VICKSBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB WILL NOT CONDUCT FIELD DAY ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR. Club members can participate as individual stations but there will be no club gathering or operating location because of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.
ARRL recently 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.
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).
Complete details on these rule waivers are available at ARRL's site.
WHAT IS FIELD DAY?
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the United States and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
Field Day is ham radio's open house. Field Day is an opportunity to set up temporary transmitting stations in public places and demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
The Vicksburg Amateur Radio Club actively participates in Field Day. Stay tuned for details as they develop.
CORONAVIRUS AND FIELD DAY 2020
With 2020 ARRL Field Day just a few weeks away, ARRL officials are monitoring this situation with the coronavirus very closely and paying close attention to all of the information and guidance being offered by the CDC's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At its core, Field Day is a local event. Since the effect of the coronavirus outbreak has been very different in different parts of the country, ARRL recommends that all amateur radio clubs participating in Field Day be in regular contact with their local or state public health officials for their advice and guidance on hosting Field Day activities. This also offers an opportunity for amateur radio clubs to bolster or re-establish their relationships with local and state public health and emergency management officials.
Local club officials are the most appropriate people to be making decisions about their specific Field Day programs. Everyone is concerned about protecting the health and safety of those participating in or attending Field Day activities. Local club officials should take the appropriate steps to monitor local conditions and make decisions in the best interest of their communities. See ARRL's Field Day 2020 - A Time to Adapt.
ARRL officials strongly believe that following the guidelines of local, state and national health care professionals will help ensure everyone's safety in the coming weeks and months.
Last updated May 29, 2020.