toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 1:16 PM Fred Dittrich <fdittric@...
I'm planning to go.
At 12:03 PM 5/15/2020, you wrote:
Chris, et al.,
I appreciate the discussion thread. From the PIO teleconference you
invited me to, I am glad to see many other clubsÂ discussing the same
issues we have. The memorable statement from one of the attendees was
"most of our club is over 70, and I would not want to see FD cause
one of them to get the virus and die".
Also another said "our club is not really about making contacts on
Field Day, but really enjoys to camaraderieÂ of the event, and a couple
ARRL made it clear that they don't think Field Day should take place as
usual, but that clubs need to comply with local directions. Interaction
with the public seems unlikely.
I just called Rock Bridge State Park, and they are open. Our reservation
is still valid. There will be new guide linesÂ coming out next week, and
Sara will call me to discuss.Â
I think the first thing we need to do is get a read on how many of us
want to participateÂ in some kind of club activity around Field day. If
there is only 5, we have a plan, if there is 35, we need a plan.
On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 11:16 AM Chris Swisher
- I would like to start a on-line discussion of thoughts and dialog on
what we can do or want to do for Field Day this year. It is not a normal
environment to exercise in (notice I did not say contest), and changes
are obviously in order from last year and years prior. This discussion is
meant to bring together those thoughts and comments that may seem trivial
or silly that are deemed not worthy of repeater time during the club
meetings on the air. There are no stupid ideas here, in other
- The ARRL establishes the goal of the weekend of June 27-28, 2020 from
the rules, located at:
- "2. Object: To work as many stations as possible on the 160, 80,
40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above,
and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than
optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to
meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the
general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio."
- What is "abnormal" in this years' operation? An emergency.
A nasty virus that prevents us from getting within 6 feet of one another
and having thoseÂ collaborative moments of learning what makes a
band pass filter work, or how to clear some rust from a generator
carburetor. Not being able to invite large groups of the public to get
hands-on demonstrations of a transceiver. Not cramping four guys in an
enclosed trailer for 26 hours.
- What is normal about this years' operation? Finding creative
solutions to common problems that we might find during an emergency.
Actually learning how to adapt and overcome. Obtaining useful skills and
learning from others how to build a better operation, should we be
- Am I saying that we have to do a full blown Field Day? No. Some of
the activities are just too much work to render safe for the group.
Examples I would give are an operator and logger sitting elbow to elbow
in a trailer. Could the same be accomplished in a pop-up tent with 6 feet
of separation? I think it is possible. Or maybe an operator doing their
own logging. Wireless networking helps a great deal, as does interfacing
the logging software to the radio. Automatic dupe checking is a miracle
- Is a basic 3A operation that concentrates on CW, SSB and digital in
tents a possibility?
- I look forward to the discussion.
- Chris K0PHP
- CMRA PIO/Trustee