Temporary rule waivers – Field Day

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.

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from 3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, because many radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks and schools.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. The temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class.

ARRL is contacting logging program developers about the temporary rule waivers so developers can release updated versions of their software prior to Field Day weekend. Participants are reminded that the preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The ARRL Field Day rules include instructions for submitting entries after the event. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

The ARRL Field Day web page includes a series of articles with ideas and advice for adapting participation this year.

Venerable AO-7 Satellite

The nearly 46-year-old AO-7 amateur satellite made a remarkable contact possible on May 4 between Diego Feil, LW2DAF, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (GF05rk), and Tom Ambrose, ZS1TA, in Cape Town, South Africa (JF95fx). The contact spanned 4,329 miles across the South Atlantic, with both stations aiming at only 2 or 3 degrees above the horizon.

Both stations had been watching orbital predictions for several weeks, and times when both stations could “see” AO-7 at the same time occurred only occasionally. Electrical noise, particularly in Cape Town, had hampered earlier efforts, but on the morning of May 4, noise levels were low, and a perfect contact was possible with full call signs and reports exchanged.

In 2016, Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, in Arkansas, and Eduardo Erlemann, PY2RN, in Brazil, achieved a distance milestone on AO-7, completing a scheduled contact that covered a calculated distance of approximately 4,979.2 miles, which Swanson said was “way beyond the theoretical range of AO-7” and a feat that “the math said shouldn’t be possible.” — Thanks to AMSAT News Service

Zoom Meeting – Greenbank Telescope Tour

Steel City, Skyview, North Hills, Unv. of Pittsburgh, WACOM
Will all receive their invites via there club email reflectors

We will be hosting another joint club zoom meeting on May 27th at 8:00 PM.  The tour will be provided by Richard Bradley,W4DZC who works at the telescope and develop some of the receivers at the telescope.  To see how sensitive those receivers are there is a sign in the visitor center that ask you to turn off your cell phone since they could still detect it on the planet Saturn even it was in airplane mode.  Members of Steel City, Skyview, and the North Hill amature radio club will receive the invite on Wednesday morning via their club reflectors.  If other clubs in the tristate area which to participate please let N3LRG {at} W3KWH {dit} COM know.

More Information to follow…..

Website: https://greenbankobservatory.org/

Links:

http://www.radio-astronomy.org/

https://public.nrao.edu/telescopes/gbt/

https://dss.gb.nrao.edu/schedule/public

https://greenbankobservatory.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/GB_SciCen_Brochure_2020.red_.pdf

Presenter:
Richard F. Bradley, Ph.D. — W4DZC
—Scientist / Senior Research Engineer (NRAO)
—Research Professor of Astronomy (U. Virginia)
—Visiting Assistant Professor of EE (U. Virginia)
—Radio Science:  Associate Editor

Hot Spot on Keystone West Room

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We are currently working on adding a link to the Keystone-West Room.  This will let users using a MMDVM Hot Spot or any other model to get access to the Keystone-West network. Stay tune to this website when it goes active.  Temporary we will be linked to “FCS00315” Pittsburgh-Pa-Digital-Group but hopefully will be moved to its own reflector. So if you are not close to any of the Pittsburgh you could pick up an Hot Spot {Example here} and create your own like to the Western Pennsylvania C4FM System Fusion network.

Business Zoom Meeting – This Tuesday 8PM

Attention Members

There will be a business meeting this Tuesday at 8PM via our Zoom Meeting channel.  Check out your email Tuesday morning for the Zoom Invite. The business meeting will be hosted by Richie N3SBF and listed below are the items that will be discussed.

  1. Porch concrete work on hold
  2. New membership committee head
  3. How and When the club house will reopen
  4. How to handle new members

Again the meeting will be held Tuesday at 8PM via Zoom
This will be a members only meeting