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Amateur Radio Field Day in the Time of COVID-19

posted Jun 25, 2020, 11:14 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 25, 2020, 11:15 AM ]




Field day for FARA is normally a team effort involving putting up 4 antenna towers, running cables, setting up stations, and operating for the 24 hour period using generator power.  It is also one of the main social events for the club with a Saturday cookout and a Sunday breakfast.

The COVID-19 crisis means that Field Day 2020 will be entirely different.  Club members will operate individually from home, portable, or mobile stations.  The individual station scores will be aggregated to compute a club total score.  The social and teamwork aspects of Field Day will be missing.

Many of the individual club member stations are participating in our real-time Field Day 2020 score tracking web site.  Anyone can follow the progress of these stations by going to http://www.mcdigital.com.  The main page shows the status of members who are participating.  Clicking on a member's callsign will display details about that member's Field Day contacts.

Amateur Radio Field Day is the largest gathering of communicators on the face of the earth.  This year's field day is likely to have more stations on the air than ever, due to the inability of most clubs to gather and operate a common station.