Temporary rule waivers for 2020 ARRL Field Day


Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic,  HQ ARRL has changed some of the rules governing points for Class D stations.

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Content supplied by HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.  Information compiled by Joseph Speroni (AH0A), ARRL Pacific Section Manager.

Accessed on 29 May 2020, 0215 UTC, Post 1458.

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With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27 – 28, the
ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has 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.

Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,”
including stations operating from permanent or licensed station
locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only
count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but
the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count
contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.

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).

Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and
Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows
participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name
with their submitted results following Field Day.

For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and
Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class
D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can
include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results.
The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram
and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk
Hollow Radio Club.

The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio
calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from
3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field
Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, because many
radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks
and schools.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to
cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to
public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly
modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. The
temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the
value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class.

ARRL is contacting logging program developers about the temporary rule
waivers so developers can release updated versions of their software
prior to Field Day weekend. Participants are reminded that the preferred
method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The
ARRL Field Day rules include instructions for submitting entries after
the event. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 28,

The ARRL Field Day web page includes a series of articles with ideas and
advice for adapting participation this year.

ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A”

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