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Amateur radio club makes 380 contacts during Field Day event at Abingdon Park

The 2020 American Radio Relay League Field Day event held over the weekend was a success in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and imposed restrictions, the group said.

More than 20 members of the Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club participated at the program at Abingdon Park, coming in shifts and taking precautions by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and using the hand sanitizers provided.

David Justis operates from his home on solar power.

Some chose to operate from home stations using emergency power sources in the true spirit of rapid emergency deployment while many others—due to the recent pandemic rule changes—were allowed to operate using commercial power from home as 1D status for full credit in the contest.

Club members working at the site made 380 contacts on CW, SSB phone and Digital Modes to places as far away as the Republic of Mali in Africa and Argentina along with 40 states and four Canadian provinces. “We likely will hear more reports from the mem...

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