2017 AMSAT Field Day Rules


Big Island ARRL News, 19 June 2017, 15:25 hrs, UTC, Post #229.

Source: WUdLb2jyvIU

Reporter:  Bruce Paige (KK5D)).

Accessed on 19 June 2017, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

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Two Amateur Radio Field Days are fast upon us.  The first is the 2017 ARRL Field Day on 24 and 25 June 2017.  Hawaii Island radio amateurs participating in this event will meet on Saturday, 24 June 2017, 8:00 a.m., at the Eden Roc park and community center.

The second Field Day event occurs at the same time and is sponsored by The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT).  Both events can be run from the same Field Day site.

AMSAT Awards Chairman Bruce Paige (KK5DO) encourages all radio clubs and individuals participating in the 2017 ARRL Field Day exercise to make some contacts through the various Amateur Radio satellites.

If you wish to join the 2017 AMSAT Field Day activities, please follow these  guidelines:

“The AMSAT Field Day 2017 event is open to all Amateur Radio operators. Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules for Field Day. The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all amateur satellites, both analog and digital. Note that no points will be credited for any contacts beyond the ONE allowed via each single-channel FM satellite. Operators are encouraged not to make any extra contacts via theses satellites (Ex: SO-50). CW contacts and digital contacts are worth three points as outlined below.”

“1. Analog Transponders

ARRL rules apply, except:

– Each phone, CW, and digital segment ON EACH SATELLITE TRANSPONDER
is considered to be a separate band.

– CW and digital (RTTY, PSK-31, etc.) contacts count THREE points

– Stations may only count one (1) completed QSO on any single
channel FM satellite. If a satellite has multiple modes such as V/u
and L/s modes both turned on, one contact each is allowed. If the
PBBS is on – see Pacsats below, ISS (1 phone and 1 digital),
Contacts with the ISS crew will count for one contact if they are
active. PCSat (I, II, etc.) (1 digital),

– The use of more than one transmitter at the same time on a single
satellite transponder is prohibited.”

“2. Digital Transponders

We have only APRS digipeaters and 10m to 70cm PSK transponders (see Bob Bruninga’s article in the March/April, 2016 issue of the AMSAT Journal).

Satellite digipeat QSO’s and APRS short-message contacts are worth three points each, but must be complete verified two-way exchanges.
The one contact per FM satellite is not applied to digital transponders.

The use of terrestrial gateway stations or internet gateways (i.e.
EchoLink, IRLP, etc.) to uplink/downlink is not allowed.

Sample Satellite Field Day Greetings File:

Greetings from W5MSQ Field Day Satellite station near Katy, Texas, EL-29, with 20 participants, operating class 2A, in the AMSAT-Houston group with the Houston Amateur Television Society and the Houston QRP club. All the best and 73!

Note that the message stated the call, name of the group, operating class, where they were located (the grid square would be helpful) and how many operators were in attendance.”

“3. Operating Class

Stations operating portable and using emergency power (as per ARRL Field Day rules) are in a separate operating class from those at home connected to commercial power. On the report form simply check off Emergency or Commercial for the Power Source and be sure to specify your ARRL operating class (2A, 1C, etc.).”


The Satellite Summary Sheet should be used for submission of the AMSAT Field Day competition and be received by KK5DO (email or postal
mail) by 11:59 P.M. CDT, Monday, July 10, 2017. This is earlier than the due date for the ARRL submissions. The preferred method for submitting your log is via e-mail to kk5do at amsat dot org or kk5do at arrl dot net.

You may also use the postal service but give plenty of time for your results to arrive by the submission date. Add photographs or other interesting information that can be used in an article for the Journal.

You will receive an email back (within one or two days) from me when I receive your email submission. If you do not receive a confirmation message, then I have not received your submission. Try sending it again or send it to my other email address.

If mailing your submission, the address is:

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Director of Awards and Contests
PO Box 1598
Porter, TX 77365-1598.”

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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