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.

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

Online – Allegheny County ARES meeting

From NU3Q

I will be having the next Allegheny County ARES meeting via online video conference on Saturday 4/25/2020 at  9:30 am. If you want to participate, please let me know by responding to this message and I will e-mail you the link after I complete some preliminary testing later this week. I don’t want to list the link here for privacy reasons.

Also: if you are not a member of the Allegheny County ARES groups.io master e-mail list, please indicate if you want me to send you an invite for that as well.

73’s and stay safe!

 Bob NU3Q
Allegheny County EC

Online – Contest University 2020

Contest University 2020
Will be held online free via Zoom


8:45  Welcome to CTU 2020 from W8CI, K3LR and N9JA
9:00  W3LPL –  “Effective Low Band Receiving Antennas”
10:00 W2NAF – “2020 Solar Cycle Update and the HF Response to Ionospheric Storms and Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances”
11:00 N6TV – “Everything You Need to Know About USB and Serial Interfaces”
12:00 Lunch on your own
12:25 K1AR – Memorial reading of the Silent Keys for 2020
12:30 NN1C – “Exuberance and Youth Contesting – Update on What is Going On”
1:00 W0YK – “Digital Contesting Hints & Kinks”.
2:00 K1DG – “Optimizing your Station for Contest Operations”.
3:00 N0AX – “Grounding & Bonding for Contest Stations”
4:00 NC0B – “Contest & DX Performance A Complex Subject Today Great RX Performance – TX Limitations”
5:00 W3LPL – “60 Years of Competitive Contesting — the W3LPL Story”
6:00 K3ZJ – Presentation of CQ Contest Hall Of Fame 2020

See their website for more information:

Western PA Nets

Some of the local western PA nets that can keep you busy during these trying times:

First we have the WPA Health & Wellness Net every weekday morning at 9:00 am on 3983 kHz.

At 5:00 pm every evening, check in to the Western Pennsylvania Phone Traffic Net on 3983 kHz every day.

The Pennsylvania Fone Net is back on 75 meters on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday evenings at 8:00 pm on 3910 kHz.

The Keystone West Fusion net is on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM via room number 60328  or any of the following repeaters, Skyview, Uniontown, Steel City, or many local nodes.

The QCWA net on Sunday morning at 8:30 AM on the Steel City 2m repeater 147.030 Mhz.

The Pennsylvania Statewide DMR net is held every Tuesday evening at 8:00
pm on DMR talkgroup 3142.

Our WPA Digital Voice Net takes place every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm
on DMR talkgroup 31422.

The Western Pennsylvania ARES Voice Net meets every Saturday morning on
3983 kHz at 9:00 am. Everyone is welcome.

The PA HF NBEMS Net meets Sundays at 0730 for Early, Out-of-State
Check-ins, and then starts at 0800 for Pennsylvania Check-ins. frequency
is 3583.0 kHz USB / 1500 Hz Waterfall, the mode for initial call-up and
check in is THOR 22  for check-ins and then using MFSK32 or THOR 50×1
for traffic.

Also on Sunday mornings, the PEMA ACS Central Area Net takes place at
8:30 am on 3993.5 kHz for stations in Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clinton,
Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Potter counties. Everyone is

Every Sunday morning at 9:00 am, the PEMA ACS Western Area Net meets on
3990.5 kHz for stations in the westernmost 24 counties of our WPA
section. Everyone is welcome.

No April VE Testing

Let everyone know we will not have a April VE test session. As soon as things start to open up I will need VE people to help out.  It will be a very busy year with a lot of people that want to take their ham radio test.

Chris K3PQ

Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt

Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty.

“Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.”

Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If social distancing means that Class A with a 30-member team set up in a city park won’t work this year, then it’s time for a Plan B. Part of the Field Day concept has always been adapting your operation to the situation at hand. At its heart, Field Day is an emergency communication demonstration. Field Day rules are flexible enough to allow individuals and groups to adjust their participation and strategies in a way that still addresses their needs while being fun. Some possibilities:

  • Encourage club members to operate from their home stations on emergency power (Class E).
  • Use the club’s repeater as a means for individual participants to keep in touch during the event.
  • Family members interested in operating Field Day and unable to participate as part of a larger group may want to consider setting up a portable station in the backyard with a temporary antenna.