Field Day is the single most popular ham radio 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.
The event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with a club breakfast at the park, followed by the setup of ham radio stations. At 2 p.m., members begin contacting other ham radio stations throughout North America. Communications will continue until 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Field Day event 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 its many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.
The contest is simply to contact as many other stations as possible, and to learn to operate radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. Radio operators use these same skills when they help with large, pre-planned, non-emergency activities.
The public is invited to stop by the event, and view the activities and ask questions.