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June 21, 2022:
There has been some recent confusion concerning Field Day messages to the Section Manager and ARES Section Emergency Coordinator. I have been confused somewhat myself, so let's take a minute to look at the actual rules.
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.
In other words, for the message to count, it must comply with the following:
1. Be sent via amateur radio RF. Winlink over HF is acceptable, as long as it originates on-the-air.
2. It has to be in standard ARRL Radiogram format, and a copy of the Radiogram needs to be included with your Field Day report.
3. The message needs to be entered during normal Field Day operating hours. It is acceptable for the message to reach it's final destination after Field Day concludes.
4. The messages must include the number of operators, number of ARES operators involved, club name, and location of your Field Day set-up.
I hope this helps to clear up any misunderstandings. Considering the majority of Field Day set-up's don't have winlink capability, I hope to see lots of messages being sent via the Saturday evening and Sunday morning TN Phone Net sessions.
Its been great to see Harrell Davidson put so much effort into promoting traffic handling in the TN Section. The recent off-the-grid exercise was not only a success, but a great example of what we should be doing more of in the future. The purpose of the TN Phone Net is to handle traffic, and if we are to serve this purpose we should keep in practice. Field Day is a great way to practice our traffic handling skills.
Field Day is not a contest, but rather an "operating event". FIeld Day is a time to showcase our great hobby to the public, and show folks what we're capable of. Above all, let get out and get on the air at Field Day 2022!
David Thomas - KM4NYI
ARRL Tennessee Section Manager
June 16, 2022:
Field Day 2022 is coming up on June 25 and 26. This annual operating
event is something everybody can take part in and is a great way to
showcase the hobby to the general public. Field Day locations and
details can be found at www.arrl.org/field-day
TN Section Public Information Coordinator Dale Knight (AB4DK) has
started a new facebook group for the TN Section. Go to
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TNSecARRL and click on "request to
David Thomas KM4NYI