2016 Field Day Schedule (pretty much the same every year)
The purpose of Field Day is to demonstrate the communications ability of the
amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations. Field Day is an
opportunity for us to practice setting up our emergency radio equipment, to practice
communication skills, educate the community about us, and to have fun using our
radios. Field Day is always the last full weekend in June. This year Field Day
weekend is June 25-26. Field Day is an event for all radio operators in the US,
Canada, Mexico and all countries within IARU Region 2. The American Radio Relay
League (ARRL), the national organization for Amateur Radio operators and
affiliated clubs, sponsors Field Day and provides rules/guidelines for the activity.
(www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd) One of the major guidelines for Field
Day is to set up operations in a place where the public can observe the operators
and the equipment in action.
Field Day will be at the Spring Arbor Fire Station, 2nd floor. (South side of M60,
behind the Library, between McDonalds and Teft Road. Park on the west side of the
Library.) The Township has graciously agreed to this use.
What we do during Field Day:
Radio operation during Field Day is defined as 24 hours of continuous radio
operation starting at 2:00 p.m. local time on Saturday and ending at 2:00 p.m. on
Sunday. We begin setting up our equipment at 9:00 a.m. local time. Setup includes
erecting 3 antennas covering the frequencies we intend to operate on and cabling
the power and antennas to our radio equipment. Once the equipment setup is
completed, we operate our radios for the 24 hour period. We typically contact states
and Canadian provinces from the east coast all the way through to the Rocky
Mountain area. If conditions are favorable we will contact California and other west
coast states and on rare occasions, Alaska. We stop radio operations at the end of
the 24 hour period and take down the equipment that has been set up. One of our
mottos is to "leave the area cleaner than when we started". Typically, we have
completed teardown and packing of the equipment by 6:00 p.m.
Oh, we stop around 6 PM Saturday for a club picnic--bring your significant other and
a dish to pass.
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