Operating at night,
Field Day 2010. Photo by Jutti Marsh.
June 27, 2020: Field Day (June 22-23)
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 2019: Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23. We will be on the air using voice, morse code, and digital modes. Once again we'll operate in the grounds of the Art Center College of Design, HIllside Campus, 1700 Lida street, Pasadena. This event is in conjunction with the JPL Radio Club, the Caltech Radio Club, and the South Pasadena Amateur Radio Club. Click here for our printable 2019 FIeld Day flier. PLEASE NOTE: The Art Center entrance now has a 24-hour security guard. Print the FIeld Day flier and PUT IT ON YOUR DASHBOARD to serve as a gate pass. This avoids the need for check-in at Visitor Control.
Learning about equipment used at Field Day: For HF stations at Field Day 2019 we'll be using the ICOM IC-7300 transciever. If you aren't familiar with it, we encourage you to download Jim Marr's note about where to find instructional videos. Or see the Contest and FIeld Day reference documents section on the Library page.
Setting up: Setting up begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday. All members and friends are welcome to help.
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. Just bring a dish!
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.
Directions: Click the following image to download a driving map to the Field Day location.