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, thousands of 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. 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 walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums.
The DVRA will be holding Field Day this year on the grounds of the W2ZQ station. We will construct and operate two temporary / remote stations on the grounds outside the station. In the spirit of operational preparedness, we will be running on generator power. Antenna setup will be on Friday June 25th at 3pm. Station setup will be on Saturday morning at 9AM. Operating will commence at 2pm on Saturday and end around 12pm on Sunday. Food will be available throughout the event on Saturday and Sunday.
The DVRA Field day is low key. The focus is threefold: constructing and operating remote stations, learning contest operating skills in a non-competitive atmosphere, and meeting and interacting with other club members. Try to join us, it’s always a good time!
We need help with the planning and operators for the event. Contact Dom at N3DD@arrl.net to volunteer.