What is ARRL Field Day?
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest
and, most of all, FUN!
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
It is a time when many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as to the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part simply involves contacting as many other stations as possible while learning to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums—these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems—or maybe because they ARE so complex—ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio operators (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
When: Saturday June 24 Noon until Sunday June 25 at 3:00PM
Where: NOARC Club Site, Corner of Webb and East First Ave, Crestview, FL
Who: Everyone is invited, you’ll even have your own chance to “Get on the air”!
A free lunch will be provided on Saturday June 24 from noon until 3:00PM.