DARC Field Day 2022 Score Submitted


All of the scoring has been calculated, documented, and submitted for the Decatur Amateur Radio Club’s 69th Field Day last month. It’s nowhere near what we had hoped to accomplish this year. Here’s how it looks:

Number of participants: 39


  • CW contacts: 43
  • Digital contacts: 9
  • Phone contacts: 230

QSO points:

  • 43 x 2 = 86 (CW)
  • 9 X 2 = 18 (DIG)
  • 230 x 1 = 230 (PH)
  • Total QSO points = 334
  • Power multiplier: 100 watts or less = QSO’s x 2
  • Claimed QSO score = 668

Bonus points:

  • 200 points – 100% Emergency power
  • 100 points – Media Publicity
  • 100 points – Set-up in Public Place
  • 100 points – Information Table
  • 100 points – W1AW message
  • 100 points – Natural Power QSO’s Completed
  • 100 points – Site Visit by Invited Agency Official
  • 100 points – Social media (Facebook)
  • 50 points – Online entry form submission
  • Total bonus points = 950

** Total submitted score: 1,618 points
(254 points LESS than last year’s 1,872)

We had fewer contacts this year, but more bonus points. Again. We also did not field a GOTA station his time. The location at Delano Park was once again an improvement over the pavilion at Point Mallard.

Thanks are in order to the following hams:

  • Byron N4AX for the CW contacts
  • Craig KJ4LAA for the solar equipment and contacts
  • Bob WA4ZZW and Ronny W4RAL for running digital modes on 6, 20, and 80 meters
  • Bob WA4ZZW again for copying the official W1AW Field Day message
  • All those who manned the radios to make contacts
  • And those who brought refreshments and good company to the site

The December issue of QST, the ARRL magazine, will list the scores for the event, and then we’ll find out just how well (or badly) we actually did.

So now it’s time to mark your calendar for next year! Field Day 2023 will be on June 24th and 25th, 2023. Make plans to come help us. We need to improve the score!

One request: if you took any photos during setup, operation, or teardown, would you please share them with the club by emailing them to the club secretary’s address? Thanks!

Richard Matthews

Author: KB4CAY

Ham since 1981. Secretary of Decatur Amateur Radio Club since 2001. I like digital modes and listening to local repeaters.