Field Day 2018

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Date(s) - 06/23
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gordon County Agricultural Service Center


Interested in amateur radio, but don’t know where to start?  Come to Field Day and check out a wide array of different modes of radio communication, ask questions, make contacts.

What is ARRL Field Day?
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest
and, most of all, FUN!
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 remote locations. This year, many groups and participants may choose to
combine 2018 Field Day with our yearlong operating event — 2018 ARRL
International Grid Chase (IGC)— working stations in as many grid squares
as possible and uploading log data to ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW).
It is a time when 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 to the general public. For many clubs,
ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part simply involves contacting as many other stations as possible
while learning 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 operators (also called “hams”) are well known
for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
What is the ARRL?
With more than 165,000 members, the ARRL is the national association for
Amateur Radio in the USA. ARRL is the primary source of information about
what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information
for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and
other benefi ts for its members.

What is Amateur Radio?
Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service is a worldwide community
of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of
communications technology. It is made up of people who enjoy learning and
being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to places both
near and far without depending on commercial systems.
The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable
radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment
with wireless communications. Hams not only
can build and modify their equipment, but we
create whole new ways to communicate
via the airwaves.

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