ARRL Field Day Rules
- 1. Eligibility: Field Day is opened competitively to all
amateurs in the ARRL/RAC Field Organization (plus Yukon
and Northwest Territories). Foreign stations may be
contacted for credit, but are not eligible to compete.
- 2. Object: To work as many stations as possible on any or
all amateur bands (excluding the 30, 17, and 12-Meter
bands) and, in doing so, to learn to operate in abnormal
situations under less-than-optimum conditions. A premium
is placed on skills and equipment developed to meet the
challenge of emergency preparedness and to acquaint the
public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.
- 3. Date and Field Day Period: Always held on the fourth
full weekend of June. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 2100
UTC Sunday (June 26-27, 1999).
- 3.1. Class A and Class B (see below) stations who
do not begin setting up until 1800 UTC Saturday
may operate the entire Field Day period of 27
- 3.2. Others must begin their setup no earlier
that 1800 UTC Friday, and may operate no more
than 24 consecutive hours, ie, once on-the-air
Field Day operation has started, it must end 24
hours from that point.
- 4. Entry Categories: Field Day entries are classified
according to the maximum number of simultaneous
transmitted signals, followed by the designation of the
nature of the individual or group participation. Below 30
MHz, once a transmitter is used for a contact on a band,
it must remain on that band for at least 15 minutes.
During this 15-minute period, the transmitter is
considered to be transmitting a signal, whether it is or
not, for the purpose of determining transmitter class.
Switching devices are prohibited.
- 4.1. (Class A) Club/nonclub portable: Club groups
(or nonclub groups with three or more licensed
amateurs) set up specifically for Field Day. Such
stations must be located in places that are not
regular station locations, and must use no
facilities installed for permanent station use,
nor any structures installed permanently for
Field Day use. Stations must be operated under
one call sign (except when the Novice/Technician
Plus position is used) and under the control of a
single licensee or trustee for each entry. All
equipment (including antennas) must lie within a
circle whose diameter does not exceed 300 meters
(1000 feet). All contacts must be made with
transmitter(s) and receiver(s) operating
independent of commercial mains. Entrants who,
for one reason or another, operate a transmitter
or receiver from commercial mains for one or more
contacts will be listed separately at the end of
- 4.1.1. Any Class A group whose entry
classification is two or more
transmitters (non-Novice) may also use
one Novice/Technician Plus operating
position (Novice bands only) without
changing its basic entry classification.
For Field Day purposes only, any Canadian
Amateur HF licensee, who has been
licensed for less than six months prior
to Field Day, shall be considered a
"Novice" to provide a means for
Canadian Field Day Class A stations with
two or more transmitters to participate
with a "Novice/Technician Plus"
operating position. This "Canadian
Novice station" is restricted to the
US Novice sub-bands and power/mode
restrictions. The Novice/Technician Plus
station (including antennas) should be
set up and operated by Novice and
Technician Plus licensees and should use
the call sign of one of the
Novice/Technician Plus operators.
- 4.1.2. Any Class A group whose entry
classification is two or more
transmitters may also use one station
that operates exclusively on any band or
combination of bands above 50 MHz
(VHF/UHF bands) without changing its
basic entry classification. This station
may be operated for the entire Field Day
period, and all contacts count for QSO
- 4.2. (Class A-Battery) Club/nonclub portable:
Club groups (or non club groups with three or
more licensed amateurs) set up specifically for
Field Day and all contacts are made using an
output power of 5 W or less and the power source
is other than commercial mains or motor-driven
generator (eg, batteries, solar cells,
water-driven generators). Other provisions are
the same as for class A.
- 4.3. (Class B) One- or two-person portable:
Nonclub stations set up and operated by not more
than two licensed amateurs will be placed in
Class B. Other provisions are the same as for
Class A. One- and two-person Class B entries will
be listed separately in the results.
- 4.4. (Class B-Battery) One- or two-person
portable: Nonclub stations set up and operated by
not more than two licensed amateurs and all
contacts are made using an output power of 5 W or
less and the power source is other than
commercial mains or motor-driven generator (eg,
batteries, solar cells, water-driven generators).
Other provisions are the same as for Class A.
One- and two-person Class B-Battery entries will
be listed separately in the results.
- 4.5. (Class C) Mobile: Stations in vehicles
capable of operating while in motion and normally
operated in this manner, including antenna. This
includes marine and aeronautical mobiles.
- 4.6. (Class D) Home stations: Stations operating
from permanent or licensed station locations
using commercial power. Class D stations may
count contacts only with Class A, B, C and E
Field Day groups for points.
- 4.7. (Class E) Home stations-emergency power:
Same as Class D, but using emergency power for
transmitters and receivers. Work stations in
Class A, B, C, D and E.
- 5. Exchange: Stations in any ARRL/RAC Section will
exchange their Field Day operating class and ARRL/RAC
Section. For example, if your club group was planning to
operate in the three-transmitter, Class A category from
Missouri, you would send "3 A Missouri."
Foreign stations send RS(T) and QTH.
- 6. Miscellaneous Rules:
- 6.1. Operators participating in Field Day may
not, from any other station, contact for point
credit the Field Day portable station of a group
with which they participated.
- 6.2. A station used to contact one or more Field
Day stations may not subsequently be used under
any other call during the Field Day period.
Family stations are exempted.
- 6.3. Each phone, each CW, and each digital
(non-CW) segment is considered as a separate
band. (A station may be worked once on each
- 6.4. All voice communication contacts are
- 6.5. Crossband contacts are not allowed.
- 6.6. The use of more than one transmitter at the
same time on a single band is prohibited, except
that a Novice/Technician Plus position may
operate on any Novice band segment at any time.
No repeater contacts.
- 6.7. Batteries may be charged while in use for
all classes except class D. Batteries must be
charged from a power source independent of the
- 7. Scoring: Scores are based on the total number of valid
contact points times the multiplier corresponding to the
highest power used at any time during the Field Day
period, plus bonus points.
- 7.1. Phone contacts count one point each.
- 7.2. CW and digital contacts count two points
- 7.3. Power multipliers:
- 7.3.1. If all contacts are made using an
output power of 5 W or less and if a
power source other than commercial mains
or motor-driven generator is used (eg,
batteries, solar cells, water-driven
generators), multiply by 5.
- 7.3.2. If any or all contacts are made
using an output power of 150 W or less,
multiply by 2.
- 7.3.3. If any or all contacts are made
using an output power more than 150
watts, multiply by 1.
- 7.4. Bonus points: The following bonus points
will be added to the score (after the multiplier
is applied) to determine the final score. Only
Class A and B stations are eligible for bonuses.
Just check the box on the Field Day summary sheet
to indicate that you qualify for the bonus, and
attach the necessary proof.
- 7.4.1. 100% emergency power: 100 points
per transmitter for 100% emergency power.
All equipment and facilities at the Field
Day site must be operated from a source
independent of the commercial mains.
Example: A club operating 3A, using 100%
emergency power may claim 300 bonus
- 7.4.2. Public relations:
- 22.214.171.124. 100 points for media
publicity. Publicity must be
obtained or a bona fide attempt
to obtain publicity must be made.
Evidence must be submitted in the
form of a newspaper clipping, a
memo from a BC/TV station stating
that publicity was given or a
copy of the material that was
sent to the news media for
- 126.96.36.199. 100 points for
physically locating in a public
place (eg shopping center, parks,
etc) with significant access by
the public. The intent here is
for Amateur Radio to be on
display to the public.
- 188.8.131.52. An additional 100 points
can be earned by such display
stations in public places
actively conducting an
information booth for the
visiting public, and dispensing
information handouts, maintaining
visitor's log, etc, as an
information/recruiting tool for
Amateur Radio. Evidence submitted
for both (B) and (C) may consist
of copies of handouts, visitor's
log, brief report on activities
conducted, photos, etc.
- 7.4.3. Message origination: 100 points
for origination of a message by the club
president or other Field Day leader,
addressed to the SM or SEC, stating the
club name (or nonclub group), number of
operators, field location and number of
ARES members participating. The message
must be transmitted during the Field Day
period, and a fully serviced copy of it
must be in standard ARRL message form or
no credit will be given.
- 7.4.4. Message relay: 10 points for each
message received and relayed during the
Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100
points. Copies of each message, properly
serviced, must be included with the Field
- 7.4.5. Satellite QSO: 100 points can be
earned by completing at least one QSO via
satellite during the Field Day period.
The repeater provision of Rule 6.6 is
waived for satellite QSOs. A satellite
station (one) does not count as an
additional transmitter. On the summary
sheet, show satellite QSOs as a separate
- 7.4.6. Natural Power: Field Day groups
making a minimum of five QSOs without
using power from commercial mains or
petroleum derivatives can earn 100
points. Intuitively, this means an
"alternate" energy source of
power such as solar, wind, methane or
grain alcohol. This includes batteries
charged by natural means (not dry cells).
The natural-power station counts as an
additional transmitter. If you do not
wish to change your entry class, take one
of your other transmitters off the air
while making the natural-power QSOs. A
separate list of natural-power QSOs
should be enclosed with your entry.
- 7.4.7. W1AW message: A bonus of 100
points will be earned by copying a
special ARRL Field Day bulletin sent over
W1AW on its regularly announced
frequencies just before and during Field
Day. This message can be received
directly from W1AW or by any relay
method. An accurate copy of the received
message should be included in your Field
- 8. Reporting: Entries must be postmarked by July 27,
1999. No late entries can be accepted. A complete entry
consists of an official ARRL summary sheet (or reasonable
facsimile) and a list of stations worked on each
band/mode during Field Day, plus bonus proof. The list of
stations worked on each band or mode may take the form of
official ARRL dupe sheets (Adobe Acrobat file, 83,828
bytes) or an alphanumeric listing of call signs worked
per band and mode. This list may be computer-generated.
Incomplete or illegible entries will be classified as
checklogs. A copy of Field Day logs should be kept by
your Field Day group, but should not be sent in unless
specifically requested later by ARRL.
- 9. Miscellaneous:
- 9.1 The list of bulletin times for W1AW is
included in this announcement. While W1AW does
not have regular bulletins on weekends, the Field
Day message will broadcast according to the
- 9.2 See General Rules for All ARRL Contests and
General Rules for ARRL Contests on bands below 30
MHz (HF) at the Contest Web Page or the November
1998 issue of QST.
- 9.3 The complete Field Day packet, including
forms, may be obtained by:
- 9.3.1 Sending a 9 by 12 SASE with four
units of postage to: Field Day Packet,
ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT
- 9.3.2 Downloading from the Contest Home
- 9.4 Electronic entries should be submitted to:
- 9.5 Paper entries should be sent to Field Day
Entries, ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT
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