Come on out to ARRL Field Day Saturday – Sunday.

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This Saturday and Sunday is a great opportunity to learn about Amateur Radio. Come on out and learn how easy and fun it is to become an Ham Radio Operator.

2019 Field Day Event Location and Time

Yucca Mesa Community Center

3133 Balsa Avenue

Yucca Valley, California 92284

2019 ARRL Field Day is June 22-23 2019. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1100 PDT Saturday and running through 1359 PDT Sunday.

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU
regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency
communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United
States, it is typically the largest
single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000
operators participating each year. Field Day is always the
fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running
through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North
America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio
communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under
tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency
Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative
power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and
other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a
natural disaster or severe weather.

To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant’s
operations, there is an integrated contesting component,
and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping
out, cookouts, etc.). Operations typically last a continuous
twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations
on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for
experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and
involving youth in the activity

Emergency Preparedness
Field Day stresses emergency preparedness. Frequently, entire radio
clubs get involved and assemble a portable radio station in a
field or park. Some might use quickly deployable portable antennas while
other might erect more elaborate radio masts and towers
supporting several antennas. Generators or solar power provide
electricity to amateur radio transceivers, which may be located in
tents, cars, recreational vehicles, or other portable shelters.

Contest Activity and Rules
The contest aspect of a Field Day operating event is to contact as many
stations as possible in the given time period (twenty-four
hours, during a weekend, if setup commences before the contest starts,
or 27 hours if setup commences at contest start time) using
the portable station. Each station will exchange information with other
participating stations. For the North American Field Day,
the exchange consists of the station call sign, the name of the
ARRL-recognized section from which the station is operating, and a
class designator which indicates the number of transmitters concurrently
used at the station and information about the type of
electrical power source being used.

The contest portion of Field Day has two purposes. The primary purpose
is to demonstrate the group’s ability to plan operations that
can be effective for an entire twenty-four-hour period, including
operator endurance and adequate numbers of operators for a shift
operation. The secondary portion is to demonstrate the technical
proficiency of the station that has been hastily constructed for
the purpose; in theory a better station will be capable of emergency
operations in more dire conditions. Such a station will also
be capable of making more contacts during the contest portion of Field

The rules governing this activity are published by the sponsor of the particular Field Day exercise.

Promotion of Amateur Radio
Field Day is frequently used to attract significant publicity for
amateur radio, and some clubs simultaneously demonstrate technologies
including single sideband voice, Morse code, digital modes (such as
RTTY, PSK31, and Winlink, among others), and communication via
amateur radio satellite.

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One Response to Come on out to ARRL Field Day Saturday – Sunday.

  1. Dan OBrien June 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I had a Great Time at the ARRL Field Day in Yucca Mesa this weekend. As a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator I worked the 20M and 40M bands using the digital Mode FT8. Along with the other members of the Morongo Basin Club scores of contacts all around the world were made.

    Amateur Radio is a wonderful Hobby that is a way of contributing to public safety and keeping yourself out of your mates hair.

    Visit The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club to learn more.


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