Wow! What a fun and different Field Day for 2020. Myself and K8DSC operated out of my garage in Blanchester to at least get some fresh air and stay out of the rain. The bands were alive and people all over the world were operating from their homes instead of at their usual FD hangout. It provided a different atmosphere on the radio, there were a lot of 1D and 1E stations doing exactly what K8DSC and I were doing. Everyone on the air sounded genuinely happy to be there! How could you not enjoy yourself? With CCARA not doing its usual joint Field Day due to COVID-19, we setup a Live Contest Results page to help us stay connected from our QTHs. What I found myself doing was engaging in was a little spirited competition with the others by refreshing that page as I racked up more QSOs. What place was I in (even though there were no places to be had)? It was neat, it was fun. I look forward to getting together as a group for next year’s Field Day, but will certainly remember this one fondly and know that we can still meet the objective of Field Day, and that is resourcefulness and creativity. 73,-Andrew W9AMA
Something big is coming August 15, 2020! Stay tuned to this page for more details.
With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27-28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the event: 1) For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,” including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit. 2) In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions). Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day. For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results. The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club. The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.
The National Weather Service forecast office in Wilmington Ohio will be hosting online spotter training. Please be aware that our virtual spotter talks only have so many slots for registration. If you register and decide at a later point that you can no longer attend, please be sure to cancel your registration (link for cancellation is in email you will receive upon registering). We want to open the virtual class to as many people as possible. Thank you! DATE:Tuesday, May 26 TIME:6:00 PM – 8:00 PMREGISTRATION:Click Here to Register Our online spotter classes will be held via webinar format. We will go through the spotter presentation using slides and live narration. During the class, you will learn about the different kinds of severe weather that can affect our area, and how to identify cloud features and other signs of hazardous conditions. You’ll also learn our spotting and reporting procedures, so that you can get your reports to us when the time comes. Thank you for your interest in our online spotter class!
Just to keep everyone up to date. We are planning on having a Tech class. The class will be either online using Webex or ZOOM, or after all of this is over and we feel we can do it safely, in person. If you or anyone you know would be interested in an online training class, please reply to this or send us a message. We are also looking into doing some videos and posting them to our own YouTube channel. There are a few subjects we want to cover, but if you have suggestions please again let us know. We are having a Thursday night Net at 7:30 pm on our 147.120 repeater. Informal Net just to keep the radio busy 🙂. Andrew is working on a rewrite of the CCARA webpage and it looks great! That all I have right now, more to come. 73 K8DEG Dave
We had a great day on leap day at the shack playing around with digital.
Winter Field Day this year was an overwhelming success. We would like to say a special thank you to Caesar Creek Flea Market for being such great hosts for this year’s event. Additionally we would also like to thank all those CCARA members who came out to help get the “shack” fixed up and setup to operate. It was very much a team effort. Thanks to all those who showed up to participate or just say hi! We operated 3 stations for the event connected to 3 antennas including a G5RV and a MFJ2012 OCFD. Icom 7300s were used throughout the entire event and an Icom 7200 was used for day 1. Country Total USA 102 Canada 7 Alaska 2 Northern Ireland 1 Slovenia 1 Band CW Phone Dig 160 0 1 0 80 0 39 0 40 0 55 0 20 0 18 0 Total 0 113 0
Here is some of the work we did to prepare the “Shack” for the Winter Field Day Event. Thanks to all that participated. Not pictured, we added carpet to the step landing and an outside light above the door.
The Winter Field Day “shack” at the Caesar Creek Flea Market is coming together. A big thank you to those who came out to help, including Dave K8DEG, Mark KD8DGH, Mike WF8B, Andrew W9AMA, Dave KE8GII, Bill WD8BHV and Dana KB8FOW. There will be another work day to add some finishing touches on January 18th at 9:30a.
CCARA incoming President Dave Gordley (K8DEG) was presented with an award for the CCARA from the Highland ARA. CCARA has had along standing friendship with HARA and many members are Co-Members in both clubs.