Many radio amateurs around the world will spend the 2020 ARRL Field Day operating from their home stations. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed this popular event into a solo effort with most large club gatherings at public parks and facilities severely limited.
In this excellent, upbeat video from HQ ARRL and the Sangamon Valley Radio Club of Springfield, Illinois, we see how a simple home ham station can still be true to the spirit of Field Day while avoiding the danger of contracting the coronavirus.
J. Mitch Hopper (K9ZXO) takes us through the steps needed to go solo on Field Day by operating 1-D (commercial mains) and 1-E (battery, solar power, generator) from your home station. The ARRL has bent the rules a bit to give individual radio club members a way to help their fellow operators gain points for club activity while avoiding COVID-19.
Here are some of Mitch's comments:
Why not join the ARRL Field Day experience by going portable in your own backyard? All you need are a transceiver, a simple dipole antenna, some emergency power, and enough food, water, and insect repellant to experience a new way to join your fellow radio amateurs during this annual event. I've operated for years as a 1-E station because of work commitments. I still had lots of fun while getting chewed up by our six-legged friends.
Thanks for joining us today.
Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).