FIELD DAY 2020: BALANCING TRADITION AND SAFETY IN THE COVID-19 ERA

==> FIELD DAY 2020: BALANCING TRADITION AND SAFETY IN THE COVID-19 ERA

The fourth full weekend of the month (June 27 – 28) promises to be
different for many amateurs, as the annual ARRL Field Day
<http://www.arrl.org/field-day&gt; operating event will be held under
unique circumstances. Somehow, the traditions of the weekend must be
balanced against the exigencies of the current need to operate safely,
in an appropriate social-distancing environment. Most groups have had
to adjust their plans to ensure that the physical health of their
members is protected.

But that’s one of the great things about amateur radio in general and
Field Day in particular. There is no one single way to approach the
event, and no single goal that defines the success of the weekend. Fun
still awaits the tens of thousands of participants. “Business as
usual!” for many this year becomes, “How do we address these unique
challenges?”

An important fact to recognize is the disappointment many will feel at
not being able to congregate at their tried-and-true operating
location to do their “usual” thing. Groups in some states face fewer
restrictions than others — and that’s okay, as Field Day isn’t a
competition. Most groups will not be able to host the traditional
social aspects of the weekend. The covered-dish extravaganza that
accompanies a club Field Day may be canceled this year. The
interaction of sharing amateur radio with the general public as they
wander over to your setup may be non-existent for many groups. The
opportunity to test your club’s interface with your various served
agencies may have to be put off for another time. Your annual teaching
session with local youth groups — scouts, school clubs, CAP cadets —
may have to be revisited down the road, after the situation
stabilizes.

Remember: If you operate as a Class D station (home station on
commercial power), you may work all other stations, including other
Class D stations, for contact credit. All Field Day 2020 entries
wishing to have their individual scores credited to their club to be
aggregated for a “club score” should add the club name to their
summary sheet. Use the Field Day Web Submission Form
<https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php&gt; to turn in your log.

Yes, things are going to look and feel different in 2020. But when it
comes to the basic activity of Field Day, the event doesn’t have to
sound different. CW signals will still “light up” the ether. Stations
calling “CQ Field Day” on phone will still fill the bands. The unique
“warbles” of tried and true — as well as new and exciting — digital
modes will still beckon the experienced operator and the curious
newcomer, inviting them to reach out and make contact in this unique
year of social distancing.

Over the past few weeks, several articles have been posted to the ARRL
website <http://www.arrl.org&gt; with some suggestions on how groups and
individuals may vary their participation in Field Day 2020 from
previous years. The theme running through them is one that’s familiar
to amateurs — adaptability.

Read more on the ARRL Field Day <http://www.arrl.org/field-day&gt; web
page. — Thanks to Dan Henderson, N1ND

Reprinted from The ARRL Letter for June 17, 2020

The COMPLETE 2020 FIELD DAY PACKAGE can be downloaded from

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/2020%20Field%20Day%20Packet%20Rev%20a.pdf

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