ARRL Field Day Overview
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate.
ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity. It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community leaders, key individuals with the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
Sun Country Amateur Radio Society sets up shop in Citrus County at Fred's (AE2DX) place. Fred has plenty of space to setup as many antennas as we need. We try to have stations going for most of the contest. Some of our members will be working PSK31, some will be working CW and the others will be working phone.
Below are some links to the Field Day activities, including a few photos that were taken at the events.
If you have never been to one of these events, I highly recommend you take the time to come out and see what Field Day is all about. Field Day takes place during the 4th weekend in June. If you're a ham radio operator or even a person who is just interested in ham radio, make plans now to join us.
To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.
Field Day is always
the fourth full weekend of June,
beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday (-4 hours
for EDT) and
running through 2059 UTC Sunday.
(2:00PM on Saturday through 5:00PM on
|Portions of the above information has been reprinted with permission from the ARRL website http://www.arrl.org|