RHG July 2020

Editor’s note

We have all been affected in one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has been difficult for me to find the time required to gather articles, and submit the newsletter each month.

As a result, I apologize for having not been able to publish the Radio Hill Gazette for the last couple of months, March being the last one.

As there have not been any Board or Monthly Club meetings, there have not been any of the usual meeting minutes to publish.

I will, however, start to have a little more time to devote to this task, so here is the July edition published.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy,
Mike, K9KMV

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Field Day 2020 with SARC

N9MVO’s Field Day station


Field Day 2020 was, to say the least, a very different Field Day to any other that we have experienced.  Restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, meant that the usual format that club members were used to was not possible.  Social distancing and other protective health measures meant that for the most part, Field Day 2020 with SARC had to be done on an individual basis.

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Club Contest – Field Day From Home

Unfortunately the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will not allow us to hold Field Day in the traditional way this year. The ARRL has issued Temporary Rule Waivers for the 2020 event as well as Field Day 2020 FAQs to allow the event to continue in a safe, socially distant way. Highlights include:

  • Class D (home) stations can now contact other Class D stations for QSO credit.
  • Club scores will be aggregated. Use your own call sign and submit your score with the club “Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club” (no abbreviations) to the ARRL.

Taking into account the modified rules the club’s board has diverted funds typically used for field day equipment and food and created a club-wide contest including prizes.

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