Field Day 2020

Field Day 2020 is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & June 28. Operating begins at 1:00 PM Central Time on June 27 and ends 24 hours later. Due to COVID-19, the club is taking social distancing precautions similar to many other clubs around the country. Instead of the usual operation, we are encouraging all club members to operate as individuals or small group stations (within guidelines of social distancing and safe practices for all).

One rule change for 2020 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day. ARRL will publish a list of aggregate club scores, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club. See the beginning of section 7 in the online list of rules. Everyone is encouraged to include "Story County Amateur Radio Club" as the club name in your log submission this year.

What is Field Day?
The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) website hosts a Field Day information page where all info pertaining to the nationwide event can be found, including an Online List of Rules for the 2020 event. In addition to this info, ARRL has produced a PDF file Field Day Packet which contains a trove of information, including the rules and several FAQ lists.

You will sometimes hear the term “contest” in the same sentence as Field Day. The ARRL very specifically spells out: Field Day is NOT a contest. While we DO keep score, the purpose of the points is really to encourage us to be as active as possible, doing as many things as possible in line with the spirit of Field Day. At the end of the day, though, Field Day should not be considered a contest. In fact, at the core, Field Day is more an opportunity to step away from our usual stations, get out in the field and erect a station in less-than-ideal circumstances, all while working to maintain that operation over a 24-hour period. It is a chance to learn new skills, spend time with old friends and make new ones, and put our best foot forward as Amateurs.

Some Brief Details About Station Classes:
A- What our club traditionally does each year - 3 or more participants; No permanently installed structures (antennas, tower, etc.); Emergency power (generator and/or solar); All operations contained within a 1000’ diameter circle
B- Same as A except restricted to no more than two participants
C- Mobile (station must be capable of motion with all equipment and antennas deployed)
D- Home station with commercial power - rule change for 2020: Class D stations may contact all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. (see rule 4.6)
E- Home station with emergency power
F- EOC (Emergency Operations Center) station such as Red Cross or Story County EOC (Emergency Operation Center)

    Additional resources:
  • "SCARC 2020 Field Day Info" by Paul Cowley, W0YR -- Link to Google Doc
  • "Field Day and Social Distancing" by Anthony Luscre, K8ZT -- Link to Google Doc
  • "Introduction to Amateur Radio Contesting" by Skip Walter, AD0H -- PDF File, 4.48 MB
  • SCARC is hosting a Field Day planning and Q&A online meeting Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30pm to answer questions, provide support, and discuss best practices and recommendations for Field Day operation. The link to join the meeting will be provided on the club’s calendar on our page at and shared via email to the SCARC mailing list. This meeting will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and will provide an opportunity for sharing audio, video, and electronic content via screen-sharing.
  • We plan to hold an informal on-air Field Day setup “net” on the 147.240 repeater from 7-9pm on Friday, June 26 and 10am-Noon on Saturday, June 27. Please feel free to join in to ask or answer questions, provide assistance, chat, etc.

The End.
Did you make it this far? Wow! Thanks for reading. Please know that a successful Field Day couldn’t happen without participation from the entire club. Thank you! We look forward to hearing you on the air during Field Day!