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locked Field Day 2020


Bill Craft
 

Tips for having an enjoyable Field Day weekend! 
Field Day Tips
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Technicians have full privileges on the VHF and UHF bands. Try SSB phone and RTTY/data/CW on 10 meters, and CW on 80, 40, and 15 meters. Find printable frequency charts here.

Scratching your head about the 2020 Field Day temporary rule waivers? We’ve prepared this FAQ to help you.

After Field Day, submit an entry with your results using the web app or mail to ARRL, submitted or postmarked by Tue, Jul 28, 2020.
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Share your tips to a successful Field Day on the ARRL Field Day Facebook Group
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. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Issues Field Day 2020 Statement Read Now


Jeff Boyes, ND8B
 

All --

From the FAQ, regarding submitting your log entries:

Q: How does my club submit an aggregate club score?  Does the club need to add up each participating member’s scores and submit a club entry with the aggregate score under the club call sign?

A: Each participant will submit his or her own independent entry under his or her call sign. ARRL will calculate the aggregate score based upon the club name entered on the official Field Day entry form via the web applet (preferred method) or on the paper Field Day entry form. In order for results to be tabulated correctly, all club participants must enter the club’s official name exactly the same, avoiding abbreviations or acronyms. This is important!

I'd suggest the entire, full name of the club be entered: San Antonio Radio Club

73 and gud DX,

Jeff, ND8B


On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 5:02 PM Bill Craft <billc851@...> wrote:
Tips for having an enjoyable Field Day weekend! 
Field Day Tips
.
Technicians have full privileges on the VHF and UHF bands. Try SSB phone and RTTY/data/CW on 10 meters, and CW on 80, 40, and 15 meters. Find printable frequency charts here.

Scratching your head about the 2020 Field Day temporary rule waivers? We’ve prepared this FAQ to help you.

After Field Day, submit an entry with your results using the web app or mail to ARRL, submitted or postmarked by Tue, Jul 28, 2020.
.
Share your tips to a successful Field Day on the ARRL Field Day Facebook Group
.
. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Issues Field Day 2020 Statement Read Now


Cray / K5MUG
 

Greetings to all,

 

Just coming off a high from Field Day 2020 running Class 1E Qrp, on a 12AH/12v battery and solar power in my backyard/patio:  Elecraft Kx3 running 5w into a portable 40/20 fan dipole on a 31’ pushup pole.  All contacts were via Search and Pounce, I will admit to doing a pick and choose method on selecting contacts, mostly targeting picks on FD 2020 count of Sections, States, and DX. Think I worked about 9 or 10 hours, give or take, Saturday late afternoon and evening  and last two hours Sunday afternoon.  I’ll also admit to spending a little more time to get a target rather than shooting for quantity; doing that was fun, exciting, and satisfying (and frustrating) at the time but also more frustrating at the end. My grandfathers would call that robbing Peter to pay Paul, you make your picks and suffer the consequences.  Hmm, wonder why I didn’t score higher?  Get over it!!!  LOL.

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While I’m somewhat disappointed in my total results, I did hit all four lower 48 USA corners except for Maine but did tag New Hampshire for that corner.  Ticked 52 Sections, 38 States.  I also worked Hawaii, British Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Barbados for distance targets.  Probably could have gotten Bert, F6HKA, France, but that’s like catching fish in a barrel, Bert is one of those with BIG EARS who can hear anyone almost anytime worldwide regardless of power coming his way.

 

Overall  87 total contacts.

 

One pleasant surprise was 20m, I’ve been checking on 20m CW for a couple of weeks from mid-late afternoon for a current gauge of activity.  It’s been very slow with what I hear being very weak, not much coming my way.  When I started Saturday about 4 PM on it seemed to be the norm as I had observed, but from about 6 or 6:30 PM it come alive with a second and third breath and stayed very active and coming in nicely that way until about 10 PM or so when I changed over to 40m.  Confirms the belief that even though propagation is in its low cycle, but can and does support great signals when we ‘push to talk’ regardless of our mode.

 

If we ALL clicked our mic, tapped our key, or activated our digital, we ALL might be pleased with the results! Don’t just wheel your knob and listen but put your noise of choice on the air, give it a chance, don’t give up.  Propagation is waiting to push your signal somewhere, find out.   Git-r-done!

 

How was your FD?  Hope you had as much fun as I did.  ?  If you didn’t do FD, you really missed out on another real blast – start making your plans today for FD 2021, it’s never never too early.

 

Qrp CW Rocks! 5w and a wire!

 

72, 73,

 

Cray / K5MUG

 


Joe Bruno
 

Hmmm, sounds like you had a blast.   I didn't participate in field day this year.   Numerous reasons.   I'm going to get ready for it next year for sure, just in case we're still in lockdown mode.  Thanks for sharing your results.

Joe Bruno 
210-363-9500
W5AUQ

On Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 9:50 PM Cray / K5MUG <k5mug@...> wrote:

Greetings to all,

 

Just coming off a high from Field Day 2020 running Class 1E Qrp, on a 12AH/12v battery and solar power in my backyard/patio:  Elecraft Kx3 running 5w into a portable 40/20 fan dipole on a 31’ pushup pole.  All contacts were via Search and Pounce, I will admit to doing a pick and choose method on selecting contacts, mostly targeting picks on FD 2020 count of Sections, States, and DX. Think I worked about 9 or 10 hours, give or take, Saturday late afternoon and evening  and last two hours Sunday afternoon.  I’ll also admit to spending a little more time to get a target rather than shooting for quantity; doing that was fun, exciting, and satisfying (and frustrating) at the time but also more frustrating at the end. My grandfathers would call that robbing Peter to pay Paul, you make your picks and suffer the consequences.  Hmm, wonder why I didn’t score higher?  Get over it!!!  LOL.

.

While I’m somewhat disappointed in my total results, I did hit all four lower 48 USA corners except for Maine but did tag New Hampshire for that corner.  Ticked 52 Sections, 38 States.  I also worked Hawaii, British Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Barbados for distance targets.  Probably could have gotten Bert, F6HKA, France, but that’s like catching fish in a barrel, Bert is one of those with BIG EARS who can hear anyone almost anytime worldwide regardless of power coming his way.

 

Overall  87 total contacts.

 

One pleasant surprise was 20m, I’ve been checking on 20m CW for a couple of weeks from mid-late afternoon for a current gauge of activity.  It’s been very slow with what I hear being very weak, not much coming my way.  When I started Saturday about 4 PM on it seemed to be the norm as I had observed, but from about 6 or 6:30 PM it come alive with a second and third breath and stayed very active and coming in nicely that way until about 10 PM or so when I changed over to 40m.  Confirms the belief that even though propagation is in its low cycle, but can and does support great signals when we ‘push to talk’ regardless of our mode.

 

If we ALL clicked our mic, tapped our key, or activated our digital, we ALL might be pleased with the results! Don’t just wheel your knob and listen but put your noise of choice on the air, give it a chance, don’t give up.  Propagation is waiting to push your signal somewhere, find out.   Git-r-done!

 

How was your FD?  Hope you had as much fun as I did.  ?  If you didn’t do FD, you really missed out on another real blast – start making your plans today for FD 2021, it’s never never too early.

 

Qrp CW Rocks! 5w and a wire!

 

72, 73,

 

Cray / K5MUG

 


Cray / K5MUG
 

Hello, Joe, good to hear from you.

 

Yes, it was a fun time.  I haven’t worked many contests/events for quite a while so I’m looking at the calendar for a few more targets. I have a few newly built lightweight antennas to tune and test for more ‘5w and a wire’ options.  Proof-tested a new small lightweight single lever Torsion Bar Paddle Portable key from W1SFR / Steve Roberts ( w1sfr.com ).  It performed very well without the base plate using poster putty to stabilize the key, another top-notch key from Steve.  It has also proven itself with honors as cootie key.

I think the months ahead will be filled with many changes and limitations for many things because of ‘Rona’, so I’m hoping to increase my chances of participation with alternative plans, options, and equipment.  Sometimes it’ll work, sometimes not.  Just have to hang in there!

 

Looking forward to open meetings and face to face activities,

Wishing you good health and the best of luck,

 

Qrp CW Rocks, 5w and a wire!

72, 73,

Cray / K5MUG

 

From: main@saradioclub.groups.io <main@saradioclub.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joe Bruno
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8:46 AM
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
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Subject: Re: [W5SC] Field Day 2020

 

Hmmm, sounds like you had a blast.   I didn't participate in field day this year.   Numerous reasons.   I'm going to get ready for it next year for sure, just in case we're still in lockdown mode.  Thanks for sharing your results.

 

Joe Bruno 

210-363-9500

W5AUQ