The 2020 ARRL Field Day has concluded and the antennas are packed away for another year, reports have been filed, and regrets of eating too much pizza have been reconciled. 
 
This year was certainly one for the history books as it took place during the global pandemic, requiring us to alter some of our usual activities.
 
Stats on various modes can be found on our Field Day site: http://k8bxq.org/fieldday 
 
The end result is that we ran a 5A category, although in hindsight 4A would have been more appropriate.  We logged 369 QSOs across the three available modes and on 5 of the 12 available bands.  We had 20 CW contacts, 120 Digital contacts, and 229 voice contacts. The top three operators were KD8KBU with 120 QSOs, KB8ELG with 108 QSOs, and AB8RC with 105 QSOs. We worked 41 states and 6 Canadian Provinces and Territories. The longest QSO was by KB8ELG to Slovakia. One more interesting point is that on average 20% of the QSOs we complete are to home operators, while this year it was around 74%.
 
Hi folks,
First and foremost, the Club Field Day web page can be found here: 
 
Field Day 2020 is 12 days out and it's time to start thinking about club participation.  We will be setting up at the Roth Family Woodlot in Tedrow / Wauseon again this year, and since we usually only run the 24 hour period, we can begin setup after 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25, although most of us will probably string antennas on June 26 after 5:00pm.  Remember the event starts on Saturday, June 27 at 2:00pm. 
 

June Meeting Minutes

Stated Club Meeting June 15, 2020
Members Present: kb8elg, kd8kbu, w8tux, kg8fm, kd8itj, kb8dil, kd8zkw, kd8wsl, ke8bhw, wd8krs, wb8zoi, kd8zke, kd8pud, nc4ohh, kc8iof, ke8ong
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:22 pm by KB8ELG, who welcomed everyone to the return of our in-person meetings. Committee reports follow
 
Members in Distress: no report
 
Treasures Report: KB8ELH was unable to attend this evening but provided a summary account report read by KB8ELG, not corrections or discussion was requested.
 
Repeater Committee: AC has been turned on at the main repeater shed, the exterior improvements made last year are holding well and the building is dry inside.
 
Summer Hamfest: KB8ELG gave a summary of the Hamfest financial report which follows.
Income: 753

Field Day 2020 will be June 27-28.  Our club traditionally sets up antennas on Friday evening and Saturday morning.  All particpants should plan on being ready to run at 2:00pm Saturday.  

Our location is the Roth Family Woodlot at 101 Hill Avenue in Tedrow, OH (just 2 miles west of Turnpike exit 34 on County Rd J).  See more information at the ARRL's Field Day Website.  If you are looking for a Field Day location in your neck of the woods, try the ARRL's Field Day Locator.

We have been given the green light from the county commissioner to resume club meetings at the Administration Building as of June 15.  Given the nature of the current COVID-19 pandemic still in progress, we are requiring facemasks for the meeting.  Meeting time will be 7:30pm.

 

Hamfest this Saturday

As a reminder, the Hamfest is this Saturday. The committee has been meeting and planning the layout of the event to be compliant with the Ohio Department of Health guidelines on outdoor sales events. That being said, PPE/facemasks will be required. The committee has acquired a hundred masks for anyone who does not have their own, but please bring your facemask with you if you have one.  
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