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What are your thoughts for field day 2020?

As usual

With distancing

Not at all
(2020-05-23, 22:04:46)VA3TS Tom Wrote: [ -> ]What are your thoughts for field day 2020?

As usual

With distancing

Not at all
I checked the second option but I will be just as happy to operate as VE3FP/Alone 1(B,D or E) ONS. The other thing we could do is to have group meeting on Zoom for a virtual get together. I am not going to skip Field Day, only comes once a year.
Here are some ideas from ARRL:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day...202020.pdf

https://www.arrl.org/planning-your-arrl-...-operation

73, Adam
(2020-05-23, 22:04:46)VA3TS Tom Wrote: [ -> ]What are your thoughts for field day 2020?

As usual

With distancing

Not at all
I like the idea of doing field day as usual Smile

I will be happy to go along with the group consensus. My plan is to operate a digital station so was also planning to do my own log.
This  is a good topic for discussion during the Wed. evening 2M net..
 
I doubt that the  "as usual" option is really not  possible given that social distancing  restrictions are  still in effect and likely will
continue for some time yet...   And,   if restrictions are lifted sometime soon there may be no possibility of getting all approvals
and permits  in place with the town in time...     

I expect to operate at home,  Class 1E,  CW,   80, 40,  20,  2,  7ocm,  plus  satellite..   Would welcome any club member to
come by,,  play with my toys and operate for a while.........

Adam,  VE3FP  is doing much the same,   and there may be others..   Maybe we could promote a little inter-club competition.
I don't know if there are any other "contesters" amongst the membership..  My sense is there are not so that idea may not fly..

73,  P.... "PQ
I ticked "distancing"  but expect to operate 1E from home, probably just part of the time.
73
Dave, VE3WI
I voted "same as usual" but only if its legal to do so. If our Lord Protector in the Premier's office allows us to gather in groups large enough to hold a regular field day I don't see why we should limit ourselves. But chances are he won't relax the rules enough to permit our usual FD grouping.

Camaraderie is one of the biggest elements of Field Day so if we have to maintain strict social distancing it just won't be as much fun. I plan to operate a CW station and will be self-logging anyway. My logging program, CQRLOG (Linux) has an integrated memory keyer that makes it very easy to run a one man station. I have been practicing and perfecting my technique during recent state QSO parties. A second person doing the logging would only slow things down.

If we don't go ahead with a club event I will certainly operate from my trailer in my driveway with generator power and a specially erected antenna.

John VA3KOT
It will be a different way of operating field day this year, I know I will not be available to attend this year however will do my best to be on the air. 
I will dough any group gathering will be allowed legally and may impact our Insurance and city permits.

Operating from home can also be fun for a change, great way to prepare your own station for the exercise or try a new mode, new antenna. It can be fun to get your own family (YL) on the air... ok or not Smile . 

Take care everyone.

73, Bernie
With most events like Salmon Spectacular and Summerfolk cancelled for the this year, Field Day as usual not likely happen. I agree with Paul ve3pq and John va3kot to operate as an individual stations and maybe have competition among club members. Also when submitting your results use your call sign and enter "Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club"  in the Club or Group Name.  http://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php  to submit your results by July 28. 
Getting any publicity and bonus points maybe difficult this year but posting your "Field Day Alone" operating video may count for points. 
Most of our members who operated during Field Day in the past are fairly familiar with N1MM logging software running in Windows OS. There are links on the web to running it under Linux. 
I may even try 2 & 6 meters this year as well. 

Hope to hear you on the FD2020.

73, Adam 
ARRL have amended the Field Day contest scoring rules for 2020..

     QSO's between  Class !D  (home)   stations will now  earn score  points..   ( Previously zero points )

      Individual  club member's scores  when operating from home can now be agregated for a club entry..

For details refer to the following link..    
<http://www.arrl.org/news/temporary-rule-waivers-announced-for-2020-arrl-field-day>...

P...   "PQ...
(2020-05-29, 04:08:08)VE3PQ  Paul Wrote: [ -> ]ARRL have amended the Field Day contest scoring rules for 2020..

     QSO's between  Class !D  (home)   stations will now  earn score  points..   ( Previously zero points )

      Individual  club member's scores  when operating from home can now be agregated for a club entry..

For details refer to the following link..    
<http://www.arrl.org/news/temporary-rule-waivers-announced-for-2020-arrl-field-day>...

P...   "PQ...
That's great news Paul. I was planning to operate from my trailer (on my driveway). With these rule changes I will be able to operate 1D from my regular home station. Also, with the aggregation of club scores, there is added incentive for GBARC members to participate and submit their scores for the club's benefit.

Of course, if the club decides to go ahead with a group field event I will participate in that instead.
John VA3KOT
I am glad they made that change with the points for 1D stations for this Field Day. My setup will be much the same as Field Day last year, camper trailer with portable power and some antenna thrown up in the trees. Will operate 10 through 160 and maybe 6 and 2. So it will be VE3FP 1E ONS. 
Still have to do some work on the Hex Beam and might put that to use as well.
Looking forward to it, as usual. 
73, Adam 
I won't be able to go to field day.
(2020-05-31, 02:46:24)ve3pav Wrote: [ -> ]I won't be able to go to field day.
Doesn't look like anyone is going to FD this year, just operate from home or some location by yourself. I know won't be as much fun but hopefully next year we can again have a regular group FD.  Huh

73, Adam 
Frank VA3GUF,the vice-president has indicated he will be on the 2 meter net this Wednesday to discuss this subject. If you have any questions please direct them to Frank, you can send him email by clicking this link VA3-GUF-Frank
Hi All.

I suspect that groups of more then 5 will continue to be banned.   I would love for the Government to prove me wrong and allow groups of up to 50.  But that is not likely. For me personally,  field day has been a social activity.   I work too much, and do not socialize enough (I worked through field day last year)

Perhaps restrictions will be eased, and at the last minute ute we can have a simulated emergency event,  at a private landowners, in a field, seemingly away fro. The world at large. And people can gather or distance to thier own comfort levels.  Or not.

If it's an operate at home/alone event, I'll miss this year as well.
Latest FD Q & A from 11 June ARRL Letter
73
Dave, VE3WI

ARRL Contest Program Issues Field Day 2020 FAQ

The ARRL Contest Program has released some Frequently Asked Questions related to the temporary rule waivers for Field Day. On May 28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) adopted these provisions only for the June 27 – 28, 2020, event: (1) Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points, and (2) an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries that indicate a specific club. Contact the ARRL Contest Program with any questions related to Field Day 2020.

Q: Several of our club members are going to operate independently and wish to attribute their scores to the aggregate club score. What call sign should they use?

A: Participants should use their own call signs. Except for Class C (mobile) entries, all transmitters, receivers, and antennas located within a 1,000-foot-diameter circle may operate using a single call sign. This prohibits the use of a single call sign from more than one location. Under the 2020 waiver, those operating from home, including backyard operations, must use their own station call signs. Multiple home stations operating with a club call sign or modified club call sign, such as W1AW-1, W1AW-2, W1AW-3, etc., are not allowed.

Q: How does my club submit an aggregate club score? Does the club need to add up each participating member’s scores and submit a club entry with the aggregate score under the club call sign?

A: Each participant will submit his or her own independent entry under his or her call sign. ARRL will calculate the aggregate score based upon the club name entered on the official Field Day entry form via the web applet (preferred method) or on the paper Field Day entry form. In order for results to be tabulated correctly, all club participants must enter the club’s official name exactly the same, avoiding abbreviations or acronyms. This is important!

Q: Our group is still planning to operate at the usual Field Day site, but some members do not feel comfortable gathering in a large group this year. Can we still submit an entry using the club call sign, as well as have members operating from home using their own call signs?

A: Yes. If your club is still hosting a group Field Day effort, it will submit an entry as usual, using the club call sign. Club members operating at home will submit separate entries with their own call signs and will enter the club name on the entry form for club aggregate scoring.

Q: Can a club member operate from home using the club call sign?

A: Yes, but the call sign may only be used in one location. The member must receive permission from the trustee of the club call sign.

Q: Our club normally enters Field Day in Class A. If we operate from our home stations, in which class should individual members enter in order to be included in the aggregate club score?

A: Each member will operate independently and will submit the entry using whatever class applies to their operation. Typically, home stations running on commercial ac power are Class D, while home stations running on battery, solar, generator, or the like (i.e., not from ac mains) are Class E. When the results are published, each club member will be listed in the results under the class in which they operated. For 2020 only, aggregate club scores will be listed by the club name in a separate listing. Read more.

Refer to the complete rules [http://www.arrl.org/field-day-rules] to determine eligibility for bonus points. — Thanks to ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE
(2020-06-12, 19:22:45)VE3WI Dave Wrote: [ -> ]Latest FD Q & A from 11 June ARRL Letter
73
Dave, VE3WI

ARRL Contest Program Issues Field Day 2020 FAQ

The ARRL Contest Program has released some Frequently Asked Questions related to the temporary rule waivers for Field Day. On May 28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) adopted these provisions only for the June 27 – 28, 2020, event: (1) Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points, and (2) an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries that indicate a specific club. Contact the ARRL Contest Program with any questions related to Field Day 2020.

Q: Several of our club members are going to operate independently and wish to attribute their scores to the aggregate club score. What call sign should they use?

A: Participants should use their own call signs. Except for Class C (mobile) entries, all transmitters, receivers, and antennas located within a 1,000-foot-diameter circle may operate using a single call sign. This prohibits the use of a single call sign from more than one location. Under the 2020 waiver, those operating from home, including backyard operations, must use their own station call signs. Multiple home stations operating with a club call sign or modified club call sign, such as W1AW-1, W1AW-2, W1AW-3, etc., are not allowed.

Q: How does my club submit an aggregate club score? Does the club need to add up each participating member’s scores and submit a club entry with the aggregate score under the club call sign?

A: Each participant will submit his or her own independent entry under his or her call sign. ARRL will calculate the aggregate score based upon the club name entered on the official Field Day entry form via the web applet (preferred method) or on the paper Field Day entry form. In order for results to be tabulated correctly, all club participants must enter the club’s official name exactly the same, avoiding abbreviations or acronyms. This is important!

Q: Our group is still planning to operate at the usual Field Day site, but some members do not feel comfortable gathering in a large group this year. Can we still submit an entry using the club call sign, as well as have members operating from home using their own call signs?

A: Yes. If your club is still hosting a group Field Day effort, it will submit an entry as usual, using the club call sign. Club members operating at home will submit separate entries with their own call signs and will enter the club name on the entry form for club aggregate scoring.

Q: Can a club member operate from home using the club call sign?

A: Yes, but the call sign may only be used in one location. The member must receive permission from the trustee of the club call sign.

Q: Our club normally enters Field Day in Class A. If we operate from our home stations, in which class should individual members enter in order to be included in the aggregate club score?

A: Each member will operate independently and will submit the entry using whatever class applies to their operation. Typically, home stations running on commercial ac power are Class D, while home stations running on battery, solar, generator, or the like (i.e., not from ac mains) are Class E. When the results are published, each club member will be listed in the results under the class in which they operated. For 2020 only, aggregate club scores will be listed by the club name in a separate listing. Read more.

Refer to the complete rules [http://www.arrl.org/field-day-rules] to determine eligibility for bonus points. — Thanks to ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE

Best to use the web app 
http://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php
 and enter the following in the fields provided:
      
     Call used _Your Call__ 

     Club or Group Name
   Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club


All the points should then be merged into "Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club" aggregate score. 

73,  Adam