Have a Question?
< All Topics

How do I find and participate in local Field Day events?

Field Day is an annual event organized by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and other amateur radio organizations around the world. It typically takes place on the fourth full weekend in June. During Field Day, amateur radio operators set up temporary stations in various locations to test their emergency communication capabilities and make as many contacts as possible. Field Day is also an excellent opportunity for newcomers to experience amateur radio and learn from experienced operators.

To find and participate in local Field Day events, follow these steps:

  • Visit the ARRL Field Day Locator (http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator): The ARRL provides an online tool that helps you find Field Day sites near you. Enter your location or zip code to see a map of nearby Field Day events.
  • Check with local amateur radio clubs: Many clubs participate in Field Day and may organize their events. Visit club websites, attend meetings, or join club mailing lists to stay informed about their Field Day plans.
  • Monitor social media and online forums: Amateur radio operators often share information about Field Day events on social media platforms, like Facebook or Twitter, and online forums, such as QRZ.com or eHam.net. Join groups and follow relevant accounts to stay up-to-date on local events.
  • Reach out to local amateur radio operators: If you know any local hams, ask them about their Field Day plans. They may be able to direct you to nearby events or invite you to participate with their group.
  • Participate in a public Field Day event: Some Field Day sites are open to the public, allowing visitors to observe or even participate in the event. If you find a public event near you, simply show up and introduce yourself. Operators are usually happy to explain what they are doing and may even let you try making contacts under their guidance.

Before attending a Field Day event, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basics of amateur radio operation and etiquette. You should also bring any personal equipment you may need, such as a handheld radio, headphones, or a notepad and pen for logging contacts. Remember to be respectful of the operators and their equipment, and always ask for permission before touching anything.

Field Day is a fun and educational experience for amateur radio enthusiasts of all skill levels. By participating in a local event, you can learn new skills, make contacts, and contribute to the amateur radio community’s ongoing efforts to improve emergency communication capabilities.

Table of Contents