2022-06-25 ARRL/RAC Field Day

June 25 , 2022, 18:00 UTC to June 26, 2022, 20:59 UTC (setup June 24)

OARC Field Day 2021

What is Field Day?

Field Day is an operating event sponsored by the ARRL whose purpose is to demonstrate the communications ability of the amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations. In Canada, Field Day is sponsored by Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC). The aim is to work as many stations as possible on all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12- meter bands) and in doing so learn to operate under less-than-optimal conditions. To learn more about Field Day and the OARC, please see the Field Day information page. It has links to past Field Day descriptions and photos and gives a quick introduction to Field Day. Please refer to the ARRL Field Day webpage for full details and rules.

OARC Field Day plans for 2022

The OARC plans to set up for Field Day at the Corkery Community Centre, 3447 Old Almonte Rd, Carp, ON K0A 1L0.

We have great news, the Corkery Community Centre is remaining open this year. The planned construction has been delayed. This means almost certainly that we will be working out of tents in 2023. But that is for the future!

However, let’s start at the beginning …

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend in June. This year it is on June 24 (set up only), 25 and 26.

On Friday, June 24 we have a team who will help with antenna set up, starting at noon. You are welcome to join us.

On June 25 and 26 we will operate as either a 1 or 2 Alpha Ontario East (abbreviated as ONE in the log) using the OARC Call Sign – VE3RC. That means we operate either 1 or 2 transmitters independent of commercial mains power. We try to dedicate one transmitter to CW and the other to phone and digital modes. The number of transmitters we operate depends on the number of operators we have available.

We attempt to make as many contacts (QSOs) as we can in 24 hours – 2 pm Saturday – 2 pm Sunday. Scores are recorded on laptops and then they are amalgamated for a total combined score which is submitted to the ARRL. Having one operator with a second person to record contacts (logging) is an excellent combination. If you’re not comfortable operating, logging is a good opportunity to get the feel of how it’s done.

The OARC Field Day is a very relaxed event. You can come and go as you please, you are not committed to anything. If an operating position is vacant, don’t hesitate to pick up the mic or key.

All are welcome to visit us at the site or help with setup, operating, and tear down. As they say, many hands make light work!

If you would like to volunteer or need additional information, please email Greg ve3ytz_at_rac.ca.

This event is subject to change dependent on provincial and municipal COVID-19 restrictions.

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