Field Day Operations Announcement

North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club

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Hello all,

As you know the annual ARRL Field Day is right around the corner. Given the continued issues with COVID-19 and the fact that so many of our dedicated members have risk factors that make this disease deadly, the executive committee of the club has decided to cancel our normal Field Day operations this year. We are encouraging all member to participate in Field Day from your homes using whatever emergency setups you have access to even if it is for a short time on Saturday or Sunday. This will be a great opportunity to test how well you can operate from your home QTH in the case of a widespread emergency or pandemic!

From the ARRL concerning modifying our Field Day operations:

Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If social distancing means that Class A with a 30-member team set up in a city park won’t work this year, then it’s time for a Plan B. Part of the Field Day concept has always been adapting your operation to the situation at hand. At its heart, Field Day is an emergency communication demonstration. Field Day rules are flexible enough to allow individuals and groups to adjust their participation and strategies in a way that still addresses their needs while being fun. Some possibilities:
  • Encourage club members to operate from their home stations on emergency power (Class E).
  • Use the club’s repeater as a means for individual participants to keep in touch during the event.
  • Family members interested in operating Field Day and unable to participate as part of a larger group may want to consider setting up a portable station in the backyard with a temporary antenna.
We encourage everyone to operate from your own home on emergency power using your call sign even if it is only for a little while on Saturday or Sunday. We can discuss further the use of the club call before Field Day. However, when you submit your logs, do not forget to put that you are a member of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club in the log submission.

We will send more information on how to participate in this modified version of Field Day as the date gets closer.

In the next few months, we will also discuss the possibility of holding a Winter Field Day operation since we are not holding one during the summer.

Thank you all for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

Gregory Godsey, K5CVD
* 2015-2021 North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club President
* ARRL Volunteer Examiner
* SCHeart Member


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