TLARC Operating Plans for...

June 27-28, 2019

Field Day 2020 is now in the history books. It was a great event for those that operated. Many operated from their QTH and many opted for portable operations somewhere in their own back yard, mobile or nearby location. Social distancing has definitely changed things but one thing that didn’t change is the great participation during field day.  I personally operated for 21 hours. I participated in a Distributed M/M with the Tennessee Contest Group http://k4tcg.org/ and the Deep Dixie Contest Club http://www.john-mcvey.com/ddcc1/ in preparation for the HF IARU Radio Championship https://www.iaru.org/on-the-air/iaru-contests/rules/ July 11-12, 2020. We are representing the U.S. IARU HQ Society and will be using the callsign W1AW/4.
... Submitted by Juan Lopez, AC6ZM

WHAT is Field Day? ... ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!  Read more about Field Day here!

WHY Field Day? ... 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.



ARRL modified the rules this year to allow us to operate individually AT HOME.  This limits social contact due to COVID-19 concerns.

We each can use our OWN CALLSIGNS during the normal exchanges!

All CLASS operating categories are available as before ... with a loosening of Class D rules to include home-to-home contacts!

(Class B) One or two person portable.

(Class B - Battery) One or two person portable: A Field Day station set up and operated by no more than two persons. using 5 Watts or less with a power source something other than commercial mains or motor-driven generator.

(Class C) Mobile: Stations in vehicles capable of operating while in motion and normally operated in this manner.

(Class D) Home stations: Stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.

(Class E) Home stations - Emergency power: Same as Class D, but using emergency power for transmitters and receivers.

 Scoring = Points x Power Multiplier + Bonus

POINTS:  Phone contacts (1 point ea)  CW and Digital contacts (2 points ea)

MULTIPLIERS:  Up to 5W on batt (x5); Up to 150W (x2); >150W (x1)

BONUS POINTS:  Many ways!  All emergency power, Media publicity, Public location, and more!  See Rules 7.3 for details.

Submitting Reports -- When we submit our reports (see example below), we indicate TELLICO LAKE ARC for the Club Name and all our totals get tallied under our club name!

Field Day 2020 RULES ... The rules, times, modes and classes of operation are all spelled out here.


TLARC Spotting List" -- members planning to be on the air:

    K4O -- Juan AC6ZM operating special callsign.  Using 100 watts as 'SO2R' [Single Op, 2 Rigs] on HF and 6 meters, on CW and Digital (PSK31 and RTTY)  Also working Class C (Mobile) in the driveway.
    K0RGI -- Jim, operating 5W and Class 1D or 1B at home, using CW on HF.
    WK9M -- Randy, operating Class 1E from home on HF after dark.
    KK6OKU --
🦄 Mike, operating Class 2E using SSB and CW.
    W4SSF -- Stan, operating Class 1D and working FT4, FT8, and SSB.
    K4MJF -- Michael is operating Class 1D or 1E using SSB from home.
    K4ZRP -- Lou is operating Class 1D

    Others? ... Please let me know and I'll post it here on the 'TLARC Spotting List'! (de n2apb-at-MidnightDesignSolutions-dot-com) 


SAMPLE REPORT ... Enter online at https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php

Submit your individual scoring (or Cabrillo files from your N1MM or N3FJP logs) online by ___.  Contact Juan AC6ZM (ac6zm@arrl.net) if questions.


George Heron, N2APB

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