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The Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club is based in Parma, Ohio.
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2020 ARRL Field Day
It is that time of the year again, The ARRL Annual Field Day right around the corner.
For most of us, ARRL Field Day 2020 is going to look quite different than it did in past years. Considering the impact of social distancing due to the pandemic, many radio clubs and large groups will not gather in their usual Field Day locations this year.
Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a Field Day first timer, there are many questions about how to participate in amateur radio’s largest annual on-air event under these unusual circumstances.
The Woodchucks will be hosting the Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club Operations at the Cement Tent as we have done in years past. Special Precautions (*see below) will be in place, such as a limited number of people allowed in the tent and any given time and Social Distancing between Operating positions.
Disinfectant will be available for station cleaning prior to and after operator changes.
You are asked not to clean any radio gear that does not belong to you.
The Club Radio will be available for anyone to use during the contest.
A member may bring and setup their own equipment, that member will be required to disinfect their own gear as necessary.
If you do plan on attending, before you arrive at the tent please contact us on the WA8Q Repeater to let us know when your arriving.The WA8Q repeater is 145.310 with a PL of 110.9
The Club Business meeting on June 26th will be held on ZOOM and not on the WA8Q repeater.
The reasoning for this is to demonstrate the data entry process on the ARRL Web applet.
With all the Rain we have had lately at the Cement Tent, high on the Windy Hill,the Creek has risen to new levels.
This has made it very easy for the Creek "residents" to escape their normal areas.
Please be extra cautious when attempting to cross the Bridge to the "Windy Hill Antenna Farm".
Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty.
“Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.”
Social distancing and state and local requirements very likely will impact just how — and even whether — you are able to participate in Field Day this year. ARRL continues monitoring the coronavirus situation, paying close attention to information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
I have as a rule been a VHF/UHF kind of guy. Lately I have been one of the NCO's along with Chuck, K8CVM for the Woodchuck 10 meter net on Thursday night at 8pm.
The net operates on 28.435 MHz USB. We have a regular group of participants and from time to time, some out of state check-in's as well.
The majority of our regulars are vertically polarized with a few horizontally polarized.
Operating from the Concrete Tent gives us both options vertical or horizontal by changing the position of an antenna switch.
We have a Cushcraft AR-10 meter vertical antenna as well as a 10,15,20 meter beam which is manufactured by Cushcraft as well. This provides a high degree of flexibility for the NCO when it comes to hearing the stations check in to the net.
it doesn't hurt that our antennas are 40+ feet in the air. Add in the elevation of North Royalton and you have the makings of a very interesting net.
The net frequency falls into a window from 28.3 to 28.5 MHz which allows Technician Class operators to participate and gain some experience on the HF bands.
I checked into a 10 meter net from Florida on May 21 after our net was completed. That net was on 28.455 MHz.
The Northern Ohio DX Association has a net on 28.480 at 8:30pm with the Parma Radio Club 10 meter net at 9pm.
Mark your calendar and give 10 meters a try on Thursdays.
The Woodchuck ARC is looking for any photos you might have of past Woodchuck activities, events of meetings get togethers or whatever.
We wouild like to put togetner a photo ablum highlighting the Woodchuck ARC history.
The Woodchucks are now offering Amateur Radio License Testing.
Please see the Woodchuck Calendar for information.