Field Day 2021
"Covid-19 year II"

(Revised 5/6/2022)

Field Day Sign

Location: Washington Monument State Park (Boonsboro, Maryland)

Date: June 26-27, 2021

Facebook: Randallstown ARC

HamCommunity: Randallstown/NIH ARC

Field Day Group

Who are these unmasked men? We are all fully vaccinated, so it was pretty much back to usual.
The crew: 2021 attendees left to right: WA2WDT, K3MZ, KN3U, K3SX, WA3IRQ, AJ1DM, WA3PYU (front), N2DA, W4TG, N3IC (front), N2AW; not shown: W3CID, W3MIT, N8ONW, KB3QGP, W3PNM

FD2021 came amidst the virus pandemic recovery phase. All of us (senior citizens!) were fully vaccinated and we were outdoors -- so we went back to "normal" operations. The park was open without restriction. One detail: there was some problem with the local well and the adjacent restroom was closed! They had installed two porta-potties in the parking lot, but there was no water nearby. Field Day is supposed to mimic a disaster and one might consider this a minor one (:>).

I'm getting lazy curating the photographs (videos now, too). I've included a sampling here, but scroll to the very bottom and click on the links for the complete full-resolution online repositories -- who knows how long they will persist, though.

51 Years!

Tee Shirt Tee Shirt Tee Shirt

This was our fifty-first consecutive year for RARC Field Days! Robert models our Tee shirts from 1995, 2010, and 2020.



While we were setting up on Saturday, our ARRL Section Manager Marty KB3MXM stopped by. He had created a number of articles to give away to participating Field Day groups, and he turns them over to us. He had also prepared an FD shirt for all of the section groups to add their John Hancock's to.

Setting Up

Setting Up Setting Up Setting Up

A few pics from Friday; the potato launcher for the wire antennas and elbow grease for the two towers.


Tribander 20mBeam 6m

The tribander, 20 meter beam, 6 meter antenna, and lower 80 meter dipole.


Solar Generator Kill-A-Watt-kwh Solar

Paul with his solar cell array and Al's all-important generator -- which provided a total of 9.36 kilowatt-hours over a 23 hour, 57 minute time period.

Charger Charger Charger

Al's fancy charging equipment; the FT8 software.



Just because night falls, we continue on. Field Day was two days after the strawberry moon this year. The LED arrays give plenty of light.

We went with three transmitters:


Operator Ranking

QSO's: 1890 cw/digital x 2 = 3780
+ 1420 phone (GOTA contributed 79) = 5200 x 2 = 10,400
+ 1470 bonus points = grand total 11,870

Logs & Analysis  |  Station List  |  ARRL Submission  |  W1AW CW  SSB

Congratulations to John, who took the honor from Bob as our top operator! Look at the Operators worksheet in the Logs & Analysis spreadsheet for breakdowns by band, mode, operator, bonus point allocation, pie charts, QSO rates, and more (operator rankings including bonus points differ slightly). The year-to-year comparison worksheet is updated.

--- Results from December 2021 QST ---

This was our highest score ever; of course, most of the other years were 1A or 2A! See the RARC Home Page and the year-to-year worksheet in the spreadsheet for comparisons.

December 2021 QST2021 QST score

We scored 6th out of 253 (98.0 percentile) in the 3A category. We had the high score in MDC as well as the Atlantic Division (DEL, MDC, EPA, WPA, NNY, WNY, SNJ).

(The overall 3A high score was 19,666 -- ours was 11,870)

W3MIT notes that we'd have been #3 nationally in the 4A category!

        2021 QSL card

        Print out a QSL card (pdf format).
        for the unzip password

Here are the 2021 FD Weblog notes. You can open them in the main browser window by clicking this.

RARC Home Page

(Photos and videos by WA3IRQ, W3CID, N2DA, W4TG, N3IC . Designed to be viewable in 1024 width resolution)