ARRL Field Day Weekend
Field Day Weekend went great, despite the pandemic! Clubs and individuals earned an easy 200 bonus points by handling NTS messages!
Check the Field Day stats in the Monthly Stats area on the home page. Here are sample messages... Field Day rules that apply to NTS...
our 2020 Field Day net schedule... and more.
(June 27-28, 2020)
200 BONUS POINTS:
Earn a fun 200 bonus points by passing NTS messages. Sending a properly formatted NTS message to your ARRL Section Manager (or to the Section Emergency Coordinator) will get you the first 100 points. Send or receive 10 more NTS messages and you get the second 100 points. These messages must be written at your Field Day site, and only transmitted off-site by amateur radio RF.
SAGUARO NET FIELD DAY SCHEDULE:
Saguaro NTS Net is holding the regular Saturday net at 1830 (6:30 P.M.) and three additional nets on the EAARS Repeater Network to handle Field Day message traffic:
1830 hrs MST (6:30 P.M. Regular Net)
2100 hrs MST (9:00 P.M.)
0800 hrs MST (8:00 A.M.)
1100 hrs MST (11:00 A.M.) - LAST CHANCE to transmit messages off site for Field Day!
This year with so many operating at home, a visitor log may be very short. Keep a log of all participants and visitors on your site, including their name, call sign (if a ham), Member of Your Club?, ARRL Member?, ARES/RACES?, Phone, E-mail Address, etc. You need some of this information to generate the Section Manager message (see below). This is good to have anyway for Field Day follow-up.
Make it your first message, on Saturday! Per the ARRL Rules, at the minimum, include:
- Club Name (if applicable)
- Field Day Location
- Total Number of Participants (so far)
- Number of ARES/RACES operators involved (so far).
101 R - K7ILA 13 WICKENBURG AZ JUN 27
RICHARD PAQUETTE W7RAP
ARRL ARIZONA SECTION MGR
1600 W SUNKIST RD
TUCSON AZ 85755
520 425 6877
W7RAP AT ARRL DOT ORG
OPERATING 1D AT HOME XRAY
NO VISITORS AND ONE ARES
MEMBER XRAY 73
DESERT DOG K7ILA
OP NOTE: DELIVER BY EMAIL
QUICKIE LESSON IN MESSAGE COMPOSITION:
Radiogram messages have four basic parts: Preamble, Addressee, Body, and Signature.
The Preamble contains the message number, message precedence (priority), handling code, the originator's call sign, word count, location, time (optional) and date. This sample message uses "101" for the message number (choose your own), R for routine, no handling code "-", "K7ILA" as the originator. Your section message and others coming from your Field Day site should use your call as the originating call, unless you are operating as a group or club with a call sign. The message originates from Wickenburg, AZ. The time is optional and the date written concludes the preamble.
Confused? Here is an excellent resource on message composition.
This 100-point message may be sent to either the ARRL Arizona Section Manager (RICHARD PAQUETTE, W7RAP, as in above example) or to DENNIS BIETRY, KE7EJF, the Section Emergency Coordinator:
DENNIS BIETRY KE7EJF
ARRL ARIZONA SECTION EMERGENCY COORD
PO BOX 16885
PHOENIX, AZ 85011
602 274 3732
KE7EJF AT ARRL DOT NET
The email address is included in the above messages but an email address is not required in radiograms. The addressee name and call (if a ham), full address (including zip), and full phone number (including area code) are required.
The above example has 13 words in the body text, five per line. Maximum word count for a message is 25 (5 lines of text with 5 words each). The "1D" and the "73" each count as one word. The signature does not count in the body text count. The only punctuation used in the above example is "XRAY" denoting the end of a sentence. Use "QUERY" if you are ending a sentence with a question mark (i.e., "WILL YOU VISIT QUERY").
The signature is usually that of the club president or officer (or your name if operating independently). The "OP NOTE" is added so the message will be delivered via email (due to the large volume of Field Day messages to the AZ Section Manager).
The Section Message MUST leave your Field Day site via radio (not EchoLink) during Field Day! Keep a copy of the message filled out on a radiogram form for submission, noting the name and call of the station off-site who received it, and time, date, and frequency. Due to the anticipated large volume, Arizona Section Manager Spencer requests final delivery of his incoming messages be made to him by email (ref OP NOTE). (All Section Manager messages must first be sent off-site and received at another station by amateur radio before the receiving station may email them to the section manager.) Here are links to the ARRL Arizona Section page and to The ARRL Section Locator to find other section pages:
ARRL Arizona Section Web Site
ARRL Section Locator
HANDLE TEN MORE MESSAGES:
Generate more messages to earn the second 100 points. If you send seven, for example, and receive three, you made it. These can go to anyone (a ham or not). Be sure to include the complete address (if not local) and phone number with area code. The signature does NOT count as part of your word count for the body. Keep to five words per line, five lines maximum, plus signature. If the message is from a ham, include their call sign in the signature. The originator call sign will be your call where it is sent from.
102 R - K7ILA 15 VULTURE PEAK AZ JUN 27
UNCLE PERRY BOLAND
123 FIRST ST
SHOW LOW AZ 85902
HAVING FUN AT FIELD DAY
AT VULTURE PEAK XRAY COME
VISIT XRAY BBQ AT SIX
If you send/receive more than ten additional messages, that is great, though you only get 10 points each for the first ten! Be sure and note the receive and/or send time on each message, as well as who you gave it to on the air, or whom you received it from on the air, frequency and your name and call sign. Copies of each message will have to be submitted to ARRL to claim the points. Try to deliver all incoming messages during Field Day, if possible.
KNOW THE RULES:
The "Bonus Points" section (7.3), specifically paragraphs 7.3.5 and 7.3.6, detail the rules that apply to earning 200 bonus points by handling NTS messages:
7.3. Bonus Points: All stations are eligible for certain bonus points, depending on their entry class. The following bonus points will be added to the score, after the multiplier is applied, to determine the final Field Day score. Bonus points will be applied only when the claim is made on the summary sheet and any proof required accompanies the entry or is received via email or normal mail delivery.
7.3.5. Message Origination to Section Manager:
100 bonus points for origination of a formal message to the ARRL Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator by your group from its site. You should include the club name, number of participants, Field Day location, and number of ARES operators involved with your station. The message must be transmitted during the Field Day period and a copy of it must be included in your submission in standard ARRL radiogram or no credit will be given. The message must leave or enter the Field Day operation via amateur radio RF.
The Section Manager message is separate from the messages handled in Rule 7.3.6. and may not be claimed for bonus points under that rule. Available to all Classes.
7.3.6. Message Handling: 10 points for each formal message originated, relayed or received and delivered during the Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100 points (ten messages). Copies of each message must be included with the Field Day report. The message to the ARRL SM or SEC under Rule 7.3.5. does not count towards the total of 10 for this bonus. Available to all Classes. All messages claimed for bonus points must leave or enter the Field Day operation via amateur radio RF.
Review the full ARRL Field Day Rules document. See below for more helpful links, and HAVE FUN!
ARRL Field Day Web Site
ARRL Field Day Flyer (PDF)
ARRL Field Day Rules
ARRL Field Day Station Locator
ARRL Arizona Section Web Site
ARRL Section Locator
K7ILA's Radiogram Form (PDF)
Fillable Radiogram Form (PDF)
Parts of a Radiogram - FSD218
Operator Aids - FSD220
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