi efforts as I always have fun with those who have been gracious who have invited me to occupy a
chair and have learned a great deal on contesting!

The strategy I decided on was the bread and butter bands 80M to 20M due to the fact of the antennas
I had available, population density up and down the east coast and to the mid-west states to
maximize qso’s. The numbers speak for themselves and it worked for me. I was not concerned with
far distance qso’s (w6-w7’s) and if the antennas played well and the prop gods were with me all
the better!

Basically, I was using a sweepstakes strategy to maximize runs and qso numbers. I love running! Once
I observed the rate beginning to drop and approach approximately 40-50 hour I made a decision on a
band change and it paid off. I knew from the beginning of the effort the antennas were playing well,
I could run, keep a rate going, and just needed to focus on that rate meter and pull the trigger on
a band change.

I know from many they dislike, despise, hate or avoid phone but I love it. My cw skills are lacking
big time so phone is for me until I can improve those and I have no interest in FT4/FT8 at this
time. Maybe those will come later….but if you want rate CW or Phone is the way to go and that is
where my adrenaline will take me.

The numbers and high lights:
140/hour 0040z on 20M
140/hour 1600z on 40M
Band change late in the game for a few 15M Q’s when 20M rate began to drop which gave me a boost
than went back to 20M for a rate increase!

Stayed high in the bands on 20M and 40M which helped to keep run frequency, work all those general
classes and folks stuck and home/limited by their license class. OCF on 80M worked very well around
3775, no qrm from undesirables, clear frequency, and had to go low for the OCF to work well with

Operating time approximately 19 hours and 30 minutes. A little sleep/rest at 0730z-1130z

Wife brought me a large steak and cheese loaded but could not eat due to running! It became a after
event meal with an 807!

OCF was an outstanding antenna! Performed great! Flag I believe is just a too low and possibly I can
improve on its height.

The Tripplite is highly recommended for those using a generator.

When I crashed out at approx. 0730Z I was sitting at approximately 1114 q’s and was expecting I
may end up with 1400-1500 q’s and was very happy with the final 1637! Keeping up the rate above my
possible 60 hour did the trick.

High light for me was working Scott W5WZ in LA whom I was able to guest op in March for the ARRL SSB
Test prior to the Covid-19. 73! Ed K5OF in Williston, NC
K5SL   Contact Moderator
15m was HOT!, Nice to see 10m open up Sunday this year!!
K5TSK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
There are a bunch of EXCELLENT ops out there, that managed to pull out my 4.8w and modest antenna
setup.  Did a few hours and was running low on laptop battery and out of patience, but the LiFePO4
battery for the KX3, PX3 was still in good shape.
My apologies for the paddle fist.  I'm basically a bug guy.  72 all.  Hank
K6AVP   Contact Moderator
As I could not find any info before FD (I now see the info bullets in the online submission page) on
what the Section Manager message should be, I sent the one I uploaded with WinLink Express via the
KL7RI 40m gateway. BTW, the info bullet for "message relays" does not specify whether, or not, the
message must be the same type as for the SM one. With Winlink and JS8 both doing message relaying,
maybe this should be updated.

I also could find no mention of what time, frequency or mode the 2020 FD ARRL message would be sent.
The W1AW did not seem to have a FD update/entry. And the rules did not say anymore than it would be

The entry form/page was a bit confusing as to what an individual that wanted to be points group with
his/her club should enter in "club", "participants", "location" and "number of xmtr's". Hope I got
it right enough to count.
K6DAC   Contact Moderator
This Field Day was quite an interesting one. So many stations operating as 1D, and I had a really
hard time getting stations to respond to me. But hey, I still made 36 contacts and earned 258
points! Points are points, so I'm still happy to have operated. 9 hours and 36 contacts later, along
with 45 minutes on a very precarious ladder, while trying to get a screwdriver attached to paracord
unstuck from a tree limb, I was finally done for the day at around 22:30 on 06/27/2020. A few
buddies helped me out with 2m contacts, and I even heard other stations there too. Overall, I had
fun and even though it was tiring, it still all was a great experience for my first Field Day, QSB
and QRM aside. Would I do this again? OF COURSE!! Will I try to have a better antenna next time? For
sure. Am I still working on my extra class license? Yuuuuuuuuup.I look forward to field day next
year, and maybe it'll be even better. Till next time!
K6EOM   Contact Moderator
Being a member of the Rio Hondo AmateurRadio Club we decided to operate from home and other
locations, due to the pandemic, this year.  Aside from the usual camaraderie we all missed Field Day
was a success by all accounts.
K6JGZ   Contact Moderator
Experimenting with 2m SSB and it worked well.
K6KDL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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K6LDQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Added pictures of portable/solar power
K6LOL   Contact Moderator
Horrible QRM in neighborhood, was not able to get out to normal mountain top sites. 2m/432 FM, 2m
P25 and 432 DMR this year. HF was lost cause, unable to get running at all.
K6ORI   Contact Moderator
Mobile stations using solar-charged batteries to power all radio equipment should be eligible for
the natural power bonus points this year.  Ditto with setting up in a public place.
K6P   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Sad to note how few Class A stations were able to participate.  Great idea to allow home stations to
work everyone.  Let's hope next year is back to normal!
K6ST   Contact Moderator
Only had a couple of hours toplay on ft8, 20m was good, in fact so many ft8 signals that often cq
stations didn't come back to me.  Also got two big bonus point of 100 each for media and sm message.
First time working Field Day at home 1D in 47 years of hamming. Lots of fun! 73, K6ST
K7HIL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Strictly manual (no computer function keys) CW operation was a little slower but more rewarding to
me.   First FD in decades from home and I missed the social closeness!
K7OED   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Took my little box trailer with hexbeam and G5RV to Kartchner Caverns State Park for Field Day 2020.
 Very windy, but just enough rain to keep things cool. Solar panels on roof kept the radio going
fine for QRP ops.
K7RA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
K7TTK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
1D OR. Moved equipment to back porch to give things a more, "field day" feel.
K7YDL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My first entry into 1B 1OP QRP, and this during a bandfull of 1D and 1E stations!
Still, I netted over one hundred contacts across 25 states.
My new BioEnno battery was a great performer.
K7ZOO   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great Field Day, learned a LOT this year! I used a 100 w solar panel for the first time and it
worked flawlessly. I also got considerable practice making satellite contacts, especially SSB.  My
apologies to all the satellite QSO's:  I left my computer cable at home and had to manually adjust
for Doppler shift... which turned out to be excellent practice! The high point of my operation was
contacting one of the University of Arizona students (K7ASQ) through satellite AO-92 -- so much fun
to hear his voice through a satellite!!!  Also notable were the high winds: my station endured 35
mph gusts with only minor mishaps: solar panel blown over, laptop slid off a table, one bent tent
pole.  Field Day again proved to be an excellenty learning opportunity.
K8CY   Contact Moderator
What a weekend!  Saturday afternoon and overnight was rough with very high noise levels.  Sunday,
after daylight, was a completely different set of conditions.  Our 15m CW signals were being heard
in Japan.  We were working contacts almost right to the end once conditions improved.
K8KZB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a bunch of fun out in the back of our property. All QSO's were Solar / Battery Powered
K8RGI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I do enjoy Field Day very much and missed not being able to do it with our club.  It was however a
great time.  I had the neighbor children over to operate and many guest from the neighborhood stop
by.  The children did not really enjoy digital but did enjoy SSB.  They made a total of 19 contacts
over the 24 hour visit.
K8TS   Contact Moderator
One of the better FD my 45+ years.  Lot's of activity.  Might consider keeping the Class D with
points.  In an actual emcom situation, there would be commercial mains stations involved.  I am sure
there were many stations on that would not have participated due to physical handicaps/barriers to
regular FD sites.  Really enjoyed this years activity.
K9CHP   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Operating !D, just got a new 10 weeks old pup and needed to pay a lot of attention to her, so I
decided not to have to deal with the generator. Well, I had a power failure on a relatively large
area at 1300 on Sunday. !0 minutes later, the station was running full power on emergency power. All
main components were hooked up on one single power strip (yes, wattage was below its rating) so the
switchover was rather painless. Being prepared paid off.
K9LCK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Online entry app well done, easy to understand & use.
May Class D success grow 2021 Class E.
Finished Resonant Speaker (Feb 2017 QST), enjoyed its Field Day benefits.
K9LGU   Contact Moderator
My daughter's (K9LGV) first Field Day. My 62nd.  What a great opportunity to share the excitement
with someone you love!
K9WWT   Contact Moderator
Band conditions were the worst I have ever experienced in 60 years of operating FD!  So that is why
I went high power or I wasn't going to contact anyone!  You had better keep the 1D to 1D contact
accepted modification going for a few years or there won't be many participants next year.  Activity
was down as it was.
KA0REN   Contact Moderator
Cabrillo form did not work ! Followed example to the letter, but when submitted  received ERROR-->
KA2YRA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
KA5FDX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was my first Field Day and I participated with my grandson who I'm coaching to get his
technician license.  What a wonderful experience.  We can't wait until the next one.  Thank you to
all of the good folks who made it possible.
KA9IUC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
KA9IVY   Contact Moderator
Great Fun! May have made a big step towards WAS!
KA9WXN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This year the Milwaukee Radio Amateurs' Club was not allowed to operate in a public location. Our
members decided to operate on there own. Since this is also a very social event for the club we
decided to have a 24-hour Zoom call going on so we could still stay social. We also had members post
their status logs on the club website.
KB1TLR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Spent the most hours ever operating within a 24 hour period.
KB1VXY   Contact Moderator
Some members list their club as Framingham Amateur Radio Association like I did, others may have
used the default Framingham ARA, but we are all one club. KB1VXY
KB2S   Contact Moderator
Some logs submitted with 1D and 12D as the class. I left these as-is because that was what was
exchanged with the other station.

The 1D exchanges were sent before I added the second radio to my station. I exchanged 2D thereafter.
The 12D was due to a typo in the WSJT-X UI. The box is incredibly small so I couldn't see that I was
adding the 2 instead of overwriting the 1. Again, I've left these as-is since that's what was

At no time did I operate more than 2 radios, and never on the same band at the same time. 73 - KB2S.
KB3JC   Contact Moderator
66 Contacts, not too bad for QRP and a 1B! Life's too fun for QRO!
KB3ZQJ   Contact Moderator
It was nice operating from home, But I hope our club can get together next year to be together for
field day.
KB4MG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Very different event this year, but a lot of fun. I have a newer ham Tim Wall (KJ4RDF) join me and
participate in operating the station. He got to learn FT digital mode as well as contest-style
operating. It was a great day!
KB7GFL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KB7HCZ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I was using a Yaesu FT-60 5w handheld on 2M.  I thought that would be 1A for the class?  But
couldn't get the form to submit properly.  I used the battery charged from "commercial mains" so I
think the power multiplier of x2 is correct.

First year participating in Field Day.  I hope I submitted everything correctly.
KB8TL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The real thing is more fun but no worries of rain, mosquitoes, etc. and got to use my trusty TS-830
with N1MM logger and Arduino logging adapter, all worked FB.
KB9FU   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
KC0OW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Being first licensed in 1975, this was by far my biggest field day effort.  Just me, myself and I. 
I wish I had a nickel for every bug that tried to get into my screen house.  They knew where the fun
was!  Thanks to all those that got me into their logbooks.
KC0PON   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
NVIS antenna clearly limited my range.
KC1JTS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator

Poor rainy weather on Saturday, but my EZ-UP really saved the day. Day 2 was delightful and it was
nice to be out there. Even had some visitors!
KC1NBP   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First Field day and first HF contest with my KX2. I really enjoyed the band activity, especially on
15. Though i was out for only a few hours, I felt the experience was memorable and I hope to do it
again next year.
KC1V   Contact Moderator
Just a few hours, but enjoyed it. Hope HCRA does well and that we are back to the real deal next
year. 73 KC1V
KC2KY   Contact Moderator
This Field Day was my first real HF effort from the shack in a few years.  Also the first year since
1992 that I was not out in the field for Field Day with the radio club as FD chairperson.  
After 30 years of "Emergency Preparedness Drills" with makeshift antennas and emergency power, this
year we found ourselves in a real emergency, possibly the worst since World War II.  And it was
different than anything we as hams could have imagined.  (1) our home stations still work, and with
commercial power, (2) we have to keep physically separated from each other to stay safe and healthy,
and (3) ham radio has become a tool to keep us together and connected while we comply with the
stay-at-home guidelines that are necessary to ultimately defeat COVID-19.
I worked 3 members of the NY Order of Boiled Owls - Dennis AH2O (2 bands), Tom KA2D, and Andy K2LE. 
Worked 3 Radio Central ARC members - Frank KC2ZOR, Pete KB2RSQ, and Lou NY2H.  I also worked former
RCARC member Art, WA7NB.
Thanks to Rick, K2RB, I got my Steppir back working, including tracking band changes from the K3. 
This was also the maiden voyage for my newly acquired Micro KEYER III.  Had some hiccups wth WSJT-X,
so I stuck to conventional phone and CW after the third computer crash. (MK-III handled CW and voice
I cranked the tower up half way - WX forecast was for "possible damaging winds", and I did not want
to take any chances.  The beam played fine at 30 feet. We had a beautiful 10 meter opening Sunday. 
I would have tried 10M SSB but the CW rate never let up.
It was nice having a year "off" from traditional FD but I am looking forward to a real
out-in-the-field FD next year.
73 de KC2KY,
President, Radio  Central Amateur Radio Club
Member, NY Order of Boiled Owls
KC3D   Contact Moderator
I really liked being able to work other 1D stations for credit. I hope you will make this a
permanent change in the rules.
KC3KSC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My participation was for the North Hills Amateur Radio club of Pittsburgh
KC3LEE   Contact Moderator
ICOM 7851, 75' Alumatower with a Mosley PRO67B, 2 x 8 band Buckmaster Off Center
fed Dipoles. 30-hour ZOOM meeting, great time had by all from the Northwest Amateur Radio Society!
Separate but Together....
KC4GCK   Contact Moderator
Been a while since I operated FD, but, if nothing else, this provided a much needed break in
everyone's routine, and I'll date myself by giving out a "Doff of the Hatlo Hat" to the league for
allowing class "D" stations to work all participants.  Hopefully, the league will give serious
consideration to allowing class "D" stations to contact each other whether we have a similar
situation as this year or not.  I had done the June VHF contest from home as well, and managed 179
Qs, so I hoped I'd be able to better that, and when I hit the 250 mark with some time left, I
figured I'd go for 300, which I made with about 30 minutes to spare.

I operated strictly digital (FT4 and FT8), and made Qs on all bands operated (80 - 6) in FT8, but
was unable to get any contacts on both 80M and 6M in FT4.

I did run into a problem in FT4 in that I ran it under N1MM, and for some reason it crashed WJST-X
several times.  I had to restart my system the first couple of times, but eventually found out that
I could go into the task manager and end the jt9 task, then restart WSJT-X from within N1MM fairly

40M and 20M were bedlam, not only on digital, but apparently on phone as well.  Looking at the
waterfall was some kind of psychedelic light show.  Amazing anyone was able to make exchanges at
KC7QY   Contact Moderator
Missed operating with the club and the annual cookout. 

The 10 meter Es opening was awesome. Nice to see all the CW ops on all bands.

Tried some FT8, couldn't stand it and went back to CW.
KC8YSO   Contact Moderator
This is the first time I have participated and logged my contacts by myself.  I would have preferred
to work with someone with more experience, but I feel I did well.
KC9SEB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Additional Log for PSK (Fldigi)
KC9TSF   Contact Moderator
I had a ton of fun this year teaching my son how to work FT8 like a pro. I even convinced my wife to
make a contact!
KD0G   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
KD2KW   Contact Moderator
Interesting weekend. Club use of Zoom for operator socialization was a good augmentation for not
being at the field day site for socialization.
KD2QAR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
KD2RVU   Contact Moderator
KD2SXO   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First field day. I only made 2 contacts but it was worth it.
KD4VH   Contact Moderator
I operated from my home but in the backyard with a buddipole antenna which I erected on Field day
and used a generator. The category that matched most closely was 1E though I was really operating
portable. Also my power level with 50W at transmitter was higher than QRP but obviously lower than
most of the 1D stations who dominated the band. I suggest a field day band allocation for portable,
mobile  or QRP stations as most of us non 1D stations could never find a slot to call CQ.
KD5KC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Didn't intend to operate, but the outdoor temp soared over 100°F, so I and the dog went inside. 
Rather than watch old reruns, we decided to play radio.
KD6MZC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The dupe sheet for the 2 psk31 contacts exists in  a separate file which  is attached below
KD8CGH   Contact Moderator
First Field day alone. Main battery Bioenno 12V 9 Ah. Alternate battery Talent cell 12V & 5 V 8.3 Ah
with companion 24 watt solar charger. Computer was an Asus Transformer Mini that runs off 5V with a
collection of USB 5V backup batteries. I had some success with CW, 1 lonely FT8 and no SSB QSOs in
spite of repeated attempts.
KD8VT   Contact Moderator
This was the most fun we have had in the last 30 years during a Field Day. We might try this again
next year. Our daughter Jennifer KB3GXB and son-in-law Andrew KE8ELR logged for us. I would say this
is one of the best Field Day events I have had in my 37 Years as a licensed amateur operator.

James K. Andrews
KD8VT, Extra Class
EC Portage County, OH
KD9GY   Contact Moderator
All time NEW high score for me running only Phone during the contest (990 contacts!).  It was great
to have 10 and 15 meters open this weekend.  Had a blast!
KD9JSA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First time for field day, I do not know if I did the entry form correctly for the score.   If not,
still ok, had a blast, even though 11 qso's.  Even with a broken antenna....
KD9V   Contact Moderator
While we sent 2D, we never got the 2nd transmitter on the air.
KDS7JB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First time working FD away from our club. We enjoyed ourselves so much we may just keep up the
KE0TT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Elecraft K3/10 running 5 watts to three temporary dipoles: 115' dipole up 40', a 33' up 20', and a
26' up 18', each fed with balanced lines.  Tuner was a Johnson 275 watt Matchbox balanced tuner. 
Enjoyed the 15 and 10 meter band openings this year, and the quiet 80 meter band which allowed for
more QSO's than usual.  Less QRN than usual for summer.  Thanks for your copy of my QRP, I always
appreciate that.  73,  Dan  ke0tt   MN
KE0URG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Overall wonderful field day, considering the circumstances.  The kids had a wonderful time. 
Hopefully next year we can actually get back out in the fiend.
KE0Z   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My first class B, solar power QRP Field Day. Operated from the Hankinson Hills primative campground
in SE ND. Set up was a K2 to an off center fed dipole.  It was great fun.
KE0ZUW   Contact Moderator
This was my first day on the air with my HF Rig.  I got my tech and general tickets March 14, 2020. 
I finally got a 6M and 10M dipole up, thanks to my S-I-L.  I fell two weeks before FD and did not
get the planned antenna up. So I owe him a great Thank you for doing the heavy lifting.
KE1L   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Didn't get things together on Saturday, and a quick listen showed that conditions were poor during
the day. (They got better that night but it was too late to go string antennas!) But the call of
getting in a few contacts was too strong to resist completely, so I set up on the porch for the
final hour. That turned into 50 minutes when a thunderstorm rolled in.

I took down the AlexLoop antenna in a hurry when the storm arrived, so no picture of that. It was
suspended from a hook on the porch with rubber bands. The photo shows the rest of my minimal field
station: QCX-20, BioEnno 3AH LiFePo4 battery, Bencher paddle. That paddle is the one stay-at-home
luxury; if I had hand-carried the station into the field I would have taken the Palm Radio Mini
paddle instead.
KE3FL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I planned on starting after we got home from calibrating our daughter's birthday.

I then took out my QRP travel kit to set up the 40m antenna. This took far longer than I'd hopped
because I had to repair and solder one of the antenna legs which had broken off the center

I got it fixed and was taking it to the front yard position where I wanted it and discovered that
the other leg had just broken off the insulator as well. Back to the extra wire & soldering iron for
another repair. (All of this equipment is in my QRP travel kit.)

Once this was all fixed I laid out the antenna between two trees & then got my NISW antenna poles &
made a center pole about 20' tall & after a few false starts on how to put the poles together as I
wanted I finally got it all up & the ends tied high enough up on the end trees that no one could
walk into the wire or string.

I got the battery, a home made key, a home made radio (from two kits for 30m & 40m QRP transceivers)
selected 40m low frequency range 7.032.49 - 7.063.80 MHz and stayed pretty much near 7.05 MHz. This
radio put out up to 1.5 Watts with that battery measured with my OHR QRP Watt meter after I was done
for the evening.
KE5HDF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
KE7AV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KE7DX   Contact Moderator
2020, the year of CovID-19.  Definitely a different kind of operation this year for most of us. 
Mine certainly was.  I decided to focus on VHF/UHF operations in order to get as much participation
in Field Day by Technician Class Licensees in the local area.  From my results, I don't think it
worked real well.  Hope next Field Day is better!
+Gary Keck, KE7DX, President, Radio Society of Tucson
KE7WNB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My wife used her callsign, KF7WPQ, when she was operating our station during the event.  The
submitted log converted everything to my callsign.  Lesson learned for the next time we operate
field day seperate from our club.
KE8HZZ   Contact Moderator
I mistakenly entered 23 for 40 meters and should have entered 28.
KE8JNU   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had lots of fun! Wish I could have made it to the station for DARA/XWARN, I felt I should have gone
as an officer for XWARN but there just wasn't enough time. First time operating from home and it was
nice, just missed seeing everyone. I unexpectedly caught some of my friends from the PODXS 070 club
on PSK31! I recommend trying digital modes, it's so easy to do and saves time! Since I am 11 and my
friends are my age, next year I'll bring some of them along. Our setup image is also uploaded here,
hope you enjoyed the event!
KE8LGO   Contact Moderator
If there is a rookie overlay my first license date is 01/31/2019.
KF0AIZ   Contact Moderator
This was my first.  I was able to get digital, but I still have too much noise and am working on it.
 He is a catch, I just seen in my email that the FCC granted my vanity call sign (W0WND) Saturday
afternoon.  I did not try to change the settings, so, I may be disqualified.
KF5ZAP   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Thank you for the competition!

The contacts made on alternative power have been submitted in a separate log file and have not been
included in the main log file. These contacts were however included in the final count submitted on
the website.

The battery was at 40% before charging with the solar panel. The solar panel remained outside for 2
days to achieve a charge of 92%. After completing the 8 contacts using solar, the battery had 79%
left. Since the battery was not at 40% or less after the contacts, the contacts were made on solar
KG1Q   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KG4NDS   Contact Moderator
All contacts made while driving around the Houston/Galveston area.  My wife did the logging while I
did the contacts and driving.
Radio equipment was a Kenwood TS-480SAT to a Little Tarheel 2 antenna tuned with a Turbo Tuner 2
automatic tuner.  Also, an MFJ 6 meter "hamstick"
The 2 meter contact was made via FM simplex through my Kenwood TM D700.
see my page for photos.
KG5UMH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Worked most of the event as 1E, but, changed to 1D for a short period. Two log files with my
callsign submitted.
KG6BOV   Contact Moderator
Did not see the promoted link to associate my contacts with my club -- Please associate my logs with
Ventura County Amateur Radio Club -- Callsign K6MEP
KG6DNY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KG6UCS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KG7KIQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KG7MYX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a great time! Operated another station remotely using Zoom. This is how I managed some HF
contacts while not owning an HF rig! Thanks for the opportunity!
KG7OSP   Contact Moderator
Thanks for everything you do. One observation - I see no reason folks submitting a cabrillo log need
to also provide a summary by band of their contacts. I think your computers could do a more accurate
job of that.
KI0R   Contact Moderator
Making 1Ds worth something was a mistake.  the 1500W CQers and the 1500W pileups don't belong in
Field Day.
KI4YSP   Contact Moderator
I "Claimed" a score of 14 for 7 QRP QSOs, but maybe I should have only claimed 7. Please correct or
contact me if necessary. TNX!
KI5AIF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I intended to operate as a 1B station as my entire setup of antennas, radios, and solar panels was
temporary and portable.  I entered my log as 1E after reaching out to ARRL to clarify if setting up
my portable radios indoors disqualified me for 1B, and they said it would.  I am saddened that this
now puts me up against stations with massive permanently installed towers and/or amplifiers.
KI5CXO   Contact Moderator
Thank you for the contest. Had fun
KI5IZI   Contact Moderator
I am a new ham and this was my first field day.  I had a blast and I am looking forward to doing
this again.
KI6CQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
As the April tornado in east TN made way for new antennas, this year I operated with a 10m full wave
loop attached to a balun.  This worked well on 10m, and 15m was also usable.
KI6DRN   Contact Moderator
Great contest format, enjoyed operating.

confused about what constitutes documentation for natural power, submitted an equipment list.
KI6UOC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was my first field day set up on my own. I set up my station portable on a friend's land near
Callistoga California. I operated an 80's vintage Yaesu 747GX which I suspect is older than I am. My
antenna was a homebuilt 40m dipole hung off a a tree. 

While I wasn't at all competitive, this was still a fun and educational event. As a result of my
fielday 2020 experience, I find myself wanting to get onto HF more often in the future.
KI7N   Contact Moderator
Best Contest ever.  Really, it was awesome.  Activity on all bands and plenty of people to work and
the bands were good.
KI7TRV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Our Solar QRP operation on top of Mt. Spokane in Spokane, WA.  Pictured is our 40m and 20m dipole
setup on a fishing pole!
KI8B   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KJ1V   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Operated as 1D on SSB and CW. I couldn't have made as many contacts without my logger, N1FBZ. It was
a great experience. I'm looking forward to doing more contests in the future.
KJ4RGS   Contact Moderator
First field day where I worked stations. Only got 7 contacts but worth it :)
KJ5T   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
With the COVID-19 Pandemic I opted for a solo camping trip this year for the 2020 ARRL Field Day. 
This was a simple wire antenna and QRP set-up.  This proved that with a very small station it would
be possible to pass traffic all over the US and into Canada during an emergency.  This was a great
test of the equipment and my morse skills.  The solo operation was a lot of fun, and it will be a
tough call next year if things return to a more normal state if I will go solo again or join up with
one of the local clubs. Incidentally this was the first time that the "KJ5T" callsign was used
during field day in the 13 years that I have had this callsign.  All CW, left the microphone and
digital interfaces at home.  Only bummer was not planning ahead and checking the schedule for the
W1AW Bulletin and getting that copied!  Thanks to everyone who worked me this weekend! 73 de KJ5T
KJ6NO   Contact Moderator
First time on FT 8. Took all week to get the rig to work with the computer. Finished on Friday
KJ6OIL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KJ7BSO   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Why did the computation not include 100 bonus points under Rule 7.3.8 since I used only solar and
battery power?
KK0I   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
It was definitely a different and fun weekend from home this year. Ran the "Old Gal" (1919 Vibroplex
Original) for a majority of the contacts. The rest were done with a cootie or a straight key.
KK4AGN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KK4OHF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I ran 5 contacts from battery/solar but the electronic submission would not allow for my 1D to
include battery and solar.
KK4PIB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KM3D   Contact Moderator
I operated 'portable' from my garage; was '1E' because I used my existing multi-band vertical...
used only 3/4 tank of generator fuel for 12 hours of cruising the bands.  That '1D' to '1D' waiver
put a LOT of power on the bands and that made contacts tougher to come by.  Did the best on 15
meters; go figure!   73
KM4CQG   Contact Moderator
Outside temp was 95F in the shade I actually fried my laptop due to overheating.
KM4EOG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The most crowded field yet for me
KM4ND   Contact Moderator
First Field day in a new environment.  Really missed out on the fun of operating together - but had
fun none the less.  Operated entirely from a Raspberry Pi and via a FT-1000 Basic.  Had a blast and
hope next year to be operating with others.
KM4STS   Contact Moderator
This was our first home-based field day.  It was also the first one that KM4STS had help from his
younger (non-licensed) brother in logging calls.  KM4STU helped with the e-power set up.
KM4UDX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great fun to go outside and get all the gear working together. Even if you actually stayed inside --
you still had to get all the gear working. Which is not as easy as it seems. Hahahah.
KM6MTV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator

Field Day June 27-28 2020

I got up at 5:00 AM to take part in contesting for Field Day. After listening to dead air for 30
minutes, I thought way not take a picture and play with my camera? Besides that has to be more
productive than dead air, although it did disturb the dog napping on my lap.
KM6VME   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First field day that I actually worked for points.  It was fun.
KM6WBU   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KN4BAR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Home station operated on PV/battery power during all daylight periods and well into the night.
Generator used only at night to recharge battery to begin next day's operation.
KN4LEH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I had a blast. I think they should give extra points for using antique equipment. I was using a
"Kenwood 520" and an old "D-104" and an "I-max 2000" The "Kenwood" I had re-conditioned by a local
repair shop that specializes in old "Kenwoods". I had it set 70 - 75 watts. (it seems it is capable
of 90 watts)  I collect "D-104's" so they can not be turned into table lamps. I re-condition them
with all new felt and I.D.stickers as they came new. I clean all switch contacts and check solder
joints. Of course paint them to match modern day radio's. My "I-max" due to hurricanes in Florida
have re-glassed it several times for added strength. It still works great. This was my 1st 
transmitting in a "Field Day". I used to go with my father when I was a child. KN4LEH signing out
KN4RDF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I did QRP CW from this fantastic location near my home in Gennessee North Central Park:'55.0%22N+105%C2%B017'26.0%22W/@39.6986111,-105.2927496,

The noise level on 20m was S1, and the altitude of 8100 feet really helped to make for excellent
conditions! I'll be back for this place, perhaps working POTA.
KN4UPN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KN4VCQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Just licensed last year, my plan had been to participate this year as an observe  and ‘ease into'
HF. Well, that changed given the current situation with Covid-19. Well, that changed given the
current situation with Covid-19. While I decided to go it alone at home, it didn’t feel like I was
alone given the support I received from other club members. FD 2020 turn into a great time and
learning experience - fire hose learning opportunity on both operations and my rig.   
- Operated SSB phone from home with G5RV JR across roof line at 3'ft over ridge line (~30'-50' AGL)
- Proved out Raspberry Pi-4 - Logged via FDLOG on 
- Contacts - east coast from FL to VT and west to CA
- Short shutdown during storms
KN6CEI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KN6DOD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KN6GQS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First Contest and first real experience on HF. I purchased a Super Antenna MP1DXMAX for this event
to go into my go bag.
KN9W   Contact Moderator
Covid can't keep us off the air! Not a huge showing, but did the best with the time I had!  See
everyone next year!
KO4AWN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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KO4DN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Took about 8 months but was able to finish refurbishing a HYQUAD-244 that I received many years ago
from my Elmer (now SK) a day before field day. I had a great Field Day.
KQ1P   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Not my first field day, but my first solo field day. We had good weather and fair propagation.
KS1G   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
A satellite-exclusive operation.  My first time operating Field Day solo, and first time fully
manual instead of a large computer-controlled Oscar array and radios.  Lots of fun, and the weather
cooperated, but I need to grow 2 or 3 more arms!

Operating location:  Observatory Park at Turner Farm, Great Falls, VA. Grid  FM18ix.
KU9Z   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Well it wasn't as good as having the group together, but it was still Field Day and always a
learning event!
KV4ZZ   Contact Moderator
I operated from home qth due to covid-19 restrictions. Please apply points to club Moore County ARS
(Club Call NC4ML).
KV8Q   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Wow!!!  Many more stations that usual due to the Covid-19 virus.  Lots of folks
stayed home and operated 1D this year.  Things didn't start very well for the
first few hours; but, then conditions really improved.  Ten and fifteen opened
up Sunday and that was really a thrill, especially with this big antenna farm.
Thanks - 73  tom    Rig = TenTec Eagle @ 100 Watts    Antenna = Mag Loop (40
thru 15) and an Isotron-80 in attic 12' above garage floor and an indoor 10
meter dipole.
KW4GF   Contact Moderator
Well, I have to admit that I missed the comraderie of meeting the guys and gals at the park to
operate. It was not the same as my usual adrenaline for working all night long did not develop.In
fact, I was in bed by 11 PM and started operating at about 9 AM on Sunday. That being said, I did
work a few stations and had nice QSOs with N1RPH about lobsters in Maine and VE9EMM about visiting
New Brunswick. I wanted to just enjoy my operating time and did not choose to contest on this one.
Hopefully, the club will be back at the park next year and we'll have some good lunch and dinner! 73
de KW4GF
KW9R   Contact Moderator
Wow! Lots of stations. Makes sense. Folks that normally run Field Day in large groups stayed home
and got on the air as individuals. Made for a great Field Day!
KY0AZ   Contact Moderator
This was my first attempt at field day since being licensed.  First HF contacts made on my own
radio/antenna.  Looking forward to learning more this year and actually participating with the club
in 2021.  Lots of fun!
KY4L   Contact Moderator
ARRL Field Day 2020 – Experiment, Adapt and be Creative
by Jim Bogard, KY4L

Sometimes things just go right. Even with my penchant for putting things off until the last minute,
I was able to expand my station capabilities, operate using a new mode, and have a really great time
during ARRL Field Day 2020.

The Oak Ridge Amateur Radio Club (ORARC) was still deciding only a couple of weeks ago how to handle
Field Day under the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic social distancing restrictions when ARRL
issued revised rules allowing individuals to operate from home and pool their scores with a club or
group. I’ve had a 43’ vertical installed next to the house for awhile now that would tune on 40
m, 20 m and 10 m, but which stubbornly refused to tune at all on 15 m (not uncommon for this antenna
design), and was iffy at best on 80 m for lack of a sufficient number of radials. I had to do
something about this to participate in FD 2020 at home, since 15 m and 80 m are essential for a 24-h
event, during which bands open and close with the sun. One of the things I learned operating mobile
a few years ago (and something any low-band operator can tell you) is that you can make a short
antenna perform on long wavelengths by adding inductive loading at the base, so I dug out an old
mobile loading coil and attached it to the base of the 43’ vertical with alligator clips. My head
just about spun around when the newly loaded antenna tuned right up on 80 m!

But what to do about 15 m? My son helped me string up a half-wave dipole for 30 m a few months ago
so that I could have code practice with ORARC members WA0BAG, K8BPY, W4AJP and KX44CH. It’s a
simple thing, just 15 m of center-fed wire hung from the eaves of the house. Oh, wait … 15 m? It
loaded right up, of course! Zip, zop – I’ve now added two of the most important bands for Field
Day, most contests, and much DX for almost no additional effort.

Scoring for Field Day includes bonus points for sending formal message traffic and for using
emergency power independent of the commercial grid. I have a Honda generator, just waiting for an
excuse to crank it up, but there was no convenient ground for it. Thanks and a tip o’ the hat to
Dan, KC4CH, and Art, W4AJP, who graciously came over and helped me drive a rod in a place where I
could properly ground the generator while keeping it in the dry. More bonus points! 

The message traffic bonus dovetailed with a commitment I made as Middle East Tennessee Emergency
Radio Service (METERS) member to install, configure and use the Winlink digital messaging program
that works on HF. Winlink is neat because it can use any combination of radio, telephone and
internet to deliver message traffic, including attachments (just like e-mail), during a
communications emergency. Having put that off for months because of my discomfort with things
digital, I now had an urgent reason to git ‘er done. Let me just say that it’s much easier to
send ten ARRL-formatted Radiograms digitally than it is to check into a traffic net and peck ‘em
out one by one. Another FD bonus! – Plus, some of the recipients are now calling me to ask about
this strange hobby and to find out why somebody in Nashville called them with a message from me, an
added public relations opportunity!

All these improvements and the new mode actually worked as they should during Field Day, to my utter
amazement. And, if you think that only big guns with 100-ft towers and beams can do any good in
amateur radio, check out the breakdown of my contacts below. That little 15 meters of wire hung from
the eaves of the house performed very nicely in comparison with the bands served by the 43’
vertical. I feel like I lived up to the ask in the ARRL Field Day Bulletin: “Experiment, Adapt and
be Creative.“ Sometimes, things just go right!

Contact Breakdown by Band for KY4L
ARRL FD 2020
Band	 	QSOs
80m	 	55
40m	 	96
20m	 	87
15m	 	83
10m	 	6
KY4X   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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N0HR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First solo FD effort with an overnight operation. 100% solar/battery combination. Murphy struck in
multiple ways including thunderstorms and a farm cat who bit through my antenna wire. Thanks to the
family who allowed me to camp on their acreage for the operation!
N0MII   Contact Moderator
I’ll never forget this FD. RIP Dad
N0SUW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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N0TKN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Interesting Field day for sure.
N0UY   Contact Moderator
I always enjoy this event.  This year I dedicated my efforts to my best friend,  Arthur Hinrichs
K0QL who became a Silent Key in March of this year.  We often did field day together because we both
love the combination of Ham Radio and camping.  I could feel his presence with me throughout the 24
hours of the event.
N1API   Contact Moderator
I hope that all D stations will be able to work other D stations in coming FD years.  This is a good
way to generate activity from home.
N1BJF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I had a great time, hot and humid but always worth it!
N1EM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a good experience during ARRL Field Day at Crow Island. Until the rain hit.
N1HTS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
For my first FD at home I wanted to try running the ICOM 756 Pro II at 100 watts off of my
batteries. Turns out one 55Ahr battery was sufficient which is good to know for emergencies. These
are recycled UPS batteries with plenty of life in them.
N1LN   Contact Moderator
Wow – that was a fun time. Long before the ARRL finally made the 2020 rules change, allowing Class
D to work and score other Class D stations, my wife (N1YXU) and I decided we were going to do a 2
operator entry of some type from home. Yes, it would have been great to get together as a club, but
when 2:00pm Sunday came around all we had to do is shut off the rigs, disconnect the coax, save the
logs and find the recliner.  It was much easier than taking down many towers, antennas, packing up
the truck, bringing everything home, putting the home station back together, etc.  

We operated class 1D and took turns as operator. Laurie operated only SSB and I operated only CW. As
we both enjoy running, the Search and Pounce activity was kept to a minimum, but I did do some while
running SO2R. Our rates were always excellent with no shortage of stations calling us. During our
total of 18 hours 21 minutes of On-The-Air time, we averaged 98 QSOs per hour. For one statistic we
actually tied. We both enjoyed a BEST HOUR RATE of 144 QSOs per hour.  Not bad!

It was great to actually have some 15 meters and even 10 meters QSOs. The totals on those bands were
limited by only running one radio and my inability to do dualing CQs. In general we found the band
conditions absolutely OUTSTANDING although some QRN on Saturday night on both 40 and 80. The
beverages really helped out with their increased Signal to Noise characteristics and the K3
diversity capability.  We worked 79 out of 84 possible sections, missing Alaska, Northwest
Territory, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Virgin Islands.  We did get several KL prefixes in the
log but they were all portable outside of Alaska.

One interesting fact about this weekend and the entry class of D was that a full 60%, or 1079, of
the QSOs we made were with other class D stations. Just imagine what a different event this would
have been if the ARRL did not finally wake up and make that rule change!
N1MHV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Although we didn't get a chance to operate as a group, the goal of Field Day was met in my case. 
The gear functioned properly, the Generator ran like a champ.

If I had to deploy in an emergency to support communications in the event of an emergency, I have
full confidence to deploy under any conditions.
N1NDN   Contact Moderator
I would like my points donated to the Warren County NY RC. Thank you, I worked from home this given
the odd circumstances. The club call for the 2020 FD event was W2C.
N1RR   Contact Moderator
10M was fun on Sunday form 1345Z until the end. Worked two W6's and several Arizona stations, lots
of W4,W8,W9 and W0, a then WPA stations were coming too. 6M was also fun with double hop to STX &
WTX coming in.
N1XWI   Contact Moderator
Set up as a 1B station in the woods a good hike behind my house.  Fun time hauling the gear out
there.  Set up a 100 ft long doublet antenna with an open wire line. 
 Primarily made contacts via FT-8.  Also learned to send radiograms this year, so I was able to snag
the bonus points there.  

Wanted to do a bit of SSB operating, but I found it difficult to break through the pileups as
compared to the last Field Day I operated.  Ended up with ~140 digital contacts and 12 SSB contacts
vs the 90 SSB contacts I had in 2018.  I'm sure the 1D class rule change helped ensure that many
people participated this year, but I'm hoping by FD2021 things can go back to normal.  We'll see.

Overall a great time though, it was good to see the bands crowded in spite of current restrictions. 
Looking forward to 2021!
N2ELG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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N2FBV   Contact Moderator
First Field day using all FT8. 
Had loads of fun. Looking forward to next one.
N2LD   Contact Moderator
It was nice to see the good band conditions and the number of stations that were operating from
home. Thanks for changing the rules this year to allow "D" class stations to work other "D" class
stations for points. I hope that this change becomes permanent in future Field Days? 73 de N2LD
N2LDV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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N3BJY/KB3ZID   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Our first attempt at doing Field Day by the Bear Rocks Community Club.  Many members stopped by to
see the activity.  Three people want to study for a license.
N3XG   Contact Moderator
First time in a very long time I've actually gotten on the air and made contacts during FD. 
Normally, I'm doing all sorts of back end coordination activities for the club, helping with set up,
ensuring things are moving correctly and helping to make a good learning environment for the other
members. While this was not the best of situations, it was refreshing to actually operate for a
change and nice to know that despite the trying times, there were many that made this a very cordial
and fun FD.  I was happy to hear only a few curmudgeons bashing FD activities. To whomever made the
decision to allow 1D stations to work each other and contribute to their club scores... THANK YOU! 
73! de N3XG
N4HAY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a lot of fun as usual although the Knightlites club event was sorely missed. The station was a
K2 at 5W QRP to a 44ft doublet up 50ft class 1B(battery). QTH was Falls Lake State Park NC, camp
site 80 (N of Raleigh). Condx were fair on 40m & 20m. CW only and S&P.
N4HRL   Contact Moderator
Just want to make sure all my points go to my home club-W0MG.  I did learn a few things from this
experience.  I had planned to use two antennas but found out I didn't have enough barrel connectors.
 I used a telescopic vertical and it worked very well.
N4KIN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Wasn’t the same as being with my normal group but we made the best of it and had a great time
N4KS   Contact Moderator
The bands were wide open including 10 and 6 meters. Great to see so much CW activity (the mode is
not dead!). Reminds me of the good old days. 73 to all.
N4MIO   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The airwaves looked alot different, the field day site looked alot different and I bet the results
will look alot different this year but I am thankful for the learning experience even though I have
been a ham many years.
Hope all are safe,
Dwayne N4MIO
N4NSS   Contact Moderator
I need more solar panels.  This was just a test.
N4WD   Contact Moderator
Day one: Storms, rain, and winds. One antenna down from the tress and other one up to replace it.
Wet as can be,back to the table, under cover and the QRP rig. Two (2) 12 volt 7ah batteries for the
Day two:  Still had power enough on battery 2 for 5 or more hours. They lasted long than me. More
rain and storms on way, calling it a day.
N5CSU   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Fun weekend working FD from our back yard. Solar powered QRP rig on 20 meter SSB is pretty
challenging but every exchange was an achievement. Nice to see 10 meters open! 73 de N5CSU Dallas
N5DGK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
N5EPA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
As  expected, far less groups operating from the "field" this year. So working a particular call on
multiple bands by multiple group operators much lower.
N5LB   Contact Moderator
My favorite event and this year 15m and 10m were open, despite forecasted poor propagation.  Not my
best score this year but I think more fun with the 1-D to 1-D rule change.
N5NI   Contact Moderator
Thank you for modifying the rules for COVID-19. It was the best decision made!
N5PU   Contact Moderator
1st time in FD for over 15 years  Had a blast using 100W and hmbrew EFHW @20 ft.
Used an IC-7100 and CW memories and N!MM for psk.
N5QIM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Kenwood TS-2000, thru AL8-11A, thru AT600ProII tuner out to stealthy 119ft end fed inverted L at
30'. Also TYT-9800 Quad band FM transmitter on 2M and 70CM, out to a GP-6 stealth vertical.

Simple but fun!
N5QYC   Contact Moderator
It was interesting operating from home QTH due to Covid-19.  Participated in club function as well
with score going to North Arkansas Amateur Radio Society

Band was fickle as is normal for this contest.  Worked just about everything I could hear that could
hear me.  Worked 1E with 100 watts to a three element tri-bander on the roof of my QTH.  Elevation
2175 FT. from north central Arkansas.
FB contest,  See you next year!
73,  Joe N5QYC
N5QYQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Mike Fandell N5QYQ, is a board certified Safety Professional in comprehensive practice and Member of
the combined Gorham-Westbrook, Maine Chambers of Commerce. Mike completed his own FD2020 Safety plan
and served as a representative of a served agency as well!!!
N5ZQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I set up on my back porch using two AGM batteries connected in parallel. I used a solar panel to
help keep the batteries topped off until dusk. I had more than enough battery power to operate for
my entire 11 hours. Both of my kids made their first contacts on the radio as well. My son, 6,
seemed to really enjoy it.
N5ZY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I was in my usual panic state trying to get prepared right up to the starting time but unlike usual
I was at home not at the fire station with 50 or more people all trying to setup.  Instead I was
enjoying the air conditioning and trying to read my new radio manual and send out pertinent
information to club members via Mailchimp and deciding on my tactical plan.  I was still reading my
new owners manual in between periods of low activity.  The bands were jammed full from 6M to 80M so
I was really excited to hear so many voices and see so much activity on the ICOM spectrum scope. 
When I operated voice I usually had to operate S&P as I could not find a place to elbow in to run. 
I operated WSJT-X in FT4 for the first time heavily which was faster and a lot more fun.  And it was
another consecutive weekend with lots of Sp-E on 6 - it was amazing!  My goal was to operate CW this
year but I simply did not get in the practice so I went back to WSJT-X and voice.  I think the FD
was the first voice contact on my new radio (all other was WSJT and CW practice)!

One of the funny things was when I heard N4ZY calling CQ and I called him back with N5ZY and we both
had a laugh.  Also funny, I went to take a quick nap after 18 hours into the exercise and was later
woken by my wife who was worried I was losing valuable hours (in my sleep deprived stupor I didn’t
set an alarm).  I had evidently been asleep for 3 hours!  

I must admit it’s fun to operate Field Day without suffering heat stroke, sunburn and mental
exhaustion from helping to set up so many radios I’ve never seen before and computers, logging,
etc.  Also it was really nice to be home with my wife!
N6DB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
It was a lot of fun to setup my station from scratch in true FD style.
I operated from my home QTH on several wire antennas that were installed just for this event.

Station was an Elecraft K3, P3 and KPA500 [dialed down to 150W]
Antennas was 20m, 40m and 75m double-bazooka strung from a utility pole in the corner of the lot and
across the length of the lot in a fan formation.  The 75m antenna was suspended in a tree outside my
yard on the parking strip.  The other two antennas were suspended from poles on my roofs.

I've included a few photos showing the station, emergency power setup and wire antennas.

Propagation was interesting, not much success with contacts beyond the rocky mountains.
Worked a lot of stations in the western US states and a few in Canada.

73 and stay safe de N6DB
N6DW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Since I was Class D and home alone, I decided to have a little fun.  I operated phone, CW, RTTY, FT4
and FT8 for a total of 20 band/mode slots.  It would have been more if I hadn't gotten too sleepy
and bailed on 80m phone and 160m altogether.
N6EF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a blast working Field Day from the backyard. I built a portable battery box specifically for
Field Day and portable operation and used a solar panel to keep it charged. Everything worked better
than I expected.
N6KZ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Good conditions on 6M on Saturday morning, but then nothing more.  Fair conditions on the other HF
bands.  Missed going out with my local club (Yavapai ARC), but did enjoy working from home as a 1E
class station.  N6KZ
N6MI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
For Field Day 2020, I operated the N6MI ham van (solo) from 8,013 foot Frazier Peak in Ventura
County, California. I used a Yaesu FTdx101D for the low bands and six meters. I used an Icom 9700
for two meters and 446.0 FM. The low band antenna was a tri band yagi at 60 feet on a pneumatic mast
(installed in the former television news van). See for photos. I was visited by K6GTA,
N6RIN, W1BTW, BTW's son, and more than 20 motorcycle off road riders. I never ran out of stations to
work...thanks in part to the large number of Class 1D stations. 73
N6TRU   Contact Moderator
I selected the youth option, as I am a 17-year-old operator.
N6UA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was a Sunday satellite only operation from another section on the DN 71/72/81/82 grid corner.
Rig: Yaesu FT-1634 up to 5 watts and Arrow Antenna
N6ZE/M   Contact Moderator
N6ZE/M operated, or tried to, from Sacramento Valley & Oregon Sections while driving an R/V from
Beale AFB, CA to Whidbey Island, WA. On 6m, 2m, 70cm, I heard no one when at 2 rest stops in
Northern Sacramento Valley Section. However I did work one station on 6 meters, 2 meters, & 70cm
when I parked at an R/V Campground in Roseburg, OR (CN83)
Rig FT817 & whip.

Ventura County Amateur Radio Society is my home club, but Pacific Northwest VHF Society is my PNW
N7AME   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
All good intentions to be at a Washington State Park Ft. Flagler, on an island - Marrowstone Island,
near a Light Beacon - Marrowstone Point and even in a differ county - Jefferson County WA.       I
would be 1E .     The generator then quit and the computer for both digital and logging died.   
Sitting in the front seat in my pickup got very uncomfortable.   Then there was getting to the ferry
before they stopped for the night.   It was fun and I will do it again in a heart beat but it was
N7EPD   Contact Moderator
1D was 56% of my log.  I thought there would be a lot more 1E but only 20%.  Disappointing that many
people can't or won't have backup power for their home station.  Wasted a lot of time on 6 meters
hoping for DX.  FT8 is way too slow for HF. Generator ran out of gas 16 minutes after the end-
N7GYL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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N7RCS   Contact Moderator
I decided to operate 2020 Field Day from my South Florida location running a 9v-powered Mountain
Topper to a multi-band ground-mounted, base-loaded vertical with 5 radials. To further simplify, I
logged all contacts on paper. It didn't take long to miss N1MM auto-fill and dupe checking, and DX
Maps. Nevertheless I really enjoyed Field Day, having worked stations from Puerto Rico to Hawaii and
throughout the U.S. The impact of the pandemic was obvious, with so many single operator stations.
What challenges will 2021 bring? Regardless, I know hams are up for it.
N7RR   Contact Moderator
Thanks to ARRL officials for making special Field Day accommodations during this COVID-19 emergency.
73, Bruce Prior N7RR
N7SU   Contact Moderator
The ARRL decision to allow 1D stations to fully participate this year was appropriate and made a fun
event of what otherwise would have been a very down year for FD given the interpersonal contact
restrictions that responsible people are observing.  73
N7TEI   Contact Moderator
14 year old ELI's first time operating in the FD contest. he may have admitted that he really
thought it was way more fun than he thought
N7VZ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
All QSOs were completed using natural power (solar and solar-charged batteries).  It's nice to live
in a sunny place like Colorado!
N8A   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First field day with my daughter, KC8GRS. She got he license when she was 14 and lost interest.
About a month ago I showed her FT8 and she is back on the air! 

For FD I ran CW and she ran digital. We were 1E OH
N8EME   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Operated for almost an hour aeronautical airborne.
Weather had us end the day early but what a blast! 
It was nice hearing the excitement from hams getting their first airborne contact.
Some people invest in 199' towers. I wish the ARRL would open up aeronautical for contests.
N8EUI   Contact Moderator
I've been a ham for over forty years, but this is my second consecutive Field Day. Started out
operating FT8, but switched over to PSK31 halfway through the event. I had a blast. Already looking
forward to next year.
N8MP   Contact Moderator
I had a lot of fun running low power on only three bands, Saturday was a bust and only made 4
contacts because of time constraints. However, I had more time to make contacts on Sunday. Thanks to
the ARRL for changing the rules for this year, which allowed me as a 79 year old to participate.
N8PFK   Contact Moderator
Conditions where great, really enjoyed it this year !

Rich - N8PFK
N8SBE   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This year I tried out WSJT-X FT4 within the N1MM+ logger from my home station in the 2020 ARRL FD. 
My laptop integrated seamlessly for both audio and CAT with my USB Codec-equipped Elecraft K3S/P3. 
My antenna complement includes a homebrew 20M-6M six-band, two-element spider-boom quad up about 40
ft, and a ZS6BKW window-line fed dipole covering 80M-40M, up about 35 ft.  Just because I was
working FD from home (class 1D), doesn't mean I couldn't dress the part -- note the official 2020
ARRL FD shirt, cap and pin (and mug, not pictured)!
N8SDR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
With COVID 19 closing many facilities a small group of us made use of a member’s farm. Weather was
predicted to be hot nasty and as usual thunderstorms and rain (Your typical FD weather) to
accommodate the predicted  weather we setup inside one of the horse barns with a station at each
end, this provided shelter and a nice breeze. 

KD8SPA fabricated a very nice trailer mounted portable antenna mounting structure using an old
electric bucket truck boom and section of tower, on this we installed a M2 3 element 6M beam and a 2
element TH2MK3 tribander along with a side arm for an 80 meter Inverted V complete with rotator and
antenna switching. Our other antennas included a pair of 40-meter phased delta loops and a XR5. 

As always what's Field Day without great food, great company, and good laughs- We cannot wait for FD
N8TCP   Contact Moderator
Still had a great time.
N8YQD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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N9ASI   Contact Moderator
I've never submitted one of these before (NEW HAM with vanity call N9ASI)! Hope I got it right! On
the Bonus GOTA listing there is NO section for Frequency or Frequency Band. Any reason why not for
the Bonus GOTA Submissions list? Just curious why that's not also there.
Scott - N9ASI
N9CNF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
A lot of operators on the air resulted in "Wall to Wall" stations on pretty much every band. A lot
of people operating from home. We had a great time operating socially distant at a National forest
campground in NW WI!

N9GHP   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Hello from Mike, N9GHP operating Field Day 2020 on Saturday June 26th from Buffalo Creek Preserve in
Lake County, IL EN62. Operated 20 and 40m using an IC-7300 to a PAR End Fed wire. Support was a 40
foot Spyderbeam telescoping mast. Sunday skies, hot humid weather but a lot of fun. 

73 de Mike N9GHP
N9GQA   Contact Moderator
Tough conditions and I chose the probably toughest category using a Flex Radio 6400 and Dell Win10
Pro laptop to a broadband folded dipole in inverted V with apex at 20FT all powered by a Bienno
battery being charged by a solar power panel for the entire 4 hours I had to operate. My orginal
plan was to contribute in person at the Deep south Amateur Radio Club site in Chickasaw, AL but
medical issues limited time but do to new rules this yearI was able to contribute a few points to
the overall club score and had some fun. 73, Josh, N9GQA
N9KMY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Solar Power is whole house with 8kw inverter and 37 panel modules. See photos. Generator was
available but had plenty of sun to charge the batteries. In the summer I sell electricity to the

We hope this covid issue never happens again but from the comments I have heard, there are some who
participated this time that have never done this before and all liked the fact their points could be
contributed to the club activity. It might be good to be able to somehow integrate club members
operating from home in the future who are unable to take part at a remote site for various health
reasons. One member said he was able this time because it was from home and had to take care of his
spouse but found time to participate.
N9TNT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I worked the event with 3 of my college students from Trine University. One of the students drove
from New York to Indiana to participate. None of them had operated an HF radio before, and they had
a blast. They are now motivated to get a GEN license!
N9WL   Contact Moderator
Set up my Icom 706 and 20 M vertical in the backyard. That station is always running on emergency
powwer - solar and battery.

Grilled some burgers abd had a pot luck (translation: whatever was in the fridge) in order to have a
true Field Day.

Ony had a few hours to operate this year.

73 & Good DX

Lew, N9WL / CQ -- Confined to Quarters due to Covid-19 precautions.
N9WRP   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The club affiliation is the Chicago FM club - WA9ORC
NA6O   Contact Moderator
What's FD without a visit from Mr. Murphy? After a couple hours on 20, we have a power failure at
the remote site. UPS doesn't feed the 240V amplifier, so it went down hard, apparently while I was
transmitting. Power restored, but the KPA1500 is DOA. Ran barefoot the rest of the time. Trip up the
hill coming soon...

15 was poor Saturday so the entire universe was on 20. Multiple CQers on every freq. So I challenge
myself to work two at once with a single call. Running on 20 was a panic, like being fresh meat.
Pileups were very deep and nicely zero-beated, not the best for rate but quite a thrill to feel so
popular. 15 was great on Sunday, even got some EU.
NC0B   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
While my class was 1E, I used an antenna erected just for Field Day. It is a 40-foot-long center-fed
Zepp fed with open wire line at 50 feet in the air.  Tuned with a Johnson KW Matchbox.  Broadside
East/West on 10, 15 and 20m, the only bands I worked. Station was also temporary, setup on a card
table running an IC-7300 on two 80 AH AGM batteries in parallel.
NC3O   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Oops-when entering my contact info I mistakenly hit enter key after filling in the 160m band data. 
That is a common spreadsheet method to go down to the next row.  By hitting the enter key my
incomplete submission was sent.  My error! 
All my contacts were digital, power=150.
160m 3
80m 32
40m 17
20m 41
15m 20
10m 18
6m   7

Total 138

Thanks for your help in correcting this.  Let me know if I need to do more.
Thank you for providing a modified Field Day Event that gave many people a chance to participate
from home in a club activity without actually having to be on-site in this Covid-19 pandemic year!
John Himes NC3O
NC6K   Contact Moderator
Ah, Field Day. The chance to join others from the Poway Amateur Radio Society (PARS) in a blissful
outdoor location for 24 hours of uninterrupted radio fun. Not this year... Ran 1D from home station
due to COVID-19 local restrictions. I was going to try 1E, but didn't want to fire up my 8 kW
generator and irritate the family and neighbors. So much for preparedness.

The usual "interesting" stuff on the bands, but conditions on 20 M and
down were good for making a ton of contacts. As always, 6 M was pretty useless here for most of the
weekend. I sure do know my local ham friends' calls by now - you can only see them CQing for so many
hours before they get burned into your memory. There was also the excitement of listening to folks
attempt to use bugs and straight keys for the first time in a half-century. Nothing like a station
sending the error dits ten or so times during their exchange. 

I did get to get OTA and hand out almost 500 Qs on CW and FT4/FT8. I made 3 SSB QSOs on 20 M before
I remember why I detest phone contests. The QRM, doubling stations and failure to listen (only a few
stations) really made it an unpleasant experience for me. I went back to CW after five minutes.

I did get to use my VHF Winlink setup to send radiograms via RF, so at least that was in the spirit
of FD for Emcomm. It's nice to know I have that backup for when the Intrawebs go down.

Anyway, a good time was had by all (me). Thanks to everyone for the Qs and
hoping we get outside in groups by FD 2021.

73 de NC6K
NC6Q   Contact Moderator
Strange Field Day this year, right? But it helped immensely by having our club (Associated Radio
Amateurs of Long Beach) and a small 1D group on Contest Online Scoreboard the whole time in our own
Private Room! We even had a WhatsApp group chat going the whole time too! (WhatsApp can also be used
on a PC, so everything happens on the keyboard in front of you!) It was fun this way, but I prefer
the outdoors. Can't wait until next year!  --Bob NC6Q
NE1RD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
One battery, one oversized solar panel, and a QRP rig made for a wonderful weekend in my garage as
1B-battery. Participating with a club is fun, but this year I had the radio all to myself, and I
loved it!
NF4AC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The NF4AC group reached out to the public through social media (twitter, etc), and two TV Stations
came an interviewed Dr. Gordon Gibby that were aired over the weekend.  He explained how amateur
radio operators work with the local Red Cross, Shelters, Emergency Operations Center at the Alachua
County Sherriff's office.

We improved our antennas, operating modes, and incorporated Winlink messaging, 2.4GHz Mesh Network
for all Logging Stations using Ubiquity radios from inside the EOC to the NW Area 560 feet away. 
And, we even tried Satellite for the 1st time.

J. Trites, NO5X
NG6F   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a blast on my first Field Day weekend!

Met up with Matt Bennett, AC6X, at a beautiful overlook above Pasadena's Rose Bowl. Thanks to Matt
for sharing the secret spot and showing me the ropes from safe distance.

Cheers to CVRC and JPLARC, to ARRL, and to all operators, new and veteran.

NH7U   Contact Moderator
Most of the FT8 QSOs were with other 1D stations and won't count. With 77 solar panels on the condo
roof below my little 2 element yagi and with zero sunspots, all I have is evening FT8. At least I
had a few contacts this year. Sixty-six years a ham and counting.
NK5J   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
NM5RC   Contact Moderator
Club:  VCARA
NN2AJO   Contact Moderator
Call sign should read N2AJO not NN2AJO
NN4DF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I haven't missed too many Field Days since I was licensed in 1978 but this one sure didn't feel much
like FD. However, I didn't miss the Florida heat, bugs, or rain by staying cloistered in my shack!
NO6B   Contact Moderator
This year's modified rules gave a much needed boost to VHF & UHF FM activity, making this year's
Field Day the best in many years.  Would be nice if those modified rules could be made permanent.

Kind of wish there was an intermediate QRP category, say 30 watts max. for a X3 multiplier.  I chose
not to run 5 watts because that's not enough to be heard through the pileups on 2 meter FM.  30
watts would be plenty.
NR5N   Contact Moderator
Station Equipment:

Elecraft K1
OHR WM-2 QRP wattmeter
40M vertical Delta Loop (corner Feed - 4:1 balun) apex 45 ft.
Wal-Mart brand motorcycle battery for power
KN4YB 90 deg. bug
NV4C   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Despite the separation caused by COVID-19, I enjoyed my front yard Field Day for 2020.
NV6W   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I was sole handheld, battery powered station on Mt. El Sereno in Los Gatos, California (elevation
2,400'). It's a one hour, forty-five minute ascent on foot to the summit, at Montevina Ridge. 
146.52 FM was busy with FD operations, and I was hearing in all directions -- San Francisco,
Benicia, and Mt. Diablo.  Ironically, communications with the distant stations weren't possible due
to local QRM.  I signed off just after noon, and returned on El Sereno grade, in high desert weather
NW3V   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
(no comments)
NX6C   Contact Moderator
Thanks for the contest!  This was a great opportunity to get my station functioning and back on the
air after a year or so of being dormant. Moving things out of the way of my stations table was only
the start. My coax and dipole connector needed replacing. The radio software and computer software
needed to be updated.  The power cable on the rig needed to be replaced. And, I learned a lot about
my antenna analyzer.  The fact that I got any results is very satisfactory to this 70 something ham
radio operator.
Ted NX6C
NY9X   Contact Moderator
Satellite Contact is not in the log!!

K4BFT  2A AL on CAS-4A at 1618Z on 28Jun20
NZ1D   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator

I live on a postage-stamp-size lot in a sort of deed-restricted development.  For several years my
antenna of choice has been a half-size G5RV (aka center-fed Zepp or Collins feed dipole).  Several
years ago I replaced it with a plain old Zepp (I simply removed one leg and Voila! end-fed Zepp). 
As the old-timers knew in the age of BC (before coax) Zepp's worked well.  Due to some rework on the
house recently, I had to remove the Zepp, so it was back to basics for Field Day.  I defaulted to my
trusty two dollar MacGyver Q'nD ("quick and dirty") 20-meter vertical made from junk-box pvc pipe
and a chunk of wire from an old string of Xmas lights. It works fine on 20 (SWR about 1:1 direct)
loads reasonably well on 10 (1.3:1 via tuner).  I made a second, 15-meter version, using a 13-foot
Shakespeare Durango "crappie" pole and placed it in close proximity so I could use a quick
disconnect to switch the coax between them.  I knew I wouldn't be a big gun but I would have fun,
and after all, Field Day is about emergency preparedness, making do, and having fun in the process. 
And, I was on the air.  Remember, Thoreau told us, "Some men fish their entire lives without
realizing it's not fish they're after."
NZ4C   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
PE5TT   Contact Moderator
Conditions where very harsh into Europe, but i managed to get 19 FD stations in the log.
VA2NB   Contact Moderator
I had a lot of fun operating from my cottage as 1E at 5 watts using my battery powered Elecraft K2
and a 204 foot doublet at 60 feet. It was great to hear so many stations on the air. 


Michael VE3WMB/VA2NB
VA2SIB   Contact Moderator
My 1st FD participation! 

Most of the QSO where done in PSK31 mode.

Did a few on Phone and RTTY.

Will do it again in 2021!
VA3KWG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
from VA3KWG

First Feild Day since 1964 (that is correct 64),
I uploaded the Cabrillo log, what else is required.
Ken Gansel
VA3NNW   Contact Moderator
Wishing you all good health, good times, and good DX!
VA3QR/P   Contact Moderator
Ran the contest from Crown (Public) Land in Central Ontario, grid FN05MB. All powers was supplied
from solar panels into LiFePO4 cells, antenna was an NI4L 270' OCF dipole across Black River at
elev. of 30'. Was a great contest! See my Twitter (@VA3QR) for picutres! vy 73 de VA3QR
VA3YYF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I used my Yaesu FT2DR radio 5 W QRP with my Arrow Antenna with 3 VHF elements and with 7 UHF
elements.  I made one contact on UHF. The others were on VHF.  My location was pleasing - the
Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa.  It has a high lookout area - good for VHF and free parking spaces and
grass slopes down to Dow's Lake in the distance.
VA7IQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Usually work with Delta ARS at a Field Day site on one band. This year gave me a chance to work
several bands. 😀
VA7ROH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Selected to park my vehicle in the upper lot at Mount Seymour in Vancouver BC.  A short hike off
trail I setup a 20M wire dipole inverted V with a 2m/70cm slim-jim vertical.  The weather was clear
but very cold.  Limited my QSO's to just search and pounce to conserve battery power.  Radios use
were Elecraft KX3 and Kenwood D71A.  Home brew antennas.  20Meter dipole was tenable for 10 and 6
meters.  A solo attempt and submitting my points to pool up with other club members of the Coquitlam
Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society (CARESS) VE7SCC.
VE2DDZ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
A solo effort this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.  I operated from a soccer field as 1B QC.  I
turned the power down to 5W.  I operated eight or nine hours total.  Thanks to all for their
patience digging my signal out of the noise.
VE2ESX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Used 2 12V Batteries in parallel + Solar power ( 250W) charging unit during FD for transmitting and
receiving puposes. 

5 QSO's used were set aside for Natural power PH QSO bonus. The five QSOs were deleted from Cabrillo
list and are listed seperatly.

Tuition for 6 youths was given by me during a 45 minute period just before they actually performed
communication operations under my surveillance. 

I do have a video demonstrating of myself giving tuition to youths under 18 yrs, explaning how
communications are performed and the use of International Phonetics.This file is too large to send
to you (113Mb). Please let me know if there is a way that I can send it to you. Regards 73's  Ronald
Racine VE2ESX
VE2GAT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Social media ve2gat on twitter
VE2THQ   Contact Moderator
Just to be sure for the "alternate power" I did all contacts using a solar array and batteries. I
included the same log. I was using an Astronomy club cabin.
VE3BK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was a different experience for us, running 1D from home because of the COVID-19 and not as a
Hamilton Amateur Radio Club event at one of the parks in Hamilton using VE3DC. One of the guys did
run 1B from a public location though. so some people were able to see Ham Radio in action.
      73 Rick VE3BK
VE3DTI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
VE3LBU   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Manual form correction on the 3, 2M contacts. Should have been listed under the PHONE category, not
Digital as submitted.
VE3MCF   Contact Moderator
Enjoyed it all.  Even the challenge of preparing software and hardware.  
Prepared two complete stations.  Main Flex-6300 was one station.  
The second station was my KX3 with 3 Gel Cell batteries charged by solar panels for power.  
I only used one at a time.  Used Flex-6300 on Sat. for 93 FT8 contacts.  
Used KX3 using Gel Cells for 59 contacts, FT8 and FT4 on Sunday.  
Originally I was going to switch back to the 20 watts of the Flex, 
but discovered the 5 watts of the KX3 was almost as effect as the 20 watts 
of the Flex, so I stayed with the QRP station.  
I was using DXKeeper for logging and showing DUPES in WSJT-X, transfering 
log data from Flex station computer to KX3 station computer.  
But decided that N1MM would give me the standard contest log with statistics.  
I wound up logging 152 contacts, but N1MM decided I had 2 dupes, so only 150 qso's counted.  
I missed the fact that natural power was not allowed for class 1D.  
But I did get FD message using Fldigi on 40 and 80 meters on Friday night.

If only I knew earlier what I know now.  Because QRP stations are so 
effective in FT8 and FT4,  I would have used 1E class, and used 
battery power at 5 watts to get the 5X multiplier for power.  
Probably less qso's, but more points.  
Plus I'd get 100 points for natural power as an extra.

BTW:  In the FD submission application: For the power sources question (all that apply!). 
I responded commercial, solar, and battery.  BUT, the system responded that 
solar and battery did not apply because I had also had commercial.  
Those errors don't make sense since they asked for "all that apply".  
Strange filter.

Doug, VE3MCF
VE3NA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My all natural power set up to charge batteries prior to FD and keep them going during the contest.
QRP 5 W with my KX3 and laptop powered with the battery set up.
VE3SCN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Lots of fun this year despite not participating as a group. A thunderstorm forced me off the air for
an hour but I was still quite happy with my score.

Special thanks to N3FJP for the Web Contest Status Uploader. It was a great addition to the club
website. Being able to compare scores during the event was really neat.
VE3VY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Entered the ARRL Field Day event as a Class 1E using my Knwd TS-590SG reduced to 5W. All contacts
were made at 5W using CW only. About 95% of my QSOs were made with "D" or "E" stations - sign of the
times and they were the ones with bigger/better antennas to hear my weak signals - LOTS of repeats
but it worked! My power was supplied by 2 Marine deep-cycle batteries run in parallel and they
worked the whole event without fail due to low power consumption. Lots of fun; but without so many
stations, QRP would have been difficult - I think I'll stick with QRO (100W) per my normal. Tnx for
the patience .... 73, Al VE3VY~VA3KAI
VE5DLD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Only operated for about 4 hours with batteries charged with my home solar system.  The KX3 did
really well with my homebrew 20m vertical antenna.  I had a really good time on the air!
VE6NQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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VE7UTS   Contact Moderator
The web entry form supports uploading only one file for the dupe sheets.  Since I had 3 files and
don't know how to combine them, I uploaded them in some unused documentation upload lines in the
bonus points area.

The public place is Seymour Provincial Park, near North Vancouver, BC.  I chose the site at 5:30pm
on Friday.

I am a member of the North Shore Amateur Radio club of North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  This was not
the club's station.  I designated my club here so that my points could aggregate with other club
members for the club totals per the special arrangements for 2020.

I operated 12 of the allowed 24 hours.

I would have sent a Radiogram to my section manager, but I could not figure out who that is.  It is
not listed on the ARRL website.  I asked the Northwestern Division Director, and he replied, but did
not answer my question.  I suggest ARRL specify to whom this message should be sent if the sender is
not inside USA.
W0CZ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I was surprised how few #A stations I worked. As usual my Elecraft K3S at 5 watts worked well on my
32 ft fiberglass with speaker wire vertical using the chassis of my camper for a counterpoise and 5
watts using two batteries charged by a 100 watt solar panel worked. I missed the social activities
with my friends but did keep social distancing.
W0EJ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was different for us Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club members but I love FD and wouldn't have
missed this opportunity even if I did operate 1E. Thanks to all that worked me. 73 Bill W0EJ
W0GN   Contact Moderator
My 61st FD.  Put up an antenna just to get on HF for FD.  It must have coupled RF into the power
wires destroying several GCFI's and tripping several breakers (none on the ham shack circuit).  Wife
complained of GCFI's buzzing loudly culminating in a loud bang. --W0GN
W0IS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
We thought it was important to operate Field Day from an actual field this year, so we set up in a
local park and operated for a couple of hours between other commitments.  The HF station was on 20
exclusively, and worked about a dozen contacts in a couple of hours of casual operating.  The VHF
station consisted of a 2 meter handheld, but didn't raise anyone, despite several calls.
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W0NT   Contact Moderator
I started out with FT4, but WSJT-X crashed every few minutes, so I switched to
FT8.  20m was busy Saturday and Sunday, but I switched to 10m for the last
couple of hours.  This is my first Field Day as a 1 and as a C.  The Waterton
Contest Club has been 7E for the last few years.
W0UHU   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Additional clarification on natural (/alternative) power is needed. 

Colorado Springs Utilities has a program where the city owns a large solar panel farm, and customers
like me can sign up for 100% solar power. There is a small premium on my electric bill as a result.

So does this count as natural power? It's obviously not emergency power, because if the grid fails
then the power is out. But it seems as if the goal of awarding points for natural power is to
encourage solar/wind/etc. In that case, the Colorado Springs Utilities system should count as
natural power even though it is delivered through the grid infrastructure.
W0UI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This year I am struggling with cancer and didn't want to adjoin the ARES team due to a compromised
immune system. 
I had intended to use my two 5500w generators but read the COVID-19 Class D changes and decided to
just run commercial power this year due to my related strength issues.
My wife assisted me this year as well.
Thanks for all your effort. 
73 "Woody"  w0ui
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W1ANT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First time I've used a coax as the radiating element after antenna failure! Still got 51 digital
QSO's on the coax using 2W of power.
W1CTC   Contact Moderator
I like the home station club rule this year. I suggest it be used for those club members that can't
go to the field day site. A limit would be needed.
W1DGL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Correction to my Cabrillo's Soapbox:
Unlicensed ops were present, but chose not to operate; K7IOG (Ernie DeLeon) was not able to attend
(medical reasons); only Chris Carter, N7HVC stopped by the site and operated for about an hour
The rest of the duration I was the sole operator/logger.
 - Mike Belanger, W1DGL
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W1FYG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a great time experimenting and making comments.
W1IZZ   Contact Moderator
It is too bad that the rules weren't modified to allow portable operation from your yard to be
counted as portable.  If a person puts up antennas specifically for the event and uses emergency
power, I cannot understand why that is not counted as being portable.  Many clubs use field day
sites that are nearly like being in a house--if someone operates in their yard in a tent, using
temporary antennas and emergency power, this seems much more like good practice for an emergency
than many club operations.
W1JKU   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great Field Day. Thank you for adjusting the rules a bit for COVID-19
W1MII   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The Easy Reader is a local newspaper. The EasyReaderArticle.pdf contains an interview of several
members of W6HA. I've highlighted my name in red.

Our 3 operators were Dick Barch, W1MII, Betty Barch, N6VZF, and our newly-licensed nephew, Fidel
Martinez, KN6GHV.
W1MWV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Contacts were made using battery power while airborne in a Cessna 172M
Skyhawk. Registration N46493, owner Mike Brown, WB2JWD. Pilots, Mike Brown WB2JWD and Rich Palatino
KB1WDW. Radio Operator, Marcia Steger KB1WEP. 

Flight was conducted above the New York Finger Lakes between KITH and KDSV. Contacts were made using
portable power at 5 watts.
W1OH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
An unusual ARRL FD this year!  Most years I operate with the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (MA)
2A group, but like many others, I setup at home for a 1D operation.  To make it a little more like
Field Day, I setup a portable doublet on a 35 ft telescoping mast by the garden.  The station
equipment came outside to a table under a canopy between the garden and the garage. We used N3FJP FD
software to log, and networked to another club member's server to see live progress amongst other
FARA members during FD. My two older grandkids provided the operating talent (and some chocolate
chip raspberry muffins) while I served as the logger for the event (and provided the chocolate chip
cookies).  We spent about 3 hours on the air on Saturday afternoon then 5 more hours on Sunday until
2 PM. The older grandkid, K1GAY, made 30 of the 35 total QSOs.  A good time was had by all!
W1SEX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
FD 2020 is the most realistic Field Day I have ever experienced.  In December of 2008 the North
Central Massachusetts region, suffer from a devastating ice storm that knocked out power for up to
two weeks.  During that time, many communities utilized ham radio for logistical support.  In the
City of Gardner, there were ham stations posted at the police station, middle school shelter, and
shelter at the Mass National Guard Armory.  That is just three field operations.  All the other
active hams, particularly licensed CERT members, worked from their homes under emergency power. 
Short of hams responding to calls for support out of their home area, I believe most ham radio
operators would be working from home which makes this Field Day event most realistic.

The Mohawk Amateur Radio Club that serves the Greater Gardner Area.  Paul Topolski, W1SEX activated
the city Emergency Operations Center which has an impressive ham radio installation.  In the spirit
of Field Day, Paul and club members install additional temporary antennae and an HF station for the

One asset we did not have in 2008 was the inexpensive video conferencing applications that are here
today.  To maintain club adhesion the members used a Zoom Room conference application to keep in
touch.  The Zoom room allowed members to ask questions of each other and report progress during the
event.  In order to keep the conference live for the twenty-four plus hours of the event, Ken
Burstall, WB8PKK offered the use of his subscription.

Pictured above are Ken Burstall WB8PKK, Paul Topolski W1SEX, Todd Sanders K1TKS, Kevin Erickson
N1ERS, Pete Osowski K6IPO, and Bob Coleman, K1QED
W1TJL   Contact Moderator
It's not a contest??  Sure sounded like and felt like on to me.  People trying to steal frequencies,

But the big story was 10M!  There is a light at the end of the tunnel!  Sunday Am I decided to go up
and see if I could pick up a few an immediately heard and had a contact with some stations in
France.  Really strong and they were off the back of the beam.  Then one of the French stations
spotted me and the damn broke...  I expected to be there a few minutes but ended up staying to the
end.  Made 618 contacts and it never slowed down.The only band I made more contacts on was 40 where
I had 872.

All the bands were pretty good but I couldn't work 160 because that antenna is down (by design) and
80 was quite noisy.  But 20 never closed and 15 and 10 were great.

OK, so it's not a contest.  But it felt like one.  My rate for the entire
contest exceeded exceeded 138 for the entire 16 hours plus.

A number of us decided to submit scores for the FD effort under the name of out Western CT subset of
YCCC under our local "Murphys Marauders".  If my
results are indicative it should be a good group score!

73, Tom
W1UC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Twin State Radio Club entry W1UC maritime mobile in the Gulf of Maine. All solar powered on HF and
W1WAB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Enjoyed FD 2020, although the Covid-19 situation forced me to operate from home as 1D WCF. Made 34
contacts, mostly FT4 & FT8 using just 19 watts on my attic dipole. 73! Bill W1WAB
W2ACE   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
W2ACE - 1B - 20 Watts, battery power, camping along the Skykomish River near Baring, WA.
W2ASD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W2EG   Contact Moderator
With the virus circumstances and modified rules, there seemed 
MANY more stations on the air, and many fewer multi-transmitter 
class A stations. Nice to hear so much activity. Strictly cw 
operation for me. Standby generator here at home. My usual 
antenna: end-fed wire at ~50'. Conditions poor for first few 
hours, but seemed to steadily improve for the rest of the event. 
80 cw very nice Saturday night and 20 in good shape Sunday 
mid-day. My favorite band (40) let me down this year. Heard some 
very poor cw signals: chirps and splatter galore. Enjoyed 
operating and thank all for the QSOs.     73, Rich, W2EG
W2HCB   Contact Moderator
It was a big difference in the way to we do  field day for the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club,



W2IIT   Contact Moderator
W2LNX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I had a wonderful time operating my digital modes station on my deck at my house. The weather was
perfect on Saturday and Sunday. -- David, W2LNX
W2SO   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Our 5A site consisted of 3 campers, 2 utility trailers, several tents, and a barn. We were able to
socially distance, and the 1000' site allowed by rule was very helpful to that goal. We had several
operators, some new hams, some seasoned ops, and some returning to the hobby. Great food as always!
W2WCM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W2XYZ   Contact Moderator
The virus might have kept us away from operating together in the field, but it didn't stop us from
having fun or demonstrating our skills to communicate.  The 1D operation isn't as exciting as field
operation, but it certainly is more comfortable.
W2ZC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Fun FD, nice to see 10 mtrs open!
W3DJS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W3GH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W3KWH   Contact Moderator
The Steel City ARC club had a lot of fun with this Field Day it was great to see all the band so
active letting us make a lot of contacts
W3MCC   Contact Moderator
OOPS! The Section should WPA 
We had a visitor! W3BC Joe, WPA Section manager.
AA3JM rig: Yaesu FT-450D and a homebrew soundcard
to radio interface made by me!
W3ON   Contact Moderator
I enjoyed operating Field Day from home this year. It gave me a chance to try my new transceiver and
vertical antenna. I did miss not being at our club's Field Day location this year. But we decided
that it was better to be safe than sorry in possible exposure to that blaster corona virus covid19
that has effected all of us world.
W3PJ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W3TTT   Contact Moderator
I used commercial power, but next year will try to have battery power installed.  

How about a "FIELD DAY" in the fall and the spring? How about four field days each year?  How about
a QRP only Field Day or Days?  CW only Field day?
W3YJ   Contact Moderator
100% solar powered, category 1B, not sure how to enter this on your entry form.
W4DIT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Always great fun. WB4CSG would have loved this FD. He was and is missed. Let's do it again in
October. In fact, let's do FD in October next year and every year from now on. Thanks to K4AL for
all his help over the years.
W4JNH   Contact Moderator
I noticed a difference in what areas I could receive.  I wonder how much the propogation was
affected by the Sahara dust particels.  

This was my last contest as my HF station has been sold due to downsizing.
W4KFC   Contact Moderator
Proud to activate Vic's W4KFC call for this field day! Had many CW chats with ham who knew Vic well
and I let them know about the Clark Memorial Amateur Radio Club!

No I was not using Vic's "CQ FD W4KFC" code wheel but if you want to see a picture of Vic's
invention - and read his exact CQ message around the edge! - you can see it here:

Would usually operate from W3AO, camping out overnight on site, but this time I had the luxury from
operating from home! Because the most productive single band CW radios at W3AO make above 2000 QSO's
for more than 8000 points, I made my personal goal 8000 points.

But I was going to do it different: QRP with 5x multiplier.

Rig and computer powered by solar-charged battery. Fortunately the rig only takes 1.2A on receive
and the computer, an Intel NUC, runs just fine on 12V. (I had owned the NUC for years thinking it
needed 19V but some research showed that it was specced for 12V all along!)

Started out on digital too see how much I could push FT4. Quickly figured out that bozos not using
field day exchange absolutely ruined the rate. Shouldn't have even tried digital, should've stuck to
CW all the way.

Took me a while to find my groove on Saturday afternoon operating QRP in FD for the first time. Was
able to do some running on 40 and 80 by going to the periphery of the band

100 bonus points - 100% Emergency Power
100 bonus points - Alternate power
100 bonus points - W1AW Bulletin. Copied the 10AM CW bulletin. The first time I'd copied a field day
bulletin since I was a teenager.
50 bonus points - Web submission

And 5x multiplier on the QSO points - all QRP, all solar-charged battery!
W4MLB   Contact Moderator
Field Day 2020 was a much watered down event, because of the precautions needed for COVID-19. In
years past, this was our club's 2nd biggest activity, next to our yearly Hamfest & it was always
well attended & everyone looked forward to Field Day. 

With the COVID-19 restrictions & a membership having a lot of senior folks in our club at risk, we
decided it was best to not move forward with the normal Field Day activities. We still operated from
our club station, but with an extremely limited handpicked crew, with everyone on the team being
well, understanding the risks & also maintaining the COVID-19 precautions, such as social
distancing, etc. 

Because of the restrictions & having a limited team at the station, we did not do most of the normal
Field Day recommended activities, such as publicity (no one come come out anyway!), GOTA station,
Education, Field Day Messages, etc, just to name a few. We actually encouraged members NOT to come
out to the station, unless they had been approved as an operator for the team. Even then, we took
precautions for the operators, to only have just the operators required for that shift at the

The team functioned as they do for many of the other contests during the year. There was no extra
fanfare of the Field Day activities, no comradeship among the members except for the team, etc. We
turned in our score & while we don't think we did too bad, we know that the extra stuff was not done
& we will be far away from our normal standings. This whole year will just be a wash. We can only
hope COVID-19 will subside next yer & things will see a return to normal. Truthfully, submitting the
Field Day form this year, felt like your NFL team didn't make it to the playoffs.

On a possible brighter note, because only a select few operated at the club station, many members
attempted to operate from their home stations, with the relaxed Field Day rules this year. We
encouraged members to operate from home if they were able to, & several members were noted as being
on the air over this weekend for Field Day. Maybe this is something that ARRL needs to look at for
the future.

Here's hoping 2021 will be a better year. 

PCARS 2020 Field Day Chairman
W4RKC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W4TLA   Contact Moderator
This was my first Field Day so I thought I needed to participate in some way.  It actually worked
out that we could operate from home because I, at least, had some knowledge regarding my home shack
and what I could do from there.  I did a little voice but mostly worked FT4 and FT8 on 10, 15, 20,
and 40 and had a blast.
W4WV   Contact Moderator
Although different this year, I enjoyed this Field day event. Air Conditioning, Kitchen, Clean
Bathroom, Refrigerator, and a beam at 52 ft. Worked everyone I called. Hope everyone enjoyed it. 73,
Bill  W4WV
W4YS   Contact Moderator
It was a very interesting Field Day this year.  When I decided to work as a mobile station (1C), it
did not occur to me that, due to the pandemic, the rule change allowing Delta stations to contact
other Delta stations for points would flood the airwaves with powerful signals.  The plus side of
that is more people could stay home and still operate in Field Day.  But for a tiny mobile station
with ham sticks, it was an excellent exercise in breaking the pile up.  All is not lost because
Murphy showed up and it was a perfect time to test the power of ingenuity, patience, and clear
thinking.  Of course, the experience this year always creates resolve for next year.  Like, next
year I will park the truck under the trees and raise a big antenna.  73
W5AP   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
LOTS OF 1D stations this year - which was nice to see so many who couldn't have participated

A great plan to allow stay at home hams to participate in their clubs.
W5FMH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Eric Santon KJ0D=BEAST MODE! He put us on the map in 2020 FD... lots of stations on 1D due to
coronavirus... but we made the best of it. 9 hours operating and 846 q's
W5JAC   Contact Moderator
Worked from home due to virus restriction. Used Yaesu RT-450D @ 5W with end-fed 40-10 wire @ 5W. I
wish I had known the 5W bonus was not available using commercial power. I'm sure I would have made
many more contacts with more than QRP. Went from anticipate 850 points down to 320. I still enjoyed
it but am disappointed that it wasn't clear to me from the rules.
W5MBH   Contact Moderator
ARRL Bulletin was recorded on 40 meters - much QRM on 20 and 40 meters.
W5MSL   Contact Moderator
I had a great time working my first field day with my HF RIG! It was a great time and I cant wait to
do it again!
W5TAF   Contact Moderator
Had a lot of fun. Set up a large tent with my four year old and operated until 2am ET. Started up
again at 7am. The little guy went to bed for I did!
W6BS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
We worked as Club River City ARCS.  With Team name of the club N6NA for

We had pretty good participation in the Pandemic year 2020.  Most worked from home.  Some went to a
park.  We will all submit as a aggregate club.
W6BSD   Contact Moderator
I have been running this year Field Day from home operating on emergency power (batteries).
The radios are IC-7200 for digital work and an FT-891 for phone.
My main antenna is a Hustler 4BTV.
W6COW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Operating with my KX3 at 5W on battery and solar power. Thanks to everyone who picked up my signal. 
With so many stations operating from home it was sometimes difficult to get through with QRP power.
One battery failure but had over five hours of solar power during the day. I never heard any RTTY
signals this year. Everyone must be on FT8.
W6DOJ   Contact Moderator
K6ON, K6XN, K6YN and K6LNP operated from an elevation of 5000 feet near the top of Remington Hill on
private property located in Nevada County, California, owned by K6XN and K6XXN in the middle of the
Tahoe National Forest. The last two miles to the edge of the forest property is by way of a Forest
Service dirt road ( we mostly use four wheel drive to make it in and out again). We typically share
our location with some local bears that enjoy crossing our location up there to enjoy contiguous
water sources  It was a beautiful weekend. We primarily used some old antique but lovable KLM
antennas we have restored and positioned near the top of the hill : a monster four element KLM 40M
beam, and a KLM KT34 four element 20/15/10M beam plus an inverted Vee antenna suspended from a tall
pine tree for 80 Meters. We have additional towers and beams up but we only used these three this
Field Day. Lots of fun. Thanks for the QSOs all…
W6DPS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My first try of a 1C entry for Field Day. It has challenges that are different from club entries.
All Field Days have been a learning experience, including this one.
W6GEE   Contact Moderator
I am claiming bonus points for "Natural Power" for all of my 226 CW QSOs. The Station I operated on
those QSOs was solar powered.
W6GOL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
ZeroFive Antenna
W6JW   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club operated a single transmitter station at Todd Longshore Park in
Canyon Country from 11:00 am until late afternoon on Saturday. We were equipped to operate on 80,
40, 20, 15, 10 and 2 meter bands. 
Our minimal operation was due to the current Covid 19 pandemic.  We wanted to activate the W6JW call
and be on the air to continue the tradition of our club radio operation on Field Day. With help from
many members we had a successful day on the air.
W6NCT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This year's CORONA-19 pandemic tossed a jumbo monkey-wrench into our normal planning for Field Day,
which would have been our 20th consecutive year operating as N6R at the prestigious Reagan
Presidential Library and Museum.

Not letting a silly pandemic get the best of us, the local Amateur Radio community pulled together
to support several activities and initiatives to get as many of the local Hams on-the-air.  For
example, we organized a local competition honoring the late K7FE/sk (ref.,
providing mentoring and loaner equipment to newbies (and other Hams) to help them enjoy Field Day,
even if they ONLY had a Technician License and maybe an HT.  In addition, we used Contest Online
Scoreboard to share real-time tracking of our progress.  But what was even more effective was that
we supported a 24-hour ZOOM session, and a 24-hour VHF net to provide real-time (e.g., Elmer,...)
support to anyone that needed it. 

As for me, I operated a modest two-transmitter (1D) station (e.g., FT-920 for HF, and IC-706mk2g for
VHF and UHF); but as simple as that was, it was still fun!

Thank-you for continuing to support Field Day, and the Hams that look forward to it each year.


Vern (de W6NCT)
W6NS   Contact Moderator
First time on the air in three years.  Took some time to get somewhat back in the groove with the
old stuff; rig, confuzer, interface and logs.  The major brain twister was getting WSJT-X to work
with the K3 and talking to the logging software, that was finally accomplished Saturday evening (OK
it took a half bottle of red wine -  the good stuff).

If the noise does not drive me crazy I may try FT8 & FT4 again, Scientific Set Back does not work
with my hearing and I can tell I need to spend some time with the original digital mode to get back
up to speed. 

Thanks to those that made the software workable to the dummies that can read the books (manuals or
whatever the new generation calls them)
W6PZ   Contact Moderator
The entry form does not allow (or explain) for the 2020 aggregate club score entry.  It appears to
be the pre-COVID 19ion.
W6RO   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Thank you for doing field day, With safety precautions in place, A lot of our members decided to do
1-D stations.  This was basically a GOTA station (our only station) not specifically designed for
points, but to get new hams, and new General hams on the air, and making contacts, as well as
showing visitors what Amateur radio can do.
W6RT   Contact Moderator
100% of QSOs were made using solar power and battery. The setup comprised two 25W solar panels, a
20A charge controller, and a lawnmower starter battery. The controller fed into a RigRunner power
distribution module.
W6SFI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The feed line to my hex beam had a short, so no directional gain.
Got a mast to 35 feet to support a giant folded dipole, which needed
a field repair and several rounds of untangling.
That giant folded dipole turned into my best antenna for the weekend,
even though it was oriented to favor the west coast.
Wanted more contacts but considering what else happened I'm satisfied.
Now that I have a solar panel, I may never go back to generators!
W6VJT   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
W6WDS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Following social distancing requirements and working from home on battery power.
W7CD   Contact Moderator
Absolutely insane number of digital stations.  Never saw so many decodes on my screen.  50+ each
pass on FT8.
W7ERY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I need to work on my antennas on my boat.
W7JAX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W7JMM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W7RCH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Our organization and our City have been proud to participate in Field day for the past several
years.  It gives our operators a chance to experience 24 hours of continuous operation with an
expectation of accurate communications exchanges, just like a real emergency.  CHARC is also proud
of the fact that we do not reach outside our normal membership ranks for expert operators to boost
our score ("No ringers policy"). A majority of our membership are somewhat recent Tech Class license
holders, and FD is an opportunity to let them see the HF side of amateur radio.    Our resiliency
was challenged with hardware and software failures, which we had to resolve to stay on the air and
be effective.  In spite of Covid-19 and no Sunspots, it was a great time.

Carlos Cardon, W7QL
President of the Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club
W7SUA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great Fun! This year with the 2020 rules I set up at our family cabin using our pine trees with
permanent pulleys to support my antenna. I used JS8 at 20-50 watts feeding a Chameleon EmComm II set
up as an Inverted L. Propagation a bit rough but my station was effective for FD. de Tom W7SUA
W7TID   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
There were two operators for the 24 hour period.
Robert Wagner w7bob and Dave Karaloff n7ezq.
We worked out of our new club trailer that has two work stations.
We utilized Solar, Battery and Generator for both stations.
W7WVF   Contact Moderator
I am a member of Coos County Radio Club and would like my results to be associated with it.
W7XZ   Contact Moderator
Not the same as going out with the club, but enjoyed the event.  Lots of 1D and 1E stations with a
sprinkling of Class A and B.  Looking forward to what will hopefully be something closer to
normality next June.  In the meantime, everyone stay well!
W8ASA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Hoped for an opening on 10 or 15, but didn't happen in Ohio. Still had fun at home, but missed the
camaraderie of our fine Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club.
W8BUD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was great Field Day for me operating from the Bluffs of Lake Michigan what a big opening on 10
and 15 meters had 34 QRP contacts on 15 remind me of old times anyway lots of fun thanks for all the
q" 72/73 Bud
W8ISH   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great FD.  Mid-State ARC had 15 operators active in contest.  Almost twice as many as at a remote FD
site.  Due to the stay at home operation we had several first time Field Day participants.  Bands
were good and I enjoyed the competition using FT8 and sending WinLink messages.  
Jack Parker w8ish
W8MAL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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W8MET   Contact Moderator
At the last minute of operation many stations were active and still creating a pile-up as if we were
a rare DX station.
W8NOR   Contact Moderator
Great event, lots of CW stations. Set up an old Ten-Tec Argosy transceiver with solar panels and
battery in my workshop with an end fed wire antenna which worked great on 20-40-80. Note: I don't
think FT8 is an appropriate emergency mode. Just saying.
W8OI   Contact Moderator
My operation should be credited to my local club which is submitting its parent entry separately. 

Signed, Garry Ritchie, W8OI
W8SBL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Great weekend even though we were off to a rough and late start.  This is our first field day
operating without the club but we pulled it off!  I think we may get the award for the sketchiest
antenna setup!  Not having real "Poles" to stretch our Carolina Windom, we used 20 3 foot sections
of steel canopy poles to create two 30 foot poles guyed with tiny cords.  Of course safety was
considered and a close eye was kept.  We even soldered the coax ends in the field using a butane
soldering iron!  Looking forward to next year, though we hope to be back with the club.  
73 and thanks to all!

W9EQ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was my first year doing a solo effort.  I cobbled up a couple of antennas from an old vertical
and some old wire.  The wire antenna was reconfigurable from a OCF for 40 to a 80m verticalish
antenna by adding wire length and reconfiguring the balun from 4:1 to 1:1. They worked reasonably
well for hacked up antennas.  I also did the battery and solar thing for the whole effort. I never
ran out of battery even after operating up to a little past midnight and starting again in the
morning before there was much sun on the panel. I didn't hurt there was a reasonable amount of sun
that weekend.  (I used one of batteries mentioned in June QST).  I also had a late night visitor
stay a little while before flying off.
W9FHA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
It ain't easy running a KD1JV Tri Band with 3 watts to an EFHW antenna and contending with
thunderstorms.  Then my computer locked up before contest was over.
W9GRG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I was unable to use the PFD radiogram form. I made my own with the same type of format as the
radiogram form. Hope this works for you.
W9JI   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
It was great to see 10 and 15 open this year.  I was amazed at all the very strong signals.

This year's rule changes and the Corona Virus made a difference. Looking at my log I see that I
worked about 20% Class A and B stations and 80% Class D and E.

Great fun once again!
W9JPR   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
COVID FD was definitely different. It was the first time since I was licensed in 1989 that I
operated alone. I hope the COVID tyranny in the People's Republic of Illinois is over by next year
so I can operate with my buds from Hamfesters Radio Club again.
W9LCM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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WA1ENO   Contact Moderator
Operating 1E was not new for us, we have been in this class for several years. Using 4 bands was
different, as was having 40m be the most successful. Thankfully, the severe weather did not hit us
until late Sunday afternoon. We were very disappointed in the Friday night Bulletin transmission, it
was read too quickly, and not repeated. Fortunately, we were able to receive the Saturday morning
Bulletin which was read slowly and repeated. It was terrific to hear so many stations on the air,
many more than past years!
WA2BOT   Contact Moderator
2020. The year Field Day Class D became "a thing." Operated 100% Digital. Not the Field Day I
remember as a kid, yet I am grateful to be a part of this community. I hope everyone who joined
Field Day this year had a positive experience.

I look forward to returning to the field in the years ahead.
WA2JQZ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I was glad to see the 10 and 15 meter bands more open this year.  I was pleased to find at least one
Technician Class operator on 10 meter phone and an 11 year old Technician Class operator on 10 meter
CW.  45% of my QSOs were on the 10 and 15 meter bands.  I operated from my 2nd floor apartment, with
commercial power, and with a 4-band end fed antenna extending from my balcony to a nearby tree.  I
was able to contact most of the US west Sections of the Mississippi River, but much less east of
there.  I was pleased 15 and 20 meters were open at night across the Pacific this year.  I managed
one FT8 Hawaii contact at night on 20 meters.
WA4FHY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
See attached WA4FHY solar power for ALL contacts
WA4HNL   Contact Moderator
First Field Day in over 15 years and had a lot of fun working FD on the first new radio I just
purchased in 24 years. Been off the air for about 10 years and although the results could have been
better it was a lot of most enjoyable.
WA4THR   Contact Moderator
First time running 1B with a portable mag loop. Only had a couple of hours to participate and it was
certainly a bit more of a challenge, but fun!
WA4USN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Field Day was a much different experience from last year.  For one, our normal Field Day Site
(CV-10, USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point) had to close to ALL persons at 1830 hours local time, until
0900 hours on 6/28/2020.  This change was due to current order from the SC Governor as it relates to
COVID-19 and the status of museums.  As such, we had to set up and tear down twice during our day of
operation. This was still an incredibly fun event, as well as a learning event, as I have never run
such a type of event before.  Planning sessions were canceled due to social distancing, operating
hours were curtailed, Club Meetings for operator training were not in person (some instances of
operator error (logging, communicating which bands operations were on (we only had band pass filters
for 2 main stations, not GOTA), and some communications issues for members operating from home.) 
The days on the ship were bright and airy; we lost several handfuls of literature to the wind. Lots
of sun, with no outdoors operating in the evening sea breezes.  I look forward to seeing what 2021
brings.  KW4XQ
WA4YL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had fun operating Foeld day 2020 worked 18:12 -23:56 Saturday and 00:02-16:55 Sunday ended with 112
WA5FRF   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I didn't have time to fully participate this year but to check readiness I made at least two
contacts on each band 80 through 2 meters, except 6 meters. All HF bands 40 through 10 meters were
hot. 80 was a wasteland until after dark and then it took CW to make contacts.
WA5PCR   Contact Moderator
My first Field Day! I hope I added the points correctly.
WA8UPB   Contact Moderator
Operating FD from my home station (1D) just isn't the same as enjoying the blessings of great food
and friends, sunburn, mosquitoes, the requisite generator failure, and forgetting to lock the door
on the Porta-Potti. But still grateful for all who participated despite Covid-19.
WA9CWE   Contact Moderator
Please add my contest points to:
Madison County ARC - W9VCF
I believe that this year it is allowed to add my points to their total score.
WB0JGB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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WB0PKG   Contact Moderator
Had a great time!  I got to mentor two friends that had never experienced Field Day before. It was
so fun to see the transformation from being a bit timid to being rather aggressive at making
contacts!  Can't wait until next year...hopefully, all together again.
WB0TEV   Contact Moderator
Decided to do something different, QRP on 10 and 6m only.  10 was open all day and well after dark.
Only on for a few hours, but never lacked for QSOs. Mostly FT4/FT8 and a few CW. No SSB which is
atypical for me.
WB2FUV   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Rain and severe thunderstorms were factors during this SOTA/Field Day QRP portable battery
activation from Lake Mohonk, Ulster County, NY. 73!
WB2ONZ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a great time operating in Field Day 2020. 80 and 40 M were very active!
WB4HXE   Contact Moderator
This was great fun even though I operated from home. Used FT8 & FT4 on 10 meters only. After two
hours a storm came through and tore down my 80-10 OCF Dipole. I'm looking forward to FD next year!
WB4SON   Contact Moderator
First time for me doing FD at home, missed my club social events!  VERY strange this year with so
many high power and well equipped home stations on the air.  Propagation was spotty as well.  But I
had lots of fun, really enjoying CW the most.
WB5EVO   Contact Moderator
please associate my points with the Edmond Amateur Radio Society (K5EOK club)

thank you,

WB5EXI   Contact Moderator
Had fun with new FT8 Digital contacts on 20 meters using only 50 watts 
and an Inverted-V in my attic (set up for 12 & 17 meters) with antenna tuner.
A lot of activity on 20 meters with many stations from which to select. 
Enjoyed being able to participate from home and contact other Class D
stations. Most Class D stations seemd to be more relaxed and not high score
WB5JT   Contact Moderator
Entered 70 qso,s. all rejected.. corrected all entries but lost all other data.  

Too darn much trouble to enter them all again.  Please cancel all my entries..
WB5WAJ   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Well it was a different but totally enjoyable Field Day 2020. The bands were slam packed with
operators. Everyone was friendly even when fighting for a frequency. I don't want to make a habit of
this type field day but for this year it was a very good event. Thanks to the League for the
exceptions to the rules for this year. Great to talk with friends and all operators.
WB5ZGA   Contact Moderator
1st ever Field Day at home since licensed in 1976. Did not care for it at all. Miss being with my
club for Field Day!! Definitely not the same. 

I think ARRL did a great job, relaxing the rules, but maybe this is something that needs to be
reviewed for the future. We may be like this for quite some time. 

This year is a wash. Hoping for a better year for 2021.
WB6DIK   Contact Moderator
Tried to copy ARRL message from K6KPH, in digital modes, both Sat & Sun. Saw no signal both days.
Have had good copy for several years in recent past.
WB7WHG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had a good time this year, operating my Field Day station in the back yard, with emergency power and
a wire vertical antenna with radials.
WB8U   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
This was my first Field Day!  Great time!  Thanks again!  73! WB8U
WB8YHD   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
A  completely different experience for me. I've been doing Club FD for 40 years (I'm really not as
old as that makes me sound) and this is the first year I've ever operated from home for Field Day.
Saturday, band conditions were challenging but 20 15 and 10 were great on Sunday. It was apparent
that with folks operating from home there were a lot more high power stations on the air. Running
from my small home setup didn't work, so it was all search and pounce. Focused on phone, although I
love CW and that has been my pleasure lately. I wanted to try and get on our Club plaque, so it was
a pure phone only effort at 1E with the generator humming along all day and night. Wife was fine
with it. Missed all my friends and the great times together, but didn't miss the 5 hours of tear
down after 24+ hours of work. Picked up the generator and put it in the garage and submitted my
entry. Easy peasy. A different year, and a different Field day to go with it. Had a great time, even
though it was different. Ham Radio is always fun, no matter what.
WB9CHY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The storms drifted to the south of the home QTH and band conditions were better than expected!
WB9TFF   Contact Moderator
We had fun using 2D WI at home on our two transmitters during field day 2020.  Gil WB9TFH, Cliff
N9ARE and I, WB9TFF were participants.  Cliff, N9ARE used our station remotely from the VA Hospital
and gathered some qso's while we were inactive.  I want to thank all ops for the qso's especially
the Society of Midwest Contestors and Straight Key Century Club for their participation in making
this field day a fun event.  #arrlfd
73 WB9TFF Donna
WB9VPG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
It was fun to operate for a change instead of coaching!!!
WB9YIG   Contact Moderator
We made FD a family affair. Dave WB9YIG,  Len N9QVQ were joined in their FD operations by 7 other
family members - KC9BLZ Susie, KD9JGE Matt, Jenny and Mark Keller and their children Peyton (13).
Mason (11) and Peyton (9). A great time was had by all.
WB9YVM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
I operated BBQ Mobile for 2 Meters and 70 Centimetres for Field Day2020

Notice I kept Social Distancing with a 25 Foot Length of RG58 Cable!

I had 59 Views on Facen=book as of Sunday Evening!

Bill Artelt
WD5JTZ   Contact Moderator
I ALWAYS enjoy Field Day events,  no matter what.  This is my soap box concerns

1 - the person who read the W1AW message #10, Friday night, had horrible sound and did not put any
feeling into it for us. He read sentences together, no pauses between commas, or stopped at the end
of 2 sentences... and some words were very unintelligible.  While the 3rd and 4th messages were much
better. But unfortunately, due to static and band, we could not copy.   

2. I am disappointed at the number of Traffic Nets, that would not give us 5 minutes at the
beginning ( and during ) of their nets to listen for the message. And we talk about being
ambassadors of Ham Radio...what a shame.  So, we were unable to copy any messages on Saturday.  

3. Field Day might as well dump doing the message during Field Day and do it twice on
Friday night, and once Sunday after closing.  At least all hams will be off the air, NOT stepping on
each other, NOT blowing power so everyone can at least copy the message.  These days of bad band
conditions along with the above make for no copy.  NOT TO MENTION, those who do not participate in
Field Day not giving and inch or 5 minutes to copy.  The band keeps most of us from copying it in
the first place.
WD6T   Contact Moderator
Quandry... what to do this year?  At the last minute, I joined the NW6P remote multi-op (class 2D,
high power)... but also played from my home station (often simultaneously).

Started off trying to get into the FD spirit by putting up a new antenna... just a 6m dipole, but
it's something. Got it strung up just as 6m was closing.  

Then got on 20m CW from home, but signals were weak and few callers. Gave up after a short time.  In
contrast, when I later connected to NW6P, I had many hours of rates well over 100 on 20m. While
strictly SO1R, there was plenty to do sorting out the pileups, wolfing down dinner and dealing with
my dog. As if that weren't enough multi-tasking, I kept my home station going at the same time with
FT4/8 ("SO2FD").

When my shift at NW6P was over at 0330, switched back to CW from home. 40m (and later 80m) on my
vertical were in much better shape than what I had experienced earlier on the higher bands with my
beam, and I was able to run continuously. Later, back on NW6P, and back to digital at home. Quit at

Really missed the usual FD experience, but nice to see many call signs unfamiliar to SCP. Hope they
get the contest bug.
WD8DSB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My single operator 1B station (CW only) was battery operated and set up in the woods under a tarp. 
I encountered a lot of rain but thankfully the tarp kept my setup reasonably dry.

Most stations worked were located at their homes running either commercial (Class D) or emergency
power (Class E). Due to Covid-19 I opted to run 1B versus operating at a club FD site.  I operated
mostly search and pounce Saturday night, and then changed my strategy Sunday morning and was able to
hold run frequencies on both 40 and 20 meters.

SLA batteries charged just prior to the event using solar panels were used to power my station and
to make that possible I decided to run relatively low power (almost QRP).  My 40 meter transceiver
was a MFJ Cub (MFJ-9340) running 2 watts into a Mosfet Amplifier to produce 18 watts output, and my
20 meter station consisted of a home brew transmitter built last week for field day with an output
of 1.3 watts, and it drove my Mosfet Amplifier to produce 10 watts output on 20 meters.

Antennas were dedicated dipoles for 40 and 20 meters, and both were 30 feet up in the trees.

I also used a Hi-Per-Mite Active Audio Filter (200 Hz Bandwidth) which allowed me to tune my station
close to the center frequency of the station I was trying to work and that's really helpful in this
era where very narrow receive filters are used.

Ran laptop on its internal battery and to save energy I turned off WiFi and Bluetooth which really
helped.  Was concerned halfway through the event that the laptop battery might not make it all the
way through, so charged it up on my cars battery for a half hour when I took a 6 hour break in the
middle of the night, and the laptop battery finished with plenty to spare.

Thanks to everyone I worked as well as everyone that took part in this very unusual Field Day.

Don (wd8dsb)
WD8NVN   Contact Moderator
I am very happy that this year's Field Day rules allow class 1D station to contact other class 1D
WD9EWK   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
WD9EWK - Field Day 2020

WD9EWK operated from the Kaibab National Forest day-use area at Cataract
Lake in Williams AZ on Saturday, 27 June 2020. I operated from this 
location for Field Day 2019, and it was worth another visit. Picnic 
tables are spread out, ensuring separation from other people. 
Temperatures were around 86F/30C in the afternoon in this area around 
7000' elevation, and nicer in the shade of the trees around the picnic 
table. For HF, I used my Elecraft K3S with a Buddipole dipole on its 
mast and tripod. For satellites, I had 3 radios - an Icom IC-2730A for 
the FM satellites operating at 15W, and two Yaesu FT-817NDs for the SSB
satellites (one as a transmitter at 5W, the other as a receiver) - with
an Elk Antennas handheld 2m/70cm log periodic antenna. The satellite 
station was set up next to the lake, away from the trees. Everything 
operated on battery power: a jumpstart battery pack for the K3S and 
IC-2730A, and internal battery packs for the FT-817NDs. I made the 
drive to Cataract Lake early in the morning, arriving at the day-use 
area around 8.30am (1530 UTC). 

Before Field Day started, I first set up the satellite station. There
were some passes before 1800 UTC, and a couple of stations were hoping 
to work me for a new grid locator in their log (DM35) before Field Day 
started. I did that, using CAS-4A, CAS-4B, and XW-2A in the 1600-1700 
UTC hour. Then I set up the HF station, and made a QSO on 20m SSB as a
test before Field Day. 

HF wasn't productive for me this year. Either poor propagation, or the
increase of home stations with the rule change allowing class D 
stations to work each other for QSO credit, made those bands tough. I 
made a few QSOs with west-coast stations on 20m SSB, and one 40m SSB 
QSO with a group in Utah, transmitting at 40W to ensure my jumpstart 
battery pack could power the K3S and IC-2730A throughout the day. It is
still fun to get on the air and try to make QSOs, even if the number of
QSOs is small. 

On the other hand, satellites were productive. I worked a total of 13
different satellite passes throughout the day, on 10 different 
satellites. I had groups of passes every 60 to 90 minutes, and 
generally tried not to work passes that had footprints covering the 
eastern USA. I started Field Day making 3 SSB QSOs through the CAS-4A 
satellite at the stroke of 1800 UTC. AO-91 and AO-92 were also passing 
by around the same time, but the FM satellites would have been crazy at
the moment Field Day started. The CAS-4 satellites have passes that 
move from west to east, allowing western stations a chance to make 
contacts before the footprint reached the Midwest or east coast. 

The 20-minute window around 1925 to 1945 UTC was the most productive I 
had all day. Four satellites were passing by: first CAS-4B, then AO-91,
AO-92, and CAS-4A. On CAS-4B, I logged 7 SSB QSOs in about 3 minutes. 
Then I had AO-91 passing by to the west, along with AO-92 also passing 
to the west. AO-91 came up first, a few minutes before AO-92, and I 
worked W6AAE in Nevada for my one QSO on this FM satellite. After 
making the QSO, I heard another station calling me as I switched over 
to AO-92. A quick QSO on AO-92 followed, with WB7VUF in Oregon, before 
going back to the FT-817NDs for CAS-4A. Nine QSOs in about 6 minutes on
CAS-4A, with stations between the west coast and Indiana - the most 
productive pass of the day. These 4 passes yielded a total of 18 QSOs. 

Later in the day, I was able to make QSOs on two other FM satellites 
(PO-101, SO-50), and four other SSB satellites (AO-7, AO-73, XW-2B, 
XW-2F) before copying the W1AW Field Day bulletin on 20m SSB just 
before 0200 UTC. After the bulletin transmission, I packed up my 
equipment and drove home. 

I logged a total of 32 QSOs this year in about 8 hours. More 
satellite QSOs than most Field Days, but fewer HF QSOs. Even with the
unique circumstances this year, I still had fun getting out and 
participating in Field Day. There were people walking by the lake, and 
at one point through my site. We kept our distance, and I was able to 
briefly talk about what I was doing. 

WI3R   Contact Moderator
Well, this years field day was different.  Better safe than sorry later.
Roger WI3R
WI7J   Contact Moderator
If it had to be this way. I couldn't imagine a better field day. First time we've tried Digital and
Ric K7DLX shone, making 300 Qs on FT8 and FT4. Looking forward to getting out with the club next
year, however.
WM4X   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
My daughter, Courtney KJ4SOI and I had a wonderful time operating our 1B station together. Great
daddy/daughter fun!
Michael Penzo
Stafford VA
WO9B   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Field Day 2020 ended up being a real, honest to goodness radio to the field event for me.  With
covid voiding our normal club operation, I headed to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to find a
wilderness site and setup a 1B Battery operation.  I journied to the summit of Mt. Marquette and
proceeded to pound out QRP QSO's in true SOTA fashion.  I'd never setup an EFHW antenna on a summit
before, and that proved a bit challenging.  Through the friends we were staying with, the site was
visited by a couple of local hams who stayed half the afternoon and brought the missing social
aspect to the adventure.  The weather could not have been better.  Field Day 2020 will go down in my
personal ops as one of the best.
WQ7F   Contact Moderator
Poor band conditions, challenging weather, and the pandemic couldn't stop Amateur Radio. Hopefully
next year we can deploy in groups. 73!
WR4T   Contact Moderator
It has been over 10 years since we last participated in field day, and 20 years since last on CW. 
We were all a bit rusty, but decided that we would run exclusively CW this year.  Despite the
setbacks, a flat tire that had to be changed in a muddy field, steady rain, and minor equipment
problems, we prevailed and had a great time.
WS7L   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Thanks to everyone who tolerated my QRP signal and stuck with me through the repeats. This was my
first time using FT8 Field Day mode. It went pretty smoothly except FT8 is kind of a nightmare when
the whole country is crammed into 3 kHz. A major part of the effort was finding a TX slot because
I'm not going to overpower anyone with 5 W. Incidentally, the biggest battery consumer was the
computer. You could hear the fan crank up in my power inverter whenever WSJT-X went into its decode
phase at the end of every sequence.

73, Carl WS7L, portable from Ocean Park WA.
KX3, TH3JRS for 10/15/20, Inv V for 40, Inv L for 80.
WV0H   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
The Schaffer Ham Fam rented a house west of Fairplay, Colorado this year. It turns out the house was
located at an elevation of 11,300 feet above sea level! Needless to say we had to remind ourselves
to focus at the task at hand otherwise you'll end up carrying around a cucumber and not know
why...Our oldest daughter got on 15SSB and racked up a bunch of Qs but our youngest was mic shy. We
had very good propagation on 15m to neighboring states especially South Dakota! Seems like every ham
in SD was on and handing out contacts. Good job guys.
WW5SS   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Had lots of fun participating in Field Day this year!!!!
I'm looking forward to next year for sure.

73 y'all!!
WX2DX   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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WX8C   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Brothers-in-law, Dave, KC8V and Harry, WX8C had a comfortable backyard, "1D" operation (callsign
WX8C).  Saturday afternoon and evening delivered a steady 6 meter pipeline to STX with many strong
WZ1V   Contact Moderator
Good test of my 35 AH SLA batteries and N8XJK boost regulator. 
Discovered FT8 drains much more quickly than SSB, 
had to shut down twice to swap batteries. Fun event.
73 Ron WZ1V
WZ4M   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
W4TRT is a newly licensed ham and this was my first attempt at a Field Day operation.  We had a
great time and learned loads.
YY5RAB   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
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