Field Day 2020 Operations

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors an Annual Field Day competition and SCARS participates in these activities by operating radios for a 24 hour period. The goal is for the thousands of radio stations to make as many contacts during that time frame. Each year this takes place on the fourth full weekend in June. This year, that will be June 27 and 28, 2020. We will be operating out of Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK, 73069.

This year’s operation will be a scaled-back version due to the ongoing pandemic. This year the ARRL has modified the rules that make it easy to operate from home and aggregate your scores in a club total. This event is not an attempt to lure people out for the first time, it’s meant to be a slow start to managing in a new world. Weigh the risks, follow the guidelines, and feel free to sit at home and enjoy the show. Since we are using a city facility, we must abide by city, state, and federal guidelines and we will have to modify our normal field day event in the following ways. Any non-compliance with these guidelines will result in us losing our meeting access, or our license testing location.

  • Field Day will be limited to 50 people.
  • Since we will exceed social distance limitations, all attendees will need to wear a mask. Please bring your favorite mask, or one will be provided for your use.
  • Due to the minimal operational staffing, our normal food extravaganza will be replaced with appropriately timed ‘Sonic-runs’. Water will be available throughout the day.
  • If you meet the CDC higher risk categories of older adults; or have serious chronic medical conditions like; heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method and stay home.
  • If you have any COVID19 symptoms, cough, fever, or shortness of breath, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method, and stay home.
  • If you have been around anyone who has had COVID19 in the past 14 days, connect via the Zoom/YouTube/telephone method and stay home.

You can also join by telephone by calling 346-248-7799. This is a TOLL call, long-distance charges to Houston will apply (unless your phone plan covers long-distance calls). Use meeting number 893 9952 6291#, press # for participant number, and password 806721#.

Operating from Home

Gayland Kitch WX5MOR has taken the lead on this part of the project and he has prepared a great presentation that should provide all of the details that you need to get involved from home. A PDF of that information is available at this link. The original PowerPoint version is available at this link.

For More Information

Contact [email protected] if you’d like to be a part of the fun, or stop by to play a part.

More information on the national event is available on the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/field-day. We set up operating tents, antennas, and generator sets to let us communicate with the thousands of other Field Day stations. The contacts are logged, and we compete for bragging rights for the upcoming year.

More information about the SCARS 2020 Field Day event is available from N5HZR’s PDF or PowerPoint presentation from 6/20/2020 and 7/11/2020.

Operating from Firehouse #7

We’ll be operating in class 3F again this year. The number 3 signifies the number of simultaneous transmitters, and the F means that we are working from an Emergency Operating Center.

Typical field day setup will start Saturday at about 9:00 local, and tear-down will happen on Sunday at about 13:00 local. We start transmitting at 13:00 local on Saturday and operate for 24 hours straight until 13:00 local on Sunday.

So, if you’re interested in helping before or during the event, please contact any of the following personnel. Contact info for these is either on the SCARS membership roster or on QRZ.com.

  • Field Day Chair: Mark N5HZR
  • Safety Officer: Mark N5HZR
  • CW Station: Bob Gibson W5RG
  • SSB Voice Station: Ken Sanborn AG5RQ
  • Digital Modes (FT8, PSK31, JT8CALL): Randy W6KPR
  • Food: Group effort, as required. Look out Sonic!
  • License Testing: None scheduled this year. (July 2nd is the next test)
  • Fox Hunt: None scheduled this year.
  • Anything else: Ed AG5DV or Mark N5HZR [email protected]

W5NOR Status

This year SCARS will be operating as designator 3F OK. The three signifies 3 simultaneous transmitters, and the F status is an emergency operating center station. The first of our two transmitters will be a phone station, operating from the southwest corner of the fire training room, from a vertical and from three different tuned antennas on the 15, 20, 40, 80, and 160-meter bands.

The second transmitter will be operating CW, from another similar 15 through 160- meter dipole anchored from the north of the fire training tower.

The third transmitter will be operating digital modes off of a T2FD antenna anchored from the south of the first training tower. Typically FT8 is the king of Field Day.

2018 Pictures

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