2022 ARRL Field Day was June 25-26
Field Day is part emergency operating exercise and part contest. The most basic form of entry is to go to a literal empty field and set up a ham radio communication system that can demonstrate our ability to communicate across North America without the internet or commercial power.
There are a number of entry categories, based on the type of group participating and the number of transmitters operating simultaneously. BARC operated a club entry with 3 transmitters (3A). We also had a VHF/UHF station and a “Get On The Air” (GOTA) station. This GOTA station is to encourage people to try out amateur radio, and particularly HF operation.
We are still tabulating points, and should have our stats published shortly.
Our goal was to demonstrate that the Barstow Amateur Radio Club members can provide communication support cross the US and Canada without commercial power or internet access. We can contact fellow hams and pass messages when other communication paths are not available due to emergency or natural disaster.
Over the past decades the Barstow Amateur Radio Club has fielded communications systems at various locations. For 2022, we are planning to set up near Barstow Community Hospital, 820 E Mountain View.
Due to COVID restrictions in 2020 we had a group of separate stations that combined scores as the BARC aggregated score entry. For 2022 we will be operating a more normal Class A Field Day station. Those with concerns about COVID, or other restrictions, can still operate their own station the same as last year. When sending the entry to the ARRL, simply include the club name “Barstow Amateur Radio Club”. These scores will be added to an aggregate score, which is separate from the Class A score.