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, and 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). 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 http://www.arrl.org/field-day.
Director Woolweaver will be visiting multiple Field Day sites in North Texas. Vice Director Stratton will be visiting multiple sites in Central Texas and in the Houston area. The rest of the West Gulf Leadership will be scattered around the Division at various Sections and visiting as many locations as they possibly can. We will look forward to seeing everyone at your local Field Day event!