Field Day

Is Field Day a contest, an emergency preparedness exercise, a public relations demonstration, a great event for clubs, or just a fun way to get on the air?  Field Day is ALL of these things! Amateurs set up their gear away from commercial power and normal installations for 24 hours during the 4th weekend in June.

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 our association, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of our annual calendar.

FIELD DAY 2020 will be held June 27 and 28, 2020 at 4020 Starlight Court, Huntingtown, MD 20639.  David Weaver W3PQS is the Field Day Chief this year.  Dick Ratcliffe W3RBR is Food Chief and Grillmaster.  Dave Hardy KB3RAN will be publicity and media chief.  Plans are to run 3A at this time, subject to change.  We need 3 laptops and possibly a desktop as a server.  And radios, operators, antennas and supplemental snacks and side dishes.  Looking forward to a successful Field Day.