ARRL Field Day - Great day to test your Com gear and skills.

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ARRL Field Day - Great day to test your Com gear and skills.

Post by CitizenZ » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:26 pm

This weekend, 6-28 & 29th is the ARRL's annual Field Day. An excellent opportunity to get out, test your gear and brush up on your skills. Even if you don't have any gear, find your nearest Field Day station and use their GOTA (Get On The Air) station for people without gear or have been inactive. The purpose is to get as many people as possible on the air and to make as many contacts as possible (no repeaters except satellites). There is also a contest involved, but not required. Battery, alternative power and remote or portable operations are strongly encouraged. So dust off that radio, charge those batteries, grab some coax or wire and get up the nearest hill that has been calling you for the last year. Also an excellent opportunity to test your receiving ability, add a long wire or yagi to your AM/SW radio/scanner, build a new antenna, raise a portable, climb a hill and hear what's going on. Remember communication is mostly about listening. Getting away from utility power also gets rid of a lot of noise and makes it easier to hear and be heard farther away.

I will be dragging a car battery, a tent and my radios into the woods behind my house and throw some rope and wire into the trees.
Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2014 is June 28-29.
Any Amateur Radio band except 12, 17, 30 and 60 Meters.
http://www.arrl.org/field-day
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Da ... 4%20v2.pdf
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Da ... ummary.pdf
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Da ... %20MHz.pdf
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Da ... 0Rules.pdf

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 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 walka-
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 people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real
disaster and post-disaster situations.
"Victory awaits him who has everything in order, luck people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck"- The South Pole, Roald Amundsen - 1912

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