Operating at night,
Field Day 2010. Photo by Jutti Marsh.
June 23, 2018: Field Day
This is a recurring event: 4th weekend, in Jun
The goal of Field Day is to practice operating in less-than-optimal conditions.It's the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. On the fourth full weekend of June 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, and an informal contest, and, most of all, FUN.
Field Day 2017: Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. We will be on the air using voice, morse code, and digital modes. Once again we operated in the grounds of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Also, as per the previous year, the event was in conjunction with the JPL Amateur Radio Club and the Caltech Amateur Radio Club. Click here for our printable 2017 FIeld Day flier.
Setting up: Setting up begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Operations: 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday, with the objective of contacting as many stations as possible.
Dinner: Saturday at 6 p.m. Following recent year's highly successful occasions, this is a pot luck.
Pancake breakfast: Sunday morning at 8 a.m.
Visitors: All visitors are welcome to take a turn operating. New ham? Here's your opportunity to get on the air! Not yet licensed? You can operate a radio under the supervision of a licensed ham. Want to learn about amateur radio? Here's an opportunity to see it in action!
A national event: For further detail about Field Day as a national event, see the ARRL Field Day web page.