Important: Field Day 2020 Information

This weekend, members of the Canton Amateur Radio Club will again participate in the annual ARRL Field Day; however due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some major modifications and restrictions will be in place at the event.

Some of the major changes for this year include:

  • No more than 10 persons will be permitted on site at any one time, with a sign-in and sign-out log sheet in place for all attendees.
  • All persons on the site must undergo a brief health check (a few quick questions, and a temperature screening) each time they arrive on site. This information will be logged on the sign-in sheet.
  • No potluck or self-serve style food items will be served. All food must be commercially prepared and pre-wrapped/sealed. Attendee’s are also welcome to bring their own food for their own consumption only, and these items MUST NOT be left out for others. Water and soda will be available on site.
  • All food / beverage storage (coolers) will be sanitized after each use by the person using it.
  • Social distancing (6 foot rule) is encouraged at all times.
  • All radios/computers/work surfaces at all of the operating positions must be wiped down/sanitized when changing operators.
  • All attendee’s will be required to wear a mask, except when operating alone/with people they reside with.
  • Extra masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products will be on site.
  • All ARRL Field Day, FCC, CDC, ODH, and Stark Health Department regulations/guidelines will be followed at the site.

Because of the above restrictions, we regretfully are unable to invite non-licensed persons, or those from the general public to the site this year. Spouses/family of licensed persons are welcome to attend, while adhering to the above and other posted rules/restrictions.

In-person visits by elected officials/served agencies are being discouraged, and we have the capacity to move these to an “on-line” visit using Skype/Zoom/etc.

Setup will be held on Friday, June 26th starting at 5pm. The event will run from Saturday June 27th at approximately 10am through Sunday June 28th at approximately 5pm.

If you’d like to check the site’s capacity (10 person limit) before you arrive, you may do so by calling W8AL on our 2m repeater; or by calling us on the phone at (330) 452-1460. If you have any questions, or concerns over any of these changes; feel free to contact the club to discuss them.

Important Notice: March 2020 Meeting

Due to the national emergency, this week’s Canton Amateur Radio Club meeting will not be held at the usual Stark County EMA location.

Instead, we will conduct the meeting over the air, on the W8AL repeater. Club officers will act as net control. Attendence will be taken by roll call, using the 2020 club roster. Others may check in after the roll call. The W8AL repeater is located in Canton and can be heard on 146.79 MHz with a PL of 141.3 Hz.

If you prefer, you may listen (but not transmit) to the meeting on the internet in two places. One is the W8AL.ORG web site. Click REPEATERS on the menu bar, then click on the player which appears. The other method is to browse to nx8j.perbit.stream/player, then click the PLAY control that appears.

The business portion will begin at 7:30 PM, followed by a discussion on QRP operations led by Roger W8VE.

73 de Dale NX8J
President CARC

CARC announces 2019 ARRL Field Day Scores

The Canton Amateur Radio Club trustees and officers met at 7pm on Thursday July 11th 2019 to go over the 2019 Field Day logs, scores, and submission. Present at the meeting was Dale NX8J, Justin W8JKC, Roger W8VE, John K8ISS, and Dennis K8AGB.

Justin W8JKC presented the log files of both HF stations, the 6M/VHF station, and the GOTA station in a breakdown via Excel spreadsheet. This breakdown, as well as the final ARRL submission will also be presented to the membership at the next club meeting on July 17th 2019.

After reviewing all of the logs, the submission was sent/completed via the ARRL website (shown below). The trustees and officers also held a brief discussion towards preliminary planning for 2020 Field Day; what needs to change, what we could do better, etc.
Any club member having additional comments, suggestions, or concerns should present them to the officers/trustees, preferably at the July 17th 2019 meeting, or via email.

A brief breakdown is as follows:
80M CW QSO: 208
80M PH QSO: 146

40M CW QSO: 366
40M PH QSO: 22
40M DIG QSO: 1

20M CW QSO: 3
20M PH QSO: 30
20M DIG QSO: 91

6M CW QSO: 2
6M PH QSO: 12

This equates to a total of 887 QSO’s made during the 24 hour Field Day period, and a claimed QSO score of 3,118 pts (with 2x emergency power bonus).

For bonus points the club qualified/earned a total of 850 points including:
200 points for 100% Emergency Power
100 points for Media Publicity
100 points for Public Information Table/Booth
100 points for 5 Natural Power QSO
100 points for an Educational Activity
100 points for a Safety Officer
100 points for Social Media
50 points for submitting via the ARRL website.

The final score factoring all QSO’s and bonuses for 2019 comes to 3,968 points.
The club operated as W8AL, Class 2A, ARRL Section OH, with a GOTA call of AC8UE and a total of 38 participants.

The full log files have been posted on the W8AL Online Logbook at http://w8al.org/logbook/
Compare this year’s score and previous year’s scores on the club website at: http://w8al.org/about-history/field-day/

Pictures will be presented on the clubs various social media platforms, and at the July 17th 2019 meeting.