ETH021 – Field Day!


2016 Field Day Logo

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to Field Day!!!


To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.


Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2016 is June 25-26.

3.1. Class A and B (see below) stations that do not begin setting up until 1800 UTC on Saturday may operate the entire 27-hour Field Day period.

3.2. Stations who begin setting up before 1800 UTC Saturday may work only 24 consecutive hours, commencing when on-the-air operations begin.

3.3. No class A or B station may begin its set-up earlier than 0000 UTC on the Friday (Thursday afternoon or evening local time) preceding the Field Day period. Cumulative set-up time shall not exceed a total of 24 hours.

Log Submission Deadline

Entries must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Late entries cannot be accepted.


4.1. (Class A) Club / non-club portable:

4.2.  (Class A – Battery) Club / non-club portable:

4.3.  (Class B) One or two person portable:

4.4.  (Class B – Battery) One or two person portable

4.5. (Class C) Mobile:

4.6.  (Class D) Home stations:

4.7.  (Class E) Home stations – Emergency power:

4.8. (Class F) Emergency Operations Centers (EOC)

Bonus Points

7.3.1. 100% Emergency Power: 100 points per transmitter classification if all contacts are made only using an emergency power source up to a total of 20 transmitters (maximum 2,000 points.)   GOTA station and free VHF Station for Class A and F entries do not qualify for bonus point credit and should not be included in the club’s transmitter total.  All transmitting equipment at the site must operate from a power source completely independent of the commercial power mains to qualify. (Example: a club operating 3 transmitters plus a GOTA station and using 100% emergency power receives 300 bonus points.) Available to Classes A, B, C, E, and F.

7.3.2. Media Publicity: 100 bonus points may be earned for attempting to obtain publicity from the local media.  A copy of the press release, or a copy of the actual media publicity received (newspaper article, etc.) must be submitted to claim the points.  Available to all Classes.

7.3.3. Public Location: 100 bonus points for physically locating the Field Day operation in a public place (i.e. shopping center, park, school campus, etc).  The intent is for amateur radio to be on display to the public. Available to Classes A, B and F.

7.3.4. Public Information Table: 100 bonus points for a Public Information Table at the Field Day site.  The purpose is to make appropriate handouts and information available to the visiting public at the site.  A copy of a visitor’s log, copies of club handouts or photos is sufficient evidence for claiming this bonus. Available to Classes A, B and F.

7.3.5. Message Origination to Section Manager: 100 bonus points for origination of a formal message to the ARRL Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator by your group from its site.  You should include the club name, number of participants, Field Day location, and number of ARES operators involved with your station.  The message must be transmitted during the Field Day period and a copy of it must be included in your submission in standard ARRL radiogram or no credit will be given.  The message must leave or enter the Field Day operation via amateur radio RF. The Section Manager message is separate from the messages handled in Rule 7.3.6. and may not be claimed for bonus points under that rule. Available to all Classes.

7.3.6. Message Handling: 10 points for each formal message originated, relayed or received and delivered during the Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100 points (ten messages). Copies of each message must be included with the Field Day report. The message to the ARRL SM or SEC under Rule 7.3.5. does not count towards the total of 10 for this bonus.  Available to all Classes. All messages claimed for bonus points must leave or enter the Field Day operation via amateur radio RF.

7.3.7. Satellite QSO: 100 bonus points for successfully completing at least one QSO via an amateur radio satellite during the Field Day period.  “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” (Rule 3.7.2.), (the no-repeater QSO stipulation) is waived for satellite QSOs. Groups are allowed one dedicated satellite transmitter station without increasing their entry category.  Satellite QSOs also count for regular QSO credit.  Show them listed separately on the summary sheet as a separate “band.” You do not receive an additional bonus for contacting different satellites, though the additional QSOs may be counted for QSO credit unless prohibited under Rule

7.3.8. Alternate Power: 100 bonus points for Field Day groups making a minimum of five QSOs without using power from commercial mains or petroleum driven generator.  This means an “alternate” energy source of power, such as solar, wind, methane or water.  This includes batteries charged by natural means (not dry cells).  The natural power transmitter counts as an additional transmitter.  If you do not wish to increase your operating category, you should take one of your other transmitters off the air while the natural power transmitter is in operation.  A separate list of natural power QSOs should be submitted with your entry. Available to Classes A, B, E, and F.

7.3.9. W1AW Bulletin: 100 bonus points for copying the special Field Day bulletin transmitted by W1AW (or K6KPH) during its operating schedule during the Field Day weekend (listed in this rules announcement).  An accurate copy of the message is required to be included in your Field Day submission. (Note:  The Field Day bulletin must be copied via amateur radio.  It will not be included in Internet bulletins sent out from Headquarters and will not be posted to Internet BBS sites.) Available to all Classes.

7.3.10. Educational activity bonus: One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day operation includes a specific educational-related activity.  The activity can be diverse and must be

related to amateur radio. It must be some type of formal activity.  It can be repeated during the Field Day period but only one bonus is earned.   For more information consult the FAQ in the complete Field Day packet. Available to Classes A & F entries and available clubs or groups operating from a club station in class D and E with 3 or more participants.

7.3.11. Site Visitation by an elected governmental official:  One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day site is visited by an elected government official as the result of an invitation issued by your group. Available to all Classes.

7.3.12. Site Visitation by a representative of an agency: One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day site is visited by a representative of an agency served by ARES in your local community (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, local Emergency Management, law enforcement, etc.) as the result of an invitation issued by your group. ARRL officials (SM, SEC, DEC, EC, etc) do not qualify for this bonus. Available to all Classes.

7.3.13. GOTA Bonus.  Get On The Air Station – Up To 500 bonus Points

7.3.14. Web submission:  A 50-point bonus may be claimed by a group submitting their Field Day entry via the web site. Available to all Classes.

7.3.15. Field Day Youth Participation: A 20-point bonus (maximum of 100) may be earned by any Class A, C, D, E, or F group for each participant age 18 or younger at your Field Day operation that completes at least one QSO. For a 1-person Class B station, a 20-point bonus is earned if the operator is age 18 or younger.  For a 2-person Class B station, a 20-point bonus is earned for each operator age 18 or younger (maximum of 40 points.)  Keep in mind that Class B is only a 1 or 2 person operation.  This bonus does not allow the total number of participants in Class B to exceed 1 or 2.

7.3.16 Social Media: 100 points for promoting your Field Day activation to the general public via an active, recognized and utilized social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). This bonus is available to bona fide Amateur Radio clubs and Field Day groups that welcome visitors to their operation. Individual participants do not qualify for this bonus. Club websites do not qualify for this bonus. Available to all classes.

7.3.17 Safety Officer Bonus: A 100-point bonus may be earned by having a person serving as a Safety Officer for those groups setting up Class A stations. This person must verify that all safety concerns on the Safety Check List (found in the ARRL Field Day Packet) have been adequately met. This is an active bonus – simply designating someone as Safety Officer does not automatically earn this bonus.  A statement verifying the completion of the Safety Check List must be included in the supporting documentation sent to ARRL HQ in order to claim this bonus.

Rules, Entry Forms and Information Packets

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Amateur Radio Club Spotlight


Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club




  • First Tuesday of the month at the Community Center of Kees Park. Meetings start at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm for fellowship. Testing begins at 5:30


  • ARES/RACES Training Net – Sundays at 8:15PM on the 147.330 repeater
  • Prayer Net immediately following the ARES Net
  • Tech Net – Fridays at 8pm on the 444.975 repeater


  • 145.150 – PL 173.8 DStar with Open Gateway
  • 145.470 – PL 173.8 Salt Grass System
  • 147.330 + PL 173.8 Used for nets, daily use, Echolink
  • 147.375 + PL 173.8 Daily use
  • 443.300 + PL 173.8
  • 444.975 + PL 173.8 La. Link System
  • 144.390  APRS


  • Hamfest – Alexandria Hamfest – Sep 23 and 24, 2016.
  • Assists local agencies with communications

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