THE SPARK GAP A monthly publication of the Meridian Amateur Radio Club June 1999
Hello out their. This is the month. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 2100 UTC Sunday (June 26-27, 1999). Field Day -- Field Day -- Field Day -- Do not forget. Make arrangements for a babysitter, Pamper the wife, girlfriend. But be there. We need you, and you need you to be there. 73s and 88s CP W5OQY
For the first time, the ARRL is making available annual Field Day pins to show your participation in the 1999 event. The cost is $5 each. Field Day groups should collect the money for the pins and send a single order stating the number of pins needed to: ARRL Contest Branch Attn. Field Day Pins, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111. We will ship the pins back to the club for distribution.
How Ya'll Are? Hope everyone's well. Just for info, don't forget about "Kid's Day" June 19th. Operations will start at 1:00 pm til 7:00 pm. Frequencies are: 28.350 to 28.400 on 10 mtrs. and 14.270 to 14.300 on 20 mtrs. Get on and make a few contacts.
Of course, we all have Field Day in mind. This will be a good shot at promoting our hobby and maybe even recruiting some new "Hams". Preparations are in full swing. Ask what you can do to help. Lets all have a great time. The more folks that attend the better it will be. The VE group will be giving Exams on the 15th of July at the EOC at 7:00 pm. Come take an exam and watch our new VE Examiner (AC5SV Gary) give his first.
Lets all put a little more effort into our weather net. We've got a good thing going, and WB5OCD Jim has put a lot into it. Give Jim the support and help he needs. Volunteer for net control, Bulletin liaison, HF liaison, or one of the other functions that Jim has open. Lets make this work for us. It really doesn't take up that much Time. 73's fer nw Mel N5JCG ..._._
Meridian Amateur Radio Club
will conduct Field Day operations from
Bonita Lakes Mall
beginning on Saturday June 26th @ 1800 UTC
ARRL Field Day Rules
1. Eligibility: Field Day is opened competitively to all amateurs in the ARRL/RAC Field Organization (plus Yukon and Northwest Territories). Foreign stations may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to compete.
2. Object: To work as many stations as possible on any or all amateur bands (excluding the 30, 17, and 12-Meter bands) and, in doing so, to learn to operate in abnormal situations under less-than-optimum conditions. A premium is placed on skills and equipment developed to meet the challenge of emergency preparedness and to acquaint the public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.
3. Date and Field Day Period: Always held on the fourth full weekend of June. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 2100 UTC Sunday (June 26-27, 1999).
3.1. Class A and Class B (see below) stations who do not begin setting up until 1800 UTC Saturday may operate the entire Field Day period of 27 hours.
3.2. Others must begin their setup no earlier that 1800 UTC Friday, and may operate no more than 24 consecutive hours, ie, once on-the-air Field Day operation has started, it must end 24 hours from that point.
4. Entry Categories: Field Day entries are classified according to the maximum number of simultaneous transmitted signals, followed by the designation of the nature of the individual or group participation. Below 30 MHz, once a transmitter is used for a contact on a band, it must remain on that band for at least 15 minutes. During this 15-minute period, the transmitter is considered to be transmitting a signal, whether it is or not, for the purpose of determining transmitter class. Switching devices are prohibited.
4.1. (Class A) Club/non club portable: Club groups (or non club groups with three or more licensed amateurs) set up specifically for Field Day. Such stations must be located in places that are not regular station locations, and must use no facilities installed for permanent station use, nor any structures installed permanently for Field Day use. Stations must be operated under one call sign (except when the Novice/Technician Plus position is used) and under the control of a single licensee or trustee for each entry. All equipment (including antennas) must lie within a circle whose diameter does not exceed 300 meters (1000 feet). All contacts must be made with transmitter(s) and receiver(s) operating independent of commercial mains. Entrants who, for one reason or another, operate a transmitter or receiver from commercial mains for one or more contacts will be listed separately at the end of their class.
4.1.1. Any Class A group whose entry classification is two or more transmitters (non-Novice) may also use one Novice/Technician Plus operating position (Novice bands only) without changing its basic entry classification. For Field Day purposes only, any Canadian Amateur HF licensee, who has been licensed for less than six months prior to Field Day, shall be considered a "Novice" to provide a means for Canadian Field Day Class A stations with two or more transmitters to participate with a "Novice/Technician Plus" operating position. This "Canadian Novice station" is restricted to the US Novice sub-bands and power/mode restrictions. The Novice/Technician Plus station (including antennas) should be set up and operated by Novice and Technician Plus licensees and should use the call sign of one of the Novice/Technician Plus operators.
4.1.2. Any Class A group whose entry classification is two or more transmitters may also use one station that operates exclusively on any band or combination of bands above 50 MHz (VHF/UHF bands) without changing its basic entry classification.
This station may be operated for the entire Field Day period, and all contacts count for QSO points credit.
4.2. (Class A-Battery) Club/non club portable: Club groups (or non club groups with three or more licensed amateurs) set up specifically for Field Day and all contacts are made using an output power of 5 W or less and the power source is other than commercial mains or motor-driven generator (eg, batteries, solar cells, water-driven generators). Other provisions are the same as for class A.
4.3. (Class B) One- or two-person portable: Non club stations set up and operated by not more than two licensed amateurs will be placed in Class B. Other provisions are the same as for Class A. One- and two-person Class B entries will be listed separately in the results.
4.4. (Class B-Battery) One- or two-person portable: Non club stations set up and operated by not more than two licensed amateurs and all contacts are made using an output power of 5 W or less and the power source is other than commercial mains or motor-driven generator (eg, batteries, solar cells, water-driven generators). Other provisions are the same as for Class A. One- and two-person Class B-Battery entries will be listed separately in the results.
4.5. (Class C) Mobile: Stations in vehicles capable of operating while in motion and normally operated in this manner, including antenna. This includes marine and aeronautical mobiles.
4.6. (Class D) Home stations: Stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations may count contacts only with Class A, B, C and E Field Day groups for points.
4.7. (Class E) Home stations-emergency power: Same as Class D, but using emergency power for transmitters and receivers. Work stations in Class A, B, C, D and E.
5. Exchange: Stations in any ARRL/RAC Section will exchange their Field Day operating class and ARRL/RAC Section. For example, if your club group was planning to operate in the three-transmitter, Class A category from Missouri, you would send "3 A Missouri." Foreign stations send RS(T) and QTH.
6. Miscellaneous Rules:
6.1. Operators participating in Field Day may not, from any other station, contact for point credit the Field Day portable station of a group with which they participated.
6.2. A station used to contact one or more Field Day stations may not subsequently be used under any other call during the Field Day period. Family stations are exempted.
6.3. Each phone, each CW, and each digital (non-CW) segment is considered as a separate band. (A station may be worked once on each band.)
6.4. All voice communication contacts are equivalent.
6.5. Cross band contacts are not allowed.
6.6. The use of more than one transmitter at the same time on a single band is prohibited, except that a Novice/Technician Plus position may operate on any Novice band segment at any time. No repeater contacts.
6.7. Batteries may be charged while in use. Except for class D, batteries must be charged from a power source independent of the commercial mains.
7. Scoring: Scores are based on the total number of valid contact points times the multiplier corresponding to the highest power used at any time during the Field Day period, plus bonus points.
7.1. Phone contacts count one point each.
7.2. CW and digital contacts count two points each.
7.3. Power multipliers:
7.3.1. If all contacts are made using an output power of 5 W or less and if a power source other than commercial mains or motor-driven generator is used (eg, batteries, solar cells, water-driven generators), multiply by 5.
7.3.2. If any or all contacts are made using an output power of 150 W or less, multiply by 2.
7.3.3. If any or all contacts are made using an output power more than 150 watts, multiply by 1.
7.4. Bonus points: The following bonus points will be added to the score (after the multiplier is applied) to determine the final score. Only Class A and B stations are eligible for bonuses. Just check the box on the Field Day summary sheet to indicate that you qualify for the bonus, and attach the necessary proof.
7.4.1. 100% emergency power: 100 points per transmitter for 100% emergency power. All equipment and facilities at the Field Day site must be operated from a source independent of the commercial mains. Example: A club operating 3A, using 100% emergency power may claim 300 bonus points.
7.4.2. Public relations:
188.8.131.52. 100 points for media publicity. Publicity must be obtained or a bona fide attempt to obtain publicity must be made. Evidence must be submitted in the form of a newspaper clipping, a memo from a BC/TV station stating that publicity was given or a copy of the material that was sent to the news media for publicity purposes.
184.108.40.206. 100 points for physically locating in a public place (eg shopping center, parks, etc) with significant access by the public. The intent here is for Amateur Radio to be on display to the public.
220.127.116.11. An additional 100 points can be earned by such display stations in public places actively conducting an information booth for the visiting public, and dispensing information handouts, maintaining visitor's log, etc, as an information/recruiting tool for Amateur Radio. Evidence submitted for both (B) and (C) may consist of copies of handouts, visitor's log, brief report on activities conducted, photos, etc.
7.4.3. Message origination: 100 points for origination of a message by the club president or other Field Day leader, addressed to the SM or SEC, stating the club name (or non club group), number of operators, field location and number of ARES members participating. The message must be transmitted during the Field Day period, and a fully serviced copy of it must be in standard ARRL message form or no credit will be given.
7.4.4. Message relay: 10 points for each message received and relayed during the Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100 points. Copies of each message, properly serviced, must be included with the Field Day report.
7.4.5. Satellite QSO: 100 points can be earned by completing at least one QSO via satellite during the Field Day period. The repeater provision of Rule 6.6 is waived for satellite QSOs. A satellite station (one) does not count as an additional transmitter. On the summary sheet, show satellite QSOs as a separate "band".
7.4.6. Natural Power: Field Day groups making a minimum of five QSOs without using power from commercial mains or petroleum derivatives can earn 100 points. Intuitively, this means an "alternate" energy source of power such as solar, wind, methane or grain alcohol. This includes batteries charged by natural means (not dry cells). The natural-power station counts as an additional transmitter. If you do not wish to change your entry class, take one of your other transmitters off the air while making the natural-power QSOs. A separate list of natural-power QSOs should be enclosed with your entry.
7.4.7. W1AW message: A bonus of 100 points will be earned by copying a special ARRL Field Day bulletin sent over W1AW on its regularly announced frequencies just before and during Field Day. This message can be received directly from W1AW or by any relay method. An accurate copy of the received message should be included in your Field Day report.
8. Reporting: Entries must be postmarked by July 27, 1999. No late entries can be accepted. A complete entry consists of an official ARRL summary sheet (or reasonable facsimile) and a list of stations worked on each band/mode during Field Day, plus bonus proof. The list of stations worked on each band or mode may take the form of official ARRL dupe sheets or an alphanumeric listing of call signs worked per band and mode. This list may be computer-generated. Incomplete or illegible entries will be classified as check logs. A copy of Field Day logs should be kept by your Field Day group, but should not be sent in unless specifically requested later by ARRL.
9.5 Paper entries should be sent to Field Day Entries, ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111
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