Field Day is here…
It’s time for Field Day
The SCCARC and the San Lorenzo Valley Radio Club are joining forces for Field Day 2017. Field Day will be held Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25 at the CAL FIRE training station at 13575 Empire Grade Rd. Set up will take place Friday, with Field Day starting at 11am Saturday. There will be a BBQ/ pot luck Saturday evening. JV, K6HJU is operational manager and will need hams to set up on Friday and operate stations throughout Field Day. Please contact JV if you can help at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Field Day?
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, more than 35,000 radio
amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from
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. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
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 — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities. But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster
and post-disaster situations.