Field Day: What is it? Why Participate?
As many know the Field Day is the last weekend of June, this year on 23 and 24 June and this is one event that draws more attention from amateurs. This event includes elements of nearly everything that makes amateur radio is the great love is, and we recommend that you make every effort to participate in Field Day .This event got its start in 1933 as an exercise in emergency communications. The amateur radio operators drag their team to an area somewhere and will work with emergency power sources and / or alternatives. The goal is to see how to prepare ham radio operators and see how it responds to an emergency and learn how to do their best. Preparing for emergency communications is still the main purpose of Field Day . Amateur radio operators put their gasoline generators or solar panels to ensure they will be ready in case of an emergency.Furthermore, that using different equipment in these conditions, we learn that radios work best under those conditions. Of course, the only way to know how good your equipment will work under these conditions is like that. That’s where the competitive aspects of Field Day comes into play. The stations earn points through contacts with other stations, and those who manage to win more points, on equal terms, the stations that work better and make the most of the contacts is the one that gets the highest score. Many stations Field Day have multiple transmitters, and when you have multiple transmitters, multiple antennas will need. Setting up a multi-transmitter operation can be a lot of work. That’s why the Field Day is often a club activity. For some clubs, is the biggest event of the year. Besides all the technical activities, clubs use Field Day as a social event. There is food and drink, and remember ” Field Days “of the past or some other activity. For some hams, it’s more fun to operate in the event. Finally, why the Field Day is a big event?, the ARRL encourages us all to use the event to get public officials, elected officials, and agencies that offer their services during emergencies, such as the Office of Management Municipal Emergency and State, the Red Cross, among others and educate them about ham radio. Unlike many contests, in which to score points is just to make contacts, to the Field Day you get points for the celebration of its operation in a public place, by distributing leaflets to interested people that visit the area, and if Mayor gets to visit the area in the Field Day .
How to participate?
By participating in Field Day , you will learn more about amateur radio in a single day more than in almost any other activity. If you are a member of a club, ask how you can help organize the event for your club’s Field Day . I’m sure you’ll have one of the most fun and educational experiences of your life. Not yet a member of a club, or if you’re going to be out of the country or to your city this week, you will find a Field Day by using the locator of the ARRL . The clubs listed insurance will welcome, especially if you arrive early, helps with the “set-up.” I hope that has convinced you to participate in Field Day is coming. Not only will you have to learn a lot, you will also have a lot of fun. Do not forget to bring some sunscreen and mosquito repellent!