Field Day Score Analysis 2021

The point of Field Day isn’t necessarily to achieve the highest score. The socialization with friends, emergency preparedness, and fun-factors can’t be quantified in a chart. That said, I got a little nerdy and took a look at Field Day scores since 2002 (when I became a ham) for the RARC. I noted some cool trends. These are the factors I believe are contributing to what we see in the chart above.

  • Bonus points have become more available, and we’ve become MUCH better at achieving the various bonuses.
  • The high-power years, denoted by the 1’s along the X axis labels, have been relatively inefficient at converting QSO’s to points. The flip side of this is that running high power is a LOT of fun, you can talk to literally anyone you can hear.
  • Class 3A seems to be our sweet spot. Not shown on this chart is our overall ranking in-class, but we always do best in 3A. There are many 2A clubs which absolutely dominate our QSO rate. 4A and 5A have been tried and were completely ineffective at raising our QSO count, most likely because its hard to staff additional transmitters for 24 hours.
  • Crazy high CW QSO rates have a multiplicative effect on our overall score. 2012 we ranked 2nd in the nation in class 3A partly because we had some serious CW contesters at the helm.

The club will most likely average around 2000 QSOS in 2022, assuming we continue with 3A and the level of participation we’ve had. If we’re interested in maximizing our score we could:

  • Grab every bonus point we can get
  • Keep all 3 stations active throughout the 24 hours to raise the QSO count
  • Maximize usage of the higher bands as they are available
  • Methodically work different regions of the country as bands change
  • “Run” as much as possible vs search-and-pounce. We’ve had great club presentations on the use of these two strategies.
  • Maximize CW and Digital contacts, remember its 1 transmitter per Mode/Band combo, transmitters can change modes at will as long as we never have more than one on the same band/mode. As much as I personally dislike FT8, it may be one key to increasing digital QSO rates. Also it doesn’t require a ton of operator interaction, clicking a few things every minute or two is sufficient to keeping the contacts rolling in.
  • Maximize GOTA contacts, especially the ones associated with bonus points but every one counts!

RARC Builder’s group

RARC hosts a Builder’s Day monthly on the Saturday after the RARC Club Meeting. @ 10:00 AM on the Saturday following the normal club meeting each month. The purpose of the Builder’s Day is for any club members to bring in and work on projects such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, homebrew radios, or any other projects that members are interested in working on. The Builder’s Day will be located in the same location as the monthly meeting – at the Rochester EOC, located in the lower level of the 2185 Wheelock Drive Building (Also Rochester Fire Station No. 2)

RARC July Meeting – Tuesday July 13 @ 6:30pm IN PERSON!!

The July RARC meeting will take place once again at the Rochester City Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of  the 2185 Wheelock Drive Rochester Fire Station No. 2 building. There will also be a virtual connection available via Zoom for anyone who can’t make it, permitting we can get the technology to do its thing!

Our club meetings are normally held at 6:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings start with a  brief club-business discussion, then a  Rag-Chew time, and finally a presentation  of amateur radio interest.

Field Day 2021

Field Day 2021 was held out at Pat Cahill’s farm located at 69520 270th Avenue, Kasson, MN 55944 on June 26th & 27th, 2021. We ran 2 stations (2A) this year and used N1MM for logging.

We followed all current CDC COVID-19 protocols and recommendations regarding masks and sanitization. For those who operated, it ias recommended they bring their own headset and microphone, but wipes were available for use also. We used an ICOM 7600 and an ICOM 9100 for the 2 station radios.

This year’s coordinator was Steve Wiebke, WØSTV.

2020 Simulated Emergency Test – September 19, 2020 @ 9:00AM

The Olmsted S.E.T. for September 19th is less than a week away. Here are some points of information to plan for.

The county aluminum tower setup is rescheduled for October 3rd at 10:00 AM for ARES training, not this Saturday as previously planned. The national S.E.T. is happening on October 3rd and 4th too.

The drill will start at 9:00 AM and end when the drill is completed or by noon if time allows.
There will be no EOC”s, maned, or ARES trailer used due to covid-19 regulations. All stations will be home base (sub nets, and monitor stations), mobile or portable (field units) for this drill. You will be asked questions for staging information when first checking in. Have your equipment and deployment list available to report in
All three repeaters will be used as follows:

  • 147.255 pl 100 repeater is for checking in, for staging for resource requests , and for checking out of the drill. It will also be used for FLdigi information during the net.
  • 146.820 pl 100 repeater is for the Olmsted net and sub NCS to send and receive voice information.
  • 146.625 pl 100 repeater for emergency information, and over flow traffic from the 146.820 repeater.

VHF simplex frequencies will be used as situations dictate during the drill.
NOTICE: There will be no D-star, DMR, or Fusion modes used during this drill, only digital programs on VHF analog frequencies.
The programs that will be used are, FLdigi for multi county information resource and documentation , APRS for field units tracking and messaging (by phone app or by GPS radio), GRlevel monitoring for weather
monitoring, and monitoring the local ARMOR system for training purposes.
“IF” time and activities allow emails will be sent to hams stations by radio when requested.
NIMM’s protocol and ICS procedures and forms should be used, but not mandatory for those new to ARES listen to your NCS and have your go kit will be sufficient to use.

Field units will be requested for situation damage reports (TBD) by voice for Olmsted county. These will be explained to you by your net control operator on what to look for, evaluate, and report on.
We will discuss this further on tonight’s ARES net on the 147.255 repeater and again on the FLdigi net this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM also on the 147.255 repeater.

Tuesday Evening SE Minnesota 10 Meter Net 28.325Mhz USB – Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM

Organised by: Mark Kelm, K0GMK

WHEN:  Tuesday evenings EXCEPT club meeting nights
TIME:  7:00 PM DST (0000 ZULU)
WHERE:. 28.325 MHz USB

The net is open to all classes of amateur radio operators

If the net has started when you join just wait for the pause when we ask for additional check-ins and join in with your call sign.

Possible topics for discussion are:

  • New rigs, antennas, equipment and etc.
  • Technical Q&A

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of a SkyWarn activation or lightning in the area the net is cancelled without notice.