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.
Though it looks like a weekend of camping and continuous radio communication, the ultimate purpose of Field Day is to test the emergency preparedness skills of all who attend. Stations attempt to operate from non-grid power (typically using generators and batteries) while establishing contacts with other stations participating in Field Day.
Field day will be held June 28-29, 2014 and is the largest emergency preparedness drill in the country!
CCARC will again be holding Field Day at the Laurel Springs Park in
La Plata, Maryland.
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The Red Pin above indicates the pavilion where we will be located. Use the zoom controls on the left hand side for a better view, and scope out the pavilion where we will be located this year!
The event is open to all club members, and the public is welcome and encouraged to stop by.
Visit the ARRL website for more information about Field Day!
Learning several lessons from last year, we aim to improve our operational skills as well as our effectiveness at communication!
The current plan is to operate in the 3A category, which means that we can have three simultaneous transmitters operating from a generator (or other non commercial power!) Bands that are planned for use are 20M, 40M, and 80M. Single Sideband as well as Digital operation will be utilized this year! Below is a diagram showing the intended location for our antennas. Antennas have been setup to minimize interference with each other as best as is possible.
And a last bit on extension cords: Make sure you have the right size for your power requirements!
See you at Field Day or on the air!