Field Day


Come Join SCRA at Field Day 2020 (even if only virtually)

Weekend of June 27 and June 28

Why Field Day????

Because it’s fun!!! Where else can you experience practically the full gamut of our wonderful hobby in just one weekend? You want to learn how to set up a station? Field Day’s go you covered. You want to learn how to set up antennas? Plenty of that happening at Field Day! Want to learn how to operate in an HF contest? Field Day’s just the ticket! Want to learn how to make a Satellite contact? We do that, too at Field Day! Want to  socialize with other hams and see what they’re up to? Come on down to Field Day! 

And, if you like camping, you are invited to camp out both Friday and Saturday nights!

The description above assumes we are doing Field Day as a large group. Unfortunately, for Field Day 2020, we will not be able to do this due to COVID-19.

Instead, we are looking into alternate ways to enjoy Field Day and still have as much fun as possible. Fortunately, the Field Day rules allow for a wide range of ways to participate. In the past, SCRA has done this as a Class A station (3 or more persons club/non-club portable).

But this year, we will be operating individually. We would still, however, like there to be a club element, such as collecting the logs from individual member’s stations and comparing SCRA’s group effort to that of other clubs.

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Field Day Logistics & Training Meeting:

  • June 20, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, On-Line – See Below for Details
June 20 Logistics & Training Meeting On-Line:

Due to concerns over COVID-19, our June 20  meeting will be held on-line. Especially for those new to Field Day, this will be a key opportunity to train on how to use a logging program and receive tips on how to operate a Field Day station. To receive an invitation to this meeting via e-mail, please send an e-mail to Brian Torr, N6IIY at n6iiy@arrl.net. You will be added to a distribution list that will receive the formal invitations. 

Field Day Weekend, June 27 and June 28:

  • Setup – It’s up to you
  • Operating – Begins Saturday, June 27, 11am
  • Educational Activity – This will be on-line; check back later for more details
  • Dinner – You’re on your own. Remember to keep your energy up!
  • Operating Ends Sunday, June 28, 11am
  • Tear Down Sunday, June 28, 11am until you’re done

Where:      Your place

Stations:

  • Whatever you like

Bands: 160, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m 10m, and >=50 MHz

Classification and Exchange: It’s up to you 

Callsigns

  • Use your own callsign

 SCRA Field Day 2020

Although our application had been approved for having Field Day at Youth Community Park, on Wednesday, April 29, we received word that all park permits for May and June have been cancelled. Therefore, Field Day 2020 will be more of a “distributed” effort, with each of us operating from their homes, preferably using emergency power.

I would like to encourage all SCRA members to participate as much as they can from home. Even if you only have a Technician class license, you can still participate. Try making contacts on 2m FM simplex (repeater contacts are not allowed).

If you operate from your home using commercial power, you would be a Class D station. Class D stations, however, cannot count contacts with other Class D stations.

If you operate from your home using emergency power for the transmitter and receiver, you would be a Class E station.

If you can set up a portable station somewhere other than your house and operate under emergency power, you would be a Class B station.

Oops! I’m missing a few pieces!

We recognize that some of you might not have everything you need to mount a Field Day effort and it might not be possible to get what you need by the time Field Day weekend arrives. SCRA has some equipment you might be able to borrow for the weekend and several members have indicated that they have spare cables, antennas, etc. Please contact me and I will try to match up those that need things with those that have gear to borrow.

For More Information:

Brian Torr, N6IIY

Field Day Chairman

Tel: (707) 575-5871 (home)

(707) 953-0377 (mobile)

n6iiy@arrl.net