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. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
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, 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 the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The Field Day objective is 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.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn 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.
For more information visit the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/field-day.
Director Woolweaver’s Field Day schedule is:
- K5EOK, Edmond Amateur Radio, 12037 S Santa Fe Rd., Edmond, OK
- W5MWC, Mid-Del ARC, Midwest City Regional Park, Midwest City, OK
- W5MEL, Oklahoma City Autopatch Association, 2808 SE 44th, OKC, OK
- W5PAA, Aeronautical Center ARC, OKC, OK
- W5NOR South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS), Norman, OK
- W5OK, Tulsa ARC & Tulsa Repeater Organization, Tulsa, OK
- W5NS, Bartlesville ARC, Osage Hills State Park, Bartlesville, OK
Vice Director Stratton’s Field Day Schedule is:
- W5ZDN, Heart O’ Texas Amateur Radio Club, Hewitt Park, Hewitt, TX
- W5BCR, Bosque County Amateur Radio Club, Clifton, TX, Valley Mills, TX
- K5HLA, Highland Lakes ARC, 1601 S. Water Street, Burnet, TX
- N5TT, Williamson County ARC, 1250 FM 3405, Georgetown, TX
- KK5E, Hambuds, Williamson Count Park, TX
- KF5MTA, Travis County REACT, 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Rd., Austin, TX
- W5HFS, Jim Bryce, 6103 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX
The rest of the West Gulf Leadership will be scattered around the various Sections and visiting as many locations as we possibly can. We will look forward to seeing everyone at your local Field Day event!