FUN WEEKEND AND GREAT TO SEE 10 METERS OPEN FOR A CHANGE.
Had a great time, driveway portable!
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 though.
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.
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
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 setups. I have included 2 photos--one of the Tesla batteries at my QTH and one of me at the end of the day Sunday.
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.
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.
Great Event in a time of much upheaval
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.
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!
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!
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)
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.
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.
Indoor magnetic loop antenna.
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.
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!
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.
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.
All of my QSOs were completed on solar power.
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.
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!!!
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 antenna. 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.
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 year.
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.
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
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!
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!
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 been.
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 year!
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 openings!
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.
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.
RADIO STATION AI1G WAS OPERATED IN MEMORY OF W1TAB- BOB PELOQUIN, SILENT KEY 6-22-2020. HE WAS A FELLOW MEMBER OF CENTRAL MASS AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION.
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
First time operating 1D. But it's just not the same without a team, the BBQ and the ham talk.
Had a blast even though band conditions weren't great. Looking forward to next year! -California DX Association, AJ2J
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.
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
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.
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 field.....de K0AD 1D Minnesota
Thanks for the special rules for 2020.
The W1AW Bulletin reached Colorado with 100% copy on 40m MFSK16 Saturday night.
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 sides. 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 energy. 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
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!
I'm glad you allowed "D" stations to contact other "D" stations. Without that, activity would be pretty grim.
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, K0RJW
Rain Early, clear skies later!
First Field Day participation.
It would have been more fun to have been on the Field Day site instead of at home.
HAD A GREAT TIME DOING 1D WITH THE THUNDERSTORMS AND OLD AGE DID 7 HOURS. HAD FUN ALL THE WAY ESPECIALLY WORKING THE CWOPS GUYS. GOD BLESS PTL BB K0UK
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!
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.
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 us...so very nice! had planned on 2E, but club needed the extra genset...so 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! 73, Neil, AE1P, with Josh,KB1UPS
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
Pretty minimal effort, but FD is always fun and brings back super memories.
SOAPBOX: 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
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) K1LHO
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
First eve Field Day by my self. Interesting time. Not as much activity as I anticipated.
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.
SOLAR PANELS CHARGING BATTERY FOR OPERATION. ALL QSOS MADE VIA SOLAR/BATTERY SETUP. SITE VISITED BY NEW CASTLE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT AND DELAWARE PARK RANGERS
Great condx on 20CW, lots of fun plus many great ops.
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 years.
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
State Senator Wayne Langerholc congratulated BCARS on their Field Day effort K3QNT 29 June 2020
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 circumstances.
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. De K3TOW
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.
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.
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
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! 73, Eric Robert Webner K4FAN
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
Although I only had 10 QSO's, I found the experience very enjoyable and educational.
ICOM-756ProIII, 100w and a wire!!
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. Jack K4TRH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 event! See you next year on the air!!! 73 Jeremy - K5JSG
Station: 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 Goal: 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: 83.4/hour 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 tuner. 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
15m was HOT!, Nice to see 10m open up Sunday this year!!
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
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 sent. 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.
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!
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.
Experimenting with 2m SSB and it worked well.
Added pictures of portable/solar power
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
1D OR. Moved equipment to back porch to give things a more, "field day" feel.
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.
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.
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.
Had a bunch of fun out in the back of our property. All QSO's were Solar / Battery Powered
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.
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.
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.
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.
My daughter's (K9LGV) first Field Day. My 62nd. What a great opportunity to share the excitement with someone you love!
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.
Cabrillo form did not work ! Followed example to the letter, but when submitted received ERROR--> Following line had too many items: FOR EVERY ENTRY ! UNABLE TO FIX WITHOUT RE-ENTERING ALL QSOS AGAIN ??
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.
Great Fun! May have made a big step towards WAS!
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.
Spent the most hours ever operating within a 24 hour period.
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
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 exchanged. At no time did I operate more than 2 radios, and never on the same band at the same time. 73 - KB2S.
66 Contacts, not too bad for QRP and a 1B! Life's too fun for QRO!
It was nice operating from home, But I hope our club can get together next year to be together for field day.
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!
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.
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.
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.
NVIS antenna clearly limited my range.
SEE MY QUICKIE YOUTUBE VIDEO ON MY STATION AT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W22mVLPDRrA 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!
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.
Just a few hours, but enjoyed it. Hope HCRA does well and that we are back to the real deal next year. 73 KC1V
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 well). 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, Neil President, Radio Central Amateur Radio Club Member, NY Order of Boiled Owls
I really liked being able to work other 1D stations for credit. I hope you will make this a permanent change in the rules.
My participation was for the North Hills Amateur Radio club of Pittsburgh
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....
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 quickly. 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 all.
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.
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.
Additional Log for PSK (Fldigi)
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!
Interesting weekend. Club use of Zoom for operator socialization was a good augmentation for not being at the field day site for socialization.
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First field day. I only made 2 contacts but it was worth it.
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. I DID HAVE A GREAT TIME AND ENJOYED A LIVESTREAM FROM MY STATION FACILITATED BY AE4JV. Thanks Brad!
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.
The dupe sheet for the 2 psk31 contacts exists in a separate file which is attached below
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.
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
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!
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....
While we sent 2D, we never got the 2nd transmitter on the air.
First time working FD away from our club. We enjoyed ourselves so much we may just keep up the tradition!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 insulator. 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.
MY LOCATION HAD TERRIBLE NOISE THE WHOLE WEEKEND, BUT PLENTY OF SUNSHINE. SOLAR PANELS GAVE ME 150-200 WATTS TO KEEP BATTERIES CHARGED. THE 2 GLASS MAT BATTERIES KEPT ME GOING UNTIL LOCAL MIDNIGHT. I DID NOT MAKE A LOT OF Qs, BUT THEY WERE ALL ON SOLAR POWER/BATTERIES
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
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.
I mistakenly entered 23 for 40 meters and should have entered 28.
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!
If there is a rookie overlay my first license date is 01/31/2019.
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.
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 power.
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 QRZ.com page for photos.
Worked most of the event as 1E, but, changed to 1D for a short period. Two log files with my callsign submitted.
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
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!
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.
Making 1Ds worth something was a mistake. the 1500W CQers and the 1500W pileups don't belong in Field Day.
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!
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.
Thank you for the contest. Had fun
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.
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.
Great contest format, enjoyed operating. confused about what constitutes documentation for natural power, submitted an equipment list.
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.
Best Contest ever. Really, it was awesome. Activity on all bands and plenty of people to work and the bands were good.
Our Solar QRP operation on top of Mt. Spokane in Spokane, WA. Pictured is our 40m and 20m dipole setup on a fishing pole!
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.
First field day where I worked stations. Only got 7 contacts but worth it :)
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
First time on FT 8. Took all week to get the rig to work with the computer. Finished on Friday night.
Why did the computation not include 100 bonus points under Rule 7.3.8 since I used only solar and battery power?
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.
I ran 5 contacts from battery/solar but the electronic submission would not allow for my 1D to include battery and solar.
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
Outside temp was 95F in the shade I actually fried my laptop due to overheating.
The most crowded field yet for me
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.
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.
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.
6-28-2020 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Shopteachers/?ref=bookmarks https://www.facebook.com/groups/RHARC/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/978661915582799/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/669295080553748/
First field day that I actually worked for points. It was fun.
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.
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 73's
I did QRP CW from this fantastic location near my home in Gennessee North Central Park: https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B041'55.0%22N+105%C2%B017'26.0%22Wemail@example.com,-105.2927496, 17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d39.6986111!4d-105.2905556 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.
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
First Contest and first real experience on HF. I purchased a Super Antenna MP1DXMAX for this event to go into my go bag.
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!
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.
Not my first field day, but my first solo field day. We had good weather and fair propagation.
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.
Well it wasn't as good as having the group together, but it was still Field Day and always a learning event!
I operated from home qth due to covid-19 restrictions. Please apply points to club Moore County ARS (Club Call NC4ML).
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.
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 g
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!
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!
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
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!
I’ll never forget this FD. RIP Dad
Interesting Field day for sure.
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.
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.
I had a great time, hot and humid but always worth it!
Had a good experience during ARRL Field Day at Crow Island. Until the rain hit.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
First Field day using all FT8. Had loads of fun. Looking forward to next one.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Wasn’t the same as being with my normal group but we made the best of it and had a great time anyway!
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.
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
I need more solar panels. This was just a test.
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 contest. 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.
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
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.
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.
Thank you for modifying the rules for COVID-19. It was the best decision made!
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.
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!
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
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!!!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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 n6mi.com 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
I selected the youth option, as I am a 17-year-old operator.
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 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 group.
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 trying.
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- whew!!!
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.
Thanks to ARRL officials for making special Field Day accommodations during this COVID-19 emergency. 73, Bruce Prior N7RR
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
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
All QSOs were completed using natural power (solar and solar-charged batteries). It's nice to live in a sunny place like Colorado!
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
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.
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.
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.
Conditions where great, really enjoyed it this year ! 73's Rich - N8PFK
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)!
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 2021
Still had a great time.
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. Regards, Scott - N9ASI
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! 73
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
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
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 utility. 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.
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!
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.
The club affiliation is the Chicago FM club - WA9ORC
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.
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.
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 GOTA 0 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
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
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
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!
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
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. ~73~
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.
Call sign should read N2AJO not NN2AJO
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!
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.
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
Despite the separation caused by COVID-19, I enjoyed my front yard Field Day for 2020.
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 (90F).
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
Satellite Contact is not in the log!! K4BFT 2A AL on CAS-4A at 1618Z on 28Jun20
Soapbox 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 - ARRL FIELD DAY 2020 AT HOME
Conditions where very harsh into Europe, but i managed to get 19 FD stations in the log.
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. Cheers Michael VE3WMB/VA2NB
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!
from VA3KWG First Feild Day since 1964 (that is correct 64), I uploaded the Cabrillo log, what else is required. Thanks Ken Gansel firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you all good health, good times, and good DX!
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
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.
Usually work with Delta ARS at a Field Day site on one band. This year gave me a chance to work several bands. 😀
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. 73's Matt VA7ROH
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.
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
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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.
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
Manual form correction on the 3, 2M contacts. Should have been listed under the PHONE category, not Digital as submitted.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 W0ui@arrl.net
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.
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. Bob W1CTC
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 (S&P). The rest of the duration I was the sole operator/logger. - Mike Belanger, W1DGL
Had a great time experimenting and making comments.
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.
Great Field Day. Thank you for adjusting the rules a bit for COVID-19
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.
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.
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!
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 event. 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
It's not a contest?? Sure sounded like and felt like on to me. People trying to steal frequencies, etc. 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
Twin State Radio Club entry W1UC maritime mobile in the Gulf of Maine. All solar powered on HF and VHF!
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 - 1B - 20 Watts, battery power, camping along the Skykomish River near Baring, WA.
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
It was a big difference in the way to we do field day for the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, WE ARE NORMALLY A 6F STATION WITH BIG HYD BOOMS HOLDING OUR BEAMS AND DIPOLES UP WE DID MISS THE GREAT BBQ FOOD AND FUN TIMES BUT WE DID NOT MISS THE TAKE-DOWN I OPERATED AS A 1E NLI RAN MY STANDBY GENERATOR THE WHOLE TIME I OPERATED WORKED LIKE A CHARM NOW IT'S TIME TO CHANGE THE ENGINE OIL AND PUT IT BACK ON STANDBY 73 W2HCB JOHN M PRESIDENT GSBARC
EVENT WAS RUN AS MARITIME MOBILE ON WATERS OF LONG ISLAND SOUND AND STONY BROOK HARBOR, NEW YORK
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
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!
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.
Fun FD, nice to see 10 mtrs open!
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
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!
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.
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?
100% solar powered, category 1B, not sure how to enter this on your entry form.
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.
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.
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: https://www.pvrc.org/images/w4kfc_code_wheel.jpg 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!
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 station. 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. WB5ZGA PCARS 2020 Field Day Chairman
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.
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
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
LOTS OF 1D stations this year - which was nice to see so many who couldn't have participated otherwise. A great plan to allow stay at home hams to participate in their clubs.
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
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.
ARRL Bulletin was recorded on 40 meters - much QRM on 20 and 40 meters.
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!
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!
We worked as Club River City ARCS. With Team name of the club N6NA for contestscoresonline.com. 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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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. TerryGraves.org), 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. 73s Vern (de W6NCT)
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)
The entry form does not allow (or explain) for the 2020 aggregate club score entry. It appears to be the pre-COVID 19ion.
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.
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.
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!
WE HAD FUN, EVEN IF THE REPORTING WAS A LITTLE CONFUSING. GLAD THAT ARRL MADE THE ADJUSTMENTS. THANK YOU HERE IS A PICTURE OF MY SHACK.
Following social distancing requirements and working from home on battery power.
Absolutely insane number of digital stations. Never saw so many decodes on my screen. 50+ each pass on FT8.
I need to work on my antennas on my boat.
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
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
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.
I am a member of Coos County Radio Club and would like my results to be associated with it.
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!
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.
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
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
At the last minute of operation many stations were active and still creating a pile-up as if we were a rare DX station.
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.
My operation should be credited to my local club which is submitting its parent entry separately. That club is TRI STATE AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION - W8VA of Huntington, WV. Signed, Garry Ritchie, W8OI
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! Steve W8SBL
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
See attached WA4FHY solar power for ALL contacts
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.
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!
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
Had fun operating Foeld day 2020 worked 18:12 -23:56 Saturday and 00:02-16:55 Sunday ended with 112 contacts
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.
My first Field Day! I hope I added the points correctly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rain and severe thunderstorms were factors during this SOTA/Field Day QRP portable battery activation from Lake Mohonk, Ulster County, NY. 73!
Had a great time operating in Field Day 2020. 80 and 40 M were very active!
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!
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.
please associate my points with the Edmond Amateur Radio Society (K5EOK club) thank you, Paul.
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 driven.
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..
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. 73 WB5WAJ
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.
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.
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.
This was my first Field Day! Great time! Thanks again! 73! WB8U
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.
The storms drifted to the south of the home QTH and band conditions were better than expected!
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
It was fun to operate for a change instead of coaching!!!
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.
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 WB9YVM
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 Message...you 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.
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 0930. Really missed the usual FD experience, but nice to see many call signs unfamiliar to SCP. Hope they get the contest bug.
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. 73, Don (wd8dsb)
I am very happy that this year's Field Day rules allow class 1D station to contact other class 1D stations...
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. 73!
Well, this years field day was different. Better safe than sorry later. Roger WI3R
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.
My daughter, Courtney KJ4SOI and I had a wonderful time operating our 1B station together. Great daddy/daughter fun! Michael Penzo WM4X Stafford VA
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.
Poor band conditions, challenging weather, and the pandemic couldn't stop Amateur Radio. Hopefully next year we can deploy in groups. 73!
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.
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.
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.
Had lots of fun participating in Field Day this year!!!! I'm looking forward to next year for sure. 73 y'all!!
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 signals!
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
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.