June 2020

“When Everything Else Fails. Amateur Radio often times is our last line of defense…When you need amateur radio, you really need them.”

Licking County ARES

Upcoming Dates


  • 13th – 16th, June VHF Contest
  • 20th, Kids Day
  • 27th & 28th, Field Day

ARRL Field Day 2020

Rule Changes for 2020

  1. For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,” including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.
  2. In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions).

    Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day.For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results. The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club.

    The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.

    ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from 3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, because many radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks and schools.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. The temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class.

    ARRL is contacting logging program developers about the temporary rule waivers so developers can release updated versions of their software prior to Field Day weekend.Participants are reminded that the preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The ARRL Field Day rules include instructions for submitting entries after the event. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 28, 2020.The ARRL Field Day web page includes a series of articles with ideas and advice for adapting participation this year.


  • Pataskala Fireworks, Cancelled
  • Buckeye Lake Fireworks, Postponed until Sept. 11th

ARES Connect

You can access ARES Connect through our website at https://lickingares.org and be sure to check out the new and updated site while you are there. We are working on getting the power point presentation posted to our website.

Everyone – please make sure to go into all of the events that you have signed up for and get your hours registered no later than 3 days after the event has ended.

May hours for Connect users as of 5/31/2020

Name Events Hours
1 Bret Stemen (KD8SCL) 24 96.00
2 Dwight Bonifield (W8TJT) 70 55.75
3 Alan Rothweiler (N8CJ) 20 53.25
4 Earl Paazig (W8BR) 22 47.00
5 LaVergne Pabian (N8HLP) 11 38.00
6 Matthew Smith (KE8GTP) 6 24.00
7 Ronald Jones (WE8V) 9 17.00
8 Steven Katz (N8WL) 14 16.00
9 C. Weldon Mathews (K8NQ) 13 16.00
10 Eldon Peterson (W5UHQ) 8 16.00
11 Scott Long (K8SM) 15 10.25
12 Michael Mickelson (KD8DZ) 8 10.00
13 James Neal (WD8JLP) 9 10.00
14 Thom Thorpe (AD8AG) 9 10.00
15 Robert Badgeley (KD8BKB) 2 8.00
16 Douglas Wright (KD8EIK) 8 7.00
17 H. Tim Reed (KA8PCP) 5 5.00
18 Richard Leffler (W8RLL) 4 4.00
19 R. Pineda (KD8FVV) 3 4.00
20 Tim Winkler (K8TMW) 3 4.00
21 Alfred Nickerson (NL7CF) 3 3.00
22 Robert Pusch (WD8NVN) 19 2.00 *
23 Constance Barsky (WD8ODC) 2 2.00
24 Tom Ecleberry (WB8YOK) 2 2.00
25 Kenneth Edmonds (KE8HZZ) 1 1.00 *
26 Patrick Gibson (KD8ION) 1 1.00
27 Robert Kenyon (K8LJ) 2 1.00
28 Douglas Pack (W7TPS) 1 1.00
29 Michael Lacumsky (W8MAL) 1 0.75 *
30 Daniel Schlick (KB8LKH) 1 0.50 *
Total 296 465.50

* Denotes users outside of Licking Co.