Field Day

Field Day 2020: Going The (Social) Distance!

Another Field Day in the books! This was an unprecedented one because of COVID and social distancing, but that meant lots of learning opportunities for everyone. We did not be assemble as a group in a physical location, but members participated from home, mobile or portable.

Thanks to all who helped organize and support our Field Day effort, including Brian KG7WRK and Ron N4RDZ, who represented the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club admirably by anchoring the zoom session, and Doug KD7DK who helped explain some of the key aspects of logging and bonus points leading up to the event.

ARRL Field Day is the most popular amateur radio event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs have traditionally gathered with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Operations include HF SSB phone and CW; VHF-UHF; digital; a GOTA station (Get On The Air) to allow non-licensed visitors to transmit. Additional information about Field Day is on the ARRL Field Day page.

Your Field Day contacts, when properly logged, can contribute to our collective score. In a rule modification for 2020, anyone participating from home can claim a club affiliation, and their Field Day points will accrue to that club. This year, PSRG, West Seattle Amateur Radio Club, and Seattle ACS members are encouraged to claim affiliation under the banner of our friends at the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club. 

Related to the above, please log all of your Field Day contacts and bonus point activities. We will be collecting the logs after Field Day for review to make sure everything is correct. For more information see the Field Day Playbook (same as the slides linked above). 

For a walkthrough of submitting results for Field Day to the ARRL, there is a good YouTube video by Scott, N3FJP, writer of one of the 2 common programs used for FD logging.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG0-cne8uCM. The only additional item would be to add the club designation: West Seattle Amateur Radio Club.