This year’s ARRL Field Day is impacted by the COVID-19 virus restrictions but they are allowing new rules and operation from home QTH is encouraged. That may be a good option for our typical member!
It happens to fall on our normal outing day. Many of our members participate with their local clubs and it is up to you whether to visit the park or go straight to a FD site .
Typically there is some testing of rigs and antennas by portable stations so we should be able to make contacts from the park or your own backyard prior to the contest start. Click the FD Logo for a link to the rules and info page for this year’s event.
We will be continuing our 4th Saturday of the month outing as usual. We start out with breakfast and show n tell at Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 AM EST. We usually are at a big table and easy to spot. Not sure how many might make this part of the outing this early in the reopening. I think the staff will appreciate the business though!
If you are not a breakfast type or like to sleep in a bit, you can join the group in the Sylvan Lake Park about 0900 AM EDT. The park is open at 0900 EDT and Walter KA4KXX may show up about that time. I will not be going out to the park due to personal health conditions, but you are free to do so if you wish. Wx report isn’t clear, but I hope to set up and get a few minutes on the air from our neighborhood park. Hope to hear some of our regular QRP ops on 40 and 20 meters.
Normal location is down by the lake at Picnic Area A unless it has been reserved by someone else. If you don’t see us there, cruise through Picnic Area B and C and watch for our antennas and cars with Amateur Radio License Tags and antennas on them.
Social distancing, masks and all good advice is appreciated.
72, Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group